Time Traveller Convention

Students at MIT are the hosts for the time travellers’ convention scheduled for May 7th, 2005 10:00 pm EDT. We’re looking forward to having seen you there… This actually comes from a book I’ve been reading, Philosophy Through Science Fiction by Ryan Nichols, Nicholas D. Smith, and Fred Miller (New York: Routledge, 2009). The publication [Read More...]

Why Geoffrey Sampson is a Christian

Lots of people (including me) have written on why they are or are not a Christian (or something else for that matter). A good friend pointed out to me the (very British) answer to that question offered by Geoffrey Sampson. I share it in the hope that it will be of interest to some readers, [Read More...]

Ongoing Discussion about Homosexuality and Marriage

I thought I’d mention that the discussion of homsexuality, marriage, the Bible and Christianity that began in time immemorial and has continued in various posts (as well as a recent piece I wrote for Religion Dispatches) is currently continuing most actively in the comments section of this post. If you’re interested in the topic, I [Read More...]

Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy – Webisode 4

Here’s the latest Battlestar Galactica webisode: http://www.hulu.com/embed/HKKvRpZVHxqjANfd05AF4w [Read more...]

School’s Out ‘Til Summer!

Grades have been submitted. The semester is officially over. When my colleagues return in the Spring to teach their classes, I will not be among them. Instead, I’ll be playing hooky and taking my band on tour. Below are some prelimary tour photos: Band lineups are always changing, and so I invite readers of this [Read More...]

O Come All Ye Faithful

Here are two videos for your enjoyment. The first is “O Come All Ye Faithful” performed by the Butler Children’s Orchestra joined by members of The League of Extraordinary Musicians: The second is the third of the Battlestar Galactica webisodes, “The Face of the Enemy” (HT SF Signal): http://www.hulu.com/embed/6SHbIkH09rA4rxjFZ7PfnA [Read more...]

The Articles of Christmas

This post provides official notification of my intention, on or immediately prior to the 25th of December 2008, to wish readers of my blog a Merry Christmas. If you are likely to find such expression of Christmas greetings/wishes offensive, you are hereby asked to refrain from reading any and all posts on this blog which [Read More...]


I just finished watching the movie Wanted. It is full of violence and vulgarity, and many will love it or hate it for that reason. But beneath the “action flick” surface is an incredibly profound parable, one that parallels a key theme and message of the Matrix films. [WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW, although I will try [Read More...]

Like Father, Like Son?

When I was 8 years old, there was no such thing as the internet, at least in anything like the form in which it exists today. It was a few years later that movies like War Games began to feature smart kids with computers dialing in directly to connect to other computers. Those of us [Read More...]

The Letter Kills

I was reminded of Paul’s words about the letter killing but the Spirit giving life when I read a quote from Plato’s Phaedrus today. In it Socrates says: You know, Phaedrus, that’s the strange thing about writing, which makes it truly analogous to painting. The painter’s products stand before us as though they were alive, [Read More...]

Mandaean Research

A student of mine, Keith Lohse, has taken it upon himself, as part of an independent study on the Mandaeans, to blog about the resources currently available on the topic, offering both a convenient collection and some review of the materials. All this will be appearing in the near future at the blog Mandaean Research. [Read More...]