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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "The other campaign," Feb. 9, 2008

Caution, not commerce

The jury may still be out regarding human impact on greenhouse gases and global warming, but caution ought not to give way to commerce. We may discover in three years or five that alarmism regarding climate change was appropriate in 1997 when the Kyoto Protocol was first proposed ("Stealth Kyoto," Dec. 22). If the decision to avoid a more pro-active approach to stewardship of the planet is driven by commercial considerations rather than following a primary dictum of Almighty God, shame on us.
-Christopher Gould; Cypress, Calif.

Death for its own sake?

Supporters of embryonic stem-cell research simply do not seem to be able to understand that the destruction of life is neither the most effective nor the most moral approach to saving life. Despite the recent breakthrough in adult stem-cell research ("Where they stand," Dec. 15), scientific and political supporters of embryonic stem-cell research, such as Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, continue to push their agenda, even though it is no longer the only or the best way to achieve their stated purpose of improving health care and saving lives. Do they simply desire the destruction of human life for its own sake?
-Johnathan Osborn; Larkspur, Colo.

The basic question

While I agree that the historical evidence refutes the idea that the words of Jesus were later additions to what really happened ("Liar, lunatic, Lord?" Dec. 8), I would have challenged Marvin Olasky's skeptical students with the basic question: Was Jesus really God come to us in human form? The best way to answer the question is to examine the documentary evidence for the Resurrection using the tests used by historians for validity and the protocols used by lawyers for veracity. As Simon Greenleaf, a founder of Harvard Law School, put it, the four Gospels "would have been received in evidence in any of our courts of justice, without the slightest hesitation."
-Donald T. Fairburn; Oxford, Ohio

Making a difference

Thank you for the story on the Amani Ministry ("'Higher peace' dividends," Dec. 8), which sells products made by African women who have escaped a life of prostitution. I ordered several and gave them as Christmas gifts. It's wonderful to make a difference in someone's life by purchasing these beautiful purses.
-Rebecca Morrison; Flint, Texas

New and improved

I love the new direction of WORLD. Getting it every two weeks gives me more time to read it. Kudos to the Year in Review issue, especially. I loved it!
-Jayla Freeman, 16; Lawrenceville, Ga.

Corrections

Up and coming singer-songwriters in Brooklyn include Sarah Fullen. An independent rock group with Christian roots is The Gregory Brothers ("Highway to heaven," Jan. 12/19, p. 32).

Murree Christian School closed after a terrorist attack in 2002 but reopened in 2004 ("Assassination of a dream," Jan. 12/19, p. 46).

The Oregon legislature considered but did not pass a bill containing language that presumed crisis pregnancy centers "misinform and mislead women" about abortion ("Pro-life hot sheet," Jan. 12/19, p. 62).

The map accompanying "Life after Carhart" (Jan. 12/19, p. 64) mistakenly identifies New Mexico as Arizona.

Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 ("After midnight," Dec. 29/Jan. 5, p. 36).

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Lew Burdette was 80 when he died on Feb. 6 ("Departures," Dec. 29/Jan. 5, p. 69).

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