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Gasp! A Book Review! Hannah’s Civil Pirate by Joanna Emerson — Post by Mary C. Findley

It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review. I think I have a backlog. Since Amazon banned me from reviewing, I guess I’ve been sulking in a corner, thinking writing reviews anywhere else wouldn’t matter.

But you need to read this book. It’s wonderful. My review is posted on Goodreads, but, since Amazon owns that, too, I don’t know if it’ll stand. So I’ll also put it here.

” Get it! Read it! This is a triumphant account of historical characters. I feel certain it is fiction only where necessary and still based on truth. Such a sweet romance amid suffering and hoping for freedom. Loved the sudden twist at the ending when I thought the story was over!”

Hannah's Civil Pirate cover image
Hannah’s Civil Pirate cover image

Get it here. Do it now. https://www.amazon.com/Hannahs-Civil-Pirate-Joanna-Emerson-ebook/dp/B07BMNS77B

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The Diploma Nurse by Jessie Glover Wilson — Book Review by Michael J. Findley

This is the story of my Aunt Jessie Glover Wilson. I am not in the book, I did not contribute in any way and this review contains my first comments. My wife is the editor, but the first time I looked at the text was after it was published.

It is brief. Though I read it as an e-book, the print version is well under two hundred page. The writing style is very easy, and enjoyable reading. Anyone with some High School education should find this very easy reading.

Though it is the story of her professional career, it is much less about her than about the nursing profession in and around IL and MO on the Mississippi River. The complete title of the book is The Diploma Nurse: Her Shining Day, Her Fading Touch.

So, what is a Diploma Nurse? In short, it was a woman who was “hired” by a hospital and trained to be a nurse. She lived in a dormitory and worked in a variety of conditions to train her in various aspects of nursing.

A lack of historical perspective is destroying this country. This brief book is about one small geographic area and a few women in that area. Yet it describes an era and a profession with greater insight than many works ten times this size.

This inexpensive work should be read by anyone who not only wants to be a nurse, but anyone who wants to understand some of the problems of modern medicine in America.


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A Warning for Egypt, and for Us? — Post by Mary C. Findley


‘Whom are you like in your greatness?
‘Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon
With beautiful branches and forest shade,
And very high,
And its top was among the clouds.
Ezekiel 31:3

God gave a warning to Ezekiel for the nation of Egypt, a history lesson and a parable of sorts. Egypt was powerful and magnificent, secure in its pride, but God said Assyria used to be that way too. God compares these nations to lush, gigantic trees flourishing and even taking nourishment from other trees. I included this picture of a tree that looks pretty lush and stands taller than the others around it, like both Assyria and Egypt did in their times. But if you look closely, you’ll see some birds in the branches. The passage in Ezekiel talks about birds nesting in the tree, but these aren’t just any birds … As far as I can tell these are vultures.

Farther along, in Ezekiel 32, we read this:

“These Pharaoh will see, and he will be comforted for all his hordes slain by the sword, even Pharaoh and all his army,” declares the Lord God. “Though I instilled a terror of him in the land of the living, yet he will be made to lie down among the uncircumcised along with those slain by the sword, even Pharaoh and all his hordes,” declares the Lord God.

Not sure why Pharaoh would be comforted by this, but the lesson is clear. If you get proud, and get greedy, you get to lie down among the dead. I see America as having become proud and greedy. I think the vultures are already nesting in our trees. I don’t want to see us end up like Assyria and Egypt.


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But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

We are all involved in a Spiritual warfare that is not going away just because we do not like it.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 3,4

In 1956 the New York Campaign of the Billy Graham Crusade chose to accept liberal sponsorship and place converts in liberal churches because he believed it gave him the opportunity to reach more people. This policy of “reaching more people” at the expense of part of the message of the Word of God is rampant in churches across the United States.

Today, the fruit of those decisions are churches with unbelievers in positions of leadership. While Jude tells us this has been going on for 2,000, mature Christians have theconflict 1 student 10 responsibility to contend earnestly for the faith. The difficulty we have is that we have not practiced and our senses are not trained to discern good and evil.

Mary and I are working on a series to partially correct that serious error. The original preface grew to be a 600-page book in its own right, Antidisestablishmentarianism. While while COA is designed for homeschool, the Conflict of the Ages series is suitable for anyone. Part One covers the creation, showing the historical record in the Word of God to be accurate. Part Two covers the origin of evil and the antediluvian civilization. Part Three covers the Flood and the Ice Age. At this point in time, we intend to make a series of modules as e-books. The current master plan of 46 might change as they are written. Each module includes its own questions and answers.

The Word of God commands us to be mature and through practice not only be able to discern good and evil, but also to fight, struggle against evil. Victory is of the Lord. But we are responsible to fight for God’s Word.

