“Is religious worship necessary?” asked a recent contributor to my local paper, the Worthing Herald. “A being which has absolutely no ego does not require constant worship and glorification.”

On the contrary, having an ego means to be proud of oneself, whereas Jesus Christ was humble, honest and gentle – and should be glorified for these qualities. Sadly, the only vicar who did write a response letter seemed afraid to set these misconceptions straight.

My own Christian faith has only grown stronger through seeing God come to my rescue many times, including when I had a heart attack. So the local writer’s claim that “years of religious piety and supplication have been in vain” couldn’t be further from the truth.

John Houghton

Worthing, West Sussex