The Right Stuff

From the perspective of working hard at a wonderful marriage of 15 years, in raising four girls, and in having a deep concern for society’s values, I found Tim Stafford’s article “Intimacy: Our Latest Sexual Fantasy” [Jan 16] extremely helpful and reassuring. Without his larger foundation of knowledge and statistics, we’ve been doing the right things!

LISA WIENS

Minneapolis, Minn.

Thank you for Tim Stafford’s expose of the Ethic of Intimacy. His penetrating analysis shows why the church and her leaders must uphold what the Bible teaches about marriage and divorce. One possible “lion” on the loose: the increasing number of ministers who erode the sanctity of lifelong monogamous marriage by remarrying themselves and/or presiding over remarriages after divorce. Might we not ultimately help many more than we hurt if we would uphold the absolute of Scripture that marriage is an inviolate commitment between husband and wife and “as long as both shall live”?

REV. LARRY ALLEN

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

Houston, Tex.

Treaties that work

I endorse the general thrust of Terry Muck’s editorial [“Promises, Promises,” Jan. 16] that treaties are contracts between nations that ought to be encouraged. Common sense ought to tell us that if a nation repeatedly failed to live up to its committed word, no other nation would likely enter into new treaties with it. If the Soviets were half as unreliable as some American commentators assert, it would be criminal negligence even to consider a new treaty with them!

There are fundamental treaties that establish weights and measures, money exchange rates, time zones and date lines, radio and ...

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