Foggy advice

I do hope that the spat between the Rev Mr Robertson and both Mr Ottman and Professor Bonney of their respective secular societies can be laid to rest 
(Letters, 25 December).

Iain Crichton-Smith, who disliked religious and secular dogmatism, wrote in Bourgeois Land some remarkably good advice:

“Avoid the Man with the Book, the Speech Machine

and the Rinsoed boy who is for ever clean.

Keep clear of the Scholar, and the Domestic Dog

and, rather than Sunny Smoothness, choose the Fog.”

He then goes on to describe what is hopefully the nub of healthy religion and secularism:

“and love the Disordered Man who sings like a river

whose form is Love, whose country is Forever.”

Rev George Coppen


Easter Ross, Highland