Monthly Archives: April 2018

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

The Curiosity Index (18.04.2018)

A hole in the sky One of the dangers for us, as charismatic Christians, is that our equivalent of the Temple is our Sunday worship service. People need to “come” to encounter God. That’s where the hole in heaven is – over our meeting. And

The pay gap

Most people will be aware of the pay gap – the difference between the median pay of men and that of women. In the UK it seems like a significant gap. The ONS preferred headline figure is the difference in income between the median man

The Curiosity Index (17.04.2018)

I’m in the UK for two days of theological discussion around suffering and the sacraments. Expecting my brain to freeze up about half way. Boy Who Came Back From Heaven author sues book’s Christian publisher Messy. For my take on heaven tourism books from a

Social media, privacy & being a product

For years I’ve railed against the dangers of consumerism in which every aspect of our life is treated as a consumer experience and that life in all it’s wonder and mystery can be repackaged and sold to you. Consumerism as a means by which humans