Religion: Words & Works

¶ On the wind-scoured top of Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary planted a crucifix, he told a reporter last week.* The small fiber cross had been given to the expedition's leader, Sir John Hunt, by "an English Roman Catholic father," he said, though "actually none of the Everest team was a Catholic ... It was in a small envelope about half the usual size. When we reached the summit, I remembered the crucifix and stuffed the whole thing, envelope and all, in the snow alongside Tenzing's [Buddhist] offering."

¶ The purchasing power of Protestant...

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