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The Civil War

The Civil War caused more American military deaths than any other war in U.S. history—by far.  

The Civil War resulted in about 620,000 military deaths. Compared to only about 25,000 deaths in Revolutionary War, 58,000 in the Viet Nam War, 116,000 in World War I, and 305 in the first Gulf War. Even World War II, with all the awesome modern firepower involved, resulted in 200,000 less deaths (405,399) than the Civil War. 

(When you consider the population differences, about 100 million less people in the U.S. during the Civil War than during WWII, the death figures for the Civil War are even more staggering.)  

The Civil War, the war between brothers, was the most deadly war in U.S. history. God is serious about unity because there are few things more destructive than division.

Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "War," p. 25

The Fish

Next to the cross, the symbol of the fish is probably the most universal sign of Christianity—perhaps because the early apostles were referred to as "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). 

But in ... [Read More]

Five States of Texas?

Texas has the right, whenever it wants, to divide into as many as five different states. This is their right under the annexation treaty that made the Republic of Texas one of the United States in 1845. So we could ha... [Read More]

Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Texas" ("Interesting facts about Texas"), p. 185

Kicking Themselves to Death

Alaskan horses and donkeys encounter hostility in similar but different ways. When attacked, the horses form a circle with their heads to the inside, feet to the outside, and kick the predator away. The donkeys form a... [Read More]

Reference: Ramesh Richard, Preparing Expository Sermons, (Baker, 2001), p. 125

The Male Emperor Penguin and Childcare

One of the oddities of nature is the male emperor penguin of Antarctica. What makes him so odd is that he excels at childcare—not always the strongest suit for the male of a species. And not just any childcare—he exce... [Read More]

The Sight of the Shepherd

In the book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, real-life shepherd Phillip Keller says that one of the things that causes unrest among sheep is competition.  Keller points out that animal societies have social hiera... [Read More]

Reference: Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Zondervan, 1970), pp. 39-40

The Company

One of the most important inventions doesn’t get much publicity. That invention, according to financial historian Niall Ferguson, is the company. It was the company (specifically, the joint-stock company) that allowed... [Read More]

Reference: Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money (The Penguin Press, 2008), pp. 119-120, 127-128; Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States (Sentinel, 2004), p. 27