Sent to The Star, Johannesburg, Wed 22/09/2010 18:08, published without the parts in blue on 27 Sept 2010.
"The Star" always gives the last word on religion to Bob Holcombe, making it seem that there is no answer to his shallow arguments. Will Sol Makgabutlane be sufficiently unbiased this time to break with tradition and publish my letter, as he has failed to do on several previous occasions?
Bob Holcombe's letter (Sept 17) "God only knows if there is life elsewhere" should not stand unchallenged.
He says that scientists are going beyond their field. Not at all. Anything that can be objectively investigated is the province of science. If it can't be scientifically tested, it's speculation, superstition and nonsense. As is Religion.
Mr Holcombe talks of a reason and a cause. This is typical mumbo-jumbo. Things just are, they don't need a reason and a cause.
If some god were the creator, who created the god? If that god was always there, why not cut out the middleman and accept that the universe itself was always there? The simpler explanation is the most likely, by Occam's Razor.
He says "God makes himself approachable" –what, through a hundred different religions that contradict each other and a Bible that contradicts itself?
And "God ... provided a logical account of how it all started". Really? We know from previous letters that Mr Holcombe believes the Bible. Pity he appears not to have read it. If he had, he would know that the Biblical account of Creation is both illogical and contradicted by observable facts. The universe clearly did NOT arise in six days of 24 hours. A schoolchild can tell you that day and night could not have existed before the sun.