I wonder what would one make of this fragment if read on its own:
“Those of us who believe that faith is what copes with the absence of the presence of God can share that with those who have also known the absence of the presence of God in coping, within their own faith, with the ache of that absence”.
Have a look at he full text by Johnston Mckay here.
In this article (which was delivered as the Robert Lee Lecture) Mckay argues that the language employed by faith community is meaningless to those outside of believing community. Therefore, he argues, public worship is not just irrelevant to those outside but could become dangerous for the mission of the faith community. This argument reminds one of George Lindbeck’s postliberal perspective.
Mckay, a Presbyterian minister and theologian, educated at Glasgow University and Cambridge, has a wealth of experience in broadcasting and journalism.