The Curiosity Index (20.03.2017)

How was your weekend? Grace Church met in a new venue for the first time – a preschool, so that was fun!

Churchgoing and tolerance

Talking of churchgoing. This is a fascinating article on tolerance and churchgoing. Basically whether you’re on the right or left politically, stopping going to church doesn’t make you more tolerant it just changes what you’re intolerant about. (HT: Tyler Cowen)

For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and ’70s would fade. It has. And the more secular, more ferociously national and racial culture war that has followed is worse.

Blasphemy in Denmark

using the old-fashioned charge of blasphemy (with the implication that religions or philosphical systems have a right to be shielded from attack) is surely the worst possible signal that a liberal democracy could send to a world where trumped-up or malicious charges of blasphemous behaviour are causing untold suffering, from the cities of Punjab to the villages of Nigeria.

Bookstore Uses Clever Clickbait to Encourage People to Read Classic Novels

This is very clever. Which is what reading books can do for you. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping.

How to Tweet in the age of Trump

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry teaches you how.

The craziest ways animals escape their predators

Don’t mess with the Hagfish or in fact the Iberian Ribbed Newt.

Photo by Paul.J.Hurtado

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