Monthly Archives: April 2018

Regulating demons

Perhaps it’s because I’m listening to CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (deliciously read by Joss Ackland) but I’ve been thinking about demons. I’m wondering about the debates that will happen first in newspapers and then in parliaments around secular, progressive Europe as the issue of exorcism comes

The Curiosity Index (26.04.2018)

Stop Making Hospitality Complicated Habits of hospitality, on the other hand, are downright subversive in our culture of independence and calculation. They demonstrate that it is not only possible but fruitful and beautiful to share life in a substantive way outside the confines of the

The defects of believers

I try to make it a habit of reading several websites that have no love for religion in general or Christianity in particular. They love scientific studies because you know science is good, religion is bad. They really love studies that take a shot at

The Curiosity Index (25.04.2018)

A little bit late to the gate with this one. My excuse is that it’s Monday. Only I never pressed publish and now it’s Wednesday. Hey ho. Does God discipline those whom God loves? Ian Paul engages with Andrew Wilson’s doctoral thesis on Paul’s combination

Living with startling abundance

This blog started with a fairly simple premise and topic that I’ve long since wandered from. I saw (and still see) consumerism as a massive problem in our societies and churches because of the way it forms and shapes people. I was going to write,

The Curiosity Index (20.04.2018)

Too many men I find these demographic insights and their implications for the future fascinating. But it’s also going to be tragic for millions. In India and China alone there are 70 million more men than women. 70 million, that’s like imagining a country the

Beaten to the punch on Pinker

Months ago now I heard of Steven Pinker’s latest book Enlightenment Now. His thesis is that the world is a great place to live and getting better to which he credits the values of the Enlightenment. Here’s an article in the WSJ by Pinker if you don’t want to

The Curiosity Index (19.04.2018)

Perspectives on Islam in Europe In 2016, the Pew Research Centre estimated [the] total Muslim population in Europe to be just under 26 million. This is a significant increase over the 2010 population that Pew reported at 19.5 million…Their research shows that 53% of migrants entering