We also are writing these principles to fulfill, in part, the requirements of a homeschool education. Since believers will live in a world controlled by Secular Humanists, we must train students in the tactics of this world. We include every possible source outside the Bible to demonstrate the principles of the Word of God in this world’s setting. Often this called the inoculation principle. We present enough the world’s beliefs and their system that the student may both understand and resist that system.

Sadly, what most students encounter is inoculation against the Word of God. It is presented in a distorted form which turns them against God for the rest of their lives. Sadder still, this is often done in Churches and Christian homes.

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Five Findleys Go on an Unexpected Journey

Our family of five all went to see the Hobbit movie together. It was our first time together in five years. The youngest just got out of the army in May and the daughter finished college this summer and got her own apartment, which was where we got together for Christmas. It was also one of the few times our whole family has unanimously agreed on liking a movie.

Mike read the book over 35 years ago. After watching the movie he got an annotated ebook copy including many of JRR Tolkien’s notes. One of the first things that struck him was the changes from the version I read decades ago. Tolkien originally used the term Hobbit Weed to draw a comparison with those, like the Amish or Native Americans, who process natural tobacco rather than use commercial varieties. When Hobbit Weed was interpreted by some to mean Marijuana, Tolkien changed it to tobacco so there would be no misunderstanding.

There is also an explanation of why the Hobbit uses the terms goblin and hobgoblin in the Hobbit, but Orcs in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Tolkien says The Hobbit uses common terminology, but the LOTR trilogy is from the point of view of Frodo and that Orc is the Hobbit word for these creatures.

One reviewer says the movie follows the book about 75% of the time. This seems to be a correct assessment. Since most movies trash the book they are based on, we should be thankful it follows the book this closely. The movie has the major events and follows the order of the book.

One glaring exception is the addition of all the scenes with Radagast, who gets one sentence in the book but is apparently mentioned in other Tolkien works. He is filthy, uses drugs, prefers the company of animals to people, and uses magic indiscriminately.

Changes from the book to the movie are not for the better. The book uses Bilbo’s point of view and information could have been conveyed better in that way instead of telling all the dwarf back story separately. The movie makes the elves mysterious and inhospitable to the dwarves, feeding them strange plants. being suspicious of their mission and forcing them to escape. In the book the elves treated them with great hospitality and kindness and sent them on their way with supplies and good wishes.

Elrond and his council supported the dwarves because they saw the need to defeat Smaug. The dragon is portrayed as the cause of the evil spreading over Middle Earth in the north. Gandalf has to leave them to help fight the Necromancer, the cause of evil spreading over the southern part of Middle Earth.

The confrontation between Bilbo and Gollum is extended in the book. The movie cutting down on that exchange was probably a good idea. In the book Bilbo and Elrond both express concern about the dwarves’ love for gold. Bilbo goes with the idea that he is helping then regain their ancestral home and defeat Smaug.

One complaint often repeated in reviews from a Christian perspective is Peter Jackson’s tendency to make the story “dark”, but the Hobbit does have dark parts. Jackson makes it less dark than the book. Tolkien has Gandalf put out all the lights, kill the Goblin King, and fill the tunnels with goblin bodies as he frees the dwarves and they flee through the narrow passages.

Both the movie and the book are filled with virtues — loyalty, camaraderie, thrift (when they begin running out of supplies), reverence for tradition. Disdain for greed is less apparent in the movie. Every step of the journey in the book, people comment on the dwarves’ legacy of greed. They support the dwarves’ need to defeat Smaug and regain their home, but are concerned about their motives.

The songs appear throughout the book to communicate values and history. By cutting back on verses in the movie the pace improves but important information is lost.


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The Problem with Dates in History: Hammurabai’s Law Code

In 1901-1902 AD a French team excavating in Susa, one of the ancient Capitals of Elam, then Persia, now modern Iran, discovered pieces of a basalt stele. It was completely reconstructed and now sits in the Louve, in Paris. The head of the French team, M. de Morgan used the surroundings where it was found to date the stele, the now famous Law Code of Hammurabi around 1100-1200 BC.

An American/German team headed by the German born American Hermann Hilprecht was excavating in Nippur at the same time. Nippur is in ancient Mesopotamian, an area ruled over by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Ottoman Turks and is now modern Iraq. They found a kings list with the name Hammurabi on it. This list made Hammurabi a ruler in the 24th century, BC. Hermann Hilprecht immediately (January 1903) proclaimed the Hammurabi stele as the oldest law code ever found in a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

A book entitled The Oldest Code of Laws in the World, by Hammurabi, King of Babylon was immediately published in early 1903 and is available as an ebook through Project Gutenberg. It proclaims that Hammurabi ruled from 2285-2242 B.C. The forward is by C.H.W. Johns, M.A. of Cambridge. The book was printed in Edinburgh.

