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Jimmy Carter

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  Jimmy Carter Johnathan Alter’s His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life is a fascinating account of the 39 th President of the United States. As a boy he grew up in Georgia in a home without electricity or running water. Carter lived on a farm with his family where he worked doing basic chores. As a young man he became a Christian in the Baptist church, and later joined the navy where he became a nuclear engineer. In retirement after his father’s death, he moved back to Plains, Georgia, with his wife Rosalynn, and ran the peanut business. Carter entered politics, became governor of the state, and eventually won the national election against Gerald Ford to be President. As a former Southern governor, he had to deal with the politics of race. At first, he was lukewarm, tried to stay out of the fray, but eventually came to champion human rights. Carter was known for his strong Christian faith. His administration was progressive, and was instrumental in brokering an Israel-Palestine pea

World Religions

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  Comparative Religions Comparative religions were shaped by a Euro-centered culture that formed the basis of what people know about World Religions. Much of this message was lit by missionaries. They came from Europe and travelled around the world. These were the early ambassadors who met the Colonists. Their basic beliefs became the bedrock of how they interpreted various religious faiths like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Shintoism, and Secular Humanism. These individuals pushed their thoughts about religion on the new cultures. They revived the emphasis on Greek, and Latin that shaped comparative Christianity, which were part of the Protestant Reformation. Some European theologians became famous like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Desiderius Erasmus. With the Peace of Westphalia, the world of religion was born. By the 17th century there existed a significant guide. From the 18th to 21st century its scope broadened with India, China, Russi

Golden Years

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Senior Living

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Living With Death

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  Living With Death Our son Matthew and daughter-in-law Shannon’s pet dog recently died. For a long time, Emma was sick. She was in pain and suffering, and her health took a turn for the worst. They therefore decided to put her down. It was very sad to see her go, tears were shed, and we are grieving our loss. This experience made me reflect on nature shows I have watched about Life in The Jungle, where wild animals hunt their prey. It is always the strong, agile lions, and tigers over the weak. Life becomes an ongoing battle for survival. Farmers raise animals of all sizes like sheep, cows, and pigs that are slaughtered, and marketed for our consumption. These creatures surrender their lives that we may have an adequate food supply. Then there are man-made wars e.g., World War Ⅰ , World War Ⅱ , and others, that have killed and displaced millions of innocent people, and devastated the planet with weapons of mass destruction. Death and devastation have struck the Middle East

Unity of America

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  Unity of America Why do we fight and fuss amongst ourselves? Pull down and destroy this country by how we act. Why not make hay while the sun shines? America’s future destiny depends on how we behave. It is amazing how we forget about the goodness of our nation. Some treat her disrespectfully. Why do they continue to lie, cheat, steal, kill, or deceive to get ahead? They are not only hurting themselves, but all Americans. America as a land of freedoms should live up to its ideals. We ought to pull together, and assist each other – White and Black, rich, and poor, strong, and weak. There are unity and strength in diversity. Let us join forces, and make our communities stronger. It is time we stop tearing this beloved nation apart. Let well-meaning people choose to be symbols of hope in the world. America’s democracy depends upon how we live, believe, love, think, and act. This nation is a beacon on the hill. In our endeavors, there should be no excuse for not doing what is

Reinhold Niebuhr

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  Reinhold Niebuhr Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was author of The Serenity Prayer. Since its inception in 1943, this prayer has had an interesting history. It was hijacked in Germany, the country where Niebuhr's parents were born before settling in the United States. God grant me Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference. Niebuhr's life was as a preacher, writer, professor, ambassador to European countries - especially Germany, and England. He met with the World Council of Churches, and shared his views on ecumenical ventures to some denominations - Episcopalian, Methodist, Congregationalist, Reformed, and Evangelical Lutherans. For 40 years Niebuhr has been a prolific advocate. At the Union Theological Seminary in New York, he ruffled feathers with his opposition to American neutrality during World War II, beliefs in racial equality, and outreach to the poor in the ghettos. Niebuhr served as