The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception

As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains.

The Lava Meets the Sea

It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption because they are all spectacular.

In this Saturday, May 19, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava flows from fissures near Pahoa, Hawaii. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced people to flee and shot up plumes of steam from its summit that led officials to distribute face masks to protect against ash particles. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

See some more here from The Boston Globe.

A famine of prayer

Jeremy Bailey, rightly, thinks many western churches are experiencing a famine of prayer. And here are Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail.

Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism remains the religion of choice for many post-Christian people in the West partly because the answer to the above question is yes.

Snösätra Wall of Fame

Street artists have transformed this abandoned industrial neighbourhood into one of Europe’s largest graffiti exhibitions. I did not know this existed in Stockholm.

 

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