From the March, 2002 issue of Touchstone
Recognizing the Power of Religion by Phillip E. Johnson

Recognizing the Power of Religion

I woke up early on September 11, 2001, and booted up my computer to check the news on the Internet. I thus saw the earliest coverage of the hijacked jetliners striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the appalling destruction that followed. Anyone familiar with the Internet knows that hoaxes abound, and so it is wise not to repeat any sensational news until you are absolutely sure it really happened. As I paused to be sure my eyes were not deceiving me, I remember thinking, “I sure do hope that this is the mother of all Internet hoaxes.” When the reality and extent of the devastation became clear, the following hours were largely spent wondering and worrying about what would come next.

The first public comment I recall hearing after the collapse of the towers was ascribed to Jerry Falwell, who was sa . . .


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