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Issue: "The first straw," Aug. 28, 1999

We needed that

I appreciated your review of important events over the last 1,000 years ("The millennium," July 31). So many Christians are unaware of their heritage-the God-ordained successes as well as the unbiblical follies of the church in its various forms. To know where we came from, what has worked, and what hasn't will help future congregations manage their churches and spread the message of Christ. I hope that the church of the 21st century will realize that cultural change alone and the religions of man won't save us, but that Jesus Christ can. Modern liberals have used the American public's ignorance of history to fool them in many ways. Thank you for reminding us of the events of the millennium so we can see how God has worked in our world. We needed that. - Andrew Hogue, Valley View, Texas

But

Your writing is excellent, your historical accounts insightful, your worldview God-honoring, but your math is wrong. This is not the "last year of the millennium"; the year 2000 is. Perhaps next year at this time I can expect another special millennial issue-I will devour it as I have this one. - Don Dumbacher, DeKalb, Ill.

Down with Dewey

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I thoroughly enjoyed your special issue on the millennium. However, I found your mention of John Dewey in the education article to be neither pro nor con. I believe that he has done more harm to the public education system than any other men in the nation. Dewey was a socialist and an atheist who wrote that God was the greatest threat to education in the country. I believe that Dewey and his followers have dumbed down the curriculum and taught our nation's children to rely on government for answers. - Duane V. Grassell, Akron, Ohio

A keeper

Recapping 1,000 years of history is no easy task. However, your writers and editors did a phenomenal job. From beginning to end you were able to show us both good and bad alike. This issue is a keeper. - Kathy Lundgren, Rockton, Ill.

Objection

We love your magazine, but we take issue with one point in "No cure for the Fall," where Mr. Imbody lumped homeopathy in with the "stagnant pond of New Age quackery." We think Christians should research it for themselves before condemning it as a pseudo-science. - Rick & Sue Merriam, Marion, S.D.

Back to basics

Your July 31 issue was excellent. I especially appreciated the sections on the legal system ("Stop! In the name of the law") and education ("Dollars and sense") which were right on. There is no question that in both these areas we have lost our moorings. We must get back to the Christian worldview that is so crucial to both these disciplines. - David R. Christenson, Lynnwood, Wash.

WORLD in class

I plan to make your millennium issue required reading for the course I teach in Western Civilization for the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. Keep up the great work. - Keith Bower, Houston, Texas

No free cure

What a grand sweep of medical history by Jonathan Imbody in "No cure for the Fall" (July 31). But "expensive technology" did not lead directly to managed care. If market forces were truly harnessed to medicine, we could expect Moore's Law (computer speeds double and prices drop every 18 months) or some variant to be at work in medical technology. Imagine a home MRI unit, something hardly more outlandish than a laptop would have seemed in the days of Univac. Instead, market forces have been turned inside-out by the third-party payer. Not only is there no cure for the Fall, there is no free cure. Someone pays, and if it isn't the patient then prices soar and the patient loses control of his care. As long as we ignore this principle, health care will continue to unravel. - Nancy J. Rice, Hackettstown, N.J.

No mob rule

Professor Buzzard denounces the principle of "judicial review" as established in Marbury vs. Madison but fails to present a viable alternative. If it is not the judiciary's duty to "say what the law is," then whose is it? The Bill of Rights is far too important to be entrusted to the vagaries of mob rule. - Ken Smith, Golden, Colo.

Known by your enemies

As a new reader, I greatly enjoyed your special issue on the millennium, so I thought I'd check out your website. None was listed in that issue. A search of "worldmagazine.com" brought up a drawing of a satanic-looking alien next to a banner that said, "In the year 2018 the messiah returns." Hmm ... pretty heavy stuff for a Christian site, I thought. A search for "God's World Publications" brought me to a gay/lesbian page listing WORLD magazine as one of the enemies of the gay and lesbian community. Well, at least they linked me to your website-www.worldmag.com. - John Horton, Hendersonville, N.C.

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