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What Do I Believe?

What Do I Believe?

By Eric Nelson


What we believe, particularly as it relates to religion, is not the easiest thing to share with others. One trick I’ve learned, however, is that rather than trying to explain what my religion teaches, it’s much easier to stick with what I’ve discovered and what I continue to discover as I put...

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Our Declining Belief in Death

Our Declining Belief in Death

By Eric Nelson


“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” wrote Ben Franklin to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy in 1789, “except death and taxes.” Had he written this today, however, it’s not at all certain that death would have made the cut.
 
Of course, no one knows for sure what happens when we...

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

By Eric Nelson


Having taught Sunday school for the better part of 25 years, you’d think I’d know better than to start a class – especially a college class – with “Any questions?”
 
“This may not be that original,” offered up my lone student recently, “but I’ve been wondering lately why bad things keep happening to...

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Contempt or Compassion for Sexual Deviants?

Contempt or Compassion for Sexual Deviants?

By Eric Nelson


Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see headlines about another public figure’s fall from grace. So many, it appears, are prone to the moral and ethical lapses underlying everything from political corruption to extramarital affairs to just plain lying to protect one’s reputation.
 
Most of the time such failings are dismissed...

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Hospital Chief Says Humility Key To Better Health Care

Hospital Chief Says Humility Key To Better Health Care

By Eric Nelson


“None of us in science and medicine have the answers we tell you we have,” said Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School at last year’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do...

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Do You Identify Yourself As A Disease?

Do You Identify Yourself As A Disease?

By Eric Nelson


“Get down off your cross.” 

Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer free.
 
“Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of...

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Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

By Eric Nelson


"You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of last year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”

A bold statement, to say the least, especially considering...

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New View of God Could Break Cycle of Heredity

New View of God Could Break Cycle of Heredity

By Eric Nelson


Parents who have a fear of math should not try to teach the subject to their kids. At least that’s what some researchers are saying.
 
“We found that when parents are more math anxious, their children learn significantly less math over the school year and have more math anxiety by the school year’s...

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Back To School: Better Grades Don’t Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Back To School: Better Grades Don’t Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

By Eric Nelson


It used to be all you needed to do well on your high school calculus test was a disciplined study plan, a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Nowadays you might want to add a dose or two of Adderall or Ritalin as well. Or so some would recommend. 
 
The pressure to...

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Reliance on God Distinguishes Career of World Champion Duathlete

Reliance on God Distinguishes Career of World Champion Duathlete

By Eric Nelson


When George Pierce takes his place at the starting line at this year’s Duathlon World Championships, held in October in Adelaide, Australia, it will likely mark the close of a career that caught fire over 25 years ago when he became the world’s first duathlon champion (a run-bike-run race originally referred to...

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