Doctor Who: Blogging the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, was the first I ever saw on Doctor Who. It therefore seems appropriate that it should be the episodes featuring the Fifth Doctor that I have finished blogging through first. Here are links to all my blog posts about Doctor Who episodes from the Peter Davison era: Castrovalva [Read More...]

Fringe: Visitors from an Amazing Future

Tonight’s episode of FRINGE, “The End of All Things,”┬áprovided answers – real, genuine answers – to some of the ongoing mysteries that have been with us since the first season. But let me back up for a moment and recall how we got here. The episode from two weeks ago, “Welcome to Westfield,” seemed to [Read More...]

Star Wars Meets Monty Python: The Black Knight of the Sith

If you like this, then see also The Holy Sith which I shared some years ago – a different approach to a Star Wars Monty Python mash-up. From The Poke HT Brad Matthies   [Read more...]

Redshirts: What I Really Do

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Darth Vader: What I Really Do

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Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen

“Tomb of the Cybermen” was the first Doctor Who episode to feature the cybermats that made a reappearance season 6 episode “Closing Time.” The episode has the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on the planet Telos, where an expedition from Earth has recently arrived, allegedly to do an archaeological investigation into why the Cybermen vanished. [Read More...]

Scholars and Apologists

The term “apologist” has become an insult, but it was not always so. If we consider those who tend to be placed in the category “apologist” in the early church – figures like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Origen – then clearly they were also as much “scholars” as anyone in their time. The lines can [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Castrovalva

The episode “Castrovalva” marked the beginning of the era of the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, until then the youngest actor to have played the role. The actor, writers, and the show itself had their work cut out for them. Tom Baker had occupied the role for longer than anyone previously or since, a [Read More...]

New Online Jewish Studies Resources

Two major resources that I want to share: The Cairo Genizah Collection at the Bodleian Library in Oxford (HT Dan McClellan and AWOL) The Israel Antiquities Authorities National Treasures (HT Jim West)   [Read more...]

A God No One Really Believes Exists?

A while back I posted on why I don’t think anyone today really believes that God, exactly as depicted in the Bible, exists. In the Bible, God doesn’t hesitate to show off, demonstrating power by sending fire from heaven, parting seas, bringing darkness at midday, and so on. Today, religious believers who claim to believe [Read More...]

Abnormally Interesting Biblical Studies Carnival Countdown

Duane Smith has posted a reminder that the next Biblical Studies Carnival is fast approaching. If you have posts related to Biblical studies that you have written this month, or have grabbed your interest on blogs other than your own, please submit them! [Read more...]


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