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..."