Rod of Alexandria on Religion and Science Fiction

Rod has finished blogging through Religion and Science Fiction over at Political Jesus. I must say that I am rather disappointed with how his series ended – with Rod asserting more than once that everything is allegory, and allegory everything. One of the points the book illustrates throughout, and the final chapter emphasized only to [Read More...]

99 LuftBeowulfs

Via my sister on Facebook. [Read more...]

Academic Job?

We’ve been talking about the Book of Job and more generally about the problem of evil in my freshman course on Faith, Doubt and Reason. It struck me that one can make a point relevant to academic assignment writing from the Book of Job (although I wonder how appropriate it is to do so). One [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Mrs…Who?

The upcoming episode of Doctor Who, “The Wedding of River Song,” will be the season finale. The biggest question that people are asking is “Who will she marry?” and “Will it be the Doctor?” Someone on Reddit noticed some similarities between a scene in “The Impossible Astronaut” and a wedding: Invitations were sent out, and [Read More...]

Evolution and Creationism around the Blogosphere

Several posts related to the bogus claims of proponents of young earth creationism and intelligent design have appeared in the blogosphere over the past 24 hours or so… Karl Giberson asked why Evangelicals prefer to get their information from the discredited Ken Ham rather than an actual Evangelical scientist like Francis Collins. Darrell Falk responded [Read More...]

Rise of the Orthodox Jedi

HT Chris Brady (original source unknown) [Read more...]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More...]

Enduring Freedom Jesus Christ (with Rocket Launcher)

This is surely a spoof, but that doesn’t in any way negate Matthew Paul Turner’s description of this as “the greatest worst Jesus doll ever.” I expect that a lot of people will react to something like this with horror and perhaps even regard it as blasphemy. I wonder how many of them, however, will [Read More...]

Torchwood and Doctor Who: The Almost Cyberwoman and Cyberman

It was interesting watching the Torchwood episode “Cyberwoman” in close proximity to the Doctor Who episode “Closing Time.” Both feature a character who is subjected to the process of “upgrading” to a cyberperson, and in both their cases the process is stopped before it is completed. That may be where the similarities end. While Ianto’s [Read More...]

Torchwood: The Ghost Machine and the Ghost in the Machine

The third episode of the first season of Torchwood is “Ghost Machine,” which focuses on an alien device that allows a person to experience the powerful emotions connected with a particular place and what people have experienced there. I had been meaning to blog about the episode for several days, and felt compelled to finally [Read More...]

360 Degree Virtual Visits to Israel (and 2D Virtual Dead Sea Scrolls)

Via William Hamblin, I learned of the 360 degree panoramic virtual visits to Israel and many other places that are available online. You can visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or experience a narrow shopping street in Old Jerusalem. I highly recommend it! It may put you in the mood to check out the [Read More...]


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