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    letters | presence of the divine in ‘les miserables’

    Presuming to speak for God

    Regarding Jennifer Graham’s “The faith personified in ‘Les Mis’ ” (Op-ed, Jan. 1): Graham writes about she derives religious inspiration from a work of fiction, “Les Miserables.” In the last paragraph, she writes that God “dreams a dream: of a culture that is receptive to religion.” How arrogant of Graham to claim she knows the thoughts of God. If only preachers would realize that the Bible was written by people, like Graham, who presumed to speak for God.

    In the first paragraph, Graham proclaims that “the professional atheists . . . have been flattened by a filthy French waif.” In the last paragraph, God, “driven from classrooms and rotundas,” has “found a toehold on the stage.” Which is it? Are God and his minions going about flattening atheists, or is God in desperate need of a toehold? Or were both references meant as hyperbole?

    Well, since we are dealing with trivial issues like the nature of the universe and the foundations of our moral principles, I guess I'll let Graham slide.

    Alexander Lowry