"I have no idea how letter writer James F. McGrath (“Same Rules,” Letters, Oct. 10-17) convoluted my letter (Oct. 4) to include The Da Vinci Code since I consider both the Code and the Bible to be fictitious and did not mention the Code in my letter.

I am very much interested in knowing where the New Testament manuscripts are that Dr. McGrath says came earlier than 333 C.E., about when Constantine declared Christianity to be official. Isn’t that about when the current Bible was put together by a handful of early Roman Catholic clergy?

As to another letter responding to mine, no I have never wondered or worried about being “judged” at the time of death. I find such concerns to be among several coercive tactics of the clergy to control gullible churchgoers (“hell” and “heaven” being two others).

I do wonder how the tragic airliner victims of the Trade Center crashes were “judged” in that split second of incineration, an event that supports my claim that religions collectively are behind a great many man-made disasters and tragedies (burning “witches” to death, another example).

Robert Corya

Indianapolis

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