Give Yancey a Pulitzer!

Philip Yancey deserves a Pulitzer for his article on forgiveness (“Holocaust & Ethnic Cleansing,” Aug. 16). Aquinas, the angelic doctor, could not have done better.

Dan Lyons, Director

Catholic Communications

Bloomsbury, N.J.

Yancey’s is a simple message and yet powerful and true. Promoting hate and bitterness only fuels the discontentment of all people.

Marian Grace

Irvine, Calif.

The unbiased, gentle manner in which Yancey wrote broke my heart. I am going to take the article with me when I travel overseas to Croatia. Pray that God will give me wisdom as I present it to others.

Sandy King

Burlington, Ont., Canada

Colson’s reasonable approach

Thank you for printing “Crime, Morality, and the Media Elites” [Aug. 16], Charles Colson’s address to members of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Once again, he has hit the nail on the head. If Christians are to be credible participants in public discourse about the social, moral, and religious issues that tend to polarize members of our society, we would do well to follow Colson’s thoughtful and reasonable approach to those with whom we disagree.

Gloria J. Kittock

Minneapolis, Minn.

Female deities never freed women

I cannot contain my enthusiasm for Elizabeth Achtemeier’s article “Why God Is Not Mother” [Aug. 16]! She confirms and develops all my resistance to the woman-as-god ideology, particularly in terms of practical implications. I especially appreciate her wisdom in indicating that the old female deities never freed women from anything; instead, their worship promoted women’s roles as prostitutes and breeders. In contrast, Judaism made women the center of family life. Achtemeier’s insistence that biblical inspiration is nothing to be trampled over for the sake ...

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