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Outside of the Garden Genesis 2:15-17;3:1-7

Outside of the Garden

Inside the garden, we're children; outside -- it's time to grow up.

At a Glance

A recent study asserts that men don't truly grow up until their 40s. For women it's their early 30s. For Christians, it is when they begin to understand God's will and purpose for their lives.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the epistle reading, see "Plaque Buildup," February 25, 1996, at

Seen recently on a T-shirt worn by a middle-aged man: "I am cleverly disguised as a grown up."

We now know that there's a lot of truth in such a statement, especially when applied to men. That's thanks to a study commissioned recently by Nickelodeon UK. The research looked into the differences in maturity between genders, and concluded that men don't really grow up until about age 43, whereas women emerge as mature at 32, a full 11 years earlier!

In fact, the study found that eight out of 10 women believe that men "never stop being childish." As evidence, women cite men's propensity to think flatulence and burping are hilarious. They point to the male habit of...

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