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The 33 Chilean miners have been miraculously rescued from their two month underground ordeal, answering the world’s prayers. As an update to my post yesterday on this topic, check out GetReligion’s latest roundup of the faith-related coverage.

Now that everyone is safe and sound, assuming that Stephen Prothero is right and God Is Not One, who should claim credit? As David Gibson asks in his latest Politics Daily column, “Whose God Rescued the Chilean Miners?” Chile is predominantly Catholic, but as David Gibson’s Politics Daily column points out, Pentecostals, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists and others have also jockeyed for position.

Either way, it’s a safe bet that any Christian God would frown upon the mistress-wife confusion that greeted several of these men as they surfaced. (Yikes. Makes you wonder how that will get handled in the inevitable movie adaptation… seems more appropriate for a telenovela!)

Incidentally, can we breathe a sigh of relief that the Westboro Baptist Church doesn’t operate internationally (yet)? Imagine if Phelps and his clan, or a copycat group, had showed up at the rescue scene with their hateful signs… Thank God, indeed.

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