" You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" "
George Bernard Shaw

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Pope Pius IX Defines Immaculate Conception as Dogma

The Immaculate Conception is often confused with the Virgin Birth of Jesus, though the two doctrines deal with separate subjects. The Immaculate Conception asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not afflicted by the privation of sanctifying grace which afflicts mankind, but was instead filled with grace by God, and furthermore lived a life completely free from sin. The Virgin Birth, on the other hand, asserts what about the conception of Jesus?



The Ancient City of Susa

Susa was an ancient city of the Elamite, Persian, and Parthian empires, located about 15 miles SW of modern Dizful, Iran. Excavations at Susa have uncovered the stele of Naram-sin and the code of Hammurabi. Destroyed in the 7th century BCE by Assurbanipal, Susa was revived in the empire of the Achaemenid rulers of Persia. An unusual tomb found in the area that is marked by a white, stone cone is believed to belong to what Biblical figure?

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Eli Whitney

Whitney was the American inventor of the cotton gin, a mechanical device that removed the seeds from cotton. His invention, which had immense economic and social effects, brought great wealth to many others, but little to Whitney himself. In 1798, he built a firearms factory that utilized methods comparable to those of modern mass industrial production. His products were some of the first to have standardized, interchangeable parts. Where is the Eli Whitney Museum located?

Last updated on Friday, 8th December 2006

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