What I ask of the free thinker is that he should confront religion in the same mental state as the believer … [He] who does not bring to the study of religion a sort of religious sentiment cannot speak about it! He is like a blind man trying to talk about color. There cannot be a rational interpretation of religion which is fundamentally irreligious; an irreligious interpretation of religion would be an interpretation which denied the phenomenon it was trying to explain. The words of Emile Durkheim (also famous for writing "God is society, writ large", so it isn't like he is a apologist or anything. I am interested in what people (thesits, atheists and anyone in between) think of this statement?