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Sandra asks…

What are some books that teach you how to survive if there is ever anarchy?

I don’t want a book that teaches you how to make bombs or any illegal books. Just a book that says what to do if there is ever disorder. And how to fight for self defense in a time of anarchy like making homemade shanks or something.

New Niche Finder answers:

Your confusing anarchy with say a giant riot. Anarchism is the ability to discover any truth and to live and develop naturally. A real anarchistic society can and will work. The media and government has you thinking that anarchy means death destruction and chaos when in fact this is fake and the people who do that indeed are not real anarchists they are actuelly angry thugs who destroy and call themselves anarchists for the attention. Real anarchism is more like the anarcho capitalists. Http://www.ozarkia.net/bill/anarchism/faq.html read here for the truth. And as far as a boook goes on self defense and survival in a HOSTILE environment the book the ultimate guide to U.S Army survival skills, tactics, and techniques sounds like what your after. I picked mine up at barnes and noble.

George asks…

When and by whom were the books of the Bible arranged in their present order?

Many of the books of the Bible are not in chronological order. How come?

New Niche Finder answers:

The Old Testament order is identical to the order found in the Greek Septuagint. SO, the translators of that work (unknown to us, though they are believed to have been Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt) are the ones who chose that order.

That order seems to be
a) History (including Torah) in chronological order
b) Wisdom Books (in *presumed* chronological order – Job, David, Solomon, Ben Sirach – though Job is now believed to have been written long after Solomon)
c) Prophets (longest to shortest)

The New Testament ordering is similar: the 4 gospels, then Acts, then letters grouped by author, then Revelation. It’s difficult to say why the letters were arranged in the order that we find them – but *longest individual letter* might be the key (though James, 1 Peter and 1 John seem of a similar length). Thus, Paul’s letters appear first because he has the longest letter, then Hebrews, etc. Down to Jude. Finally Revelation, so there is a sort of chronology in the New Testament
a) gospels
b) acts
c) later letters
d) latest revelation

*Who* chose the ordering of the New Testament is unknown to me. It differs from the order provided by the council of Carthage in 397 C.E.
Http://www.bible-researcher.com/carthage.html

and from the late 5th century Decretum Gelasianum
http://www.ntcanon.org/Decretum_Gelasianum.shtml

I could not discover the book order used in the 8th-century Codex Amiatinus, our oldest complete Latin Vulgate. However, the present order of the New Testament **seems** to have been established by the time of the Wyclif Bible in the late 14th century (though the letter to the Laodiceans was also attached to the end of the New Testament). I cannot discover the particular Vulgate edition used by Wyclif as a source, but suspect that it was the Canterbury edition.

SO, sometime between the 5th century and the 14th the current New Testament book order was established in the Latin Vulgate. This article claims that it is Jerome’s order (Jerome was the primary translator of the Latin Vulgate)
http://robjhyndman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218%3Ais-there-a-fixed-order-for-the-books-of-the-bible&Itemid=116

Wait – found it! The current New Testament order is based primarily upon the Bull of Eugenius – read here under the heading “The New Testament and the Council of Trent (1546)”
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03274a.htm

which was produced at the 15th century council of Florence
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06111a.htm

SO, if that information is correct (and it almost certainly is), the Wyclif Bible must have had a different ordering in its New Testament, and Codex Amiatinus as well. Apparently the current order was established by some edition of the Vulgate which was produced after the council of Florence but before the Geneva Bible of 1560. I would suspect that even Tyndale’s 1525 New Testament followed the same order as modern bibles.

Jim, http://www.christianwebprogramming.com/br/

Mark asks…

How can I join the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints?

The only thing I ever heard about the mormons was a few stories about Mitt Romney’s life on one of the news channels a couple of months ago.
So, a couple of weeks ago I discovered a book of mormon in a trash can and I felt bad that someone would throw away a religious book-even one that I didn’t really believe in-so I took it. I was curious about their religious book so I decided to read it and I couldn’t put it down! I finished it in just several days. I prayed to God about the book and I’ve never felt Him express His spirit to me any stronger than I felt with that book. I would very much like to learn more about this church, and know how to contact their missionaries. I also have a few questions:
1. Do they use the Bible? And, if so, which version? I love the Bible and I want to make sure this church uses it. I’m used to the New international version, but I don’t care what translation as long as they use the bible.
2. Who is at the head of their church?
3. How did the Book of Mormon get written?
I have a lot of other questions, but I’ll just wait until I find a missionary to ask them. These are just the main ones I would like answered now.
Thank you in advance for those who will answer, and have a merry christmas!

New Niche Finder answers:

Wow, that is pretty cool. I think many people will never find out the book is true because they either do not read it, or they are completely biased against it in their investigation.

But you seemed to have been virtually completely unbiased in your reading and therefore must have been completely open to being able to experience personal revelation to know that the book is true. That is a miracle. It is the only thing that I and missionaries hope for, that someone might actually take the time to read the book and find our for Themself regarding the truthfulness of the book.

