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Global reading: a failed test

Adam Roberts conducted an exercise to see how globally read he was in terms of fiction. I started this exercise curious to see, really, how large is the gap in my knowledge of world literature. It turns out: it’s pretty huge. The majority of nation-states listed below are followed by I have never read any fiction from that country. I am, of course, limiting myself to novels written by citizens of the countries concerned (which is to say, I am not counting fiction merely set in that country, or by people born elsewhere…

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The Curiosity Index (06.08.2018)

Chris Pratt and taking our place on Schaeffer’s Staircase You may remember this video causing quite a stir some weeks back. The most thoughtful response to it, I thought, was this one. What was most striking to me though was the way it fitted so neatly into the current conversation in the arts. With our culture increasingly at loggerheads with Christianity, you’d have thought that for a Hollywood A-lister to nail his colours to the mast so didactically would have resulted in, at least, some raised eyebrows, mild discontent, or…

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The Curiosity Index (02.08.2018)

The Wise Do Not Always Weigh In “When one has too many answers,” Merton wrote, “and when one joins a chorus of others chanting the same slogans, there is, it seems to me, a danger that one is trying to evade the loneliness of a conscience that realizes itself to be in an inescapably evil situation. We are all under judgment. . . Our choice is not that of being pure and whole at the mere cost of formulating a just and honest opinion.” Again, before Twitter. By decades. A…

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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 (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel. If our hearts are truly for the unbelievers—those who haven’t yet heard the good news of God’s love for them—we’ll be willing to face discomfort, difficulty, and even the possibility of failure to share it with them. No, you probably don’t have a book in…

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The Curiosity Index (26.07.2018)

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity In conversation with a Nigerian Pastor Another encouraging video. Read the context by clicking on the title above. Wise Parenting Dos and Don’ts From 1886 I particularly liked these two: Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice. Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2018)

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel From Jen Oshman: When my husband and I sensed God calling us to plant a church in our new neighborhood, the man we consider our spiritual father had some wise words for us. “Do not get busy,” he said. “If you want to minister to your neighbors and your community, you need to be home. Don’t make a bunch of commitments. Just be there. They will come.” I didn’t believe him. A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong Just a few decades of…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2018)

Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’? Yes, but…very important post from Ian Paul. For what it’s worth if I were to summarize the apostles core message in three words it would instead be ‘Jesus is Lord’. The conversion of Saul/Paul: multiple accounts – multiple discrepancies and contradictions? Another helpful apologetics post from Colin Green. Photos From the Deadly Eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Study: People who need to wear glasses are more intelligent Now I have ‘studies’ to back me up…. A historic Shanghai mansion hides a spectacular modern…

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