Doctor Who: The Invasion

The title of the Doctor Who episode “The Invasion” hints at what the story would be about, but it keeps the viewer in suspense – although with some big hints – before eventually revealing who or what would be doing the invading. Since the cover of the DVD case doesn’t keep the secret, presumably it [Read More...]

Leaving Lethbridge

What is a blog for, if not expressing one’s appreciation? I want to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Research in Religious Studies conference at the University of Lethbridge this weekend, not just for making me feel welcome but also simply for being part of this wonderful event. Special thanks are due to: Jim [Read More...]

Traveling to Lethbridge

I’m traveling to Lethbridge, Canada today to speak at the University of Lethbridge’s Tenth Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference. Jim Linville has made the program available online, as well as saying a bit more about the conference. I may manage to post from there but just in case, I’ve scheduled some posts to ensure [Read More...]

Is the Puddle Half Smart or Half Stupid?

Two posts commenting on the same image with a quote from Douglas Adams from very different perspectives seemed worth sharing and commenting on in turn. First, here’s the image: On the one hand, the point about apparent fine-tuning (emphasized at Open Parachute) is a good one. Regarding the universe’s suitability to the existence of ourselves [Read More...]

Ferengi Religion

SF Signal shared this video, featuring all the (known) Rules of Acquisition of the Ferengi, in order: Feel free to speculate on what the (as yet) unknown Rules of Acquisition might be…   [Read more...]

Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More...]

Should Christianity be about Believing the Unbelievable or Doing the Unbelievable?

A post by Jim Burklo seems to me to pose a key question about what Christianity is, what it can be, and what it should be. Here is the question in a nutshell: Should Christianity be about believing that which is unbelievable – accepting claims about miracles and the supernatural, for instance – or about [Read More...]

Time To Stop Asking Where Waldo Is?

Marc Cortez shared this picture yesterday: At first I just enjoyed it as funny. But for some reason I found myself thinking about it more, and realized that it also provides a nice parable or what is wrong with salvation-oriented, other-worldly Christianity the sole or almost exclusive focus of which is on whether people are [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Underworld

The very title of the Doctor Who episode “Underworld” hints at its intersection with religion. But while the “underworld” in question turns out to be a world of tunnels with no access to the sky, the episode nevertheless more than lives up to the expectation that it will provide interesting terrain for exploring religion. Although [Read More...]

Studying Religion Will Do This To You

From Savage Chickens via Brad Matthies [Read more...]

Geirr Tveitt – Sun God Symphony Op. 81

When a composer whose music I enjoy also touches on a religious theme, that’s all the more reason to share it, right? But in fact, Tveitt’s ideology, reflected in this piece and others, is disturbing and definitely worth discussing. It reflects the tendency to reject not only Judaism but also Christianity (so intimately connected with [Read More...]


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