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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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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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The Curiosity Index (11.06.2019)

The preachers getting rich from poor Americans The Prosperity Heresy is one of the worst exports ever to have come from across the Atlantic. A number of those making the most persistent pleas for money tap into something called the prosperity gospel, which hinges on a belief that your health and wealth are controlled by God, and God is willing you to be prosperous. Believers are encouraged to show their faith through payments, which they understand will be repaid – many times over – either in the form of wealth…

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The Curiosity Index (10.06.2019)

White or Wrong? Andrew Wilson on form as usual: Should people self-identify as “white”? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness. But I think there are at least seven reasons for taking seriously the possibility that the answer is no. Church Planting Mistakes: “I’ll Take Who I Can Get” The Simmonds brothers interviewed…

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The Curiosity Index (Sweden edition)

Here are a collection of recent articles that illustrate quite well the strengths and weaknesses of the beautiful country of Sweden. The Environment Sweden has a great environment but there’s always more that could be done. So Green Swedes shun holiday flights for lure of the train and in a development I’m a big personal fan of Why Sweden Wants to Revive Europe’s Night Trains The wrong sort of equality Sweden prides itself on being an equal society or at least leading the way to becoming one. This may not…

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