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Internet Roundup 06.02.14

Once every two weeks, our congregation member Dave Wakefield brings you a distillation of some of the very best and most interesting articles and content that have been circulating on the web.  Here's his internet roundup for 06.02.14:

Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness? Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honour, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness?

Three Myths on the World’s Poor: By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before. Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient. So why do so many people seem to think things are getting worse?

The one theology book all atheists really should read: One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word ‘God’. (The Guardian)

The Church of England has issued 9 Twitter Commandments – presented to you without commentary.

Why I Am a Cessationist (Tom Schreiner) and Why I Am a Continuationist (Sam Storms): Two good posts offering different perspectives on an important subject. Worth checking out.

For their latest viral campaign, Old Spice has littered the internet with garish, spammy sites purporting to sell things that nobody would want others knowing they bought. Well, it turns out you can’t actually buy these hilariously embarrassing products, no matter how much you wanted that half price barbed wire tattoo!

Finally for those who miss the delights of playing with Lego as a child Google have teamed up with Lego to release Build With Chrome – quite possibly the greatest way to waste time on the internet! If you want to see more this video will help you see why digital Lego isn’t as weird as it sounds.