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Issue: "Boston Terrorthon," May 4, 2013

Knowing that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” how can we insist on having an apology or admission of guilt before we deign to bestow our grace on a fellow sinner? Of course this isn’t easy—sometimes it feels downright impossible—but how can we aspire to anything less?
—Nancy Maack, Trenton, N.J.

‘Trying to forget Sandy’

March 23  As a pastor ministering in Hurricane Sandy territory, I believe that its effect on New Jersey has little resemblance to genuine suffering. Plenty of money is flowing from insurance and government. The event exposes our victimization mentality and aversion to old-fashioned work.
—B.E. Winship, Laurence Harbor, N.J.

‘Conviction and controversy’

March 23  Your excellent article on Dr. Koop left out one important fact: He was a committed creationist and wrote several fine books supporting this view. He once wrote, “I am of the firm conviction that until the scales are lifted from the eyes of those who oppose creation, no scientific evidence will be of value in proof.”
—Jerry Bergman, Archbold, Ohio

‘12 worried men’

March 9  I was thrilled to read Edward Lee Pitts’ account of the 12 congressmen, especially Paul Broun’s testimony of first reading the gospel in a Gideon Bible. As a long-time Gideon, it is always great to read of the Lord’s miraculous power.
—Barry Bertram, Campbellsville, Ky.

‘Treadmill Swerve’

March 9  Believers have no reason to be intimidated by so-called experts, even if they are Harvard professors. The author of The Swerve, who asserts that the world is “atoms and the void and nothing else,” is either dishonest or astonishingly ignorant of intellectual developments outside his narrow academic specialty. I’d guess the book’s rapturous reception has much more to do with academic in-group solidarity than the merits of the author’s argument for Epicureanism as a better flavor of atheism.
—Al Manteuffel, Wheaton, Ill.

‘Number crunched’

March 9  Janie Cheaney was pretty tough on us nerdy types. Obviously, she’s making an important point that data does not guarantee objectivity, but I doubt that there is an important trend toward data. Data about firearm-related problems, for example, are so deeply imbedded in rhetoric that I need a pencil and notebook to assemble scraps of meaningful information gleaned from speeches.
—Kathleen Rollins, Bullard, Texas

‘Ideal subscribers’

March 9  The description of your “ideal subscriber” fit me almost to a “T.” I started reading WORLD regularly at age 25, when caring for my firstborn, and am now a stay-at-home mother of four. I appreciate what you’re doing and enjoy the way you make even dull issues interesting.
—Alexandra Gobble, Hazelwood, Mo.

Correction

The number of U.S. children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has risen 41 percent in the past decade (Quotables, April 20, p. 16).

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