I read the Book of Mormon for the first time 8 years ago, and I too experienced the spirit of god testify to me of the truthfulness of the book and of the gospel.

1. Yes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints read and follow the bible. We use the King James Version, if only because of it is the most recognised translation and that its literary style is similar to the Book of Mormon.

2. God always called prophets, and he too calls prophets today. The current president of the church is Thomas S. Monson. Here is a talk by him: http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/april-2010-general-conference/2010-04-4060-president-thomas-s-monson-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true however the true head of the church is Jesus Christ who leads the church through revelation.

3. In regards to how it was written, I suggest reading the ‘introduction’ which is predicted at the beginning of the book: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/introduction?lang=eng

Here are some LDS conference talks by modern day apostles that can help you understand a little more about the church. I enjoy these talks a lot and hope you do too:

The LDS view of the godhead:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/october-2007-general-conference/2007-10-2070-elder-jeffrey-r-holland-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true

The LDS belief in continuing revelation leading to an open scriptural canon:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/april-2008-general-conference/2008-04-5010-elder-jeffrey-r-holland-360p-eng.mp4?download=true

Joseph smith prophet of the restoration:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/october-2009-general-conference/2009-10-2050-elder-tad-r-callister-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true

Safety for the soul:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/october-2009-general-conference/2009-10-5010-elder-jeffrey-r-holland-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true

A book from God:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/october-2011-general-conference/2011-10-4030-elder-tad-r-callister-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true

See others as they may become:

http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/general-conference/october-2012-general-conference/2012-10-3060-president-thomas-s-monson-1080p-eng.mp4?download=true

Feel free to PM me as well :)

Simon

Jenny asks…

Scientologists do you know that the Quran beat you to the most important science theories?

Everything that modern science claims to discover, the Holy Book stated it first! just for your info.

New Niche Finder answers:

I’m marking this for later to look back on this idiocy.
Please bring us some copypasta from some site by Harun Yahya so we can ”be mesmerized by it’s magnificence”.

William asks…

What are some interesting books for a boy in the 6th grade, but on a 9th grade reading level?

My son is in the sixth grade and is on a ninth grade reading level. What books would interest him that wouldn’t be too complex for him. Looking for something that isn’t girly and would keep his interest. He is into books like Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, things like that. Any advice on an author or a name of a book, anything would help.

New Niche Finder answers:

Gordon Korman is an excellent author of both children’s and young adult books. His writing style is very light, very funny — but he doesn’t talk down to his audience.

Has he read the Artemis Fowl series? Fans of Harry Potter also tend to gravitate to these books.

On Etruscan Time by Tracy Barrett is quite good. This is a combination fantasy/history. A young boy is first disappointed by the prospect of having to go to Italy instead of staying home with his friends all summer, but a series of strange incidences at an archeological site have him digging for answers.

Eleanor Updale’s Montmorency series is entertaining. There are four books so far. This follows the adventures of Montmorency, a petty thief who concocts a plan to use the undergroud sewers of London for bigger heists.

Kit’s Wilderness, by David Almond, is an excellent read. Kip, a 13-year-old boy, and his parents move back to their family home in Stoneygate to stay with their recently-widowed grandfather. Kip finds the small former coal-mining town to be haunted by ghosts of the past. Kip discovers the towns’ history, including the ghosts of the children killed in a coalmine accident, and in the process tries to help John Askew, a talented but troubled older teen.

Louis Sachar’s “Holes” and recent sequel “Small Steps” are fun reads. The first concerns Stanley Yelnats, who seems to live a cursed life after he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a boot camp out in the middle of nowhere. But what seems to be ill luck may prove to be destiny as Stanley makes new friends and slowly uncovers the reason for their daily task: digging holes. This one may be a bit slow for your sixth-grader. The sequel is more mature, and follows the life of one of the other characters, Armpit, post-Camp Green Lake. Armpit is trying to live the straight and narrow, but temptations abound.

Any of Kenneth Oppel’s books (that I’ve read) are excellent. The Silverwing Trilogy is a nice, fanciful read about the adventures of a silverwing bat. Airborn and its sequel Skybreaker are a blast. Airborn has often been called Piraes of the Carribean in the air. In both, Matt Cruse works on a dirigible, the highest class form of transportation in this somewhat alternate universe. He adventures with the independent Kate DeVris.

Soldier’s Heart, by Gary Paulson, is very good, if somewhat chilling, especially if your son likes history. THis is a somewhat fictionalized story based on a true tale of a 15-year-old Civil War soldier. 15-year-old Charley Goddard lied about his age so he could join the First Minnesota Volunteers in 1861, and fought for virtually the entire Civil War. A fictionalized account of a real soldier and real events. Charley enlists so he can see more of the world, and it seems like easy money. But from his first battle, he realizes that there is nothing romantic or exciting about war. I do warn you: This one is pretty gritty.
Paulson is a very well-known preteen/teen author, as is Neil Gaiman. Your son also may like Brian Jacques, who is well-known for his Redwall series.

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