Faith is good for all of us

Re: ‘What’s faith done for anyone, anyway?’ (Metro, June 18)

Last week, I read a letter questioning the validity of faith. I am sure this person is not aware of how people with a “faith” have made a positive impact on the world.

For starters, it was a Protestant Christian who invented the printing press. Faith helped the Allied forces stop Hitler during World War II. Because of their faith in God, Quakers and other abolitionists risked their lives.

Let us not forget the faith that helped Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu push toward an apartheid-free South Africa.

And there are numerous others of acclaim whose faith helped them advance humanity, such as George Washington Carver, who was a botanist, chemist, inventor and teacher; and Sir John Boyd Orr, who was a doctor, biologist, founder of the World Academy of Art and Science and the first general-director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

So, despite the fact that we live in a world that has become less tolerant of religion and Christianity in particular, let us remember that not all believers in “faith” are backward simpletons who have made no contributions to the world or humanity.

Paul Hunter, via email


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