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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Home again," July 12, 2008

Walk the line

I enjoyed "The Harvard affair" (May 17/24). Passion has its place in religion, as it does in life in general. The old-line Pentecostals of a later era had some good advice when it came to maintaining a solid faith along with a lively belief: "It's not how high you jump that matters-it's how straight you walk when you come down."
-Grif Vautier; Kingman, Ariz.

Thank you for showing the danger of rationalism. While the world celebrates godless philosophies and intellectual, elitist prestige, we boast in Christ, the true base and goal of every academic subject.
-David Quatt; Greenville, S.C.

Tribute

Thank you for your tribute to the heroes, young men and women, resting in Section 60, particularly the touching story of Matthew Phillip Wallace, his friend Mat, and their families ("Blood that speaks," May 17/24).
-Dennis Brannon; Fayetteville, Ga.

Overpoweringly noble

Thank you for your Narnia coverage ("To Narnia!" May 17/24). Overall, I've been very happy with the work of Andrew Adamson, who also directed Shrek; but there are times when he should have stayed further from "Far, far away." Perhaps my greatest disappointment in the Narnia films was the lack of respect for the Talking Animals. In the films it seems they were used mostly for comic relief, when in truth they were the life and breath of Narnia-humorous, but also overpoweringly noble.
-Elsa Wilson, 16; Tallahassee, Fla.

This Chronicles of Narnia fan believes the movie missed the mark. While the actors were perfect in their roles, and the battles incredibly well done, I was very much disappointed by the movie straying so far from the book's storyline.
-Katrina Rausch; Polson, Mont.

Abnormally used

As a rising senior, "Diminished returns" (May 17/24) struck a note with my own thoughts about life after high school. Attending college is almost expected, and we don't even stop to ask why. God can use us in so many other ways outside the norm.
-Haley Olson; Mahtomedi, Minn.

Here in El Paso, there is a huge need for hair dressers, plumbers, welders, carpenters, telephone repairmen, mechanics, etc. Many school-age children don't need to be pushed into math and science.
-Mike Laverde; El Paso, Texas

Would you trust this man?

About Barak Obama's "Tarnished eloquence" (May 3/10): A man who suddenly left his church after 20 years spent embracing its teaching must have found that either he had erred or been deceived. Shouldn't he then admit his foolishness and warn others? Or did he leave his church for some possible gain, namely voters? Can a man who left his church for earthly gain be trusted? We should not trust the management of our country in the hand of someone with Obama's character regardless of his eloquence, tarnished or not.
-Tiet Parsons; Arlington, Texas

Corrections

West LaFayette is in Indiana ("Casting spellers," June 14/21, p. 66).

Charles Chauncey (1705-87) was pastor of Boston's First Church, a Congregationalist church ("The Harvard affair," May 17/24, p. 83).

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