Belief or Unbelief? Correspondence Between an Atheist and a Christian

By Joyce Arthur and Al Harms
©  copyright Joyce Arthur and Al Harms, 1991


The following letter appeared in the Letters to the Editor section of the Vancouver Sun on August 29, 1988.

A Source of Many Evils

I am amused but also disheartened by the large wave of protest against the film “The Last Temptation of Christ.”  The fact that the protest is so widespread points to a general increase in recent years in a return to Christianity, especially the fundamentalist sort.

Christianity promotes not only intolerance (which causes bloody wars) but also lack of independent thought, guilt, inhibition, pointless self-sacrifice, and ignorance, to name a few tings.  Not only is there no hard evidence for the actual existence of Jesus Christ, what circumstantial evidence there is highly suspect, probably planted.

As far as I’m concerned, anything that may serve to weaken the influence of Christianity and reduce ignorance in this society is a step in the right direction.


Al Harms, who is a Christian, wrote to Joyce and thus began a correspondence which has continued for over two years.  After a few initial letters, both agreed to correspond with the purpose of reflecting their views on a variety of issues.  They have attempted to describe how their particular world views are reflected in how they live and find meaning in life.

Following a number of introductory letters, the writers chose to deal with specific topics which include Prophecy, Science, Ethics and Morality, Creation vs.  Evolution, The Authenticity of Scripture, and The Problem of Evil.  The remaining letters are identified as General.

The following excerpt, taken from somewhere in the middle of our correspondence, discusses mainly Bible prophecy.

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