Keep the faith

First published in Letters

I WOULD inform Mr Banfield that I wrote in anger, not so much on my own behalf, but on behalf of those who might have been caused distress and inconvenience. He is right – I didn’t even think of the net.

But in his sneering sarcastic response, Mr Banfield has used my letter as an opportunity to have yet another jibe against my Christian faith. This, even for him, is a new low, and to my mind, reveals the unloveliness of his atheistic heart.

When I think of the quiet, gentle, kindly, and meek Christians that I have known and do know, they more than compensate for the likes of Terry Banfield.

They are truly, as Jesus said, the salt of the earth, and it is they who will inherit it when Mr Banfield enters into the nihilistic destiny which he so heartily embraces.

He again speaks of putting his faith in the scientific approach.

Over the years I have drawn his attention to scientists such as professors Newton, Collins, McGrath, Palmer, and many others, all of them theists. Why then does he disregard them and refuse to even consider what they say? I think his present letter gives us the answer.

Tom McCarthy Gaer Park Parade Newport

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2:29pm Sat 22 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

In line with Banfield 100% on the matter of religion.

If I stated that I am all for, for example, sex with children because that is what I think natures intends, I would be castigated and rightly so, as once said to me, dogs and cats etc do not sexually meddle with their young., But will the religious refrain from meddling with the mentality of their young?
Science, despite what some obscure 'scientists' claim, is a matter of theory being researched until facts are proven conclusively, or rejected for lack of sustainable proof.

It is this that the likes of Tom McCarthy cannot comprehend, nor accept it seems,
ALL religions may have facets that can be utilised in a factual way, but it does not follow that because of that the basis of the belief is itself factual.

Unless the religious can substantiate what is claimed I agree with all atheists, there is no proof, no matter how many adhere to their belief,
Like any scientist worth his credibility, I, and I am sure Terry Banfield operate on the principle of practicality, which demands proof.

I know of no way such a claim would be accepted by any court , which re;lies solely on corroborative evidence, and so far, no matter what religion we engage in debate, not one has supplied that evidence.

Unless and until, I suggest a high degree of keeping one's head below the parapet to be the best policy, as sure as eggs are eggs, a logical argument based in fact rules the argument of 'faith' out as invalid.
In line with Banfield 100% on the matter of religion. If I stated that I am all for, for example, sex with children because that is what I think natures intends, I would be castigated and rightly so, as once said to me, dogs and cats etc do not sexually meddle with their young., But will the religious refrain from meddling with the mentality of their young? Science, despite what some obscure 'scientists' claim, is a matter of theory being researched until facts are proven conclusively, or rejected for lack of sustainable proof. It is this that the likes of Tom McCarthy cannot comprehend, nor accept it seems, ALL religions may have facets that can be utilised in a factual way, but it does not follow that because of that the basis of the belief is itself factual. Unless the religious can substantiate what is claimed I agree with all atheists, there is no proof, no matter how many adhere to their belief, Like any scientist worth his credibility, I, and I am sure Terry Banfield operate on the principle of practicality, which demands proof. I know of no way such a claim would be accepted by any court , which re;lies solely on corroborative evidence, and so far, no matter what religion we engage in debate, not one has supplied that evidence. Unless and until, I suggest a high degree of keeping one's head below the parapet to be the best policy, as sure as eggs are eggs, a logical argument based in fact rules the argument of 'faith' out as invalid. varteg1
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