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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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3 ways to know what God is like

This is a question that crops up every now and then. How is God knowable and how do we know that God is like this and not like that. Historically the Christian faith has given three main ways of answering that question. Through what has been made, through what has been said and through the One who was sent. Through what has been made When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you…

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Christians & Evolution

Christians often have a very confused relationship with scientific discoveries – we use them of course, but there’s a significant portion of evangelicals who become very sceptical especially when it concerns the origins of life. Tim Challies wrote The…reason I am a six-day creationist is that I believe this is what science tells us. I believe science confirms a literal six-day creation and a young earth. I find the science demanding millions or billions of years less compelling than the science supporting a much less ancient universe. Even though so…

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Book Review: Feral

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had a lot of money to spare? If you were Bill Gates rich for example. I’m sure you have, I have. One of things I have long decided I would do would be to buy as much of the British countryside as possible and plant trees. If I could I’d plant a massive forest that would one day have ancient oaks and yews. With the trees would come wildness, and space for animals that have long since disappeared from the…

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Book Review: The Genesis Enigma

The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is scientifically accurate from 2009 is an intriguing book and is a bold endeavour but unlikely to find many advocates. If you’re a six-day young earth creationist then ‘there’s nothing to see here’. Dr Parker is a staunch advocate of evolution and research leader at the Natural History Museum in London. What’s more interesting is that Dr Parker isn’t a Christian and from evidence in the book is moving from atheist to deist or theist position. However his attempt to reconcile scripture and evolution…

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Where Genesis and Science agree

I almost always find myself reading Genesis in January and it strikes me that we very often focus on the areas of conflict between contemporary scientific theories and the Book of Genesis and miss out on the very many areas where the two agree. Here are some that I’ve noted: The forming of the universe was almost instantaneous (Gen 1:3 & the split seconds of the Big Bang – whichever theory of it you choose) The earth began formless, empty and mostly watery (Gen 1:2 & history of the earth)…

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