Links 

Updated: Not a single girl

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is awful. Authorities are investigating why not one girl was born across dozens of villages in a northern Indian district in the last three months. In a country grappling with a skewed gender ratio, data has revealed that of the 216 newborns in 132 villages across the Uttarkashi district, in Uttarakhand state, none were girls, the news…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (29.05.2019)

Abortion: some ruminations Abortion is back in the spotlight and as a result people are thinking and sharing their thinking afresh. That’s a good thing. Here are some thoughts from Fleming Rutledge on the issue. She makes some excellent points. I have been ruminating about abortion for many decades, but I don’t think that I have ever written anything about it until now. Since the election of Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh, however, the atmosphere has begun to change dramatically in a way I had not foreseen. The debate about the…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (14.02.2019)

How Africa is converting China This is a fascinating take. And yet, to the dismay and confusion of the CCP, Christianity keeps growing; many Christians take persecution as a sign that they are doing something right. If US State Department numbers are to be believed, there are nearly as many Chinese Christians (70 million) as the 90 million CCP members reported by Chinese state media, and at current growth rates, China will soon have more Christians than any country in the world. Despite its best efforts, China is losing its…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (06.09.2018)

After an unexplained absence (well, laziness) we’re back. Our strange and incoherent stance towards the unborn Powerful stuff from Andrew Haslam: It made no sense to me that if a woman wants her baby, it’s a child, but if she doesn’t then it’s a foetus. If the child dies, it’s a tragic miscarriage, but if the pregnancy is brought to a medically induced end, it’s a routine termination. If a couple is longing to have a family the loss of a child is a grief too hard to bear, but…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains. The Lava Meets the Sea It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption because they are all spectacular. See some more here from The Boston Globe. A famine of prayer Jeremy Bailey, rightly, thinks many western churches are experiencing a famine of prayer. And here are Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail. Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Buddhism…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (22.01.2018)

Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost This article tracks an important development. Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. A New Peace Effort Is Needed in East…

Read More
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…

Read More
Articles 

Discussing abortion in the public square

Recently in the UK, Conservative politician and Catholic Jacob Rees-Mogg (and yes he is as posh as his name suggests) was interviewed on UK breakfast television and he was questioned about his views on same-sex marriage and abortion. You can watch the interview here. Which got the predictable reaction In addition to the blatant misogyny, this is an accepted form of religious extremism because it comes from a rich, white, Christian male. https://t.co/TArDukIYws — ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) September 7, 2017 British papers called him a bigot and his parliamentary colleagues lined up…

Read More