The Curiosity Index (20.09.2017)

Bible Contradictions Explained: 4 Reasons the Gospels “Disagree”

It can be an easy target to say that the Gospels are ‘full of contradictions’ and this article gives you four reasons to take the sting out of that attack.

An Experiment Gives Cash Aid To The Poor. Is That Ethical?

It’s an experiment to watch, GiveDirectly are pushing a form of aid called cash aid. “But with cash aid, instead of making the decision of what form the intervention should take on behalf of poor people, you are at least allowing them to make their own decisions.”

But is it ethical? On balance, I think yes it is.

Generosity Gap: Christians and Pastors Tithe and Tip for Different Reasons

Sticking with giving, this was interesting.

England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy

Probably the greatest challenges facing developed societies is not physical health but mental health (as a direct and indirect consequence of the type of society we have created). So this experiment is another one to keep an eye out for.

England is in the midst of a unique national experiment, the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses.

The rapidly growing initiative, which has gotten little publicity outside the country, offers virtually open-ended talk therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country: in remote farming villages, industrial suburbs, isolated immigrant communities and high-end enclaves. The goal is to eventually create a system of primary care for mental health not just for England but for all of Britain.

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

There is an app for everything including birth control. Catholics will love it. And it’s more effective than the pill.

 

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