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Change the world. Plant a tree.

A long time ago in a childhood far, far away we were told about massive environmental challenges that our planet was facing. The poster child of the late 80s and early 90s was deforestation in the Amazon – along with saving whales and pandas. Sadly not very much has changed when it pertains to the Amazon (or Brazil’s other forests) and that deforestation continues apace each and every year. Yet our understanding of the peril and plight of the planet definitely has changed. We are aware more keenly than ever…

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Gender 

The Transgender issue: further links and readings

It seems that over the past few years about once every six months or so I post something on this issue. I started writing about this perhaps as much as six years ago. Then it was still a fringe development in western culture but now it is a campaign whose time has come. The T is fixed in the LGBTQ constellation. As a result there are profound social changes going on and social policies are being formed without any clear (at least to me) philosophical or ethical foundation which makes…

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The Curiosity Index (13.02.2019)

Many people still reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution The interesting question in places like Britain is why? It can hardly be down to the pernicious influence of Christianity as it basically has none. Nick Spencer of Theos, a think-tank devoted to religion, notes that whatever is making young people cautious about accepting Darwin, the main factor cannot be messages they are receiving in places of worship (which very few attend) or the influence of fundamentalist schools, which form only a tiny segment of British education. In the Catholic and…

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The face of the waters

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. So begins the Biblical account of creation. Most Christian accounts tend to focus on the fact that this verse teaches that God created the universe creatio ex nihilo; creation from nothing. In as far as modern science can tell us, that’s a pretty accurate description of the beginning of the universe (although the role of God is hotly…

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The Curiosity Index (08.03.2018)

Normal service hasn’t quite resumed as I battle my inbox and schedule. It’s taken me almost a full week to catch up after a week away. Hmmm. Anyway… A West African Damascus Road This story is absolutely amazing. I believe miracles happen and this one is astonishing. Stephen Hawking Explains What Existed Before The Big Bang Imaginary time with extra dimensions…which is not as easy to get your head around as ‘In the beginning God…’. Hugh Ross responds. The science behind Europe’s Siberian chill As I sit at my desk…

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The Curiosity Index (11.01.2018)

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus It might be getting harder to be a Christian in the secular west but while not exclusively true but it is also very clear – the most dangerous place for a Christian to live is in a Muslim country. * Christians in Egypt face unprecedented persecution * Officials demolish Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi, China From debt to divorce, this chart tracks the UK’s year of worries And it provides good evidence why churches that care about their communities…

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The Curiosity Index (27.09.2017)

Jesus Didn’t Die So He Could Love You Glen Scrivener: “If I’m looking at the Son lifted up on the cross, then I’m seeing God’s love for me because there I’m seeing my salvation. I’m seeing infallible proof of God’s immovable, inexhaustible, unfathomable affection for me.” Yes. Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico This is what a hurricane does. Why You Shouldn’t Slog Through Books Another yes. The better idea is to read what seems awesome and interesting to you now and to let your curiosities grow organically. A…

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How did life on earth begin?

When it comes to questions about the earth’s origins many Christians remain quiet in the face of hostility towards the idea of a Creator being behind the whole thing. Yet it’s worth knowing that the other side should also display a certain amount of humility too. As of yet, no one actually knows how life began. The theories that are floating about are exactly the sort of theories that they say the Theory of Evolution is not. A couple of weeks ago two stories popped up in my RSS feed within…

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