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Issue: "Don't have a cow," Aug. 11, 2001

Astonishing

As a 23-year resident of New Jersey, I find Bret Schundler's victory in the gubernatorial primary astonishing ("Ready, set, Bret!," July 7/14). I had come to believe that Tom Kean and Christy Todd Whitman were the best a Christian in this liberal northeast state could hope for. Mr. Schundler's outspoken biblical views are making both Democrats and Republicans scratch their heads in disbelief. Many may see Mr. Schundler as an easy mark, but the way he turned the tables on Democratic nominee Jim McGreevey's pro-abortion views recently displayed a keen mind. Mr. Schundler may be more than the Democrats bargained for come November. If the large middle takes a close look at Mr. McGreevey, Mr. Schundler may have a shot. And if people believe that he can get rid of those infuriating tolls on the Garden State Parkway, as he promised, that may be worth a million votes right there. - Max McLean, Morristown, N.J.

God uses nudes

It was gratifying to be mentioned in "The good, the true, the beautiful." Regarding the use of the nude, nudity has too often become a theoretical line that Christian artists should not cross if they are to be acceptable to true believers. Yet I have found that my nude figures have been used by God to change lives, bring those who love Him closer to His side, and challenge those who do not know Him. - Edward Knippers, Arlington, Va.

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As a Christian, I go to Barnes & Noble more than Christian booksellers for Christian books because I simply get tired of wading through the Precious Moments figurines, the Prayer of Jabez tie pins, the Testa-mints, and so much more, only to hear, "No, we don't have it, but we can order it for you" ("Going mainstream," July 7/14). Barnes & Noble almost always has the books I want, along with comfy chairs and coffee, and none of the clutter. When I find a Christian bookstore that actually carries some Christian books besides Tribulation Force and I Kissed Dating Goodbye, maybe I'll come back. And comfy chairs wouldn't hurt, either. - Bob Hyatt, Tualatin, Ore.

Dangerous vow

Regarding the marriage vow to "love, honor, and obey," obedience and submission are not synonymous. Although a vow of submission would be biblical, it would be foolish if not dangerous for a woman to pledge unqualified obedience to her husband. In striving to promote conservatism, we must remember that not every tradition of men is worth conserving. - Amethyst Celaya, Seymour, Mo.

Be happy, buy our stuff

One of the VeggieTales videos, Madame Blueberry, teaches that "stuff" is not what really matters. But Ben Howard of Big Idea says that "videos and toys with a Christian message should be jostling for kids' attention on mass-market store shelves" ("Bigger idea," July 7/14). VeggieTales is marketed through "party supplies, backpacks, coin purses, T-shirts, sticker books, photo albums, pencils, and erasers"-not to mention jewelry, toys, and the Big Idea website. Let's see-Madame Blueberry says, "Be content with what you have," but Big Idea says, "Buy our stuff." Does anyone else find this to be, at the very least, inconsistent? - Renee L. Zienert, Belleville, Mich.

Somebody has to win

Why is anyone surprised to see Mr. Bush caving in on the faith-based initiative ("Faith-based surrender," July 7/14)? The Republican convention tried to portray that party as "compassionate," open to gays and Christians, moderates and conservatives. But when the crunch comes, one side or the other will prevail. - Gary Martin, Platte City, Mo.

Heart-felt

Poor Andrea Yates. What a time of torment she must have been going through. Where were her sisters and brothers in the body of Christ? What she did was tragically wrong, but what pressure she must have been under with all of the problems she was facing, seemingly alone. My heart goes out to her. - Patty Lyons, Stephens City, Va.

Made in China

Your article on China must have heightened my awareness ("Trading places," June 30). I just discovered that my Bible cover contained a tag, "Made in China." - Jim Craig, Richland Center, Wis.

'Cept for dad

I love reading WORLD. As an 11-year-old homeschooler, it is my primary source of news, aside from my father. - Timothy Merkel, Ellicott City, Md.

Christian absence

Thank you for your article on serious art by Hannah Eagleson ("The good, the true, the beautiful," July 7/14). As an artist and a Christian, I have been continually baffled by the absence (CIVA being a notable exception) of a Christian presence in the artistic life of the culture; most Christians are "art dead." There is a huge void out there waiting to be filled by some Christian with an eye (or ear) and a heart for Christ. - Dick Davison, Bryan, Texas

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