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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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Church 

Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)

There are several topics that very clearly demonstrate the gulf that exists between an American and European mindset. The clearest example for me is guns. In the UK I only know one person, as far as I’m aware, who owns a gun and that’s for clay pigeon shooting and I only met him last year. I know, I think, two people who have guns in Sweden for hunting. I’m nearly 45. The first gun I ever saw that was not on TV was held by a policeman in France. I’d…

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Pioneer CONFERENCE 2019

I don’t go too many conferences each year although sometimes I feel like I could spend my whole year doing nothing but go to meetings and conferences. So the ones I do go to had better be worth it, right? When you live in Sweden an end of September conference in Malaga is an excellent reason to go. Swapping autumn for summer for a few days was a pleasant experience and being able to eat outside late into the night was a treat. The second and more important reason was…

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Church 

Church planting in Europe

At the end of September I was privileged to be at one of my favourite conferences. I don’t go to many but this is my favourite. For one it was held in Malaga, so while Sweden was fast heading into a cold and wet autumn, for a few days I got to go back to summer. Malaga is also a beautiful city, with ancient Roman ruins, a marina full of expensive yachts, the castle & cathedral. It’s definitely worth a visit. But nice as the weather and location was, I’d…

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The rise of a non-Christian Europe

New research confirms what we have known for a long-time: Europe is a post-Christian continent and post-religious too. As the focus of the study is on 16-29 year olds Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London and author of the report is probably correct when he says, “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years.” The research supports what has been my theory (based on anecdotes…

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The Curiosity Index (25.01.2018)

Spain surpasses 4,000 evangelical places of worship for the first time On the whole, there isn’t a lot of good news for evangelicals in Europe, but this would seem to be one of them. What the Hell do Bible Scholars do Anyway? Pronounce on whether public transportation is cursed or not apparently. The astounding growth of China’s subway system, 1990-2020 Impressive The Sad Demise of a Village Cheese-Rolling Competition A sign of the times I guess Who needs snow? Amazing skill. Also remarkable advertising. It’s a car advert with no…

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The Curiosity Index (22.12.2017)

Fake News: Christmas is a hijacked Pagan Festival Tim Thornborough helps you demolish the idea that Christmas is a re-branded pagan festival. Although it remains the case that it’s unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th… And speaking of pagan festivals… It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Not an awful lot to do with Christ but this is what Christmas means today. It’s not Christian, it’s decidedly materialistic. And it’s been that for a while now… Pictures of Christmas Past Who was the genius who thought a bear on…

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Religion in Europe: it’s complicated

Since moving to Sweden over six years ago, I’ve taken a far closer interest in trying to understand Europe and stay alert to trends, developments and so on. It’s not easy, Europe is a complicated place. Even knowing the borders of Europe is not always as easy as you think. West, south and north are relatively straightforward with the Atlantic (though what about Iceland? It’s culturally European but closer to Greenland which is North America), the Arctic and the Mediterranean providing clear boundaries but the east….well the east is a…

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