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methods to study sacred writ ings, both biblical and non biblical, for over a century and achieving agreed-upon results. JACK HARTJES St. Cloud, Minnesota I take great exception to the comment "As Christianity distanced itself from its origins as a Jewish sect, Christian thinkers found it increasingly convenient to blame the Jews as a people for the arrest and execution of Christ, and to cast Judas as the archetypal Jew." I was raised in a Christian home. In my church I was taught to respect Jewish peo ple as God's chosen. Without roots in Judaism there would be no Christianity. CHARMAINE VAN DEN EYNDEN Pictou, Nova Scotia Fall of the Wild Your story laid bare the mythol ogy proffered by the Bush Administration that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a frozen wasteland, more appropriate for oil production than for wilderness, wildlife, and the cultural legacy of the Gwich'in people. Your words and images were testament to the moral bankruptcy of drilling what is left of the wild Arctic. JAY THOMAS WATSON Sonoma, California As Joel Bourne notes, the majority of land in the North Slope "belongs to you and me." As a member of that group, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a better location for oil deposits than the North Slope of Alaska- a location that doesn't see the sun for weeks of the year and has a population of less than 8,000, with potentially enormous oil fields. PETE HANLIN Hickory Creek, Texas No amount of rhetoric, money, or politics can justify what is being contemplated and what has already been done. If the same amount of resources Write, Email, Fax Write National Geographic Magazine PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. )w it's not. IntroducingEnergizer EnergI To Go Instant Cell Phone Charger. You're Just two AA batteries away from having power to talk anywhere, anytime. It's the easiest way to keep you going. For maximum talktime, use Energizer e' Lithium.batteries.