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What does it mean to be good?

One of my favourite TV shows of 2018 was The Good Place – a very funny show that asks a very important question: what does it mean to be good? Nathanael Smith summarizes the first season plot: The premise of episode one is a juicy one: Eleanor Shellstrop has died. She’s ended up in The Good Place, a version of heaven that each religion “got about 5% right”. It’s a perfectly engineered afterlife designed by the angelic Michael (Ted Danson) for the very best people in the world – if you’ve lived…

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The Curiosity Index (09.04.2018)

We Need Counter-Cultural Common Sense GK Chesterton was a genius, that’s all I’m saying. China Bans Bibles from Online Sellers Like Amazon The story develops a bit further. Should we believe in hell? Ian Paul takes up the question World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists Well isn’t that interesting… Gorgeous 8K video of the aurora borealis dancing in the skies during a lunar eclipse Definitely worth 70 seconds of your time.

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The Curiosity Index (03.04.2018)

Eight myths about hell Sam Storms clears a few things up Should we teach the story of Ananias and Sapphira to children? Tim Thornborough thinks not. Not sure I agree. Futurologist Predicts Human Immortality Might Be Closer Than You Think If you pay close attention you’ll notice this sort of breakthrough is always 20-30 years away. Close enough to sound plausible, far enough away to be unaccountable. Is boasting good or bad for business? This article focuses on Sweden…so not too much boasting. How to drink when you’re running Trickier…

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Hell revisited

Five years ago, the topic of hell was probably the most discussed doctrine in evangelical circles, following the publication of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. In Love Wins Bell speculated a more hopeful version of CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce. It was nearly but not quite universalism. That debate has died down but it has not gone away and nor will it. However evangelicals have mostly rejected universalism and have instead opted for one of two main approaches: eternal conscious torment or annihilationism. Neither sound good. Preston Sprinkle has hosted a number of debates on his blog about the…

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The Curiosity Index (02.03.2015)

Still no internet at home. The situation is getting desperate. Five reasons why the virgin birth is important One church’s journey in generosity. Well worth copying. This leader from the Guardian laments the loss in a belief in hell. Very interesting. Talking of hell – it happens on earth. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a number of times. Very sad to see. And finally King Solomon predicted Twitter Solomon predicts Twitter. Circa 970BC. pic.twitter.com/neSYS01eH0 — Brandie Lee (@birdsflyover) February 7, 2015

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Ring the Bell: Round 2

In some ways I’m glad this discussion hasn’t just completely disappeared because that would show that we too have the attention span of a goldfish in keeping with much of contemporary western culture. Here are some further thoughts and reflections on the debate: Tim Challies reflects on the debate and thinks the reformed were mugged by a marketing department. I’m not convinced. Justin Taylor responds Adrian Warnock has posted the transcript of his debate with Rob Bell.

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Bell might not win

If you all thought the debate about hell has gone quiet then get ready for it get stirred up for another round as the book length responses to Rob Bell’s Love Wins are published. Randy Alcorn gives his views first on Mark Galli’s God Wins and Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell saying, “How does Erasing Hell compare to God Wins? I would describe Erasing Hell as passionate, biblically reasoned and pastoral. God Wins is historically rooted, theologically reasoned and journalistically precise. Someone who prefers thoughtfully presented theology and history might favor Galli’s book, while someone…

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Is Gandhi in heaven?

A few weeks ago I posted on whether Gandhi is in hell but the reverse question is also interesting. On what grounds would we have confidence to say that Gandhi is in heaven? Greg Koukl addresses this question in his book Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions. Koukl deals with people’s ideas of good and bad (which is the basis most people have for heaven or hell). “When I was in India, Christian apologist Prakesh Yesudian told me of a conversation he had with a Hindu about…

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