How Christianity thrived

Sometime ago I read a post by Scott Alexander on The Invention of Moral Narrative in which he tries to understand where our good v evil theme comes from. He’s trying to figure this out because, I’m basing this off of my continuing confusion over

The Curiosity Index (23.03.2018)

Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders Whichever way this turns out, it’s a really sad story. Darwinian differences: How the theory of evolution viewed women as inferior Darwin claimed that equality was scientifically impossible. In line with his own ingrained

Nine signals of progressive Christianity

Scot McKnight interacts a little with Roger Olson’s attempt to identify markers of progressive Christianity. You should read the whole thing but here they are in condensed form: Doctrines are talked about only as historical relics, not as living realities to be protected and defended An abandonment

The Curiosity Index (22.03.2018)

Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists? Apparently so. But what the research actually says is that religious people are more intuitive. “This work suggests, religious belief predisposes people to rely more heavily on intuition in decision-making – and the stronger their

The rise of a non-Christian Europe

New research confirms what we have known for a long-time: Europe is a post-Christian continent and post-religious too. As the focus of the study is on 16-29 year olds Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London

The Curiosity Index (21.03.2018)

Did Jesus Promise to Return within the Lifetime of his Disciples? “Is it really true that Jesus predicted that he would return in the lifetime of his disciples?”  Michael Kruger with the answer. Can religion solve El Salvador’s gang problem? Over the past year, the

A lot of links to stuff about books

On writing Proofreading is painful Cracking the Writer’s Block 1: Fear, Success and Life John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction A manifesto for the simple scribe – my 25 commandments for journalists On reading I have forgotten how to read Can reading

The Curiosity Index (20.03.2018)

Romanian court tells man he is not alive Awkward. Reforesting Iceland The country is famous for its barren landscapes. It’s a favourite place to shoot car commercials or even as a stand-in for an alien planet. But the hills aren’t bare because it’s too cold