Re. Jim Swan’s July 10 letter, headlined Christianity is the only religion that is true:
Jim, it’s time to click those red-shoed heels together and do a reality check!
The statement that Christianity is the only religion that is true is exactly the kind of hubris that has created much of the dark history of Christianity, from the elimination of the Pelagians (who were Christians) in the third century to the witch burnings of the middle ages and to today where we engage in verbal and nasty harassment of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and scientists.
The Bible is not a true factual account of our history. The acceptance that we are not the centre of the universe requires an understanding of the evolution of the universe: the atomic theory, the Big Bang and the Darwinian mechanisms of evolution that are proven beyond any doubt.
Fundamentalist Christian ideology has never solved any of the world’s scientific problems, nor does it provide a mechanism for scientific problem-solving.
Show me one medical advancement that has been solved using only the information in the Holy Bible.
It’s a lovely comforting story, I grant you.
Written and revised over the past 2,000 years it is also historically interesting. But a road map of human evolutionary history, or an accurate textbook of natural history it is not.