Letter: Embracing religion is a choice

The arrogance suffusing JoLynn Glanzer’s Aug. 4 letter “Can one be good without God?” (short answer: no) left me dumbfounded. She just couldn’t resist lecturing us vile non-believers. (The tendency of some Christians to flaunt the moral superiority they ascribe to themselves is why many people don’t like them, actually.) Since we are, by definition, “Not good”, what is to be done with us? Should we wear electronic monitoring devices?

Here are some things for her to consider:

My grandparents were simultaneously rabid fundamentalists, to the point of hysteria, and virulent racists. How does that work?

How is somebody who acts out of the fear of punishment morally superior to someone who tries to behave ethically out of reasoned conviction? (The implacable determination of some evangelicals to meddle in the private lives of others is obviously driven by such trepidation.) Sadly, some people can be induced to behave themselves only if threatened with eternal damnation and even that doesn’t always work. So much for “God’s image”.

The notion of an afterlife, as most people seem to understand it, presents many absurdities. What if you remarried after having been widowed?

Though Jesus was undoubtedly a great moral teacher, to embrace the whole rather improbable resurrection scenario is your choice. It is not mine.

Cindy Adhikari

Cedar Rapids

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