Religious Believers and Science Fiction Nerds around the Blogosphere

First, let me share this great video again on the parallel phenomena of religious fundamentalism and nerdiness:

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I felt compelled to share the video, since I have been having a conversation on Facebook with a Whovian fundamentalist whose canon includes the 1996 special but rejects the current series. The fan in question also rejects my comparison of his stance to religious fundamentalism.

The Oncoming HopeInter-Galaxy Portal and Fat Train have reflected on the season finale of the last season of Doctor Who. What I still want to know is why the Doctor was wearing a tuxedo in “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

Several bloggers have mentioned the piece on the relevance of alien life to Christian theology (or whether Klingons can be saved).

Unreasonable Faith and Homebrewed Christianity mentioned my blog post about progressive Christianity.

Rod and Joel complained about the dangerous mistreatment of the Bible by young-earth creationists. Randall Rauser explained why you can’t take the whole Bible literally, and also addressed quote-mining.

John Byron posted something I had been thinking since I saw the survey results of what people think they want from Bible translations. Here’s how John put it: “So what does this mean? That people know even less about how Bibles are translated than they do what their Bible says.”

Last but far from least, don’t miss Tom Verenna’s announcement that a scary Biblical Studies Carnival is lined up for October. The Dunedin School blog has returned just in time!

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  • Jr

    Are you saying all Jews are fundamentalists since they do not accept the latest part of the Bible canon? 

    By the way, what makes you accept the later parts as canonical? (Of Dr Who, not the Bible.) I presume you do not consider fan fiction canonical? Is it the quality of writing? Or the legal fact that BBC happen to own the copyright in Dr Who?

    I am not personally a Dr Who-fan but I can sympathize with your facebook acquaintance. I prefer to pretend that The Simpsons ended somewhere around 2002. 

  • admiralmattbar

    I don’t consider the 1996 movie cannon because it portrays a Doctor who is half human, something not referenced by any other incarnation of the Doctor.  I am open to the idea, however, that the special contains certain bits of Doctor quotes and mini adventures that may come from an earlier source than either of the canonical series.

  • James F. McGrath

    @490975ff75f54c6cd5d8edb88555d3bb:disqus , it was this individual’s approach and attitude that I intended to characterize as fundamentalist, and not their choice of canon. I can sympathize – his stance is like that of Star Wars fans who complain about the prequels – but taken to an extreme that emulates religion at its worst.

    I’m currently listening to the first novelization of a Doctor Who story – the second “episode”, “The Daleks.” It ignores “An Unearthly Child” and has the characters meet in a completely different way. Even authorized novels take liberties, and so it is understandable (even if not ultimately logical or persuasive) that some fans adopt a stance akin to “Sola Scriptura”!  :-)