Amy Davidson, a senior editor at the New Yorker magazine:

What came through the tube kept them fed, but what sustained them, and humbled everyone else, was the way they worked together, sang together, kept faith together. There were worries that it could turn into “The Lord of the Flies” down there; instead, it was more like a shining city deep beneath a hill. (Gomez, who set up a makeshift chapel, was the latter-day John Winthrop—whose own most famous sermon was given on a ship.) When the news came that the miners were arguing about who would wait to go up last, it was hard not to come undone.

Evidence of God, evidence of the Resurrection: seen far more clearly in the men of the mine than in a scientific explanation of images on the Shroud.

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