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Issue: "Dick Armey's parting words," Dec. 14, 2002

Screwtape in Africa

Andree Seu quotes actor Tony Lawton, as noted on a playbill, "Do devils exist? I don't care, and neither, I daresay, does Lewis" ("Incident at 10th and Ludlow," Nov. 16). Mr. Lawton's blase attitude reveals his conclusion: They don't. Obviously the crowds Mrs. Seu described cheerfully dispersing into Philadelphia bistros had not just read, as I had, your account of ferocious and wanton butchery in the Congo ("On the road to genocide," Nov. 16). As I read it, I kept thinking, "demons." The situation there has all the earmarks of demon skill and management. Perhaps the reality of internecine butchery and terror in the Congo would have forced the theater-goers to reconsider whether C.S. Lewis really did care about the existence of demons. - Ted Thomas, Shelbyville, Ky.

Andree Seu went to rhetorical excess in her comment that she wished "all the useless psychology majors at our Philadelphia universities be shut down" and the students sent to see Mr. Lawton's performance as Screwtape. As a doctoral student at Philadelphia's Temple University in Educational Psychology, I try to deconstruct untruth in my classes and build upon the truth that God has granted unbelievers through common grace. For example, I am amazed by Jean Piaget's profound insights into the realm of human cognitive development, yet saddened that such a great mind was not dedicated to the propagation of the gospel. I am further saddened that his work was not first done by a Christian. We Christians probably thought such work was useless; consequently we ceded (and now poorly ape) a whole realm of inquiry into what makes human beings unique in creation to the unbelievers. Enter Oprah. - Eric Bierker, Columbia, Pa.

Wise leaders

In this day of cutthroat success and fallen corporations like Adelphia, Enron, and WorldCom, it is very refreshing to read of CEOs like Ken Iverson of Nucor ("CEOs in the mirror," Nov. 16). It seems to me Mr. Collins's book, Good to Great, gives us a clear picture of truth in action and the real success it brings. As a Christian, it is gratifying that there are some wise leaders in our business world who take truth seriously and then apply it for greatness. - Joan G. Martin, Marietta, Ga.

I was pleased to read Joel Belz's column about the importance of humility in leadership. Jesus was the perfect servant leader, and we would do well to model our leadership style on His. Unfortunately, I am coming to fear that President George W. Bush and his administration are forgetting what it means to be humble, servant leaders. I pray that he will choose to be humble but strong. - Craig Wickstrom, Conneaut, Ohio

No charade

Andrew Coffin does not do justice to the 1963 film Charade when he writes that "dramatic force was not [its] strength" ("A charade of a remake," Nov. 16). Of course not. That's because it is a whimsical suspense comedy that successfully pays tribute to Hitchcock. In it we get Paris, music by Henry Mancini, scintillating dialogue, and light-up-the-sky chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. - Phil Holabach, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Corrections

In the Nov. 5 House of Representatives elections, Republicans won Texas congressional district 23 (Henry Bonilla) and New Mexico district 1 (Heather Wilson) (Nov. 16 map, p. 20).

Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) originally won his Senate seat in 1954, two years after Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) won his (Nov. 16, p. 8).

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