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Better some light than darkness.

IT is very easy to pour scorn on those who have a belief in God and to scour the Bible and other religious books for contradictions, twisting their words and taking them out of context.

After all, fundamental atheists cannot be criticised for their beliefs because by their very nature they have none.

Whatever their faults and failings, Christians have been instrumental in trying to alleviate hardship and suffering - Wilberforce against slavery, the Rev Edward Varah and the Samaritans, Thomas Barnado with his children's homes, the Rev Arthur Broome with the RSPCA and the Rev George Staite with the NSPCC are just a few of the Christians being denigrated on a weekly basis.

If, as one of your correspondents claims, having a belief in God is a sign of being mentally unstable then perhaps the world would be a better place if more people were afflicted.

But what have the 'rational' atheists got to offer? If you visit their website you find that their only contribution to society is to promote their own belief in self-interest.

What practical action have those non-believers who regularly grace your columns been doing this Christmas to relieve the suffering of the poor and lonely? I have more respect and admiration for such as the Salvation Army who have been out night after night trying to bring some comfort and support to the homeless than all the fireside critics who set themselves up as intellectually superior in order give vent to their bitter and twisted logic.

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Alan Spencer, by email
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 4, 2014
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