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at constructive answers. There comes a time when others, “simple faith” may hinder appreciating the
we must acknowledge that all beliefs/worldviews struggles of our knowledge-based society.
are based upon some “authority” beyond ourselves. For all of us, Peter’s letter exhorts us to “have rever-
Choosing, by default or by intention, on which author- ence for Christ in your hearts, and honour him as Lord.
ity to base one’s life usually is some combination of Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to
“faith and reason.” explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentle-
For some of us, “intellectual idolatry” hinders our ness and respect” (3:15-16, Today’s English Version).
ability to acknowledge and trust God as God; for Ivan Unger , Ca mbrid ge, Ont.
Musings on Marilyn info related to the biblical passage I was
researching, I was surprised by pop-up
photos of three young females with an
Melissa Miller offer to link me with “sexy Christian
singles” in my area!
as it anything other than ones like monogamy, self-restraint and And don’t get me started on the Dallas
‘soft pornography,’” my fidelity, towards values based on physical Cowboy cheerleaders!
friend asked sceptically, pleasure, immediate gratification and To return to Marilyn, a walk through
referring to the Marilyn Monroe photo multiple partners. an exhibit of her photos is ultimately a
exhibit I’d just attended at the local art As the envelope for what’s acceptable sad walk. Sadness for a neglected, abused
gallery. in public advertising and popular media child. Sadness for a powerful, beautiful
“Well, there was that,” I answered, has been pushed in the “soft pornog- woman unable to achieve her deepest
“but there were other things as well.” I raphy” direction, I sometimes feel op- desires for love and family. Sadness for
went on to describe how the
exhibit traced the evolution
of Marilyn from early photos
to return to marilyn, a walk through an exhibit