We must agree to differ but there are certain points raised by Kevin Carlyon in his letter (Observer, November 21) that need some clarification.
Far from a dying belief system Christianity remains at the core of civilisation. Britain, like many western nations, has so far based its way of life, which includes the legal system, moral rules and respect for women on Judeo-Christian values of the Bible.
As a result both Christians and non-Christians alike have enjoyed freedoms and opportunities which are the envy of many in non-Christian third world countries. However such freedoms can never be taken for granted and unfortunately in our present time they have been greatly abused.
With regard to the furtherance of Christianity, in the last 2000 years biblical knowledge has increased with the uncovering of much archaeological, geological and documentary evidence to support the facts of the Bible. Furthermore Christian creationist scientists do not grope around in the dark for missing links but work on the basis of facts and intelligent design.
The sun did not make itself but God, the supreme intelligence, spoke it into existence. However there will always be those who choose to worship the creature/object rather than the creator. As we know the Sun God is a popular idol of pagan worship. Nevertheless it has its origins and identity in the infamous Nimrod (the great-grandson of Noah).
Nimrod whose kingdom was Babel (Babylon in Iraq) rebelled against God like his father Cush who inhabited Ethiopia. (Genesis 10:8-10).
After Nimrod was put to death for his evil deeds his mother Semiramus who was also his wife spread the rumour that he had ascended to the sun and was to be worshipped as ‘Baal’ the sun god. In Egypt the same mother and child were worshipped as Isis and Osiris/Horus and in Babylon as Ishtar and Tammuz and this perplexing belief system has been passed on throughout the ages.
However there is a much brighter light than the sun; it is God’s Shekinah glory which reigns eternal.