Since 1903, several other Sumerian kings lists were discovered. A rather brief but thorough article in the Roman Catholic online encyclopedia New Advent describes the major positions mainstream archeologists take on the time Hammurabi actually ruled. Most 21st century archaeologists hold to some type of a “middle” position, that Hammurabi ruled around 1700 B.C.

It is very important to Liberals and Secular Humanists that the law code of Hammurabi be older than the Law Code of Moses. They insist that the Mosaic Code “evolved” from the lower Hammurabi Code, and that our laws today have “evolved” beyond the Mosaic Code. Since the Law was divinely given by God, it makes no difference if Hammurabi wrote his Law Code before God gave Moses the Law on Sinai. Since God revealed His Law to Noah, Hammurabi’s Law code is still a corruption of God’s revealed Law. God saw that man had corrupted His Law and needed to reveal it once more in writing to Moses.

If the 1700 date for Hammurabi is correct, then Hammurabi ruled while the Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. They would remain slaves for another 250+ years before Moses would lead them out.

However, if the original date of M. de Morgan is correct, then Hammurabi’s Law Code was written about 250 years after God revealed His Law to Moses on Sinai. While this seems to make very little difference, it is anathema to Evolutionists.

The important point is how can the uncertain date of Hammurabi’s Law Code be a “backbone” on which to base history? “Human history has become too much a matter of dogma taught by professionals in ivory towers as though it’s all fact. Actually, much of human history is up for grabs. The further back you go, the more that the history that is taught in the schools and universities begins to look like some kind of faerie story.” (Graham Hancock Fingerprints of the Gods


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Foundational Facts

Our book Antidisestablishmentarianism expands the following points in detail. Antidisestablishmentarianism has thousands of footnotes and over thirty pages of Bibliography references. These brief explanations will help those indoctrinated in the religion of Secular Humanism to begin to understand what America’s founding fathers knew when they wrote the Constitution.

The words belief, trust and faith are legal terms which form the foundation of true science. Belief means examination of the evidence and deciding by an act of the will to choose what is true. Belief is similar to the word credible. Belief can be misplaced. Faith is the active part of belief. Trust is the passive part of belief. Belief is the foundation of true science. The Wright brothers believed men could fly. With that faith they built an airplane in Ohio and shipped it by rail to North Carolina. They trusted in their beliefs by riding in the airborne airplane. This is the foundation of true science and the historic use of the words belief, trust and faith found in the Bible and used by America’s founding fathers. No basic law of physics contradicts anything in the Bible.

Secular Humanism is a leap of faith devoid of scientific facts. Like all religions, no two believers believe exactly the same way. In Chapter Six of Antidisestablishmentarianism we list 18 dogmas of Secular Humanism. Some of the most important points held by the vast majority of Secular Humanists are: Secular Humanism is a religion based on feeling and emotion, not reason. Secular Humanists do not believe in anything non-material. Secular Humanists deny God, angels, sin, Satan and demons. They believe that the goal of mankind is personal fulfillment, (as they define it) and collective evolution. Like everything else, children are the property of the state. Unity means the eradication of opposition. In 1957 Secular Humanists sued and won tax exemption as a religion. Secular Humanism is recognized by the United States Supreme Court as religion, with evolution as a central tenant of that religion. The core of evolution is the concept of “deep time” on earth.

Chapter 14 of Antidisestablishmentarianism is a twenty-seven-point list of scientific facts which scientifically prove that the belief in deep time on earth is a myth. A modified version of Chapter 14 is on the website. These four points sum up the major arguments. First, the moon is receding from the earth at a rate of approximately 1.5 inches per year. The moon’s orbit is unstable. Since an orbiting satellite must increase speed the closer the satellite is to the object it is orbiting, at some point closer to the earth the moon’s orbit would have been stable. A catastrophic event more powerful than all the nuclear weapons on earth was needed to change the moon’s orbit.

Second, near the top of the Himalayan mountain is a “yellow band,” a layer of intact fossilized ammonites, ancient marine creatures similar to a modern nautilus. Because they are mostly intact, they had to be put in place while their surroundings were in a plastic state (mud). Either there was tens of thousands of times more water on earth than there is now, or far more likely, the entire Himalayan mountain chain, including Mount Everest, was catastrophically upthrust. That is, with approximately the same amount of water that the earth has now, the Himalayan mountain chain went from layers under the ocean to its present location in a matter of minutes.

Third, Lake Titicaca is 12,500 feet high on the border of Bolivia and Peru. It is classified as brackish, which means that it has a salt content, though it is not salty enough to be classified as seawater. Only fresh water feeds the lake now. It has living sea horses, which indicate that Lake Titicaca was once connected to the ocean. There is an ancient shoreline which is much higher at one end of the lake than the other. At some point in the past Lake Titicaca was severely slanted compared to the modern lake. There is a large (660 feet long) building underwater with a road leading to it and steps leading down to unexplored depths.

