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The Curiosity Index (30.11.2017)

Art story of the day I did not know this, but I think it’s great. How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year Rebuke of the day This one is actually from a couple of weeks back, but as the story is still going on I thought I could get away with it. Anthony Le Donne throws the knock-out blow to anyone trying to defend Roy Moore by comparing it to Joseph and Mary. Historically speaking, Zeigler’s statement is in error. Literarily and theologically speaking, Zeigler’s statement is perverted.…

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Technology 

How not to be a slave to technology

I don’t know that I’m necessarily the right person to write this. I spend far too many of my waking hours sitting in front of a screen. I am a learner though, actively engaged in figuring out what technology is, how it shapes us and how we can live well with it. So with those goals in mind, here are four simple steps to stop being a slave to technology: Step One: Stop Acting Like Technology Holds You Hostage Here’s Trevin Wax: So enough with the silly idea that every technological advance is set in…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (29.11.2017)

Pro-life story of the day When the subject of abortion comes up, pro-lifers are always asked about two specific instances one of which is the threat to the mother’s life and the other is rape. Well this story When I look into my son’s eyes I see the man who raped me (which I was slightly surprised to find on the BBC) is powerful evidence that the decision to abort even in cases of rape should not, at the very least, be an automatic given. Testimony of the day This is…

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Articles 

The Curiosity Index (28.11.2017)

I’m not giving up on this because I know there are thousands of you (that’s totally made up) who can’t wait to see what I’m linking to (that’s also made up). But I am going to have a tweak with the format a little to see if there are some more interesting ways of presenting the links. Let’s try this. News of the day Actually I read this on Saturday but still: British aid worker shot dead in Nigeria after singing Amazing Grace which illustrates that being a Christian can be a…

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Sweden 

Secular Sweden & its liberal church

Everyone knows Sweden is a pretty secular place – its government & elites hold a secular progressive outlook and its previous socialist incarnations did much to drive the church to the margins (which is perhaps a logical outcome of the Reformation). As a result the Swedes are a mostly godless bunch although there are pockets of religion and faith, from Latin American Pentecostals, Ethiopian or Syrian Orthodox to Somali Muslims for example. The religious landscape in Sweden is also shaped by its former state church which is mostly a mirror to the secular society…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Books edition

I’m an unrepentant and incurable bibliophile so here are a bunch of articles on how fantastic books are. Books to read 50 Books That Will Make You a Modern-Day Polymath – I’ve read 2 from this list   What I Learned From the Seven Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read – I’ve read 2 from this (much shorter) list. The importance of reading Reading Books Will Help You Build These 7 Habits – I’m not sure but I may have 2 of these habits…. How Reading Makes Us More Human – Karen Swallow Prior says reading…

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Gender 

The Transgender debate: readings

I’ve written numerous times about the new front-line for progressives in Western society as they champion the right to be able to change your gender. As it’s a completely unheard of social experiment in world history whose outcome is totally unknown it’s worth tracking. It reveals the underlying convictions and values of this society and of course I’m looking for how thoughtful Christians are responding to this issue. What’s been happening? Judge Partially Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops in Military – like most things in America, public policy is decided in the courts…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Contagious Disciple Making

Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery by David Watson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Contagious Disciple Making is a useful resource on the essentials of disciple making and provides good insight if you’re looking into Disciple Making Movements (DMM) or Church Planting Movements (CPM). The basic premise for disciple making goes something like this. Time is spent praying and listening to God about a neighbourhood which is followed up by seeking to meet observed needs in the community. Through serving and loving others, opportunities will…

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