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Denominations: The Religious Society of Friends

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) numbered about 380,000 worldwide in 2017 (New Worldwide Quaker Map Released, Friendsjournal.org).  There were about 76,000 friends (Quakers) in the U.S.A. in 2012 (Worldwide Distribution of Quakers 2012, quakerinfo.com).  About 52% were located in … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Scientology (Part 2)

Authority a.   L. Ron Hubbard The organization’s website says, “IS IT ALL BASED ON ONE MAN’S WORK? Although Dianetics and Scientology were founded by L. Ron Hubbard, and all of the scriptures are solely compromised of his writings and recorded … Continue reading

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Paying Taxes

This time of the year can be frustrating.  Documents are gathered.  Receipts are gathered and reviewed.  It is tax season. It is a complicated system.  The government favors or incentivizes certain behavior and business.  Can’t we just go to a … Continue reading

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Eight Woes ( Matthew 23)

It had been a day of questions.  First, the Pharisees questioned Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22).  Their question was not sincere, but it was designed to “entangle him in his talk” (Matthew 22:15).  Then, the Sadducees questioned him … Continue reading

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Ethics: Government and Citizenship (Part 2)

Man living in what John Locke has described as “the State of Nature,” that is man living without earthly government has great freedom. He is amenable to God’s law. He, in certain relationships, is to be in subjection to others: … Continue reading

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