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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Turkey: A terrible toll," Sept. 4, 1999

Biblical backbone

I must take issue with the criticisms leveled at Alexander Hamilton and his cohorts in designing this government ("Governing government," July 31). To label the principles of our Constitution as "far too optimistic" misses the point. True, Hamilton misjudged the judiciary, the makeup of Congress is vastly different than it was originally, and a large republic has its drawbacks. But in the bigger picture, the first large republic ever created is still in operation, it is the richest and most productive nation on earth, and it helped defeat some of the worst evils this world has ever seen in Hitler's Germany and the Soviet Union. This country has more biblical backbone in its founding principles than any since the biblical nation of Israel. The Constitution does not contain every biblical principle, but the United States is not Israel and should not attempt to act like it. Fault belongs to all those who have helped pull us away from those founding principles. - Gregory M. Jones, Virginia Beach, Va.


Calvin Beisner's article "Sixpence none the richer" (July 31) on a millennium of human progress in economics was a timely reminder of where we used to be. We are raising our 10 children in a developing country where electricity, running water, and adequate medical care are still not available in many distant villages. But in most places, food, clothing, and medicine are affordable and abundant, often carried into remote locations on the backs of enterprising campesinos. The dismaying thing is how quickly we take good things for granted, and begin suffering the consequences of a different kind of lack-a lack of gratefulness. - Beth Ramirez, San Cristobal, Guatemala

An honest atheist

Thank God for an honest man among the secular ideologues ("Professor Death," July 17). Peter Singer, recently appointed to Princeton University, has the integrity to take two fashionable but irrational and unsubstantiated ideas-atheism and evolutionism-to their rational conclusions. Most other academics wish to maintain the comfortable illusion that goodness, meaning, and value can exist in a godless universe. Only a cowardly and dishonest inconsistency prevents them from arriving at the same conclusions as Mr. Singer. Mr. Singer is an unwitting asset to Christianity because he unmasks the brutality and callousness of a worldview that denies God. - Julian Wierenga, Neerlandia, Alberta

Better by a mile

Your reviewer of John Grisham's book The Testament ("Bigtime Christian fiction," July 3/10) commented that it was "not well-written," but I felt it was well-written enough that I picked up several of Mr. Grisham's other books at my library, none of which I had ever read. The reviewer was right when he stated that "it's a compelling story." I could hardly put it down. I think it's exciting to be able to purchase a book by an extremely popular author in the secular world, and find not only a great story line, but Christian characters who look better than any of the rest, by a mile. - B.L. Wiedenbeck, Arlington, Wis.

The quest

In the August 14 issue of WORLD you used the word bamboozled. I was ecstatic to see that word in there. You see, I'm on a worldwide quest to bring the words radical, stoked, bamboozle, and keen into prominent social use. You would do me a great favor if you used these words habitually. By the way, I'm a part-time super-hero, so if you ever need help I'll be glad to assist. - Flamin' Ames-n-Shoot Ferris, Norway, Mich.


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