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Dear Editors,

The "Issue & Interchange" on Public Schooling (Vol. II, No. 1) was interesting. I note the debate included definition of public schools as agnostic (Wilson), corrupt (Simonds), neutral (Simonds).

I think we need to back up a little. Is a public school a necessary institution that has become agnostic, corrupt, no-value, etc. and that can be improved? Or is it, at its base, the result of an unbiblical concept that the government has a right to order (compulsory education) parents what to do with their children?

Answering this question does not necessarily answer the question of the debate, "Is It Morally Permissible to Educate Our Children in the Public Schools?" But I think it does answer the question whether or not it is possible to improve them. No, not in a significant or lasting basis.

Barbara Needham
Laton, California

Dear Editors,

Having read and re-read Antithesis for a year now, I want to express my appreciation for your work and commitment. Each issue has challenged and inspired me, and I am grateful for the work God is doing through your ministry.

I found special interest in two articles from the November/December issue: Beyond Creation vs. Evolution and The Biblical Antithesis in Education. Regarding the former, we need to seriously address the extent to which our society has been influenced by the thinking of Sagan, Gould, Hawking, and the like. This article is a good start. Specifically, Mr. Moore mentioned "the growing conviction among paleontologists that life on earth appeared almost at once" (p. 10). I had not been aware of such a conviction, and I would like to hear more.

Regarding the second article, Mr. Wilson's incisive survey was on the mark. Being a student at a liberal arts college in Los Angeles, I can see first-hand the intellectual anarchy that results from assuming the neutrality of education. Little progress is made because no one is right and no one is wrong. Marx, Freud, Sartre, Plato, Hobbes, Kant, and others are all thrown together into an intellectual melting-pot which tastes of nothing but confusion. I am looking forward to future articles on the Christian and education.

Thank you all, and I pray that God will continue to bless your work.

Mark Careaga
Los Angeles, California

Dear Editors,

One word of encouragement: your articles are bold, refreshing, and though-provoking. Keep up...the antithesis!

Channing Miller
Lynchburg, Virginia

Dear Editors,

Keep the excellent articles coming!

Kenneth Simpson
Franklin, New Hampshire

Dear Editors,

I have thoroughly enjoyed my subscription to Antithesis this past year. Please renew my subscription with the addition of another subscription for a friend.

Thank you for such a scholarly publication and for so many timely articles. May God grant you all a prosperous and joyous New Year.

Charles Clark
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Editors,

I am thrilled to be a part of this noble undertaking. I have a deeply felt conviction that the great "Reformed" message is the best expression of the faith that God has thus far revealed. It is time for a new awakening to its timeless truths. Thank you for your part in helping get the cause going.

Clyde Bowie
Richmond, Virginia

Dear Editors,

Great journal. Keep doing what you are doing!

Jeffrey Black
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

Dear Editors,

I am currently a full-time student pursuing a degree in Nursing Home Administration. Having a student rate is greatly appreciated.

Wallace Crawford
Des Moines, Iowa

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