Richard T. Wright says, "In the scientific community, there is clear consensus that [global warming] is a serious problem" ("Fuel for thought," Nov. 29). There is no clear consensus in the scientific community that global warming even exists. There may be a clear consensus among research scientists that supporting the administration is a way to get federal funding, but there are many scientists who believe this is but another ploy for the federal government to gain control over the economy. The lack of data, inconsistency in measurement, and inability to correlate carbon dioxide concentration to temperature changes are all indicators of poor scientific research. - Bob Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Act without certainty
Thank you for including "Fuel for thought," which supports the position that global climate change should concern Christians. The issues involved are of such importance, the time lags in the system are so long, and the possible consequences of inaction are so great that most of us environmental engineers feel we must take a stand now, even without complete certainty. - Steve Hamblen, Greenville, S.C.
Contrary to your Nov. 1 report on the persecuted church, my objections to the "Freedom from Religious Persecution Act of 1997" are not libertarian, but constitutional and biblical. The act contradicts God's command that his people not seek the help of the nations to deliver them from persecution, but to trust God (Psalm 146:3-9). Whenever the church turns to the state for such help, it risks betrayal. - Herbert W. Titus, Chesapeake, Va.
Sound Catholics, too
In "Culture evaders, embracers" (Nov. 29), Joel Belz writes: "But on those three issues [God the creator, humans fallen, Christ the only redeemer], sound evangelicals and sound fundamentalists already have good agreement." He could easily have added sound Catholics as well, on both these and other basic issues. - Reynolds Griffith, Nacogdoches, Texas
Cloud of witnesses day?
In the Nov. 29 Mailbag, Lynn Sidebotham suggests that we "celebrate the great cloud of witnesses and saints, as Hebrews 11 does." For over 10 years our family has been doing that. Each adult and child present (and we always have guests) gives a report on a saint and dresses in costume as that character. We read Hebrews 11 together, pray for those in prison for their faith, have a candlelight ceremony, sing, and eat symbolic food. We focus on the universal church, and our unity with all believers before and since Christ. - Gretchen McPherson, email@example.com
Why write the book?
Roy Maynard's review of Steven Pinker's book ("Replicator or creator," Nov. 29) quotes him as saying, "We are organisms, not angels, and our minds are organs, not pipelines to the truth." I wonder why Mr. Pinker saw such value in this "truth" that he took the time to write a book on the subject? Why does Mr. Pinker sees such objective value in this "truth" that we should purchase the book and take the time to read it? - R. Asper, Watertown, S.D.
I read your article "Viewers get Beaned" (Nov. 29) and am somewhat confused about your premise that Bean is a stupid movie, undeserving of the welcome the world gave it. Bean is a wonderful movie that outdoes its PBS predecessors in every sort of humor. More good humor has been killed by critics than by any other source. Your fault in this article was that you tried to make sense of and give meaning to the character. The movie is just good fun about a man who never grew up. Accept it for what it is and quit analyzing it to the grave. - Josh Hugo, Hugos4@juno.com
I strongly disagree with your opinion on the movie Bean. I am 11 years old; maybe that is why I liked it, but my family liked it just as much as I did. - Gwen C. Mercer, Troy, Ill.
I usually enjoy your cartoons, but the recent effort about Dr. Kevorkian was just plain stupid (Nov. 29). The cartoonist argued that "a Stalin, a Hitler, and two Jack the Rippers' are equivalent to "a Kevorkian." How on earth could one make such a comparison: upwards of 30 million involuntary deaths vs. a few dozen voluntary deaths? Mr. Wright fails to understand the importance of distinguishing between voluntary and coercive means to an end. - D. Eric Schansberg, Louisville, Ky.