Omul evanghelic. O explorare a comunitatilor protestante romanesti

Dragi prieteni,

Vă anunț, cu un sentiment de mare ușurare, că astăzi, înainte de prânz, „după lupte seculare”, care au durat mai mult de… zece ani, am predat la Polirom textele definitive și am semnat contractul final pentru volumul Omul evanghelic. O explorare a comunităților protestante românești. Este vorba de un volum masiv, de circa 650 de pagini, format mare, ce include texte elaborate de 19 autori, din interiorul și din afara mediului evanghelic.

Volumul va apărea în librării cel mai târziu până la începutul lunii septembrie, iar până la finalul aceleiași luni va fi disponibilă și versiunea ebook.

În viitorul apropiat voi voi începe să comunic, din când în când, mai multe informații despre acest proiect editorial.

Până atunci, pentru cei interesați, iată mai jos cuprinsul volumului.

Omul evanghelic – Cuprins



More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award – All That Is Interesting

Source: More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award – All That Is Interesting

I love maps. They tell incredible stories. Here is another one, the AuthaGraph World Map, supposedly the most accurate one that exists to date.
Looking at it, I see that Russia and the US are at the centru of the map, as if it was designed at the height on the Cold War.
Imagine how a map would look like if Africa would be at the centre. Or if Antarctica and Australia would be on the upper side of it. Wouldn’t that change a lot in terms of perception?

GDP Comparison of States in the US and Other Countries

(Source, HERE)

Romania’s GDP (gross domestic product) compares with that of South Carolina.

Tragic World Map

tragic world map

No comment necessary.

What the world looks like to different people, as shown by seven utterly fascinating maps

To Australians, we’re all southerners!

Source: What the world looks like to different people, as shown by seven utterly fascinating maps

Maps tell fascinating stories about the ways in which we see the world.

Expressiveness vs Confrontationality

countries by expressiveness and confrontationality

Where would you place Romania? I think there is little doubt its place is on the upper left corner.

European Countries that Fit in Brazil

European Countries that Fit in Brazil

Average Wealth per Adult in Europe


Credit Suisse recently published a study comparing the wealth (net worth) of an average adult (as an individual, not the wealth of the whole state divided by its population) in different countries, and the differences are stunning. Switzerland leads the chart with staggering 567,000 dollars, and the only other European nations with values over 300,000 are Iceland, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Luxembourg.

On the other side of the spectrum are Eastern European nations, reaching values as low as USD 1,437 for Ukraine, 1,551 for Belarus, and 3,104 for Moldova. It should be noted, however, that Credit Suisse described the quality of sources of data for these countries as “poor”, so the figures may be somewhat inaccurate.

(Source, HERE.)

Where A Natural Disaster Is Most Likely to Strike

natural disaster world map
(Source, The Telegraph)

The Map of the World According to a Delusional American Presidential Candidate

The world as it appears to be perceived by the ridiculous American Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Political pathologies have no limits. And the US is no exception.

Donald Trump World Map

Source, Huffington Post.

The World Online Map

world online map

You all know I love maps (search for ‘map’ on my blog and you will find many interesting ones). If you know how to read, they tell amazing stories.

Here is another one, where sizes of countries are depend not on square kilometres, but on the number of internet users. Enjoy

(Source, The Guardian.)

Map of the Armenian Genocide

Armenian genocide map

(Source, HERE. It worth also reading the article.)

You may find HERE more maps of this tragedy.

Terje Sorgjerd – The Mountain

This man climbed the highest mountain in Spain and captured this. It took him 7 days to film the whole thing, during which he only slept 10 hours. It’s renowned as one of the best places in the world to photograph stars.

Terje Sorgjerd on Facebook:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April ( and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

2nd Largest Nationality Living In Each European Country

2nd Largest Nationality in Each Country in Europe

The map above shows the flag of the 2nd largest nationality, by country of birth, living in each European country. Thus, it may include citizens and those who have moved temporarily for work. Nevertheless, there are many surprises, such as:

  • Ireland is no longer the largest source of foreign born residents to the UK. Since 2011, they’ve dropped to 4th, behind India, Poland and Pakistan.
  • Neither the Cezch Republic nor Slovakia are each other’s second largest nationality, despite both being successor states to Czechoslovakia.
  • Despite both being comprised primarily of ethnic Albanians, neither Kosovo nor Albania are each other’s second largest national group.
  • Poles make up the 2nd largest group in Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania.
  • Turks make up the 2nd largest group in not only Germany, but also the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Bulgaria.
  • Although you can barely see it on the map Portugal born residents are the 2nd largest group in Luxembourg, while Brazilians make up the 2nd largest group in Portugal.
  • The impact of the former USSR can still be fairly clearly seen, given that Russians make up the 2nd largest group in Estonia, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine. However, in Russia itself Ukrainians are the 2nd largest group.
  • Similarly Serbs make the 2nd largest group in 4 of the 7 successor states to Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro) yet Hungarians are the 2nd largest group in Serbia.
  • Finally, the 2nd largest group in Spain, Italy and Hungary are Romanians not Chadians.

