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Flying in Disney's <i>Peter Pan</i>
Flying in Disney's Peter Pan
The eponymous hero of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan tells the Darling children that they can fly if only they believe with sufficient conviction. Alas, shortly after the play's 1904 London premiere, Barrie began to hear from parents whose children had taken Peter at his word and hurt themselves vainly attempting to fly. Barrie hatched a clever solution: adding a cautionary statement to the play - that all children could fly, but only if they had first been sprinkled with "fairy dust."
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Jimmy Carter greets his brother, Billy Carter, at the commencement ceremonies at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)

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Billy Carter, Jimmy's brother, who boasted of downing "six or seven" beers on work days and a case on holidays, once asked his sister, evangelist Ruth Stapleton, for help—to see if faith could heal a hangover. The result? "She didn't do a very good job of it," Billy later reported. "But three beers did."
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Coin depicting Flavius Theodoricus (Theodoric the Great) (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Coin depicting Flavius Theodoricus (Theodoric the Great) (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The trusted Catholic minister of Theodoric the Great (471–526), hoping to ingratiate himself with the king, one day declared that he was renouncing his Catholicism to embrace the king's Arian faith. Theodoric was not impressed. "If this man is not faithful to his God," he asked, "how can he be faithful to me, a mere man?" Theodoric had the minister beheaded.
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. Credit: Allan Ramsay (Public domain)
. Credit: Allan Ramsay (Public domain)
Oddly, the skeptical philosopher David Hume regularly attended church services conducted by a stern orthodox minister. One day a friend suggested that such a practice was hypocritical. "I don't believe all that he says," Hume replied, "but he does, and once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says."
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Across the Pacific
Across the Pacific
The phone call demanding John Huston's service during World War II came while he was shooting Across the Pacific (1942). As David Niven recalls in Bring on the Empty Horses, Huston was directing Humphrey Bogart "in a scene in which the Japanese enemy had surrounded him in a small building. His escape had been carefully rehearsed—who he shot, who he knifed, and through which window he would jump... "Huston never said a word about the receipt of his 'call-up.' He just tripled the number of Japanese around the building, boarded it up with the hero inside and left for Europe. A hastily summoned take-over director found a note on the door: 'I'm in the Army—Bogie will know how to get out.'" 
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French philosopher-writer Jean Paul Sartre and writer Simone De Beauvoir arriving Israel and welcomed by Avraham Shlonsky and Leah Goldberg at Lod airport (14/03/1967). הפילוסוף הצרפתי, זאן פול סארטר והסופרת סימון דה בובאר במהלך ביקורם בישראל נפגשים עם אברהם שלונסקי ולאה גולדברג, בנמל התעופה של לוד Photo: Moshe Milner  (1946–)   Alternative names Miylner, Moše; Milner, Mosheh‏; Moshé Milner; Milner, M.‏; Mîlner, Moše; Miylner, MošehDescription Israeli photographerצלם ישראליDate of birth 1946 Location of birth Germany Authority control : Q28750411 VIAF: 100999744 ISNI: 0000 0001 0804 0507 LCCN: n82072104 GND: 115699732 BNF: 15548788n WorldCat creator QS:P170,Q28750411.   This work is free and may be used by anyone for any purpose. If you wish to use this content, you do not need to request permission as long as you follow any licensing requirements mentioned on this page. Wikimedia Foundation has received an e-mail confirming that the copyright holder has approved publication under the terms mentioned on this page. This correspondence has been reviewed by an OTRS member and stored in our permission archive. The correspondence is available to trusted volunteers as ticket #2012112010011362. If you have questions about the archived correspondence, please use the OTRS noticeboard. Ticket link: https://ticket.wikimedia.org/otrs/index.pl?Action=AgentTicketZoom&TicketNumber=2012112010011362. Credit: https://www.flickr.com/people/69061470@N05 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a>)

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Near the end of his life, the famed existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre told Pierre Victor: "I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God." His fellow existentialist and long-time companion Simone de Beauvoir was not impressed. "How," she asked, "should one explain the senile act of a turncoat?" [George Bernard Shaw did a similar about-face: "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt," he wrote near the end of his life. "Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, ...
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. Credit: Edward Hicks, American, 1780 - 1849 (1780 - 1849) – Artist/Maker (American) Born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States. Dead in Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States.Details of artist on Google Art Project (Public domain)

. Credit: Edward Hicks, American, 1780 - 1849 (1780 - 1849) – Artist/Maker (American) Born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States. ...(more)

The famed evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody was approached one day by a man explaining that he was worried because he "didn't feel saved." "Was Noah safe in the ark?" Moody asked rhetorically. "Certainly he was," the man replied. "Well, what made him safe," Moody asked, "his feeling, or the ark?"
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. Credit: Samuel Cooper (Public domain)
. Credit: Samuel Cooper (Public domain)
While preparing to cross a river to attack the enemy one day, Oliver Cromwell stopped and turned to address his troops. "Put your trust in God," he famously declared, "but mind you, keep your powder dry."
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Mr T in the Hall of Fame. Credit: Miguel Discart (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Mr T in the Hall of Fame. Credit: Miguel Discart (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mr. T:  “In 1995, I was diagnosed with cancer, and I had to practice what I preached. I had always said to ‘believe in God’ and ‘don’t give up’ to little kids who had been diagnosed with cancer. I then thought if I can’t call on that same God and same strength that I told people about, I would be a liar and a phony.” As of 2021, Mr. T was approaching 70, alive and well. “Now," he said, "I wear my cancer like I wear my blackness. I'm proud.”
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A side collision. Photo from Wikipedia user Hillelfrei (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
A side collision. Photo from Wikipedia user Hillelfrei (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Rowland V. Bingham, founder of the Sudan Interior Mission, was once seriously injured in a car accident. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.  The following day, when he regained consciousness, Bingham asked the nurse what he was doing there. "Don't try to talk now, just rest," she replied. "You have been in an accident."  "Accident? Accident?" Bingham exclaimed. "There are no accidents in the life of a Christian. This is just an incident in God's perfect leading."