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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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The Curiosity Index (16.12.2018 – Sunday edition)

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches The church needs to move into deeper community that truly expresses what love is. We need to bear one another’s burdens, confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and have deep compassion on one another. We are a family. No one is too heavy for us to carry, because they are our brothers and sisters. We should be willing to work together to carry one another’s burdens as we suffer with those who suffer. I hope you’re a part of a church that…

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The Curiosity Index (28.08.2018)

Do We Really Want Our Christian Prime Minister Making Christian Decisions? Stephen McAlpine:  The self-confessed Christian politician is called upon to release asylum seekers on the basis of their Christianity, but required to ignore or privatise their Christian faith’s conviction in the public square when it comes to other human rights matters related to Imago-Dei, such as abortion or euthanasia. Politics and Religion in India This article is a few years old now but it still gives a helpful background to the complex relationship between religion and politics. Indian secularism, by…

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The odd case of the atheists and the historical Jesus

When it comes to the discussion of religion among atheists (if they’re not being massively condescending) it is clear that they operate on the clear conviction that they work on the basis of evidence and if believers did too then, well they probably wouldn’t be believers. Except it seems when it comes to the question of whether there actually was a person called Jesus. Then it seems a whole bunch of atheists disappear down the internet black hole of conspiracies. I first became aware of the atheists who focus on…

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JB Phillips on commentaries

We aim simply to help people to lead a Christian life in this puzzling and anxiety-torn modern world. Thus if we believe in the unique inspiration of the New Testament documents, the commentator is, so to speak, taking the reader by the hand and pointing out (a) the meaning and significance of each particular passage in its historic setting, and (b) what the passage means to the disciple of Christ today. …I cannot believe that the average intelligent modern reader is much concerned about the continually changing battle-ground of ascribing…

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The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels is flat-out wrong. The only way to hold such a claim is to completely ignore both the miracles of Jesus in which he acts as if he is the one God, as well as the sayings of Jesus in which he speaks as if he…

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The Curiosity Index (16.05.2018)

John Newton’s Advice on Family Worship It’s good advice. The biblical gospels were all originally anonymous? How historically plausible is that? Not very plausible. Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo. The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus Interesting. Why the Queen Owns All the Swans in England Yep, she still does.

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