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Christianity has a problem with science in Sweden

Sweden is a secular country. That’s not news. The more interesting question is why? There is of course no one single answer – there are lots of answers and each one is a part of the puzzle. But one big piece of the puzzle seems to be that secular Swedes seem to have concluded en masse that science has disproved religion. Which is charmingly naive but they seem to have swallowed that so thoroughly that it’s going to be really hard to shift. So why do I say that? Consider…

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Breaking news: Still no alien life

To be fair I was thinking of The Onion when I wrote the headline, but the truth is every so often I get a fresh opportunity to remind people of some fundamental facts about the universe. As far as it pertains to life in the universe: we’re it. Recently a fresh attempt at finding traces of alien life through radio signals once again came up empty handed. One of the team behind Breakthrough Listen said, We scoured thousands of hours of observations of nearby stars, across billions of frequency channels.…

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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 (18.02.2019)

The Most Attractive Quality in a Leader As I know most of the guys Andrew Wilson is talking about here, I can confirm it’s a pretty good description and a very helpful description. Something I aspire to. What is the most attractive quality in a leader? No doubt there are all sorts of ways of answering that, and although some responses are obviously wrong, I don’t think there’s any particular one that is obviously right (other than “Christlikeness” or “love”, which just push the question back a stage: “OK, so…

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The Curiosity Index (11.01.2019)

The “Judge Judged in Our Place”: Substitutionary Atonement Reclaimed A challenge here from Roger Olsen: If a person rejects substitutionary atonement I only care about two things: 1) Has he or she grappled sufficiently with the New Testament identifications of Jesus Christ with the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah? and 2) Has he or she really understood traditional, historical substitutionary atonement correctly? I often find these tasks not yet finished by those who out of hand reject substitutionary atonement—often because they cannot seem to escape the distortions that surround it in…

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How long can we live?

As belief in the afterlife fades and as focus on health and tech grows there is a desire to figure out the magical combination of the two that will allow people (or those that can afford it) to live forever. That, frankly, is pie in the sky and still we die stuff. So how long can humans live for? Humans aren’t built to last forever. The oldest person on record was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. In 2040, the average life span for…

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The face of the waters

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. So begins the Biblical account of creation. Most Christian accounts tend to focus on the fact that this verse teaches that God created the universe creatio ex nihilo; creation from nothing. In as far as modern science can tell us, that’s a pretty accurate description of the beginning of the universe (although the role of God is hotly…

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