I have no difficulty with NCE allowing its readers the opportunity to respond to previous articles. However, I was disappointed to see two correspondents have letters published which went beyond responding to the article and attempted to provide the readership with a lesson in religion - their own particular brand of course! Religious debate has little relevance in the magazine of a learned society and, given how contentious and divisive the whole topic of religion is, I would be very grateful if the old adage that politics and religion should be avoided were to be fairly strictly enforced within your pages.
With regard to the threat from Derek Knight advising you to 'take great care how you write about the Lord Jesus Christ . . .' I would advise that you treat it with the contempt that it deserves.
Arthur Cowley (M), Kilmarnock KA1 3DT.
I write to express my distaste at the article 'Good news!' (NCE 11/25 December 1997) which was very irreverent, irrelevant and unnecessary especially with the advent of the festive season.
Surely as trained engineers who ought to check the validity of important statements, we can spare some time to research the Bible for ourselves and satisfy our curiosity by finding out the real Jesus Christ.
I am sure He will 'incorporate' the seekers in His abundant love.
'The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.' Proverbs 18:15
R Salahi (M), 3 Livingstone Street, Norwich NR2 4HE.