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The Curiosity Index (15.01.2018)

Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong I haven’t read a whole lot about this but I think Ed Stetzer gets it right. First, no one should ever receive a standing ovation when it comes to alleged abuse—unless it’s directed at a victim with the courage to speak out. When it comes to victimization, the victim should always be the center of our attention…. We are never to protect abusers in our churches. We are to protect victims. What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The…

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The Curiosity Index (05.01.2018)

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians I don’t know how your Christmas was but it probably wasn’t like this. While lots of us in safe countries are focused on productivity, life goals and so on that for many Christians life is lived under constant pressure. Contextualised Christmas Dinner This gives you a little insight into how you figure out Christmas traditions in a different culture. A New Year’s Wish: Better Social Media This asks a brilliant question: “Why is everyone hooked on a product that makes them miserable?” 10 Rules to…

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The Curiosity Index (18.12.2017)

Killing Gävle: The Swedish city where a 40ft goat battles for the spirit of Christmas This (20 minute) little film about a Swedish town (about two hours north of Stockholm) is very interesting. Weird traditions, pagan roots, secular values and Christianity all merge and blend into a compelling cocktail. Watch it. Estonia, the Digital Republic This is one potential future direction of the nation state. It’s an absolutely fascinating experiment that really only a very small country can pioneer. Oumuamua and the Fermi paradox Oumuamua has provoked another sign of the growing…

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The Curiosity Index (06.12.2017)

What good is knowing the Bible? This is not from the perspective of a believer but succinctly argues that you cannot understand the times in which we live if you do not know the Bible. Wilson’s books of 2017 It’s that time of year when we get the years’ best but I usually find myself reading something next year that Andrew Wilson read this year. Here are his books of the year. A Priest Used The Butt of Jesus as an 18th Century Time Capsule You have to admit, it’s a…

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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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The Curiosity Index (05.09.2017)

Why you should read more about religion I suspect that most of the people reading this blog don’t need convincing on this but here’s why someone who doesn’t believe (Tyler Cowen) thinks religion is important. Flying spaghetti monsters and the quest for religious authenticity As this so-called Pastafarianism has grown, some branches of the FSM church have started demanding the rights and privileges enjoyed by more established religious organizations. What started as a fake religion is now angling to be an authentic one. Oh the irony. Where Do All Those…

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A bibliophilia special

I’m an unashamed bibliophile and I used to run a regular links post called bibliophilia. So as I clear out my links, here’s a special – all you could possibly want related to books Reading Can you really read a book a week? The Rise of Digital Technologies and the Decline of Reading The death of reading is threatening the soul Writing What writers most need to know Editing and Writing Aren’t the Same Skill Making a Living Writing Ebooks Libraries A Look Inside Europe’s Most Enchanting Libraries How to design a…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2017)

OK, let’s get this thing rolling again. I never knew that there was a revival in North Korea in 1907. I’m fairly sure God’s kingdom has great staying power than the Hermit Kingdom. A revival of a different sort would be need in this Iraqi Christian ghost town. Peter Feuerherd gives us another reason to hate the ‘prosperity gospel’. Donald Trump. According to the Prosperity Gospel, Jesus’ “Blessed are the poor” is transformed into a commandment that God rewards the righteous in this life. Those who do God’s will are bestowed…

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