Since I began writing my column for the Deseret News back in 2011, each column has been between 736 and 739 words long. This one is no exception:
But it seems to have hit a nerve among at least a few atheists and agnostics and fellow travelers.
I didn’t deal with this, they say. And what about that?
Patience, friends! I supply the nuances and flesh out the details in separate columns. (Sometimes even, implicitly, in the biweekly columns that I do on Saturdays with Bill Hamblin.) It’s a cumulative case. And I’ll return to this and other issues. Have already done so, in fact.
I do like the commenter, though, who triumphantly points out to me that Desmond Tutu and Beowulf aren’t contemporaries. A careful reading of the column will demonstrate that the thought that they’re 1300 years apart had never so much as entered my mind. Nor had I realized that the Beowulf poem is likely fiction. And I certainly wish that I had called the column “Some alternatives to Christian ethics” instead of “An exhaustive examination of all of the alternatives to Christian ethics,” since, as one astute writer points out, I don’t deal with Buddhism, Hinduism, and other world faiths, and since I use only a few examples (whereas I should have meticulously discussed dozens of them).
Where would I be without such acute critiques?
Posted from Paris, France