I FEAR that Gabriel Serota makes a very simplistic misreading of my letter (October 18), very similar to the one suffered by Bishop Dow in 2007.
Human sufferings can alas be too great for any god who imposed them as retributive punishment to deserve anything but scorn and defiance, and certainly not worship. Yet, as in the world wars, they arise from the “cause and effect” principle in nature, which we ignore to our peril in the irresponsibility of our consumerism.
In summarising Graham Dow’s views, which your correspondent should please download from the reference which I quoted, I left many topics unmentioned - the acceptance of usury (unearned interest on loans) which is at the heart of the global market; the failure to banish air strikes and nuclear weapons; the cruelty of broilerhouse poultry farming; the callous acceptance of the death toll on UK roads (five per day).
They disgrace our world and should not be condoned, whether or not they are linked, as the bishop, suggests, and I suspect, to the recent environmental hostility.
Coun Frank McManus, Todmorden.