Tiahuanaco is a city twelve miles south and 800 feet higher than the current lake. Tiahuanaco was a port city with a harbor for ships much larger than the current lake ships. They were probably ocean-going vessels. Though corn will not germinate above 11,500 feet, there are terraced cornfields on the shores of Lake Titicaca going up to 17,500 feet. The reasonable, scientific conclusion is that the moon’s orbit, the Himalayan yellow band and Lake Titicaca were all a result of a massive catastrophe which happened since civilized men were building cities.

Fourth, the according to Secular Humanists the only really reliable dating method is radiometric dating. For radiometric dating to be accurate, the earth could never have passed through a thermonuclear event. It is also impossible to know the original condition of the radiometric samples being tested. All the radiometric sample tells us is the ratio of radioactive isotope to stable isotope. The usual published date is nothing more than the oldest possible date of a range of dates. Zircons are the standard Secular Humanists use for establishing a 4 billion plus age for the earth, using the uranium to lead dating method. The exact same zircon sample, however, using the helium diffusion rate gives a date of only 6,000 years ± 2,000 years.

Only Secular Humanists can even conceive of the idea that the phrase “establishment of religion” in the first amendment of the US Constitution is vague and without meaning. The opening to the Magna Carta clearly states “that the English Church is to be free and to have all its rights fully and its liberties entirely.” The Magna Carta opens with this clear statement that the English Church was to be completely free of the English Crown. For hundreds of years the Magna Carta was signed over and over again by various monarchs, always with same words in the first point. The English Church was the center of worship, the dispenser of alms to the poor with preaching friars and monasteries and the overseer of education with the great Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Henry VIII decided to change the meaning of the Magna Carta to mean free of foreign control, meaning the Church of Rome. This seizure of doctrinal teaching from the pulpit, almsgiving (remember John Bunyan’s imprisonment) and education by the crown was the sharpest goad to force Englishmen to leave England for the New World. At the same time on the European Continent, the Peace of Augsburg (1555) and the Peace of Westphalia (1648) clearly spelled out what an Establishment of Religion was and what was and what was not allowed. As in England, taxes supported the established churches which were responsible for providing for the poor, education and public preaching. Since the heresy trials of Charles Augustus Briggs in the 1890s, American schools, poorhouses and other types of welfare have only had to claim that they were not religious (secular) to receive tax money and favorable laws. These welfare and educational payments have been given with strict secular humanist strings attached. Through these judicial rulings, federal laws and federal funds, Secular Humanism is now an establishment of religion in every sense America’s founding fathers meant by the phrase “establishment of religion.”

While the first Humanist Manifesto openly used the term “religion” to describe their beliefs, modern Secular Humanists have discovered that lying about their religious beliefs gives them enormous political power. By falsely claiming that they are not a religion, they can appoint bureaucrats, collect taxes, and pass laws against, fine and even imprison those who oppose them. Any other form of religion is their enemy and must be quashed. The second and especially the third installments of the Humanist Manifestos are filled with newspeak straight out of Brave New World.

To a Secular Humanist, Science is “deep time.” The exact amount of time is unimportant. Secular Humanists are dogmatic that “science” allows for evolution. Their religion requires vast amounts of time uninterrupted by global catastrophes to account for evolutionary development. Overwhelming evidence forces them to admit to some catastrophes. These must be shoved far enough back in time to not interfere with evolution. Secular Humanists do not mean the scientific method, unbiased experimentation and observation when they use the word “science.” These are acceptable parts of science only when they are connected with “deep time.”

When Secular Humanists are not in power, they demand unity, “sharing” and that everyone “come together” to achieve goals. When they are in power, they ignore, attack, or overwhelm any opposition and go ahead with their own plans. Anyone who refuses to put their faith and trust in “science, falsely so called” is blocked from employment, fired if they do get a job and blacklisted once they are fired. Common forms of blacklisting include failure to cooperate with others (they cannot be pushed into believing in “science”) and refusal to abide by customary standards (refusal to put their faith and trust in “science”).

Since Secular Humanists believe that children are the property of the state under the brotherhood of man, they actively support the kidnapping of children for indoctrination. Secular Humanists believe in property confiscation to force people to believe. In Communist countries, Secular Humanists put unbelievers in re-education camps and work them to death.

“Free” sex, immorality, self-indulgence, profanity (free expression) and violence against all who disagree with Secular Humanism are not only tolerated, but encouraged. Disagreement is not tolerated.

Tools used to coerce unbelievers are social (isolation, crimes committed against them are ignored), political (laws are passed and regulations written to enforce secular humanism) and economic (loss of job and confiscation of property). Widespread abuse of prescription drugs allows behavior control and masks consequences and responsibility for sin.

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