October 6, 1986
Jeff Greenfield's Sept. 23 Op-ed Page article, "Robertson wants another pulpit," contains an abundance of incorrect facts and misunderstood concepts. God, not Pat Robertson, "cures the sick and alters paths of hurricanes"; human beings are merely vehicles for these accomplishments. I don't recall Pat Robertson's exact wording that Mr. Greenfield presents as "his assertion that his ancestry makes him a better American than . . . "; I can put forth the thought, for those who have ears to hear, that he is a better American than some for the presidency in this time of crisis in virtually every area of life in the United States.
August 14, 2007 |
The Lord works in mysterious ways. Even through an eggplant, perhaps. Felicia Teske of Boothwyn was slicing on Sunday a pear-shaped purple veggie that she had purchased at a local produce stand when she noticed that the seeds formed a word. And the word was God . "It's definitely there," said her husband, Paul. Unlike similar claims, you don't have to strain your brain this time, he said. You may have heard, for example, about a Jesus in a Chihuahua's ear or a Virgin Mary in the grease stain of a pizza pan. "There's no imagination here," he said.
August 24, 1997 |
Thomas Jefferson voiced no religious belief more often than that he was part of a bigger picture that furnished focus for his life. Jefferson did not believe that events were tossed on a cosmic roulette wheel, bouncing to the "guidance of blind fatality. " The "Creator and benevolent Governor of the world," he asserted, did not let things happen by mere chance. "The moral condition of the world," he insisted, did not allow national crimes to go unpunished and national virtues to get lost: "We are not in a world ungoverned by the laws and power of a superior agent.
September 20, 2005 |
Growing up Jewish, I always felt like an outsider as a religious minority. As a grade-school student, I couldn't understand why we were forced to sing Christmas carols during school assemblies. I wondered why we couldn't sing Hanukkah songs or spin the dreidel. Thus, despite my belief in God, I empathize with Michael Newdow, the atheist who brought suit in California federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance because of the phrase under God. I have no problem reciting the pledge.
March 25, 1998 |
If the modestly gifted 18th-century composer Antonio Salieri did - as he does in Amadeus - avidly seek fame, he has Peter Shaffer's popular 1979 play and the subsequent film to thank for the renown he has today, nearly 175 years after his death. It is, however, not the kind of fame the historical Salieri likely envisioned. Instead of acknowledging the once securely obscure composer as a musical creator, Shaffer presents him as the destroyer of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the genius Salieri could never be. Did Salieri, as legend and Amadeus propose, have something to do with Mozart's death?
July 26, 1994 |
A year ago, residents of Cedarbrook celebrated the closing of the raucous Ivy Hill bar. The patrons of the nuisance bar packed guns and drugs, and trashed the streets with beer bottles and crack vials. When the bar closed, residents did what they hadn't done in years: Sat outdoors in the summer. On Sunday, a little more than a year after their victory, the community celebrated again with the dedication of the Brand New Life Christian Center. Greg Wicks, of Wadsworth Neighbors Against Drugs, said his group, a nightly town watch that had worked with neighbors and law enforcement to close down the Ivy Hill, welcomes the church.
December 22, 2006 |
I'M A JEW who has experienced moments of transcendence that I think must be God. I don't believe in miracles, but I pray for people who are sick, and I want health care for all. I believe God doesn't take sides - on sports teams and on nations. I don't believe God blesses only America, land that I love, but I sing the song anyway. I believe with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel that when torture and "extraordinary rendition" are committed in a free society like ours, "some are guilty but all are responsible.
April 26, 1990 |
"They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary . . . " - Isaiah 40:31. Bill Starrs, 62, sat among the hanging models and pictures of airplanes and talked about the addiction to flying. A large crucifix hung on the wall behind the airplanes. "Flying is an obsession," he said. "If you love to fly, you are constantly thinking about the next time you can go up. "You know, Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic the year I was born.
March 6, 1991 |
Erica Lee, my 6-year-old daughter, asked to go to church, so off we went to SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. We parked near the towering green dome kissing the ice blue sky. The dark red walls rose like hands in prayer. The stained glass windows sparkled in the winter sun. All in all, you'd have to say God is alive and living very well on the Parkway. But He's the only one - for right there on the corner, under a statue of Christ with outstretched arms, sat a man on steam vent, buried in swaddling rags.
October 14, 1990 |
The meeting began with a prayer. The 12 women who sat in a circle facing one another joined hands as the group's leader asked God for help and strength during the gathering. After the prayer, there was a moment of silence, and then the leader informally explained the program. Most of the women in the circle were strangers to one another, but in the course of the next 12 weeks many would pour their hearts out to the group, telling of their feelings of boredom, depression, lack of discipline and sense of inadequacy.