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Vox Dei Psalm 29

Vox Dei

We may completely take for granted how powerfully connective our voices are -- but God and Roger Ebert do not.

At a Glance

Computer technology is helping some people who are unable to speak, to speak again. The most famous example of this is film critic Roger Ebert, who was left speechless after numerous surgeries for thyroid cancer. This discussion leads us to consider how God speaks in the world and whether we're tuned to hear what God has to say.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the Isaiah text, see "Synesthesia Spirituality," June 15, 2003 , at

He's not God, but try telling that to expectant film directors and financiers. Roger Ebert has ushered too many of them into career booms or busts.

When Ebert voices cheers or jeers, it can mean millions in profit swing for a movie. The coveted -- and trademarked -- "Two Thumbs Up!" rating from Ebert and late partner Gene Siskel could mean the difference between early award consideration or early-release video.

Ebert has been critically reviewing film for 45 years. He got his start writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, but broke...

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