The letter written by Fern and Laurence Wyman ‘Militant Christians’ (The NEWS, April 23) is an extremely biased and unfair portrayal of what Christianity has contributed to Western society and humanity as a whole.
It is quite obvious that it was written from a secular, or atheistic perspective, ignoring the fact that the good done to mankind far exceeds its acknowledged shortcomings. Most of our Western civilization has been heavily influenced by Christianity and no doubt the world today would be in an even worse predicament without its moral influence.
Christians fully acknowledge that many wrongs done in the past are deplorable, but to blame Christianity for the world’s ills is just plain preposterous and an objective reading of history would put the lie to these claims.
Consider its contribution to the following: hospitals, charitable institutions, education, liberty, justice, the birth of modern science, literature, art, music, the sanctity of human life, etc.
Need I go on? Secularists may scoff, but these facts are irrefutable.
It is quite ironic how the words of Jesus are so taken out of context as to be almost laughable, and shows a complete ignorance of what Jesus’s teachings were, and still are, all about.
Please, Fern and Laurence Wayman, read your Bible one more time, bone up on an objective history of mankind, then write another letter to this paper. Assuming you make an honest assessment of what you have learned, I think you may come up with an entirely different conclusion. But be warned. It may change your life.
Fred DielemanQualicum Beach