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The Curiosity Index: Week 46

The Week’s Postings Sunday: Why gather: to eat, sing & pray togetherMonday: Corporate prayer is like digging a ditchTuesday: Praying together is like armed combatWednesday: Corporate prayer is like an orchestra playingThursday: Corporate prayer is like serving the devil an eviction notice Related Reading 20 Quotes from John Onwuchekwa on (Corporate) Prayer Top ten tips on leading a time of prayer by Tim Chester European Students Unite in Prayer for Revival One Big Reason the Church Doesn’t Pray From the archives Discipleship = maturity Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my…

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Experts in camouflage

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. These Ridiculous Photos Prove Just How Skilled Geckos Are at Camouflage When it comes to survival, the denizens of the animal kingdom have a number of different strategies to stay safe. Some creatures use bright colours and get all puffed up to make themselves intimidating. Some disguise themselves as other, more dangerous creatures. And some make themselves invisible.

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2019)

The Internet Mob: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide This is a brilliant article from Jennie Pollock. We have arrived at this position by our own volition. We sought the freedom to live according to our own, permissive, moral code, and are discovering that violating – or being perceived as having violated – the ever-shifting rules carries consequences as harsh as any we may read about in history. And what those ancient societies had, that we threw out with the bathwater, was the opportunity for redemption. Treasures of darkness Plus…

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The Curiosity Index (13.02.2019)

Many people still reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution The interesting question in places like Britain is why? It can hardly be down to the pernicious influence of Christianity as it basically has none. Nick Spencer of Theos, a think-tank devoted to religion, notes that whatever is making young people cautious about accepting Darwin, the main factor cannot be messages they are receiving in places of worship (which very few attend) or the influence of fundamentalist schools, which form only a tiny segment of British education. In the Catholic and…

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The Curiosity Index (11.09.2018)

China Bans Zion, Beijing’s Biggest House Church Religious freedoms in China are coming under increasing pressure. Is Anyone Born Gay? Christopher Yuan tackles a difficult question. Who Wrote the Book of Genesis? Tremper Longman III has a crack at answering this one. A full-scale Lego supercar that actually drives I love that they gave the driver a crash helmet. When the Earth Opens Up Oh. My. Goodness.

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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 (02.08.2018)

The Wise Do Not Always Weigh In “When one has too many answers,” Merton wrote, “and when one joins a chorus of others chanting the same slogans, there is, it seems to me, a danger that one is trying to evade the loneliness of a conscience that realizes itself to be in an inescapably evil situation. We are all under judgment. . . Our choice is not that of being pure and whole at the mere cost of formulating a just and honest opinion.” Again, before Twitter. By decades. A…

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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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