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 (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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Christian Living 

Money: 4 questions, 4 principles & 5 lessons

There are few more powerful forces in the world than money, the wanting it, the having it, the losing it, the using it causes great upheaval in the hearts of men and women all over the world. As Ian Paul notes, It is Jesus who characterises Mammon as a rival to God in Matt 6.24 (‘You cannot serve both God and Mammon’) as well as Luke 16.9, 11 and 13. It is the ‘deceitfulness of wealth’ which is one of the three causes of the unfruitfulness of the seed in…

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Inequality: insights from the blogosphere

I’ve been posting a mini-series on inequality and as always there are others around who are posting on similar themes. Here they are all in one place. Martin Charlesworth has been thinking through a critique of capitalism. First the background and then this first beginnings. Keep an eye on this as more look forthcoming The Why Nations Fail blog examines the facts behind the top 1%. Truth is they now own and control more than ever! Freakonomics examines the wealth effect and concludes, ‘it ain’t pretty’. The richer you get, the more…

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Christian Living 

A bit like Norway…

I’ve recently engaged in a series of articles about inequality. WYTM has kindly let me repost Matt Hosier’s responses as well as my own articles. This is the fifth post in the series – click here for the first, here for the second, here for the third and here for the fourth. I’ve spent most of my efforts so far knocking the arguments of others, so it is about time I was more constructive and made my case for why God cares about material inequality. I’ve twice been involved in the running of two small businesses and neither…

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Christian Living 

Funding Equality

I’ve recently engaged in a series of articles about inequality. WYTM has kindly let me repost Matt Hosier’s responses as well as my own articles. This is the fourth post in the series – click here for the first, here for the second, here for the third. Last week the Socialist favourite in France’s presidential election, Francois Hollande, said that top earners should pay 75% of their income in tax: “Above 1m euros [£847,000; $1.3m], the tax rate should be 75% because it’s not possible to have that level of income.” (I’m sure he meant “it’s not fair to…

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Let's try to be fair

I’ve recently engaged in a series of articles about inequality. WYTM has kindly let me repost Matt Hosier’s responses as well as my own articles. This is the third post in the series – click here for the first, here for the second. Matt posed some good questions in his response to my last post, “When we talk about ‘income inequality’ do we mean a lack of equality or a lack of fairness? In building a ‘fairer society’ are we aiming for equality of opportunity, or equality of outcome? And how do we define what…

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Hair shirts and iPhones

I’ve recently engaged in a series of articles about inequality. WYTM has kindly let me repost Matt Hosier’s responses as well as my own articles. This is the second post in the series – click here for the first. Recently Phil posed the question, “What is poverty?” To illustrate one of his points, I was walking through town recently with one of my daughters who, as we passed a rough sleeper, with his ‘collection’ bowl in front of him, asked, “How come he’s got an iPhone if he’s out begging?” I…

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