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Living in a godless culture in a God-filled world

Is the world becoming more or less religious? Is the world becoming more or less Christian? How about your country, city or town? When anyone starts from the place where they live, it can be an easy assumption to assume that everywhere else is similar to where you live and everyone else is similar to you. This, can, for the Christian in the Western world lead to a depressing conclusion. We live in a post-Christian secular age. Which is true. We do not, however, live in a post-Christian secular world.…

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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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The struggles of church without God

In general in western nations a loss of faith has been matched by a rise in loneliness. People noticed the loss of faith first and mostly weren’t in the slightest bit bothered by it. The implications of loneliness on the other hand has people, rightly, very concerned. In discussing this last year I mentioned the rise of secular congregations that had, in part, a desire to build community for the faithless. I’ve never been to a Sunday Assembly but I’m generally positive about them. Why do I quite like what…

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On Atheism (bumper links edition)

For almost the entire history of humanity people have been believers but today more than ever there are millions of people who don’t believe in any God of any kind. Here are some articles that I’ve bookmarked as I read and try to understand the one who don’t believe. On where atheists live In Europe China and Europe stand out on world map of atheism How the USSR Turned Houses of Worship Into Museums of Atheism On famous atheists Borges on God’s Nonexistence and the Meaning of Life “There Is…

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The odd case of the atheists and the historical Jesus

When it comes to the discussion of religion among atheists (if they’re not being massively condescending) it is clear that they operate on the clear conviction that they work on the basis of evidence and if believers did too then, well they probably wouldn’t be believers. Except it seems when it comes to the question of whether there actually was a person called Jesus. Then it seems a whole bunch of atheists disappear down the internet black hole of conspiracies. I first became aware of the atheists who focus on…

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The Curiosity Index (05.04.2018)

Easter and Holy Week A last set of links related to Easter. Firstly some photos and more photos here from the Guardian. I’m going to see if I can’t export the tradition from Hungary. Sticking with Easter, Sam Storms 10 things you should know about what happened on Easter Sunday morning. Here is my big list of links on the resurrection. I also really appreciated this thoughtful piece by Julian Baggini – Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point. If we genuinely accept that a believer in…

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Understanding secular people

Nations that are collectively included in the term, ‘the West’ are increasingly secular. Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada are dominated by secular people and the US is increasingly so. In this part of the world, the narrative is that religion is on the decline and enlightened secular people are on the rise. Zoom out, of course, to a global level and that’s simply not true. Yet secular people remain convinced that it is they who are on the right side of history. Currently the majority of Christian apologetics in the…

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The Curiosity Index (08.11.2017)

How did new atheism fail so miserably This is a really interesting piece from Scott Alexander (who is an atheist). “The New Atheists accomplished the seemingly impossible task of alienating a society that agreed with them about everything.” Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude Yet here we are. A Biblical “Miracle” Could Be One of the First Documented Solar Eclipses Did the sun really stand still? Maybe not. Resignation syndrome: Sweden’s mystery illness This is a very strange story. 17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre I like…

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