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The Curiosity Index (06.09.2018)

After an unexplained absence (well, laziness) we’re back. Our strange and incoherent stance towards the unborn Powerful stuff from Andrew Haslam: It made no sense to me that if a woman wants her baby, it’s a child, but if she doesn’t then it’s a foetus. If the child dies, it’s a tragic miscarriage, but if the pregnancy is brought to a medically induced end, it’s a routine termination. If a couple is longing to have a family the loss of a child is a grief too hard to bear, but…

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The Curiosity Index (09.03.2018)

You Don’t Have to Give Your Kid a Phone Someone, somewhere will probably call that parenting choice an infringement of human rights. At the same time adults everywhere are trying to figure out How To Power Down In A Wired World.  God answers prayer for Burundi A really lovely story from one of the poorest nations on earth. In Sweden, Noor went straight to school; in Britain, Ammar waited six months I recently read some prayer requests from 10 different nations in Europe and the majority of them mentioned migration. The Economist…

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The Curiosity Index (26.01.2018)

12 Rules for Life – A Christian Perspective The Jordan Peterson bandwagon rumbles on. David Robertson reviews the book and David Brooks at the New York Times opines on why this is the Jordan Peterson moment. Does coffee actually dehydrate you? Here’s the science. How a Library Handles a Rare and Deadly Book of Wallpaper Samples Reading this book could actually kill you The Ominous Rumblings of Mount Mayon Gearing up for a big one? The gender conversation 2: Lad culture, porn & modest women This one’s from the archives here…

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The Curiosity Index (08.09.2017)

Grace Is Profoundly Existential, Beginning With the Church [Grace] does not simply explain how the Creator and his fallen creatures are brought back into communion with each other… Grace should hold us in its grip in such a way that our whole being is affected. Grace goes deeper than you think. Why exorcisms are on the rise in France Interesting that it was noticed and then written about. Finland Has a Sports Screw Loose If you and your spouse want to compete in the Wife Carrying World Championships, you must…

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Celebrating difference

We had an interesting discussion at church on Sunday, seated round our kitchen table, sparked off by Colossians 3:18-4:1. One of the women related how, on the child minding course she is studying, she received lower marks for not agreeing to the idea that boys and girls are the same and by this they mean no different at all. In order, it is thought, to have true equality you cannot say there are differences. It’s a peculiarly Swedish approach. The instinctive reaction around the table, from men and women from…

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Book Review: Holding Serve

  This is one of those books that has been sitting on my shelves for years. I mean years. Probably since it was published in the UK in 2003. Ever since not quite making it to the top of the pile (a bit like Michael Chang who rose as high as no.2 in the world). It’s one of those books that I decided to read because it won’t make the move with me to Sweden. But now having read it, what to make of it? First of all, this is not…

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