Letter: Waiting for God

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Sir: J Richard Pater (Letters, 5 September) likens teaching children the importance of religious belief to the need to look both ways before crossing a road: "if there really is no traffic it makes no difference ..."

But what really happens is that the believer tends to take the child to a manifestly empty road, with no sign of traffic, and to say: "Look at that enormous lorry, it's heading straight for you, don't pretend that you cannot see it, it's vital to your whole future that you admit to recognising it..."

MIKE DOUSE

Norwich

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