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Issue: "Ghost streets," Feb. 27, 2010

Listen carefully

Regarding your coverage of the events of 2009 ("News of the year," Jan. 2) and "2010: The year ahead" (Jan. 16): I'm reminded that in my fleeting life so much has changed-not advanced, but changed. In my 1950s teens there were no such things as global satellite TV, PCs, the internet, bar code scanners, and cell phones; not to mention the array of moral, cultural, and religious issues that have torn us apart in just 40-some years, especially in the church. When will the Lord declare that enough is enough? I can almost hear the trump and shout.
-Stu McAllister; Hendersonville, N.C.

Bravo! Your outlook issue is the best I have seen in over a decade of reading WORLD. Congratulations on a truly outstanding job of addressing the major issues confronting us in 2010.
-Wayne Curtis; Pelham, Ala.

Markedly uncharitable

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Regarding "2010 Vision" (Jan. 16) about the need for an alliance between Christian conservatives and non-­religious conservatives: It seems to me that Christians are markedly uncharitable toward those with different views. We have a history of cutting off our noses to spite our faces. I am praying that what now appears to have been a very close call with the health bill fiasco will help us to be more ready to form coalitions based on common ground.
-Anne Johnson; Medford, Ore.

I found "The Next Hundred Years" (Jan. 16) to be the most insightful interview I have yet read in WORLD. Arthur Brooks was so understated yet so profound.
-Bob Cunningham; Bloomington, N.Y.

I found your "Looking ahead" snippets (Jan. 16) interesting and informative. However, you should be cautious about prognosticating on the results of an election, as when you wrote that Martha Coakley would "almost certainly" win the special election in Massachusetts to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy. Tsk, tsk!
-Philip Morgan; Bellingham, Wash.

I received a subscription to WORLD for Christmas. It's a perfect gift. However, in the article on seven "Countries to watch" (Jan. 16) in 2010, I can't believe North Korea didn't make the list. I think next to Iran, it may be the largest threat to us.
-Edsel Bernstrom; Renville, Minn.

In "Countries to watch" you reported continuing persecution for both "Christians and Catholics" in Vietnam. As Catholics, we accept Protestants as brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a necessary beginning to acknowledge that we are all Christians.
-Charles Oliver; Macon, Ga.

Be true

As a Narnia fan, I was delighted to see the article on the upcoming movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ("2010 Preview: Movies," Jan. 16). However, I was disappointed that the pictures portray the ship as very gaudy, more like a parade float than the sailing ship C.S. Lewis describes. I hope that this movie will stay much truer to Lewis' book than the movie of Prince Caspian.
-Dorothy Norberg, 13; Wake Forest, N.C.

I have just come from Avatar with my son. He called it "Pocahontas meets Star Wars"; I called it "Dances with Wolves goes Sci-Fi." In a different era it would just be called treasonous agitprop, but it is more properly called a reflection of the culture of self-loathing found in much of the public discourse.
-Richard Davison; Bryan, Texas

Avatar was a fun film. Like the Harry Potter films, as long as you understand the philosophy you can enjoy the movie. With its pantheism, reincarnation, and so on, Avatar has a little bit of philosophy for everyone, except for Christians.
-Ron Hanson; Escondido, Calif.

Unexpected test

I've appreciated many things Andrée Seu has written, but most of all "Much higher learning" (Jan. 16) about a new kind of seminary. I, too, am a seminary graduate. It was the greatest test of my faith I've ever experienced, and I wasn't expecting it. Seminary wasn't all bad, but the biggest problem was how it stripped from my friends a love for Jesus and replaced it with intellectual pride.
-Dave Ness; Longview, Wash.

Seu painted a good picture of the atmosphere that seminaries probably ought to cultivate but have long since abandoned in their quest to provide academic "excellence." I teach Greek, Hebrew, and exegesis in a small church and what she described is what our church is doing.
-Phil Faris; Spokane, Wash.

I disagree that we need a seminary that teaches nothing but Scripture, prayer, and fasting and goes light on doctrine. In my view, we have already turned North American Christianity into little more than self-help theory based on an emotional appeal. We should instead teach a faith based on immutable truths. We are losing the next generation of churched young people because they don't know what they believe or why they believe it.
-Gray Abercrombie; Fort Mill, S.C.

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