Recovery For Acoas

Thank you for the great article on adult children of alcoholics [“Sins of the Fathers (and Mothers),” Sept. 10]. Charles Sell’s information was informative, correct, and timely. It is important to remember that not all people in ACOA programs come from families with an active alcoholic. Children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families learn that coping tool of denial so well that sometimes individuals who could be helped think the program isn’t for them because there wasn’t an active alcoholic in their family.

I believe Christ is an active participant in these programs, and the hope of recovery is available in all—in denial, out of denial, angry, sad or abandoned.

Mary A.

Redlands, Calif.

It is a shame that churches are hopping on the latest psycho-fad bandwagon promoted in Sell’s article. Labeling believers as adult children of alcoholics and funneling them into support groups directs their focus and attention to themselves and their problems. This is to be expected from the world’s self-absorbed multitudes. But Christians need to look upward, not inward. Sell is wrong when he says the greatest need is love from the church. The greatest need is love for the Lord.

Bob Franck

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pelikan An Example

Thanks for Mark Noll’s [profile of] Jarsolav Pelikan [Sept. 10]. Those of us pursuing academic vocations in history can look to the example of Pelikan for excellence and inspiration.

Pelikan also brings up an issue that should receive more attention—namely, the lack of academic freedom that Christian scholars often experience in Christian institutions. The notion that “most churches and seminaries remain fundamentally ambiguous about scholarship” lends further credence to the historic failure of evangelicals ...

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