In response to the Monday letter “Time to vanquish fear-mongering,” I would like to suggest the author take his own advice on embracing knowledge, for he seems quite ignorant of actual Christian theology and beliefs.
It is true that there are some preachers who are prone to emotional tirades on many subjects, but every group has its extremists, and modern sensationalism in the media does little to help focus on actual issues. As usual, these people are not a proper representative of the whole.
Actual Christian belief supports neither fear of knowledge nor fear of Hell, but encourages compassion, understanding and wisdom. Even the end of the world is nothing to be afraid of. If there is nothing you can do to stop it, and you know what happens afterwards, why would you be concerned at all?
I invite the writer (and anyone else who wishes to discuss elements of Christian Theology) to contact me at <a href="http://firstname.lastname@example.org[/URL], where I will be happy to talk about any element of Christian belief they are interested in and help to clarify some common misconceptions.
Oh, and it’s the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”, not the “Tree of the Knowledge of Scientific Information.” Please note the difference. Theologically speaking, it’s relevant.