Lack of faith

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IT IS encouraging to hear what one always suspected: that many members of the Church of Scotland and even some of its ministers, are atheists (James D Brown, Letters, 27 July).

However, one is perplexed by their continued adherence to the Kirk, a sect devoted to a catechism endorsing belief in a divinity incarnate in Jesus. Evidently such people are confused, unconvinced by what they hear but fearful of abandoning the society with which they have grown up. They cling to the naive belief that Jesus was merely an itinerant preacher, whose message was that of ‘love, forgiveness and modesty’, but who unaccountably fell foul of the authorities, they display ignorance of his reason for doing so or his true and urgent message of repentance in the face of the imminent end of the world.

Perhaps this is ignored because it is clear that Jesus was mistaken and that if he was mistaken about one thing he could be mistaken about everything else (in fact, Jesus never claimed the divinity that has been granted him by Christianity).

A religion without a god is hardly a religion at all and may as well be described as atheism. As an atheist who believes in “love, forgiveness and modesty”, I call on all Kirk members who think like James Brown to out themselves and join secular society.

Steuart Campbell

Dovecot Loan

Edinburgh

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