Sweden 

Sweden and the Coronavirus

So everyone in the world now knows that when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus Sweden has gone its own way. In fact it seems to be in a very small minority (along with the Netherlands) when it comes to how it has responded as a nation. It is not in lockdown and, as yet, has no plans to be in lockdown. It doesn’t even has plans to quarantine Stockholm which is by far the worst affected region. If you want the numbers and compare Sweden to other countries,…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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Not my ways

You may see an uptick in posting over the next few days as I’m in self-imposed quarantine. I have over the last few days developed most of the symptoms of COVID-19. It feels like a mild case of flu but the most noticeable symptom is an intensely tight chest that feels constricted and ‘hot’. But I’m fine and so is my family. I won’t know for sure whether it is this virus or not because Stockholm health authorities are only testing those sick enough to go to the hospital. So…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 8

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks which if I find the energy I’ll write about but I think I’m starting to find the time to write here again. Anyway, hope you find something of interest The Week’s Postings Tuesday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (again)Wednesday: Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)Thursday: Book Review: A Utopia like any otherFriday: The battle for biology heats up Related Reading All these posts relate to the book review on Sweden as a utopia. As we say here varsågod (you’re welcome). Church Planting in Secular Scandinavia…

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Reviews Sweden 

Book Review: A Utopia like any other

A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model by Dominic Hinde My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sweden, for a relatively small country, occupies a rather large role in global discussions. It is held up as either an example of statist groupthink or an ecological utopia. Swedes themselves would never call it a utopia but they would also unquestionably say the world would be a better place if everywhere else was more like Sweden (just with better weather). In this highly readable book, journalist Dominic Hinde takes you on…

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Sweden 

The Curiosity Index: Swedish Edition

There are a few pieces here that should reveal a lot about some of the best and less than best features of Swedish culture. I’ll let you decide which is which. Swedish priest defrocked A priest in the Svenska Kyrkan (Church of Sweden) had their orders revoked just before Christmas for, earlier in the year, telling a confirmation group that homosexual relationships go against the Bible. As Daniel Ringdahl (in Swedish) points out in the Church of Sweden you can be an archbishop even if you question the Virgin Birth…

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Christian Living Featured Posts 

Busy, exhausted, burnt out

That’s not a description of me by the way, although I am looking forward to a few days rest over the Christmas season. No, it seems to be a description of an increasing number of people in our modern always-on societies. It’s very prevalent in Sweden. Everyone knows someone in Stockholm who is ‘utmattad‘ (exhausted or burnt out). While not all workers are afforded such luxuries, figures suggest less than 1% of Swedes work 50 hours a week or more, and citizens are guaranteed at least five weeks’ holiday. There’s…

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Living in a godless culture in a God-filled world

Is the world becoming more or less religious? Is the world becoming more or less Christian? How about your country, city or town? When anyone starts from the place where they live, it can be an easy assumption to assume that everywhere else is similar to where you live and everyone else is similar to you. This, can, for the Christian in the Western world lead to a depressing conclusion. We live in a post-Christian secular age. Which is true. We do not, however, live in a post-Christian secular world.…

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