Voice of the North: Why Should We Have Problems with Religion?

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Voice of the North: Why Should We Have Problems with Religion?


Byline: CHERYL DENNISON

I WRITE in response to Philip Nathan of the North-East Humanists, who said that Christianity's arrival in Britain did not bring morality and goodness to the nation (Voice of the North, January 9). He was writing in response to the news about the Lindisfarne Gospels.

While he is right in what he said, I would like to raise a few points: 1) Humans choose to do good or evil. Years ago most people were religious; therefore, there was more chance that religious people would do bad things if more people were religious.

However, Christians have provided Sunday school education (which was mainly education focused, not religion focused in its heyday) for poor people, and have founded charities, amongst other things.

2) Morals, as presented in the Bible, have worked.

Although there were bad points, such as women being overlooked, society was more structured.

There was far less family breakdown; there were more family values, more respect and such like. …

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