Attacking beliefs not time well spent

I read with deep interest the letter in which the writer called belief in God, or at least in the church of the popes

I read with deep interest the letter in which the writer called belief in God, or at least in the church of the popes, a “Bronze Age ideology” (“Promoting bronze age thinking,” April 12).

She was critical of the new pope and his attitudes, and she particularly aimed at invisible beings (divinities) and laws of a church, as I recall.

I am not a member of any faith community or religion, but I suppose I am a theist; it is possible the writer of that letter is one also, or an agnostic. Or she is a self-declared atheist, keeping intellectual company with Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens.

As I observe the planet, its crises both human and physical, its appearance of walking a brink, holding its breath on the threshold of catastrophic changes, I wonder: can we cease arguing among ourselves about the non-essentials?

There are so many ways to expend one’s talents in the service of our species and others, of the earth and its ecologies — attacking one another’s beliefs seems so useless just now. Connection, not separation from one another, will save us.

Charles Jeanes



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