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Issue: "Stealth Bible," March 29, 1997

Musical mosaic makes America

While I agree with Gene Edward Veith that country music offers us a glimpse at the soul of America ("Made in the U.S.A.," March 8), I find simplistic his assertion that it best epitomizes what we as a people are all about. The truth is, country is one of many musical voices that together reflect our cultural values. I sense Mr. Veith's article is simply a promotion of his favored musical genre. - Scott M. Armstrong, Orlando, Fla.

A glimpse of God's grace

I was challenged by Arsenio Orteza's profile of Charlie Daniels, "A long slow road home" in the March 8 issue. How many times have I seen the negative in a person, group, or institution and failed to be graceful in my public and private thoughts. Thank you for a glimpse into God's grace in Charlie Daniels's life and work. - Dan Osborn, Princeton, Minn.

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I'm a 77-year-old minister and a charter subscriber, and this is my first letter. I'm wildly enthusiastic about Nancy Pearcey's "Debunking Darwin." I've read everything I could find on the evolution/creation debate, and Ms. Pearcey's article is as fine as anything I've read over the past 20 years. - John E. Rex, Duarte, Calif.

This is a religious battle

I appreciated the "Debunking Darwin" article (March 1). If creation is a religious argument when applied to origins, why is not evolution religious when it deals with origins? The battle with evolution is a religious battle with false prophets. It has little or nothing to do with science, logic, or rational argument. A trial lawyer knows never to play in his opponent's ballpark. - Rex Downie Jr., Beaver Falls, Pa.

That old-time religion

Any orthodox Muslim would be greatly heartened by the intelligent-design movement (as would any god-respecting theist of any stripe). The movement's argument suggests that the universe was probably created by an intelligent Pretty Big Being of some sort. Ain't this a bit namby-pamby in comparison to the Scripture's declaration that "In the beginning God (the unique, self-defining Jehovah God) created the heavens and the earth"? Rather than intelligent-design hoopla, give me a good dose of presuppositional apologetics any day. - Greg Huteson, Duncanville, Texas

What about the designer?

It seems somewhat pragmatic to discuss intelligent design without mentioning the designer even though he is very much implied. While "critical thinking" is needed to avoid "brainwashing" from either the pulpit or classroom, in the final analysis creation versus evolution of any kind is all about what the designer emphatically states versus what mere men suppose. It is Genesis versus Origin of the Species, truth versus error, and true science versus pseudoscience. - Gerald J. Counts, Elon College, N.C.

Regenerated unregenerate?

In response to "The TV ratings canard" (Feb. 22), I have only one thought: When will we Christians stop demanding regenerated behavior from our unregenerated countrymen? - Brian C. Short, Spring Hill, Tenn.

Boone's behavior not trivial

I am appalled by Pat Boone's album In a Metal Mood. Arsenio Orteza excuses Mr. Boone's debacle as an innocent miscalculation that was intended merely to be funny. But then he scolds Christians for causing a "silly uproar" over this "trivial" issue. What concerns me is the lack of discernment that is reflected in the antics of Mr. Boone and Mr. Orteza's condoning it. - Dwight Oswald, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Quotas for conservatives

Research that I have done at Stanford University confirms the findings of faculty voting patterns at other universities mentioned by Marvin Olasky in his Jan. 25 article, "Professor Newt." Faculty in the social science departments at Stanford University are overwhelmingly left-leaning, registering to vote Democrat over Republican at a ratio of about 9-1. These statistics were produced by a study I made of local registration records of faculty that are public. My studies confirm the results of studies of faculty voting at universities throughout the United States. Compared with the so-called "objective" courses at these universities, of course Newt's course would appear to be "partisan." If I were in favor of affirmative action, I would suggest that universities adopt a quota program to permit Republicans and conservatives to be hired in their social science departments. - George Marotta, Stanford, Calif.

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