Letter: Conversing is not ‘accosting’
To the Editor:
Though I have not had the privilege of meeting Mr. de Vos, his sense of being “profiled” and “accosted” by my engaging his ideas is unfounded. So, briefly let me respond once again.
In regard to the gospel of Thomas – early apocryphal and pseudonymous writings are well-known. However, many have been excluded throughout history for good reason. For example, the gospel of Thomas, which Jon is encouraging us to equate with the Bible, states, “Peter said to them, ‘Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life.’ Jesus said, ‘Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven.’” (So much for Bruce Jenner.) Though some believe Q is a possible source for the synoptic gospels, very few view Thomas in such a favorable light.
When referring to a Universal Moral Law, I was not specifically talking about the Bible, although it would certainly be included. We could look at numerous cultures through the ages and find that although we disagree sharply on many points, there is much we do have in common. This is one of the reasons why we still read the great works of literature the Greeks and Romans produced. We see that these people were just like us, they even threw their infants out to the wolves. Yet we notice the one who was admired was not the father who threw him out, but the poor shepherd who rescued him. When we look beyond our pop culture we are compelled to ask questions. In former times an educated person was a person who knew what was good, beautiful, and true. Indeed we may have lost the clarity to know these things, but does that mean we must not try? Are we indeed so haughty that we cannot learn from history or cultures other than our own?
My response to Jon’s article, “The Immoral Grizzly Bear,” was merely to raise questions and present a side of the story that Mr. de Vos did not present. There are still people who believe in a Universal Moral Law and I would add that although Christians are among this number we are not the only ones. Besides, engaging someone’s ideas does not mean you are accosting them, it means you are starting a conversation.
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