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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2019)

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time The disciples were baffled that this mysterious man hadn’t heard of all that had happened in Jerusalem. As readers, we’re baffled they can’t see whom they’re speaking with! In mercy, Jesus opened the Scriptures and began what must have been the most epic Bible study of all time, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”(Luke 24:27). Let’s imagine what he may have said. Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible? I’m…

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The Curiosity Index (22.12.2018)

Did Luke get his nativity history wrong? From Ian Paul: I think this is how a lot of people feel about the Christmas stories. They might be profound, they might be of great cultural significance, they might even point to religious truth—but are they really plausible? Perhaps the greatest culprit in raising this question is Luke’s comment about the timing of Jesus’ birth. He appears to claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because Joseph had to travel there to take part in the census, which was taken during the time when…

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The Curiosity Index (11.05.2018)

Pesha We’re running a regular evening for people who want to know more about Christianity and last night we had a fascinating discussion about sin and its seriousness. This morning I see that the Bible Project released a new video about the word ‘transgression’. Good stuff. 10 Years Since the Devastating 2008 Sichuan Earthquake I’ve also been working on a book where the author found himself in Sichuan directly after this earthquake. The city of Beichuan was then abandoned. The aftershocks in society have rippled on for the past ten years.…

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Book Review: Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall My rating: 4 of 5 stars The subtitle says that these ten maps ‘tell you everything you need to know about global politics’ – well that’s not true. But they tell you much more than you realise. There’s nothing particularly unique or clever about the maps, no weird angle or dataset. Instead just careful studying of the geographical features that is on everyone’s maps: mountains, rivers, deserts, oceans and then drawing…

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The Curiosity Index (12.01.2018)

Things I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on 40 Years in Ministry Steve Timmis shares five good lessons that all church leaders should consider. The Italian church is dissolving its links to the mob That any kind of church had links to the Mafia in the first place is an absolute disgrace to the Gospel. Still better incredibly late than never, I guess. Google Maps moat Why Google own maps and why no one else might ever be able to catch them China is planting 6.6 million hectares of new forest…

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The Curiosity Index (05.09.2017)

Why you should read more about religion I suspect that most of the people reading this blog don’t need convincing on this but here’s why someone who doesn’t believe (Tyler Cowen) thinks religion is important. Flying spaghetti monsters and the quest for religious authenticity As this so-called Pastafarianism has grown, some branches of the FSM church have started demanding the rights and privileges enjoyed by more established religious organizations. What started as a fake religion is now angling to be an authentic one. Oh the irony. Where Do All Those…

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