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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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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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Sweden 

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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Sweden 

Sweden is in the red

It’s fairly well known that Sweden is a pretty secular place. If you’ll click through here you’ll see that four years ago I wrote about a map that showed the countries where the evangelical church is growing. All over the world. There were also a handful of countries where the evangelical church was growing but not quite as fast as the host population (the UK being one of those) and then there were about 4 countries where the evangelical church is declining (and Sweden is one of those). So I…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 34

This is the week that was here on the blog plus a few bonuses for the weekend. The week’s posts Monday: I’m all aloneTuesday: Writing is hardWednesday: Archaeology confirms not disproves the BibleThursday: A conversation with Ronald J SiderFriday: Sex, porn, marriage & divorce Related Reading Why so many young Swedes live alone Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge (related back to this recent post) New Study Outlines The Nuclear Winter We’d Have if US And Russia Blew Up Their Bombs (which would at least solve our…

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Swedish town launches controversial £21 begging permit

From The Guardian: A Swedish town has become the first in the country to introduce an official begging permit, requiring anyone who asks for money in the street to pay SEK 250 (£21) upfront for a licence. Valid for three months, the permit can be obtained by filling in a form online or at a police station and requires a valid ID. Anyone found begging for money in Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm, without one faces a fine of up to SEK 4,000 (£342). Jimmy Jansson, a Social Democrat local councillor,…

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Ship ahoy!

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. I’m not sure about the headline but it’s a fascinating discovery: A 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Has Turned Up Perfectly Intact on Bottom of The Baltic Sea The ship hasn’t just ‘turned up’ it has after all been in the same place for 500 years but anyhow: Laying on the muddy floor of the frigid inland Baltic Sea, scientists have…

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