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Posted inReligion

Testimonies: The land where dreams come true

Reading Time: 9 minutes The other day, I was thinking about Christian conversion testimonies. In a lot of ways, they function as narrative stories. However, their similarity to well-told tales mostly ends at having a general three-act structure. They can’t actually stand as good stories because they don’t reflect anything real in the human situation — and they’d be bad that way even if their tellers didn’t try to work miracles into them so often.

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A Freethinker’s Testimony

Reading Time: 3 minutes By James A. Haught Just because you grow up in the Bible Belt (I was born in a West Virginia hamlet with no electricity) doesn’t mean automatically that you’re a fundamentalist. My family never went to church. Most people I knew laughed at “holy rollers.” I wandered into adulthood and, rather by accident, became a […]

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Nobody Dares Say It

Reading Time: 3 minutes By James A. Haught For much of my newspaper career, I was West Virginia’s only full-time investigative reporter. I wrote about political corruption. (Two of our governors and numerous top politicians went to prison.) I exposed consumer frauds. (Various roofers, exterminators, baldness-curers, weight salon operators and other fly-by-night entrepreneurs were jailed.) I revealed stock frauds. […]

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