I sat in my living room watching a rerun of Law and Order when a commercial for the Reverend Peter Popoff’s miracle spring water flashed across the screen.
A used-car-salesman announcer gushed, “God’s will has always been for us to be in health and to prosper, and he’s using the miracle spring water to do just that.” Another shot showed a woman jumping toward the air as hundreds of dollars rained down on her.
“God is a god of more!” the announcer shouted.
The Reverend Peter Popoff’s water pilfered people’s pockets. My friend—a self-proclaimed atheist—watched the commercial with me and noticed my disgust. He leaned forward and grinned. “What’s the matter? Don’t you believe in miracles?”
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