Book Review: A society without God

What does a country look like if you take faith out of it? What kind of world would it be for those that live there and how did this come about? These are some of the questions that sociologist Phil Zuckerman tries to answer in  A society without God. The book is the fruit of a year and half living in Denmark and interviewing hundreds of Danes and Swedes about why they, mostly, do not believe in God. It makes for fascinating reading. Zuckerman convincingly demonstrates that most Scandinavians no…

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Where did all the demons go?

I’ve been wondering whether to add anything to the brouhaha over the ‘Strange Fire’ arguments that have bothered the twitter world recently. I had almost decided I couldn’t be bothered, I posted something over two years ago following a Macarthur rant and nothing much seems to have been added in the meantime. I wasn’t going to respond, mainly because I’ve no idea, really, who John Macarthur is. I’ve never read his books, nor know anyone who has, never had them recommended to me, never heard him preach nor had anyone…

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10 things that are a little strange about life in Sweden

It’s only fair after having pointed out 10 things that I’ve found to be a little better about life in Sweden, to think about the reverse. Switching cultures and countries you spot things that stand out; sometimes because they’re better and sometimes because they’re not. Here’s my 10 in no particular order: This one is a particular bug-bear of mine, but the Swedes don’t appear to know the proper use of car indicators. It’s a bit like the use of the horn in places like Pakistan, where the horn can…

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10 little things that are better in Sweden

We’ve been living in Sweden for just over two years now and we’re starting to notice a few things about life here compared to life in the UK. These are in no particular order of importance. Money back on your bottles. I seem to remember this in the UK in the dim and distant past but it lives on here in Sweden. Recycle your plastic, can or glass bottle and get a little bit of money back. Nice. Parks and playgrounds. There are swings, climbing frames and playgrounds everywhere. Each…

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