PRINT October 1987


All the better to eat you with.

RECENTLY I HAPPENED to catch an ABC News “business brief,” an indispensable service for those whose perception of Wall Street tends to dull during prime time, and what I heard made me skip a program in my channel-changing. Gold and silver were up, the Dow Jones was way up, but, the anchorwoman noted, Consumer Confidence was down considerably. Only a few weeks before, polls had showed that most Americans believed that their president was lying to them. From there it seemed only a matter of time before they would begin to suspect their laundry detergent of lying to them.

It would be easy to blame this climate of suspicion on the president and his advisors, but their actions are only a part of a vast faith deficit. As scandals have rocked the evangelical ministries of Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, and Jim and Tammy Bakker, many viewers must have come to believe that even God was lying to them,

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