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The Curiosity Index (29.05.2019)

Abortion: some ruminations Abortion is back in the spotlight and as a result people are thinking and sharing their thinking afresh. That’s a good thing. Here are some thoughts from Fleming Rutledge on the issue. She makes some excellent points. I have been ruminating about abortion for many decades, but I don’t think that I have ever written anything about it until now. Since the election of Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh, however, the atmosphere has begun to change dramatically in a way I had not foreseen. The debate about the…

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The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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The Curiosity Index (18.01.2018)

This is not a real church Tony Payne does a thought experiment on what is the essential essence of ‘church’ Bolivia Makes Evangelism a Crime The headline is a little misleading but a very ambiguous new penal code means it could be interpreted that way if the government wanted. The happy divorce This is part of the changing reality of modern relationships. They have abandoned the idea that marriage ideally should be life-long. As a Swedish article said  “Vi har långsamt fått ett annat synsätt på monogami och att leva…

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Why the Bible can be translated and the Qur’an cannot

For Muslims the Qur’an is only truly the Qur’an in its arabic form. This is because of their beliefs surrounding how the Qur’an came to be. The belief that the Qur’an is a literal transcript of the Word of God from a safely preserved tablet (lauh mahfuz) in heaven revealed to Muhammad in Arabic This belief says that there is a tablet in heaven in arabic and Muslims believe that the Qur’an they read in Arabic is exactly the same as that heavenly tablet. A second reason is that, as…

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This kind of love doesn't exist, does it?

My Dad sent me a newsletter recently and I was struck by an illustration he used so thought I’d reshare it here (apparently it was from the March issue of Evangelicals Now but I couldn’t find the online article there but found the full story here at Wycliffe). “Wycliffe translator Lee Bramlett was confident that God had left His mark on the Hdi culture somewhere, but though he searched, he could not find it. Then one night in a dream, God prompted Lee to look again at the Hdi word…

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