Religion: The Best Pupil

If God's truth demands the tortured cry of a single innocent child, argued Dostoevsky's Ivan Karamazov, then God's truth is not worth the price of admission. But there are other ways of looking at the ancient mystery of guiltless suffering, as was shown last week by the remarkable story of one child. The story was told by the U.S. Sixth Fleet's Admiral Charles Brown, and it concerned the son of his old friend Jack Peurifoy, onetime (1950-53) U.S. Ambassador to Greece. The child's name was Clinton Peurifoy, and he was a spastic.

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