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The Curiosity Index (13.06.2018)

How breastfeeding changed my view of God Rebecca McLaughlin reflecting on Isaiah 49:15 gives an important insight into God, that no man could give. God’s love for us is no Hallmark sentiment. This image is not primarily a celebration of our newborn cuteness: “God could never reject such lovable little creatures as us!” Rather, this verse reveals God’s hard-won, self-giving, dogged commitment to our good, a refusal to let us go—however frustrating we become, an insistence on seeing his image in us—and a painful provision for our most desperate need.…

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The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement. My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs. Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots. What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2018)

A short break because I’ve had a deadline on a big project that took all my writing energies. How the Exodus Connects to Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Andrew Wilson writing over at 9 Marks. Good stuff. Are right-wing evangelicals causing the rise in religious ‘nones’? Evidence suggests that may be true. “Attempts to make society fall more in line with religious principles cause fewer people to be religious.” It’s worth noting that this problem in the past has also happened to the left. Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?…

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The Curiosity Index (17.01.2018)

The six hottest volcanoes to watch in 2018 I think by hottest they mean the most active… Inequality, Privilege, and the Upper Middle Class It’s more complicated than you think. And the same goes for the question Should women and men be paid equally? When Our Heroes Don’t Live Up to Their Theology I never knew George Whitefield was a slave owner. We ‘ll need increasingly to think through how we speak about the ‘heroes’ of the past and do a better job of presenting them flaws and all. Jessica Hahn…

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The Curiosity Index (14.12.2017)

The fire and the fury Forget Donald Trump (and I know many would like to) but here’s the real fire and fury. Few things remind us of the force and power of mother earth like a volcano. The Best Global News You (Probably) Haven’t Heard There’s been a lot of bad news this year, but this remains something worth celebrating. Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid File this one under good news too. After the tragedy of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan is finding…

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The Curiosity Index (returns) – 24.06.2015

After an inexcusably long and unexplained absence the curiosity index returns (cue fanfare and much rejoicing). The Economist explains why gun control isn’t coming to America anytime soon (something that baffles pretty much everybody else). The Onion says pretty much the same thing but with less explanation. On an equally cheery note scientists believe we’re entering earth’s sixth great phase of extinction, and this one is our fault. And one more to make you think this really is the apocalypse – some amazing photos of volcanic activity in 2015. On…

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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2015)

Sanderson Jones, founder of the atheist Sunday Assembly, recently visited three churches in one day. This is what he thought. There is a lot to learn from this article about Robert Schuller and shows the emptiness of prosperity teachings. The Second World War continues to make it’s presence felt. These photos of old defences have a ghostly quality to them. The power of volcanoes is frankly staggering. But still nothing compared to that of the sun.

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