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The Curiosity Index (10.06.2019)

White or Wrong? Andrew Wilson on form as usual: Should people self-identify as “white”? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness. But I think there are at least seven reasons for taking seriously the possibility that the answer is no. Church Planting Mistakes: “I’ll Take Who I Can Get” The Simmonds brothers interviewed…

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The Curiosity Index (06.09.2018)

After an unexplained absence (well, laziness) we’re back. Our strange and incoherent stance towards the unborn Powerful stuff from Andrew Haslam: It made no sense to me that if a woman wants her baby, it’s a child, but if she doesn’t then it’s a foetus. If the child dies, it’s a tragic miscarriage, but if the pregnancy is brought to a medically induced end, it’s a routine termination. If a couple is longing to have a family the loss of a child is a grief too hard to bear, but…

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The Curiosity Index (28.08.2018)

Do We Really Want Our Christian Prime Minister Making Christian Decisions? Stephen McAlpine:  The self-confessed Christian politician is called upon to release asylum seekers on the basis of their Christianity, but required to ignore or privatise their Christian faith’s conviction in the public square when it comes to other human rights matters related to Imago-Dei, such as abortion or euthanasia. Politics and Religion in India This article is a few years old now but it still gives a helpful background to the complex relationship between religion and politics. Indian secularism, by…

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The Curiosity Index (27.08.2018)

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here This is something I expect to hear a lot more of over the next few decades – our use, misuse and lack of our most precious resource – water. What makes the situation weirder is that floods such as the ones in Kerala (see below) are likely to become more common at the same time as increasing scarcity of drinking water.  In Acts, did Luke incorrectly date Theudas? Had he misread Josephus? This is another long read but it’s the sort of historical investigation…

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The Curiosity Index (India edition)

Today I’m flying to Hyderabad, India for a second visit. I was there last year and it’s a privilege to be invited back. So here are a few India related items for you to expand your horizons: Cracking India’s mystifying nod-code One thing all travellers to India talk about – apart from the dreaded Delhi Belly, of course – is the great Indian head nod. It’s not exactly a nod (up and down from the neck, meant to indicate ‘yes’) – or a shake (straight side to side to convey…

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The Curiosity Index (20.04.2018)

Too many men I find these demographic insights and their implications for the future fascinating. But it’s also going to be tragic for millions. In India and China alone there are 70 million more men than women. 70 million, that’s like imagining a country the size of the UK with just men (Chinese and Indian men)! Finland’s two-year universal basic income experiment is coming to an end  It will be interesting to hear what lessons they’ve learned but 2 years is not a long time for this sort of experiment.…

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The Curiosity Index (23.01.2018)

Bolivia’s President Revokes Evangelism Restrictions Last week I shared a story about religious freedom restrictions in Bolivia. Sounds like the government has changed its mind. Trump hasn’t just done a good job, he’s done a great job’  I think it can be quite hard for many people to understand the appeal of Trump. This article is as good and as balanced as any I’ve read. India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world That’s almost equal to the entire continent of Europe or two USAs.…

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The Curiosity Index (05.01.2018)

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians I don’t know how your Christmas was but it probably wasn’t like this. While lots of us in safe countries are focused on productivity, life goals and so on that for many Christians life is lived under constant pressure. Contextualised Christmas Dinner This gives you a little insight into how you figure out Christmas traditions in a different culture. A New Year’s Wish: Better Social Media This asks a brilliant question: “Why is everyone hooked on a product that makes them miserable?” 10 Rules to…

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