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Lori's fallacy of faith

In Sunday's opinion piece, Archbishop William E. Lori opines that he can't understand why as people become more educated, they turn away from religion ("Religious freedom under threat at home," June 16). But the answer is right there in his article, if only he took the time to read what he was writing. But I'll give him a hint.

Mr. Lori used the word "faith" over and over, yet he doesn't seem to understand what the word means.

Maybe a trip to the dictionary would help. Mine says faith is, "a strong belief ... based in spiritual apprehension rather than proof."

So, faith is believing in something despite a total lack of fact or proof; in fact, it often requires the complete suspension of critical thinking. Or to use another word that means the same thing: superstition.

So take heart, Mr. Lori. If anyone ever proves that your god has any more scientific basis than my lucky rabbit's foot, I'm sure all the intelligent people in the world will come flooding back to church.

But I wouldn't hold my breath.

William Smith, Baltimore

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