The Curiosity Index (05.04.2018)

Easter and Holy Week

Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A last set of links related to Easter. Firstly some photos and more photos here from the Guardian. I’m going to see if I can’t export the tradition from Hungary.

Sticking with Easter, Sam Storms 10 things you should know about what happened on Easter Sunday morning. Here is my big list of links on the resurrection.

I also really appreciated this thoughtful piece by Julian Baggini – Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point.

If we genuinely accept that a believer in the resurrection can be intelligent, but also think that any intelligent person would find the idea of the resurrection preposterous, the most charitable explanation is that intelligent believers are as aware of the implausibility of their beliefs as anyone else. This is indeed what you tend to find if you bother to talk to a Christian. They don’t use the word “miracle” for nothing – they know their faith defies laws of logic and nature.

And

The Easter story thus ends up rather like quantum theory: if you find it easy to believe, you haven’t understood it. Illogicality is a design feature, not a design flaw.

China cracks down on sale of Bible amid Vatican talks

A sign that the Bible is a dangerous book because it calls people to a higher allegiance.

Russia threatens sanctions over Latvian language in schools

This story bears watching. Russia used protecting the rights of a Russian minority as a cover for its invasion and conquest of Crimea and Ukraine. The difference this time is that Latvia is a member of NATO. Watch closely.

Fearful of the feminine?

Gracie Hosier asks “is it rational as a woman to wish to erase all differences between oneself and a man?­­”

 

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