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Boyne's fight not in vain

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:51 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: 

Although I have never met Ian Boyne, we exchanged ideas on religion and philosophy, and being a non believer, he once invited me on "Religious Hardtalk". I politely declined in deference to my better half who is of a different persuasion.

Ian was curious about the world around him, whether in philosophy, religion or public affairs. He embraced the serious things, the things that matter. He was an intellectual lightning rod in today's media. It would have been a pleasure to engage him in a discussion on the big questions - does God exist? What's the purpose of life, etc?

He was no run of the mill religious believer. He was opposed to blunt biblical libertarianism and advocated a type of liberal theology. One could almost call him (this would make him smile) a secular theologian.

He was always more interested in what he could learn than in scoring points. He had an unfailing sense of proportionality and fairness. I suspect that the main thing he wanted to accomplish in life, was to fight ignorance in the world. Ian, your fight was not in vain.

Dr Ethon Lowe
ethonlowe@gmail.com