The Curiosity Index (27.08.2018)

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here

This is something I expect to hear a lot more of over the next few decades – our use, misuse and lack of our most precious resource – water. What makes the situation weirder is that floods such as the ones in Kerala (see below) are likely to become more common at the same time as increasing scarcity of drinking water. 

In Acts, did Luke incorrectly date Theudas? Had he misread Josephus?

This is another long read but it’s the sort of historical investigation that is so important when critics believe that scriptures are inherently unreliable because they have become scriptures.

Some Questions about the Religion Formerly Known as “Mormon”

This is a fascinating piece by Roger Olsen. His main contention is remarkable:

My outsider observer’s opinion is that many Latter-day Saints are coming to embrace much more orthodox Christian beliefs than was the case decades ago. There may even be a paradigm shift in the works—stemming from Salt Lake City and Provo (BYU)…

I can actually envision a day in the not-too-distant future when the LDS Church will become orthodox.

If Olsen is right then that would be one of the most remarkable transformations in the last several hundred years. That sort of transformation does not happen overnight. Think decades.

Devastating Monsoon Floods in Kerala, India

I was recently in India and the floods in Kerala are a national tragedy.

India residents stand on the shore as Periyar river flooded following monsoon rains at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 16, 2018. – The death toll from floods in India’s tourist hotspot of Kerala increased to 77 on August 16, as torrential rainfall threatened new areas, officials told AFP. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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