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Will a pandemic turn Europe back to God?

Europe is currently the worst affected region of the world during this current pandemic. Although I’d be surprised if it remained that when all is said and done. Europe is also the most secular of continents 1 and has significantly moved away from faith in the last half-century or so. So will this massive shutdown of commerce, movement, association (all fairly key fundamental freedoms) and the constant and relentless coverage of death be enough to make Europe think, even for a moment, about more eternal questions? 2 It is of…

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Don’t panic

This message might be a little too late really but it seems rich, comfortable people are all in a dither about this coronavirus. There are 68 million people in the UK and 321 cases of coronavirus. Somebody who can be bothered can tell me what percentage that is but it’s not very big. Sweden with a much smaller population has had 260 cases so the percentage is higher but it’s still really small. In Sweden, there is a cultural habit that might help us out: Yet I’ve had friends and…

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One simple question

I recently submitted a chapter for a book about the upcoming US election. My submission wasn’t ultimately included in the project so I’m posting it here. It is directed primarily towards Republican voters. Feel free to discuss. On November 3rd 2020 I won’t be voting for Donald Trump or the Republican Party. In case you’re tempted to stop reading right about now, I won’t be voting for the Democratic Party nominee, either. As a citizen of both the United Kingdom and Sweden, I’ll be watching not participating. When it comes…

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Gender 

The battle for biology heats up

I predicted some years ago that society would face a battle over biology as transgender activists seek to change laws in their favour. There was always an inherent contradiction but the ideology doesn’t care about coherence or consistency. So, we are witnessing an increasing battle between feminists, sportswomen and some scientists on the one side and transgender/woke activists on the other. What is interesting though is to see who has control of the media – who gets to produce the next heart-warming movie about a man becoming a woman or…

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Convenience, comfort and the coronavirus

The news about the coronavirus is everywhere and inescapable. Of course, that’s the worry, that this new virus for which there currently is no cure is inescapable. It’s not actually as widespread or as deadly as the flu but the fear is there. Any new virus is a drug for the media because it plays on our fear that one day a new plague, a new deadlier and more viral disease will strike. We fear what we cannot control. Always have, always will. Given the number of cases (43,000+) it…

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Reviews 

Book Review: The Resurrection by Geza Vermes

The Resurrection by Géza Vermes My rating: 3 of 5 stars The late Geza Vermes was a hugely respected New Testament scholar and this is his short take on the key to the Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus. Vermes surveys the evolving views on post-mortem existence in the Old Testament from a peaceful burial, to the shadows of Sheol and the developing idea of resurrection, final judgement and heaven. He clearly has a deep respect for the ‘healthy realism of the ancient Hebrews’ that the supreme goal was ‘to…

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Is there a reasonable alternative?

We would all probably feel healthier if we didn’t spend so much time staring at the car crash that is American evangelicalism and politics but it’s Christmas and we all need something to entertain us. Now I’m not American so I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. In that sense, I have no dog in this fight, or skin in this game. This makes me feel like an impartial outsider observer but of course, that’s nonsense. I’m European (citizen of both the UK & Sweden) and even on my most…

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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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