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Toy Story and Identity

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have linked to a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. I really admire people who when they watch films can spot the trends and deeper storylines within. So I thought this from Andrew Bunt was excellent. I fear that I may not be a great cinema companion. I recently went to see Toy Story 4 with a couple of friends. As the credits began to roll,…

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The Curiosity Index (05.12.2018)

Jesus was not born in a stable From Ian Paul: I am sorry to spoil your preparations for Christmas before the Christmas lights have even gone up—though perhaps it is better to do this now than the week before Christmas, when everything has been carefully prepared. But Jesus wasn’t born in a stable, and, curiously, the New Testament hardly even hints that this might have been the case. A storm brews over the formation of a new church in Ukraine This is a political not a theological split but in…

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The Curiosity Index (09.11.2018)

Wasting your life is easier than you think Another good piece from the guys at Salt. The daily struggle to wrest myself free from a purely selfish view of things is never easy, and I frequently lose sight of any bigger picture other than the immediate needs I face. But ultimately, knowing God gives me a much higher sense of perspective than I could ever arrive at purely on my own.  Visualize the Entire Global Economy in One Chart It makes it easy to see why a trade war between the…

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The Curiosity Index (10.08.2018)

Norway’s hidden scandal This one I think has been brewing for a while: The UN rates Norway one of the best countries for a child to grow up in. And yet too many children, according to a large number of Norwegian experts, are taken into care without good reason. The conviction of a top psychiatrist in the child protection system for downloading child abuse images is now raising further serious questions. I Can Only Imagine review For The Guardian to give an overtly Christian film a positive review means it must…

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The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels is flat-out wrong. The only way to hold such a claim is to completely ignore both the miracles of Jesus in which he acts as if he is the one God, as well as the sayings of Jesus in which he speaks as if he…

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Mary Magdalene: The reviewers reviewed

I haven’t seen the film in question but I’ve read a lot of reviews now and it’s not clear whether this film is really terrible or really powerful. It’s also not clear what people think about the main character Mary Magdalene. History hasn’t treated Mary very fairly. The Economist explains it like this The film’s declared aim is to exonerate Mary Magdalene from a centuries-old charge, and a common misconception. In the sixth century, the Roman church opined that she was the same person as the unnamed sinful woman who,…

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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 (19.09.2017)

Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017) Author and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi has gone to be with His Saviour. Justin Taylor has a fine obituary. I have highly recommended his book. The Miracle of Dunkirk this would have been better had I posted when the film was just released but the story remains remarkable and worth reading. Two museums are having a fight on Twitter and it’s gloriously informative Twitter at its funny & informative best. 26 Useful Websites That Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better A completely overblown and utterly untrue headline…

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