"We've been kind of seduced by the myth of modernity, that things are getting better. … But the World Trade Center plops this whole notion of evil back in our laps."
Randall Balmer
Columbia University
religion historian
"I don't want to see the paramedics of the nation—the church —stuck in the library studying what the accident means while the victims are traumatized on the side of the road."


"What these Muslims like about Christianity is that it is a religion that heals."


"If prayer works for people, great, do it, but don't exclude us . …We're as patriotic as anyone."


"A hurtful, divisive message."




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The Word of God (October 22, 2001)Leadership (October 11, 2001)Suffering (September 13, 2001)Change (August 14, 2001)Living Tradition (July 18, 2001)Sacred Spaces (June 11, 2001)Friendship (May 17, 2001)The Cross (Apr. 12, 2001)The Quotable Stott (Apr. 27, 2001) For more perspective on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, see Christianity Today's previous essays and editorials:Blame Game | Seeking mercy is a better response to 9/11 than seeking meaning. (Nov. 8, 2001)Blood, Sweat, and Prayers | One man's journal of ministry among New York City's firefighters and police officers at Ground Zero. (Nov. 8, 2001)Rally Round the Flag | America may not be God's chosen nation, but it does have a mission that churches can support. (Nov. 7, 2001)Wake-up Call | If September 11 was a divine warning, it's God's people who are being warned. (Nov. 5, 2001)Judgment Day | God promised that calamity would follow disobedience. So why are we quick to dismiss it as a reason for the September 11 attacks? (Sept. 25, 2001)Now What? | A Christian ...
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