The one thing we know for sure is that the inevitable movie version of the San Diego suicide cult won't be called Heaven's Gate--that title is taken. As for everything else in the world, most of us haven't a clue. We're agnostics, know-nothings. Certitude was once the American religion, but after Watergate and other scams, we realized that what we thought was certitude was only blind faith. At least, we think we realized that. Or maybe...

In two ways, Americans are suffering a crisis of faith. Some people have lost their faith, so they dip into sleaze news, snickering as they...

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