Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Debate on belief is crucial for us all

THERE is a popular assumption that the exercise of a modicum of intelligence would see our religious beliefs evaporate. I have religious beliefs and have been assured (albeit by my wife) that I have a fairly astute mind. In my case, the evaporation has yet to manifest itself.

The media have recently been banging on about the Big Bang. So God didn't create the universe in seven days. This is assumed by some to demolish any religious account of creation.

Religious questions, however, are not amenable to scientific investigation or verification. Does this make them meaningless? Of course not.

The suppression of questions in Church or State is to attempt to end the perceived threat of rational discourse.

PHILIP O'NEILL

Oxford

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