For religion, read superstition

10th November 1995 at 00:00
As the Bishop of Leicester says (TES, October 27), children will believe in "any superstitious nonsense". But why does he distinguish between "superstition" and "religion"? What is the difference between belief on one hand in magic, astrology, pyramids, crystals and gambling, and belief on the other hand in the Garden of Eden, Noah's flood, flying angels, virgin birth, driving out devils and rising from the dead? What are religion and spirituality and worship without the supernatural, the miraculous and the divine?

Tom Butler's complaint should logically lead to the end of legally-imposed, mainly Christian collective worship and religious education, and the beginning of proper education about all such ideas. Some hope!

ANNA FREEMAN

3 Hartwell Grove, Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire

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