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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2019)

The failure who changed the world There was no state funeral, no miles-long procession following his body to its tomb, no carpet of flowers outside his home. He died an unjust death on trumped up charges and no one protested or even seemed to care. But the story in 2019 is rather different. Twenty centuries after his death he has 2.3 billion followers – 31% of the global population claims affiliation with the religion that takes his name… How come? How did this dismal disaster go on to inspire the…

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The Curiosity Index (21.12.2018)

A little lighter far today but curious and interesting nonetheless. Twenty strange purchases made by churches If anything demonstrates how Christianity has got a little off-track in the States this list could be it. There’s a video linked to number 12 that’s a classic and make me feel very sorry for the camel. That’s right, camel. Great Britain is not a small island on any measure 9th biggest in fact. But Canada has 3 islands in the top 10 and 2 of them are bigger than Britain. How insanely big…

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The Curiosity Index (20.12.2018)

Think About Love in a New Way this Christmas December is a frantic month for most of us. But amid all the busyness, the message of Christmas brings us back to first principles. It shows us what love is. And the first principle is this: Jesus gave everything he had, because he loved us. He gave his body to the cross because he loved us. Before that he lived his life in a loveless world because he loved us. But first of all he came because he loved us.  People…

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The Curiosity Index (05.12.2018)

Jesus was not born in a stable From Ian Paul: I am sorry to spoil your preparations for Christmas before the Christmas lights have even gone up—though perhaps it is better to do this now than the week before Christmas, when everything has been carefully prepared. But Jesus wasn’t born in a stable, and, curiously, the New Testament hardly even hints that this might have been the case. A storm brews over the formation of a new church in Ukraine This is a political not a theological split but in…

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The Curiosity Index (12.11.2018)

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens For the past few years, whenever a mass shooting occurs in the US that gets wide press coverage, the satirical news site The Onion runs an article with this headline written by Jason Roeder: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”. The reason they only do it when a shooting gets big coverage is that there have been 307 mass shootings so far this year and if they covered every one, about half of The Onion’s…

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The Curiosity Index (10.08.2018)

Norway’s hidden scandal This one I think has been brewing for a while: The UN rates Norway one of the best countries for a child to grow up in. And yet too many children, according to a large number of Norwegian experts, are taken into care without good reason. The conviction of a top psychiatrist in the child protection system for downloading child abuse images is now raising further serious questions. I Can Only Imagine review For The Guardian to give an overtly Christian film a positive review means it must…

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The Curiosity Index (25.07.2018)

‘The only way out is through Jesus’ Well worth 12 minutes of your time. Powerful stuff. The European Heat Wave Is Brutal It really is but I’m also quite enjoying it but that’s not true for everyone. The average July high in Stockholm, for example, is usually 74 degrees Fahrenheit; this week, temperatures will crest 90, and there are 21 wildfires currently blazing across Sweden during its worst drought in 74 years. Some municipalities have resorted to sending leaflets to older residents to give them tips on how to manage the heat. Hospitals are…

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