We appreciate the contributions from the
readership of this newspaper to the local intellectual ferment, re: the
justifications, or lack thereof, of religious beliefs; historicity of
alleged man/god hero figures; miraculous events that deny and defy the
known laws of the universe; and the intellectual legitimacy of
apocryphal religious claims and assertions.
While we expect to
receive an intellectual critique from the contributors, the latest
contribution from Rev. Leslie Uhrinak of Cross Lake reads like a
prepared text of a fundamentalist/literalist preacher reciting the “same
old-same old” spurious religious platitudes.
Instead of a meaningful contribution to our discussion, we got baseless religious claims and assertions.
Instead of a historical/critical analysis, we got dogma.
Instead of some literary sophistication from an ecclesiastic, we got Biblical literalism from a preacher.
Instead of a modern intellectual critique, we got archaic superstition and magical thinking.
Instead of some legitimate scholarship, we got fourth century theology.
Instead of some helpful objectivity, we got subjective speculation and unsupported conjecture.
Instead of employment of the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation, we got religious doctrine.
Instead of some real, modern enlightenment, we got the perpetuation and promulgation of the Dark Ages.
Instead of “your,” we got ”you’re.”
If the first rule of scholarship is to know whereof one speaks/writes, we were grievously disappointed.