I don’t think I ever recall a challenge for a Spiritual Smackdown [“Let’s Have a Good Ol’ Stomp-and-Chant,” Letters, Dec. 26]—although I fear that someday some loony network will dream up such a premise for a reality show. But here it was, in the Mountain Xpress! In this corner: Lady Passion and her team of broom-riding witches. And across the ring: the Bible-toting brigade led by the Nesbitts. Wow.
Well, seriously, I don’t really think that such vitriol is a very good idea, do you? I mean, brooms and Bibles as weapons? Someone could really get hurt and be none the wiser for it. On the other hand, though, Lady Passion and her cohorts raise some good questions that ought to be answered—hopefully in good humor—by Christians like me.
First, America was founded on a belief that all men were created equal. Created is the critical word in that, I think, and it suggests that the Founders’ basic worldview (being Christians, most of them) informed their political premises. Second, as to whether it’s best to serve one God, no God or many Gods, I can only assume that it’s best to serve and worship the Truth. We can all get together and worship Homer Simpson if we want, but reality is what it is, right? Thirdly, should teens and children be allowed to study witchcraft? Ah, hmmm—I guess I have to ask where? At home or in schools? What you teach your children (being a witch) will be different than what I teach mine (being a Christian). Oh, and no—I don’t have a right to prohibit you from teaching witchcraft to your kids (just in case you wanted clarity on that point).
Lastly, I believe the Bible tells us that man has dominion over the earth but not to trample it. I don’t have a clue where people get this idea. It’s certainly not what Christianity teaches. We have to tend the garden, so to speak. We are created higher than rocks and trees and animals, but that doesn’t lead logically to abuse and destruction.
Okay, then, witches far and wide: I hope this answers some of your questions (without any verbal body slams too). A debate is still a great idea—one that I’d relish. This really isn’t the greatest forum to debate such large truth claims as theism and so forth, but I thought we should start somewhere. Call me and we’ll have coffee or something.
— Jason Korol