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Bible readers who ignore logic and reason

Cecil Andrews asks (Write Back, May 14), 'Who gave Eddie McIlwaine the right to ridicule and insult biblical figures?'

Well, the answer to that question has to be God himself, by Mr Andrews' own lights, if he insists that God gave us all free will, so he, Andrews, should have no real cause for complaint.

Mr Andrews seems to be one of those unimaginative individuals who uses the Bible to validate the Bible: if it's in the Bible it has to be true, because it's in the Bible.

But, of course, the Bible, ultimately, was written by men - superstitious men - centuries, even millennia, after the events it describes.

The Bible, and in particular the Old Testament, is little more than a collection of legends and colourful fables and some marvellous gripping stories.

Who really believes, in these enlightened times, that Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt when feminine curiosities got the better of her? Or that trumpet-calls demolished the walls of Jericho?

The legend of Noah's Ark would seem to be a particularly difficult take for biblicists like Cecil Andrews to swallow. The Ark would have had to be larger than the largest supertanker built today to accommodate the many millions of different species.

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Logic and reason desert our biblicists like Mr Andrews. Forget evidence. It's in the Bible after all.

I think Eddie McIlwaine was being quite charitable in describing Christian fundamentalists as "just a wee bit loopy".

For my money, they are quite certifiably deranged.

JOHN PHILLIPS

Belfast

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