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Issue: "Social Security," Jan. 11, 1997

Passionate dispassion

Bravo! Thanks so much for your excellent coverage on modern martyrs (Nov. 30/Dec. 7 issue). As someone who has worked on these issues in various evangelical agencies for nearly 15 years, it was encouraging to see such straightforward and yet still emotionally challenging writing. Too often, with the recent rise of Christian persecution in the world, the issue is often hijacked by those with only fundraising strategies in mind, or a political agenda to be confirmed. The tragic story of our sisters and brothers in Christ being personally violated for their faith is one we need to hear more often, for it should spur us to action on their behalf as it also encourages our faith. - Brian F. O'Connell, Mill Creek, Wash.

What is truth?

It seems quite incongruous to see the article "Witness for the prosecution" appear immediately before "Wishing upon a Starr," in the Nov. 30/Dec. 7 issue. The "Mere Creation" conference held at Biola University which intended to develop "a credible origins model based on 'theistic design'" suffers from the same malady as theistic evolution or evolution itself. Evolution is not and never has been the problem; is not the Bible the inerrant Word of God? If not, how can I or anyone else believe God? Do we believe God or a group of scientists who aren't sure what the Bible says? If the Bible, and therefore truth, is open to interpretation or relative, then your article "Wishing upon a Starr" is pointless because President Clinton is merely acting on "his truth." - Bruce J. Taylor, Jupiter, Fla.

We can't all just get along

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While I am all in favor of "getting along," I'm not sure I can go along with Phillip Johnson's plan espoused at his "Mere Creation" conference. Mr. Johnson says we can't afford to be "shooting at each other" over old-earth, young-earth questions and that the "real enemy" is "naturalistic, impersonal Darwinism." I'm not in favor of "shooting at" others, but does Mr. Johnson think that "supernaturalistic, personal Darwinism" will fare any better? No, the "real enemy" is the one who is saying to Christians (just as he once said to Eve), "Hath God said?" The real enemy is the one who is tempting us to believe that scientific "evidence" can change the truth of God's unvarnished Word. - Paul deParrie, Portland, Ore.

Hanging on to the truth

As one who majored in zoology but who nonetheless persists in vigorously holding to the "six-day, 24-hour view of creation," I was pleased with Joel Belz's recent mention of "the venerable Institute for Creation Science" (didn't he mean Institute for Creation Research?). [He did. -ed.] Even when people get the name exactly right, ICR still garners little positive recognition. The unswerving commitment by ICR to biblical inerrancy and a straightforward interpretation of Genesis has helped many to hang on to the truth against the centripetal force of that vortex of deception and charlatanism that is modern Darwinism. - James L. Fletcher, Jr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Darwinism no bogeyman

I was disturbed by the reference in Joel Belz's "Witnesses for the prosecution" to Darwinian evolution as "the biggest bogeyman biblical Christianity may have ever faced." While this would certainly be the position of those who hail evolutionary theory as evidence against theistic creation, it should not be ours. Acceptance that the evidence supporting evolution makes it the parsimonious theory for understanding our world in no way opposes our knowledge that God created the heavens and earth just as he said. To pit these ideas against each other is to suggest that we can observe the metaphysical using our physical senses. - Stephen Becker, Palouse, Wash.

Out of the darkness

In stark contrast ("The offense of Christmas," Dec. 14/21) to our neighborhood at the Christmas season, our house is no "runway." A single spot on a wooden manger, and, in the background, a cross. I confess it has made me think of how easy it is to embrace the one without the other. - Randy Simpson, Monrovia, Md.

Bill and O.J.

Bill Clinton sponsoring campaign finance reform ("Week in review," Dec. 14/21) is like O.J. Simpson hosting a fundraiser for battered spouses. - Gregg L. Cunningham, Placentia, Calif.

Passionate dispassion

Bravo! Thanks so much for your excellent coverage on modern martyrs (Nov. 30/Dec. 7 issue). As someone who has worked on these issues in various evangelical agencies for nearly 15 years, it was encouraging to see such straightforward and yet still emotionally challenging writing. Too often, with the recent rise of Christian persecution in the world, the issue is often hijacked by those with only fundraising strategies in mind, or a political agenda to be confirmed. The tragic story of our sisters and brothers in Christ being personally violated for their faith is one we need to hear more often, for it should spur us to action on their behalf as it also encourages our faith.

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