Thursday, 9 August, 2007, 07:05 AMRating 5 out of 5 (Extraordinarily platitudinous)
Malcom Pointon's slow death from Alzheimer's is a painful reminder that science and medicine are ultimately useless. As a Reverend Canon Doctor, and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University, let me just assure you that despite your test tube babies and your post-menopausal conceptions, despite all your efforts to prolong life and health, you're all going to end up gaga. All you doctors and medical experts are just making things worse for everyone. Why don't you do something useful. Get on your knees and start praising the LORD for illness and dementia. You're wasting your time trying to make things better. Give up and despair, for the book of Job tells us that God can do what he likes, even if it means ruining and torturing people for a bet with the devil. So thank God for all the things that don't work properly, for all the suffering of mankind.