The book begins to take shape and a spiritual element comes in through the person of the parish priest who is much like Peter Owen Jones in Around the World in 80 Faiths
The TV programme made me think of Sir James Frazer and the Golden Bough in which he explores the idea that all religions are at heart the same. Owen Jones is finding similarities but also big differences. It is an open minded exploration which for a Christian can be nail biting.
The place of the Church in the novel is not yet really defined and it will be interesting to see how it develops.