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About our cover THINKING IT THROUGH
Soap operas, holy places, and wrestling with angels
Days of Our Lives. As the World Turns. The Young and the Restless. One Life to Live. Neighbours. Television soap operas like these are enormously popular, not only in the United States but around the world.
What's their appeal? Probably the attraction that melodramas have always had. We want to know what will happen. And there's also the excitement of entering, as we imagine, the lives of the beautiful, the rich, and the powerful.
In terms of glamour, sexual excitement, and worldly success, our own lives could seem drab compared to "the soaps." But do such terms measure the "days of our lives" for anyone? If we had "one life to live," would any of us really want to live it as a soap opera?
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Family ties that bind and heal
Julio C. Rivas T.
Don't forget to acknowledge the healing
Robert L. Maddox
No soap operas in heaven
Robin Jagel Berg
Do we need to pay the penalty?
William A. Gough
Angels and control
Jeanne Steely Laitner
Unexpected holy places
Michael D. Rissler
We can't be trapped by evil
As a lifelong student of Christian Science, I have had numerous...
Laurie Ann Hickenlooper with contributions from Bill Hickenlooper
I found Christian Science after praying sincerely to be lifted...
Mary Sharon (Sheri) Hunnicutt
Since my last testimony was published in this magazine (in...
Gary Wallace Drescher