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Is nuclear war more likely than you think?

I have to admit I feel a bit of a kook every time I write about this but I’m increasingly convinced that the situation is getting worse (or maybe I’m just getting old). Consider the following. We have several geo-political flashpoints that are concerning: North Korea (has nuclear weapons) Iran (wants nuclear weapons) Kashmir (India, Pakistan and China all have nuclear weapons) You can throw in a few more wrinkles to all this by considering how nations are talking of protecting their satellites and also arming satellites. Life in many…

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Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending

Sort of. According to WIRED: When it comes to happiness, Scandinavia – a group of countries made up of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – seriously outperforms its peers. In the last five editions of the World Happiness Report, no Scandinavian country has ever appeared outside the top ten. The last time a Scandinavian country didn’t make it into the top ten was the first report, in 2012, when Iceland came in at a comparatively miserable 20th happiest country in the world. (In the last two reports, it has…

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Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history

Not sure this article says anything that endears our new PM to me (or the Anglican church for that matter). The prime minister apparently shares the classical belief in omens and portents, along with a Homeric sense that great heroes should be free to act out their passions and break free from moral constraints. All that may sound like an utter contradiction with the conventional forms of Christianity that marked Mr Johnson’s upbringing and education. But that contradiction is hardly unique to Mr Johnson. It pervades the entire cultural tradition…

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The Curiosity Index (27.05.2019)

Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? This is an excellent article from Craig Keener. Not every claim to a miraculous raising today is authentic. Everywhere in the world, most people who die stay dead. Even those resuscitated miraculously, such as Lazarus, die again; all healing in our mortal bodies is by definition temporary. Such miracles do, however, remind us that Jesus Christ, who raised the dead during his earthly ministry, is the risen and exalted Lord. Sometimes he continues to grant signs of the future, reminders of the…

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Brexit anxiety begins to bite

The morning of 24th June 2016, if I remember rightly, came as something of a shock. As I watched David Cameron, then Prime Minister resign, I struggled to come to terms with what had just happened. I’ll turn 44 this month and I’ve lived my whole life as a citizen, not just of the UK, but of Europe. And now that’s about to change (probably). As a teenager I’d left my council estate and made my way to university. I took day trips to Paris & Amsterdam. I studied on…

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The Curiosity Index (12.11.2018)

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens For the past few years, whenever a mass shooting occurs in the US that gets wide press coverage, the satirical news site The Onion runs an article with this headline written by Jason Roeder: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”. The reason they only do it when a shooting gets big coverage is that there have been 307 mass shootings so far this year and if they covered every one, about half of The Onion’s…

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Sweden (doesn’t) decide

Sweden voted in its four-yearly general election on Sunday. We were able to vote in the local and county elections but not yet the national as our citizenship application has not yet been processed. The big question was how big would the nationalists (Sweden Democrats) share of the vote be? And the answer was bigger than before. So despite the fact that 83% of the Swedish electorate did NOT vote for them the focus was still on the 17% that do. That would make them the second-biggest party. So what…

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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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