The Curiosity Index (23.03.2017)

America’s most-hated woman

I remember, back in the early days of having an email account, getting spam emails wanting me to sign a petition against this woman. Turns out they were rubbish. So before the Nigerians, Asians and Eastern-Europeans trying to scam me, I had American evangelicals. It just reinforced my view, at the time, that evangelical Christianity in America was neither evangelical or Christian but was very definitely American – fearful & credulous.

Anyway this Guardian profile on atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O’Hair, made timely again thanks to a new Netflix film, is interesting stuff.

Sanctuary Cities are as old as the Bible

If you’ve followed some of the immigration debate in the US you’ll notice there is wrangling between the current administration and what the US calls ‘sanctuary cities’ and that idea as JSTOR tells you – comes straight from the pages of the Bible.

How do we make sense of (Jesus’) commandments?

Today’s theological read comes from Ian Paul and how we shouldn’t simply restrict Jesus’ commandments to being nice

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.

And surely the church can be part of the answer. We offer family, fellowship, purpose & service.

Minimalism. A secular kind of religion

I love this rant.

Long story short, the past 10 years or so has sold us one of the most oddly logical, yet no less cloying, answers to our hyper-consumerist late capitalism: minimalism as a secular kind of religion, an add-on to the cultures of yoga and green juices and general living well by putting together a tapas platter of cultural and spiritual practices without ever fully committing to one.

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