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The Curiosity Index (17.01.2018)

The six hottest volcanoes to watch in 2018 I think by hottest they mean the most active… Inequality, Privilege, and the Upper Middle Class It’s more complicated than you think. And the same goes for the question Should women and men be paid equally? When Our Heroes Don’t Live Up to Their Theology I never knew George Whitefield was a slave owner. We ‘ll need increasingly to think through how we speak about the ‘heroes’ of the past and do a better job of presenting them flaws and all. Jessica Hahn…

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The Curiosity Index (06.12.2017)

What good is knowing the Bible? This is not from the perspective of a believer but succinctly argues that you cannot understand the times in which we live if you do not know the Bible. Wilson’s books of 2017 It’s that time of year when we get the years’ best but I usually find myself reading something next year that Andrew Wilson read this year. Here are his books of the year. A Priest Used The Butt of Jesus as an 18th Century Time Capsule You have to admit, it’s a…

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The Curiosity Index (05.10.2017)

Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035 It’s always 20 years from now but hopers will hope. But our ability to search improves with every technological innovation. I compare the situation to the year 1491. European civilization had been around for 2,500 years, yet the Americas were not on any map. Mesoamerican civilization, for its part, had been around for about as long, but also was ignorant of what lay over the oceans. With a glimpse and a shout from a sailor on the Pinta, everything changed. Here’s…

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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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Notable Swedish Christians: F.O.Nilsson

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Fredrik Olaus Nilsson (1809-1881) was a key figure in the development of religious freedom in Sweden due to his fierce commitment to the Baptist cause. Born into a nautical family, when hard times struck FO turned to the sea. One one voyage down the Atlantic coast of the US,…

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Notable Swedish Christians: Johann Zachariah Kiernander

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Johann Kiernander (1710-1798) has the distinction of being the first protestant missionary to Bengal, India. Born in a small village in central Sweden, he studied at Uppsala and then at Halle, Germany. He was ordained in 1739 after agreeing to go to Cuddalore, India for the…

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Notable Swedish Christians: Peter Fjellstedt

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Peter Fjellstedt (1802-1881) was born into a poor but devout farm family. Peter showed great ability at school and went on to university first at Karlstad and then at Lund where he mastered several languages. In 1824 he committed himself to missionary service but lack of finances…

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How big was Thessalonica?

I don’t suppose this question has ever particularly troubled you (leave a comment if it has) but it has bothered me. We’ve recently begun studying the book of 1 Thessalonians and so I’ve been boning up. The majority of my reference books and commentaries (not all of them mention population) all quote a similar figure. They (Thomas & Mayhue for example) think that Paul, Silas & Timothy would have found a city  of around 200,000. The figure is just simply stated. So you just have to accept that they know…

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