THE Rev Robert Anderson (Letters, 30 May) claims that the decline of Christianity in Britain leaves us “defenceless against Islamic identity and determination”.
However, the Rev Anderson neither specifies the nature of the threat posed by this nor explains how a more popular adherence to his own religion would help to overcome it.
If he could provide us with this information, it might at least help to allay any cynical suspicions that he is using a vague alarmism to scare people into his church.
What it would not do, however, is turn atheists like me into Christians for the purpose of dealing with other religions.
The Christian God does not become any more plausible to me just because the Muslim percentage of Britain’s population is growing and a very few alleged Muslims appear to have been involved in outrages in the name of their supposed beliefs. My having no god is not “the least helpful option”: it was never an option at all.
Condemnation of the murder of Lee Rigby from Islamic groups is welcome, and I already had no doubt that such mainstream Muslims would display such sentiments.
I just wish the discussion would go a bit deeper: how do moderate Muslims view portrayals of violence in the Koran?
If Islamic extremism is to be pulled up by its roots, we need to hear moderate Islamic voices clearly and publicly.
As a Christian debater, I routinely defend the faith against those who cite Old Testament passages as evidence of God’s immorality. The same open discussion should also encompass Islam.
Just as the manifestos of political parties should face critical scrutiny, so should all religious texts.