Wizard, Time Lord – Same Difference?

I saw this image on Facebook, and it reminded me of a point I have made several times before. Some people are adamant about the difference between science fiction and fantasy. But the truth is that the dividing line is at best blurry, and perhaps non-existent. If Doctor Who featured a wizard with a magical [Read More...]

Saurongelism

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the Religion Aisle

The above photo came to me via Craig Hurle on Facebook. I am pretty sure that it is probably just a matter of religion books being in the next aisle over. But given my overlapping and intersecting interests, the photo still seemed worth sharing. And perhaps it is worth discussion in a more serious way [Read More...]

Bad News From Prof. Gandalf

This Strange Brew comic featuring Gandalf as a professor saying “You Shall Not Pass” seems worth sharing as the end of the semester draws quickly near. [Read more...]

Giveaway Winners

OK, it is Monday, and so it is time to pick and announce the two winners of copies of The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown, courtesy of Patheos. Using a random number generator, I’ve determined that the winners are…[drumroll]: comments #5 and #22! Which means that the winners are [drumroll continues]:  Dan Wilkinson and [Read More...]

Giveaway Reminder: The Christian World of the Hobbit

This is a reminder that tonight is the deadline to enter to get one of two free copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown, courtesy of Patheos. Click through to read the detail on how to enter. It’s incredibly easy! Don’t leave entry comments on this post – click through to enter [Read More...]

Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit

Thanks to Patheos, I have two copies to give away of the book which I blogged about yesterday, The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown. I will select the winners at random from among those who comment on this post you are currently reading. An eligible entry is a comment that mentions something [Read More...]

Aragormney

Joe Weaks has created another Lord of the Rings Romney meme photo, as you can see. Last time it was Sauromney, this time it is Aragormney!   [Read more...]

Exploring Our…

In the first meeting of my “Religion and Science” class, I had a slide with a Matrix connection, and I asked whether that was still meaningful. It was, but I wonder how long it will be before “Exploring Our Matrix” only means “Exploring Our Setting/Context” and does not have science fiction overtones as well. If [Read More...]

Favorite Fantasy Film Music: First Knight

Having given several examples of science fiction music that deserves to be better known, let me share one from a different genre, the film about King Arthur and company, First Knight. The soundtrack is by Jerry Goldsmith.   [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss (and the Bible) for the Symbolism-Challenged

Sometimes people get into debates over whether something is literally true to be accepted without questioning however implausible, or false and therefore something only stupid people believe, not realizing that both are perhaps missing the point of the stories. And so for those whose ability to grasp symbolism and appreciate myth is poor, here are [Read More...]


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