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nucleus: spring 1995

Remember the Sabbath day?

In December 1993 Parliament came to vote on the issue of Sunday Trading. For a long time in this country, although the tradition of not trading on Sundays has been upheld, many shops have continued to open. For many other people working on Sundays has been routine, albeit for double...

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Dilemmas

Jesus should always be the model for how we treat people. If we consider his life, we see that he generally did not spend his time with the rich, the famous, the powerful or the self-righteous. He spent his time with the lepers, the prostitutes, the foreigners, the tax collectors,...

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Differential Diagnosis 11

Leprosy (or Hansen's disease) is an infectious condition caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium leprae which was first described in 1847. It is characterised initially by a macular rash, progressing to dermal nodules most commonly on the nose, face, extensor sufaces of the limbs and the mucous membranes of the upper...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Obeying the Law

Nitpickerus: I asked you in the last issue if it was ever justifiable for a Christian to lie in order to obstruct an evil person or to protect the innocent? What about those people who sheltered Jews during the Second World War and lied to the governing authorities. This seems...

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Know Your Bible 13

 Answers Deep sleep may follow exhausting activity (1 Ki 19:3-5) but it can also be brought on by laziness. (Pr l9:15) Thirst makes the infant's tongue stick to the roof of its mouth. (La 4:4) The Ephraimites could not say 'Shibboleth', and this led to their being recognised and killed by...

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Lemuel's Limericks

Each chromosome carefully selected Each protein and enzyme detected Each nucleotide, each base and sulphide Painstakingly mapped and inspected The figures are dutifully totted Till each t is crossed and i dotted Each predisposition found by the physician Is mindfully labelled and plotted They're busy decoding our genes Developing prenatal screens Prescribing 'correctives' for 'nature's defectives' The end justifying...

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