Evil, absence of God require humility

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Peter Skurkiss writes that God has been "driven out of American life, especially the schools" (Record-Courier Dec. 18). He seems to have the story confused. The story is that God drove Adam and Eve out of Eden because they wanted to be God.

Now Mr. Sturkiss attributes God-like power to us, that is, Americans. We can drive God out of places as we see fit. Hubris is not a rarity on the part of Americans but the ability to drive God out of anywhere is quite a stretch. Indeed, according to the Christians trying to be God-like is the "original sin."

Evil and the presence or absence of God, if nothing else, require humility and an admission of mystery. To not be aware of this, the Jews and Christians tell us, inhibits the recognition of God's love.

Perhaps Mr. Skurkiss might consider Wittgenstein's admonition, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."

G.J. Harrison, Kent

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