Thank you for the timely article on Larry Woiwode ("Get real," July 4/11). I'm right in the middle of Born Brothers and have just finished Beyond the Bedroom Wall, truly a beautiful "Christian novel of the covenant." I learned from your article that the author wrote it before being brought to the Reformed faith. I am grateful for Mr. Woiwode's gift for fiction and for his participation in the centuries-old conversation regarding Christianity and the arts. I recall another often misunderstood Christian writer-Flannery O'Connor-who wrote: "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have the sharpest eyes for the grotesque, the perverse, and for the unacceptable.... Redemption is meaningless unless there is cause for it in the actual life we live." - Janet Stroethoff, Missoula, Mont.
Fit for the dump
Regarding Larry Woiwode's "reality fiction," wouldn't this be a violation of Ephesians 5:12 ("for it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret")? No, God does not want us to be hypocrites and hide things, but neither would he have us bring the contents of the city dumpster into our living room. - Bob Jennings, Sedalia, Mo.
Thanks so much for the article and review of Larry Woiwode. I first read Indian Affairs and didn't like it much. But then I read several of his articles and then the wonderful Acts. Understanding more what he was doing, I have read and enjoyed a number of his other works. I hope because of your article more Christians will "discover" him. Agree or disagree, he surely forces Christians to think about their place and responsibility in the world, and that is sorely needed. - John W. Wilson, Pittsburgh, Pa.
If, in 10 years, anybody reads his stuff or wants to know how to pronounce his name, then Mr. Woiwode might be qualified to dust off C.S. Lewis's bust in a museum. Such arrogance. - John G. Gill, Guadalupita, N.M.
Appalachian mountain high
How encouraging to read Joel Belz's column on his recent hike on the Appalachian Trail ("Mountaintop experience," July 4/11). How refreshing to read a positive piece about the environment in an evangelical publication. Most of what I see in Christian media about the environment is negative-usually criticism of the "radical environmentalists" who we are led to believe all hug trees and are part of the New Age movement. It makes me wonder how often my fellow Christians actually get out and see the breathtakingly beautiful places that the environmentalists are struggling to preserve. When will Christians realize the value in making sacrifices to set aside wilderness for all of us to enjoy? - Dwight Moffitt, Columbia, S.C.
Roy Maynard's analysis of the modern evolution debate through recent book publications failed to credit the real impetus of the modern creation/evolution battle: the work of the Institute for Creation Research, and its founder Henry M. Morris ("The evolving door," July 4/11). - John Doughty, Winchester, Va.
According to Roy Maynard, the National Academy of Science says evolution must be true because there is "no evidence that it has not occurred." This statement certainly is not to the credit of the nation's top scientists. While to some this differentiation may seem to be nitpicking, the statement is, in fact, a polar opposite to accepted scientific method. It is comparable to saying, 50 years ago, that the moon is made of green cheese because there is no evidence that it is not! (That theory was pretty easily abandoned when the first astronauts landed!) I am dismayed that an organization as prestigious as the National Academy of Science is providing this kind of information to teachers of our next generation of scientists! - Prof. Robert Harter, Durham, N.H.