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It just is.

I recently spent some time wondering where it all came from. And by ‘all’, I mean the stars, the planets and the whole gigantic amazing universe. It really is a vast place. And an incredible place. The Milky Way, our home galaxy, weighs around 1.5 trillion solar masses but we don’t know what it’s made of. I mean we know it’s dark matter but we don’t know what that is. It can boggle your brain in its size and beauty. Some people think the world isn’t real or at least…

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Sweden 

Christianity has a problem with science in Sweden

Sweden is a secular country. That’s not news. The more interesting question is why? There is of course no one single answer – there are lots of answers and each one is a part of the puzzle. But one big piece of the puzzle seems to be that secular Swedes seem to have concluded en masse that science has disproved religion. Which is charmingly naive but they seem to have swallowed that so thoroughly that it’s going to be really hard to shift. So why do I say that? Consider…

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Sweden 

Sweden is in the red

It’s fairly well known that Sweden is a pretty secular place. If you’ll click through here you’ll see that four years ago I wrote about a map that showed the countries where the evangelical church is growing. All over the world. There were also a handful of countries where the evangelical church was growing but not quite as fast as the host population (the UK being one of those) and then there were about 4 countries where the evangelical church is declining (and Sweden is one of those). So I…

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Am I wrong about self-driving cars?

I’ve said to friends that I didn’t believe my son (who has just turned 11) would need to learn to drive when he turned 18 because by then self-driving cars would be the norm. There’s already a self-driving bus being tested nearby in Stockholm, so seven more years should be enough, no? At some point in the not too distant future I’ll have to have a conversation with my dad about relinquishing his driving licence. I’m confident my son won’t have to do the same because there will be autonomous…

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Church 

3 tips for short-term students on how to get involved in a church

We recently had a Dutch student who came to Stockholm for a four month exchange program. She quickly became a part of the church and when she was leaving I asked her to share her thoughts on how to become a part of the church when you only have a few months. This is what she said: Your mindset is the most important. Don’t think that it is not worth it to invest in relationships with people from church, just because you’re only staying for a short time. Instead, do…

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Where are all the miracles?

That question has featured in several recent stories of people who have given up on Christianity. ‘There used to be miracles but they don’t happen anymore’ they say. The implicit idea being that they never really happened in the first place. Christianity has long harboured those who don’t believe in the miraculous at all and those who mostly don’t alongside those who fervently do. What seems to be happening now is not just a shifting of camp within Christianity but a leaving of it altogether. There have always been those…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 34

This is the week that was here on the blog plus a few bonuses for the weekend. The week’s posts Monday: I’m all aloneTuesday: Writing is hardWednesday: Archaeology confirms not disproves the BibleThursday: A conversation with Ronald J SiderFriday: Sex, porn, marriage & divorce Related Reading Why so many young Swedes live alone Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge (related back to this recent post) New Study Outlines The Nuclear Winter We’d Have if US And Russia Blew Up Their Bombs (which would at least solve our…

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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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