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Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 - March 22, 1758) was a colonial American Congregationalist preacher and theologian. He was a prominent leader of the east-coast revivals of the 1730s and 1740s known as the Great Awakening, which defined Christianity in the new world as distinctive from its European forms and allowed it to adapt to a democratic society. At the same time he is known as one of the greatest and most profound American evangelical theologians; he explicated the fundamentals of Reformed Calvinism according to reason and common sense, relying minimally on arguments from the Bible. Thus he translated America's Puritan heritage, both it's spirituality and it's moral ethos, into a form that would sustain the nation through the revolutionary period and inspire future generations of evangelicals.

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Diagram of the carbon cycle.
Carbon (chemical symbol C; atomic number 6) is a remarkable chemical element that plays a vital role in the structures and processes of the living and nonliving worlds. Without it, our physical existence and that of other organisms would not be possible. Its different forms include graphite, one of the softest substances, and diamond, the hardest naturally occurring material. Carbon is known to be part of a huge variety of compounds, including some that occur in the Sun, stars, and planetary atmospheres. We use carbon compounds for fuel and the synthesis of a wide range of materials such as plastics, paints, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Researchers are now investigating the uses of new forms of carbon, known as fullerenes, leading to the developing field of nanotechnology.

The careless disposal of paints, plastics, and other carbon-containing materials has polluted the environment, and the misuse of drugs has caused needless suffering and pain. Such practices are symptomatic of an inadequate understanding of the values and principles of the natural world. While efforts are now being made to clean up the environment and combat drug abuse, humanity needs to restore its sense of values as well, to prevent these problems from recurring.

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