Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

The Fastest and Strongest of Sci-Fi Ships

Gizmodo shared this infographic of the fastest ships in reality, NASA planning, and science fiction. You can probably guess which is the fastest, but if not scroll down to see.   There was also a discussion at Comic Con this year about which would win in a fight: the Millennium Falcon or the U.S.S. Enterprise.   [Read more...]

Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]

Editor Sought for Implicit Religion

I learned a few weeks ago of the passing of Edward Bailey, who pretty much single-handedly pioneered the academic study of “implicit religion.” He also established and edited the journal by the same name. I had been in touch with him in connection with an upcoming issue focused on Doctor Who, in which an article of mine [Read More...]

Insufficient Data

While it is a great pun, I think the image makes a useful point. Some try to claim that we know more than we do, as though we can know exactly how to fill gaps in our knowledge based on what we do know. Others try to claim that we cannot logically infer anything about the [Read More...]

Keep Calm, Obi-Wan Kenobi Loves You

This was drawn to my attention by a blog commenter, reaching them via another site which got it from Reddit. Star Wars and Christianity (and religion more generally) can intersect in all kinds of interesting ways. But I think this is the first time I have seen a photo of someone from Star Wars simply used [Read More...]

Stop White Christian Immigration Now!

America is under attack. We can look back over the history of our nation and recall figures like William Cornell way back in 1863, or James Holmes and Dylann Roof from more recently. We can look over the list Wikipedia provides of more than a hundred rampage killers and other examples of mass violence in American [Read More...]

I’ve Done My “Research”

From time to time I’ve had a commenter repeatedly copy and paste at length from online sources. In the most recent instance, the sources were credited, and so it wasn’t a case of plagiarism. But that doesn’t make the comments convincing – and that is for much the same reason that student papers which are a [Read More...]

Geek Orthodox

Neil de Grasse Tyson tweeted yesterday: The next time anybody asks me about my religion, I think I’ll reply “Geek Orthodox.” The next time anybody asks me about my religion, I think I’ll reply “Geek Orthodox” — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 18, 2015 It isn’t what Tyson has in mind, but I could totally [Read More...]

Star Wars Jesus Dress Up

A friend of mine spotted this in a bookstore in Perth, Australia, and shared a photo. So it is a real thing. But why is it a thing? Is this designed for people who will buy it simply because it is so bizarre – or because they, like me, are very interested in both Jesus and [Read More...]

Whose Fault Is It?

The Facebook page Science and Scripture has been making and sharing a number of interesting images. This one nicely sums up an important point about the false antithesis between Christianity and science, and the falsehoods about science, that young-earth creationists peddle. They tell people they have to choose between the Bible and science, and then they [Read More...]


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