Don’t assume

It strikes me as odd that in Carson Holloway, John Stack and Rob Schebels’ letter/attack on Mike Ede of September 14, that they would presume to know the mind of David Kincaid, who in turn “knows” what God’s likeness is. In one fell swoop they claim to have greater knowledge, “objective knowledge,” than does Mike Ede, or for that matter, the rest of us.

While, like Mr. Ede, I cannot claim to have an “objective basis” for moral judgment, I do know, and respect the source of Kincaid, Halloway, Stack, and Schebels’ “authority”: the word of God, the Bible. Upon reviewing their argument, for Messrs. Kincaid, Halloway, Stack and Schebels’ statement that man was made in God’s spiritual image alone is contradicted by Genesis 1:26-27 which says “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Therefore, by the Scripture, Messrs. Kincaid, Halloway, Stack, and Schebel’s first argument is terribly misinformed, presumably resulting from scholarship unbecoming in one graduate student, let alone four.

Second, while I may not agree with Mr. Ede’s viewpoint that there is no purpose to life, I cannot condemn him or his views, as do Kincaid, Halloway, Stack, Schebel, Pat Robertson and Jesse Helms. For if I am to live by God’s word, as exemplified in Jesus Christ, I shall heed his words in John 8:7, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” Further, I would much prefer to live with the likes of Mr. Ede, with his rather nihilistic approach, than in a United States where Messrs. Kincaid, Halloway, Stack, Schebel, Robertson, and Helms tell me how to live my life, and, in the case of Pat Robertson, will only save the Carolina Coast through prayer when he is running for President.

Patrick Stewart

Doctoral student

Political Science