Star Wars Yin Yang

I’ve often observed that Star Wars’ symbolism seems more in line with Taoism’s ideas about balance between opposing forces, rather than depicting a Manichaean or Zoroastrian dualism of good vs. evil. And so I was pleased to find that the Taoist Yin Yang symbol had been given a Star Wars twist to it, as illustrated [Read More...]

Amazing Grace (Broadway in Chicago)

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see the musical Amazing Grace at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. It is based on the story of John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” But it isn’t focused on the hymn (although echoes of its familiar melody are woven into the score once [Read More...]

Conservative Christian Approach to Everything Difficult

Chris Nelson said in a comment on a recent post: The conservative Christian approach to most everything difficult is to deny difficulty. I’m not sure if that speaks to an appalling lack of insight or an appalling surplus of denial. That seemed to me meme-worthy. [Read more...]

The Jedi Jesus

IO9 featured some Star Wars fan theories from 1980. It is interesting to see the role that religion played in some of them. A popular theory was that Obi-Wan was a clone name – O.B.1. One person suggested that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a thousand years removed from “O.B.” who was “the Jesus” of the Jedi [Read More...]

Dog Religion, Cat Religion

I laughed when I saw this meme, but I immediately also began to wonder whether it might not also lead to serious reflection. Are there religions which focus primarily outward, and others which focus primarily on the self? If so, would “dog religion” and “cat religion” be convenient shorthand for the distinction?   [Read more...]

Doctor Who and Religion Lecture

The folks at Ole Miss recorded the lecture I gave on Religion and Doctor Who, and have kindly shared it on their YouTube channel. The audio isn’t great, and the very beginning is missing, but for those interested in the topic, it will hopefully still be interesting and enjoyable!   [Read more...]

JJMJS

The word has been spreading that there is a new open access journal, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting. That the first issue has appeared during Open Access Week makes the timing perfect. The first article, by Torleif Elgvin, offers a transcription and translation of the Gabriel Inscription as well as [Read More...]

A Different Mantra

Crystal St. Marie Lewis blogged about a mantra that is associated with Joel Osteen, suggesting that the following is a better alternative: This is my Bible. I am a witness to what it says, and a student of why it says what it says. I can do as much research as I wish on the origins and [Read More...]

Just Kidding

Saw this in a collection of funny church signs. It comes from a congregation in New Hampshire. [Read more...]

Always the Wrong Answer

Fred Clark has a post that explores stories about Jesus and then his followers learning to welcome those they previously sought to exclude. The quote comes from that post. Click through to read it. [Read more...]

Finding and Remembering Ancestors with Help from the Latter-Day Saints

I used to talk disdainfully about the Mormon practice of baptism for the dead. Taking an obscure reference in one of Paul’s letters and developing it into a doctrine seemed to me very dubious. I’m still not persuaded that the LDS church has understood what Paul was referring to correctly. But I have a new-found [Read More...]


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