Continue reading “2nd Largest Nationality Living In Each European Country”

World Values Survey – Inglehart-Wenzel Cultural Values Map

WVS - Cultural values map

Analysis of WVS data made by political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel asserts that there are two major dimensions of cross cultural variation in the world:

Traditional values versus Secular-rational values and Survival values versus Self-expression values. The global cultural map (below) shows how scores of societies are located on these two dimensions.

Moving upward on this map reflects the shift from Traditional values to Secular-rational and moving rightward reflects the shift from Survival values to Self–expression values.

Traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child ties, deference to authority and traditional family values. People who embrace these values also reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. These societies have high levels of national pride and a nationalistic outlook.

Secular-rational values have the opposite preferences to the traditional values. These societies place less emphasis on religion, traditional family values and authority. Divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide are seen as relatively acceptable. (Suicide is not necessarily more common.)

Survival values place emphasis on economic and physical security. It is linked with a relatively ethnocentric outlook and low levels of trust and tolerance.
Self-expression values give high priority to environmental protection, growing tolerance of foreigners, gays and lesbians and gender equality, and rising demands for participation in decision-making in economic and political life.

(Source, HERE. The World Values Survey on Inglehart-Wenzel map, HERE. )

Infographic of Happiness Around the World


(Source, HERE)

Half of World Population Lives in Six Countries

Half the world population map

Most Commonly Spoken Language Other Than English in the US

US map - Most Commonly Spoken Language Other Than English

From the Facebook wall of Riad Kassis.

The Stereotype Map Of Every U.S. State — According To British People

US stereotype map

(Source, HERE)

The Economist: Russia and Crimea Maps

This is how it was before WWII. Continue reading “The Economist: Russia and Crimea Maps”

Map of Wage Gap Between Men and Women

Global Gender Pay Gap

(Source, TIME)

Why not get to know Romania?

Paul’s Missionary Tube Map

Since I am in London, with it’s famous tube (underground train), including the tube map, here is a map of Paul’s journey’s designed in the style of the London tube map. Here it is.


Source, James McGrath’s blog, Exploring Our Matrix on the Patheos platform.

Try to Imagine the World Without Romania

I guess, without us, the world would be quite a boring place. Though, maybe, also a bit safer.

A combination of truth and empty nationalistic pride, this short video could, nevertheless, make some people think. It may hurt a bit, but it is for the good of humanity. 🙂

The map of the world if every country’s population matched its size

The map of the world if every country's population matched its size

Source, HERE.

Could anybody find Romania?

Wild Carpathia 3

This is the last part of this trilogy dedicated to the natural beauty of my country.

I wish Romanian society would match the beauty of our nature. I will say no more.

Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders

I love maps. They tell fascinating stories. You can find quite a number of them on my blog. It is is enough to search for ‘map’ on the home page and you will find them.

Here is another one, in video form. Enjoy!

If All Land Ice Melted

National Geographic has just published a series of amazing maps showing what that shore lines would look like on every continent if all land ice would melt, raising the sea level with about 66m. Really amazing. And scary at the same time.


Search on the link above for the other maps.

Spooky, Peek-a-boo, and Zebra Slot Canyons in Escalante, Utah

Spooky, Peek-a-boo and Zebra Slot Canyons in the Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument, off the Hole-in-the-Rock road.
Recorded October 2011 in HD with Panasonic TM900.
Tim Story – Abridged – 01 – Still Life With Lions
Dean Evenson – Ascension – 03 – Mystic Mountain

Petra – City of Mysteries

Petra, the ancient rose red city carved in the mountains, is celebrating the 200th year since it’s rediscovery by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
This is the 3rd in a series of time lapse videos released by the Jordan Tourism Board.

Two and a half years ago I had the privilege of taking some of my team members in World Vision to visit Petra. It was an unbelievable experience. This amazing time lapse video reminded me vividly of that experience.

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