Exploding Billiard Balls

In the 1860’s a man by the name of John Wesley Hyatt began experimenting with a chemical compound known as cellulose nitrate.  His goal was to come up with a substitute for the ivory that was used in billiard balls.  Not only would this save quite a few elephants, but there was a $10,000 prize on the table as well.  Hyatt succeeded (although he never did receive the prize money) and began producing a substance known as celluloid. You’ve probably heard of celluloid before if you ...
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Why Stay Chaste?

By Lori F. Do you wonder if chastity is still important, or if we have outgrown it as a culture? After all, there are other Biblical teachings that have largely gone by the wayside--most of us don’t limit the number of steps we take on the Sabbath, nor do we sacrifice animals. We can see how the seventh commandment (prohibiting sexual intimacy between people not married to each other), was important for its time. But what if the reasons behind it are no longer relevant? I think we make a m...
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Chastity, What a Quaint Idea!

By Robert P The idea of chastity - how quaint. Or is it? At this point I have lived through two major sexual revolutions. The first was in the 1970s, when the pill lowered the risk of pregnancy. Not being particularly religious at the time, I bought into the notion that this was an acceptable idea and experimented. Afterward, I felt no abiding sense of emotional fulfillment or pleasure or much of anything. However, to my dismay, I felt even more lonely and depressed than I had felt before;...
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Why Should I Wait Until Marriage for Sex?

by Marci M (A true story) This particular request from one of my college students was very different from the usual request for a letter of reference, or advice about finding an internship: “Marci, would you be willing to be one of the panelists at our ‘Real Life’ event?” I gulped hard and thought a minute. I knew this week on campus was dedicated to women’s empowerment, with events about preventing gender-based violence, promoting positive body image, etc. But this “Real Life” event wo...
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