The Curiosity Index (26.01.2017)

I’m planning on writing an article about truth in our times, which seems to be a significant issue just now and I’ll probably use this first one:

How far will you go to justify your side?

The Washington Post ran a revealing little experiment. Here’s the key

Would some people be willing to make a clearly false statement when looking directly at photographic evidence — simply to support the Trump administration’s claims?

Yes.

The problem of Susan

I’ve just finished reading the Narnia Chronicles to my son and he noticed what we all notice in The Last Battle; Susan doesn’t make into the real Narnia (heaven). Adam Roberts has a fascinating reflection on why. The comments are also worth reading. (H/T: Andrew Wilson)

Tim Keller explains the Gospel

Not new, just excellent and worthy of your time in reading it. Here’s the key:

Today there are many who doubt that there is just one gospel. That gives them the warrant to ignore the gospel of atonement and justification. There are others who don’t like to admit that there are different forms to that one gospel. That smacks too much of “contextualization,” a term they dislike. They cling to a single presentation that is often one-dimensional. Neither of these approaches is as true to the biblical material, nor as effective in actual ministry, as that which understands that the Bible presents one gospel in several forms.

How did the first Christians worship?

Ian Paul, draws on work by Colin Buchanan on Hebrews and gives us this nugget on what happened when they early Christians got together:

meeting to seek access to God’s presence; encountering Jesus; hearing the word of Scripture, which includes reading it, knowing that Jesus fulfils all God’s promises, and receiving encouragement for faithful living; offering praise; interceding; recognising the whole company of saints, including the departed; practical sharing of resources; avoiding ceremonialism or legalism.

What is the internet of things?

You may have heard the phrase and know it has something to do with your new toothbrush being connected to the internet but not much more. Let WIRED explain. “Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together,”

So in the future someone will be able to steal your identity by hacking your toaster. Not making that up.

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