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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2018)

Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions This is a good explainer for the latest flashpoint in the conflict. It’s worth being very clear about the basic fact that Russia invaded another country, seized part of it’s territory, claimed it as it’s own, fostered a civil war all the while denying all knowledge of it. There were sanctions but nothing more.  Not only has it caused immense problems for Ukraine as a nation but also caused a schism in the Orthodox church. 22 months of Syria’s civil war condensed into a 1-minute…

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The Curiosity Index (06.11.2018)

Hmmm, another gap in posting but hoping to pick things up again. We’ll see. Is a religious upbringing child abuse? I became a Christian when I was eight years old.  To many, this sounds like I was subject to brainwashing or even child abuse. How could responsible parents coerce their child into accepting their understanding of the world and force her to live by some standard of behaviour dictated by an invisible force? How can an eight-year-old make an informed choice about something as controversial as religion? If you’re not…

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The Curiosity Index (22.01.2018)

Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost This article tracks an important development. Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. A New Peace Effort Is Needed in East…

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The Curiosity Index (02.03.2015)

Still no internet at home. The situation is getting desperate. Five reasons why the virgin birth is important One church’s journey in generosity. Well worth copying. This leader from the Guardian laments the loss in a belief in hell. Very interesting. Talking of hell – it happens on earth. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a number of times. Very sad to see. And finally King Solomon predicted Twitter Solomon predicts Twitter. Circa 970BC. pic.twitter.com/neSYS01eH0 — Brandie Lee (@birdsflyover) February 7, 2015

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The Curiosity Index (10.02.2015)

I’m going to be regularly mentioning Ukraine. If you get tired of that, think how it must feel if you live there. Here are some images that remind us: this is war. Oscar season is coming up and Nathanael Smith at Think Theology offers his take on the latest round of back-slapping Gavin Ortlund has a good article on what kind of a thing is the Bible? Rowan Williams gives a helpful reminder that the history of Christianity goes East as well as West Talking of the history of Christianity, here is…

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The Curiosity Index (09.02.2015)

I hope you all realise that once again there is war inside the borders of Europe. Here are some ways you can pray for the church in Ukraine Last week this article from the Spectator on Islam as a religion of peace gained the most clicks. Well worth reading if you missed it. Here are five books on writing that will make you a better writer. I have two of them (unread) on my shelves. Which explains a lot. Andrew Wilson offers 20 tips on how to use Twitter I like this…

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The Curiosity Index (06.02.2015)

Let’s start with the very serious. Once again there is a war in Europe and it is happening in Ukraine. If you don’t think it’s a war then take a look at these photos. If you do, look and pray for peace. I know pastors and churches in the war zone and their life has been devastated. In Britain it’s quite common to complain about the cost of rail travel. But as it turns out Everything you know about British train fares is wrong Nathanael Smith offers an excellent review of…

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Crimean Crisis: An early response

As I read the news that Russia in all but name has annexed Crimea, I wondered about the lack of comment from Christians, so I’ve decided to air some thoughts. According to everyone else, Crimea is officially a part of Ukraine but not in Moscow; there it is ‘ours’. For weeks thousands of Russian troops (no need to go along with the ‘local self-defence forces’ rubbish that President Putin has used) are stationed, operating and taken control of the surrounding area. We have a word for that in English; it’s…

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