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Room for doubt.

Another self-opinionated expert on Radio Four (a historian) around Christmas time was, among others, going on about Christmas not being a religious festival and saying if Jesus didn't rise from the grave then Christianity was a nonsense.

I'm reminded of a bishop's wise words about symbolism, being drowned out by the usual negative baying, when a Tory Chancellor was sneering about bits of the Bible.

Take a chronological record of most studies like science, history or engineering and it is possible to extract the ridiculous, laughable and ludicrous, and religions are no different. But history must be worst of all.

I remember a short story about how the Roman Empire collapsed because their religion wasn't strong enough. Isn't that the rub, that is if religions don't evolve they lose out?

So the winter solstice was a cause for celebration in old religions, so what? Christianity has absorbed it and is evolving with us.

After all, if great composers like Beethoven can absorb old folk music to produce their huge works why shouldn't religions absorb the wisdom of the old?

I tell my lot that it's not old (bad or new) good. Just is it good? Or is it bad? Surely Christianity is better than a spiritual vacuum.

Real top experts like Einstein admit they don't know everything and he knew he'd missed out with quantum mechanics, which deals with sub-atomic particles.

In fact, cosmologist physicists with more knowledge and far more powerful tools than Einstein are giving us particles as small as the universe is large.

Along with a ten-dimensional universe in which the extra dimensions are wrapped up at a microscopic scale and add the "Brane" concept and it seems our universe is part of a larger, higher dimensional space time.

Understand? I don't, but plenty of room for doubt - and Gods.

C DAVISON, Billingham
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Date:Mar 27, 2007
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