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We live in a changing society in a changing world. Change is good but it must be channeled so that it becomes devel­opment toward a goal rather than a haphazard progression. Change is one of the chief characteristics of human life. From conception until death and even after death, our bodies are engaged in anabolism […]

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Sex in Our Time

The staff of Beacon Lights felt that the magazine ought to reflect on the moral decay and exploitation of sex which is so rampant today. Dr. Monsma has ably complied with our request. His article should prove helpful to all of us, but especially to our young people to whom these things are so alluring. […]

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Scraps and Facts

For some time, I have been collecting bits of interesting and informative anecdotes and facts concerning the plant and animal world about us. This article, therefore, will not be in the form of a running account, but rather a collection of scraps about familiar animals. Before the year 1850, there was not an English sparrow […]

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Instinct and Learning

In our study of the learning process of animals and human beings, we must be very careful so that we do not relate the two in such a way that we forget the fundamental differences between them. Man is a rational-moral being and as such, he is going to behave differently from the animal. According […]

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Instinct

Instinct is inherited behavior. It is the part of behavior with respect to which animals are born fully educated. It is automatic and instantaneous in action. It is common to all members of a species; in matters of vital importance, all tend to act alike. It is by instinct that birds build their nests, and […]

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Ants

You have heard of women aiding an army, and in a few cases women have been reported as fighting along with the men. There is an army in nature which never contains any males. As long as ants have lived, they have had armies and the ant soldiers have always been females. The male ants […]

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Nature Study

In this spring time of the year, the phenomenon of autumn colors is perhaps very far from our thoughts. As life begins anew, we are not too anxious to contemplate that wonder of plant life that awes us in the fall. The daffodils and crocuses (crocus’?) have already burst forth into yellow and purple; the […]

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Our Food Factories

The leaves of trees all about us put on a striking pageant from May to November, for leaves have everything it takes to arrest attention: color, action, mass, and sound effects. Leaves are the most articulate part of a tree. They never sound discords, just as they never have color disharmonies. Their range of tones […]

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Tuning in On Nature

You can hear the patter of rain on leaves and the hiss of wind across a field of dry grass; but that is not listening to the plants of this green world as they grow. Behind the poetry of the landscape is a chorus of dramatic events. Bright colors, fragrance, marvelous design, are but outward […]

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Fire in the Earth

The fire of Hell has been pictured for us in Scripture as ‘fire and brimstone’ and this figure has stood during the ages as the portion of the wicked who are hated by God. A tangible variety of this fire and brimstone has been experienced by many people who live in the vicinity of an […]

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