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Protect and Defend

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by Tom Taffel June 3, 2013 To defend is the natural tendency to guard and fortify. Naturally, we take steps to defend ourselves against the things we think will threaten, attack, and weaken us. This is quite different from being “defensive,” which is often associated with suspicious and distrustful behavior. To me, the battle cry of defensiveness is the costly… Read more »

“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific”

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“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific” by Tom Taffel Revised June 28, 2017 In the truest sense of the word, only good, derived from God, is communicable, scientific and of lasting benefit. God’s thoughts never leave their source. They communicate only good — never evil — as the means to teach us beneficial lessons. Erroneous beliefs can have many camouflages… Read more »

Emergence International 2015: “A glorious day is dawning”

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At the 2015 Conference in St. Louis, the following keynote speech was delivered by Dr. John Near, retired Professor Emeritus of Music at Principia College. Emergence International 2015: “A glorious day is dawning” Dr. John R. Near, Professor Emeritus of Music, Principia College Good morning! I’d like to begin by reading Hymn 2 from the Christian Science Hymnal. A glorious… Read more »

Open Letter from Dr. John Near – Departure from Principia College Faculty – Part I – 01/23/2014

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  December 3, 2013 Dear Friends of Principia, I understand that my name and the underlying reason for my departure from the Principia College faculty recently came up in an open forum of Faculty Senate.  To clarify the situation, I am distributing this letter, and I would like to thank all who have communicated with me for their kind support…. Read more »

25 Responses to Dr. John Near’s “Open Letter to the Principia Community,” – Part II – 01/23/2014

  25 Responses to “Open Letter to the Principia Community,” December 3, 2013 1. Thanks for ensuring I got this letter. To be honest, the homosexuality policy was the biggest stumbling block to my accepting the job here. I believe that it is wrong, harmful on many levels and completely unnecessary in any institution. The implication that one’s sexual orientation makes… Read more »