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More nuclear worries

At some point I became convinced by the fact that nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to life and civilisation. It’s a classic case of so what? Because I don’t have the resources to build a bunker and I don’t believe any power with nuclear weapons will ever give them up. So there’s literally almost nothing we can do that will change anything. Anyway I’ve written periodically about these developments and make of this what you will but I reckon the frequency of articles, news and so on related to…

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War is not going anywhere

There is an argument being made, chiefly by people like Steven Pinker, that war is on the decline. Humanity is making progress and in the last 70 years or so the world has become a more peaceful place. I’m not so sure and I’m not alone in thinking that. Michael Mann says, Critiquing Pinker’s statistics on war fatalities, I show that the overall pattern is not a decline in war, but substantial variation between periods and places. War has not declined and current trends are slightly in the opposite direction….Globally…

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War and peace

War, at least the sort of war that is declared between nations, that involves armies and mass mobilisation hasn’t happened for some time and in the absence of such threats it would be easy to think that somehow we have got past war. That would be a foolish thing to think. If anything the world is getting more, not less, dangerous. Here’s five reasons why I think that. The end of Pax Americana For some time now war has been kept in check by the threat of retaliation from America.…

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‘The spirit of killing is in my country’

At a recent evening gathering of our missional community in Stockholm, we were joined by two young Muslims from Syria. We spent some time getting their views on what was happening in their country – it was quite informative. The young man with us had lived in Damascus and worked fixing computers. Life was manageable but life was getting harder. The prices of everything was rising all the time. It was dangerous to leave Damascus, there were curfews and the suburbs were very dangerous at night. So why did he leave Syria?

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The Curiosity Index (08.04.2015)

Syria has been at war with itself for four years now. These pictures are from the last six weeks. Take a moment to pray for peace in that broken land. On a more hopeful note, Jeremy Williams writes about the mega-rich giving away their vast fortunes Generosity though doesn’t have to involve big sums. I love this little story of paying it forwards in a rural town in England. And if you want to make being a generous a habit. Here’s how to make that new habit stick. If you’ve…

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The end of war?

How peaceful does the world feel right now? My guess is most of you would answer, ‘not very’ and with good reason. Russia has invaded and annexed a part of another country for the second time in 6 years and tensions are at their highest since the end of the Cold War. Elsewhere civil war continues to destroy Syria and the battle against ISIS rages on. Tensions are high in South Sudan and Yemen, Libya is in chaos, peace in Israel and Palestine is as far off as ever and…

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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 (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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