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Nov.4, 2009

Vol. 110, No. 4

Loving one’s neighbors

In response to: The evolution of God

Shouldn’t Robert Wright ’79 read the Bible before he writes about it (Alumni Scene, Sept. 23)? According to your writer, Wright says that Jesus “meant love your Jewish neighbors, not all neighbors.”

There are few subjects on which Jesus was clearer. A questioner asked him, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus responded with the story of the good Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans had no use for each other, but it was the Samaritan who came to the aid of the injured Jew. “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus asked the questioner. And when the questioner responded, “The one who showed mercy,” Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37.) What part of that doesn’t Robert Wright understand?

Christopher L. Webber ’53
Sharon, Conn.

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