Why Vote for This or That Person for President?

It is sometimes assumed – rightly or wrongly – that people naturally vote for a candidate who most resembles them – in religious affiliation, appearance, background, and many other respects. A photo I saw on Facebook made me reflect on how true this may be, and whether it is how things ought to be. It [Read More...]

Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer

Over at IO9, Charlie Jane Anders has posted an article with the title “Big Theological Questions That Science Fiction Should Answer.” I was one of several people she interviewed for the article, and I get quoted at length. Others include Robert Geraci and Eriberto Lozada, who contributed to the volume I edited, Religion and Science [Read More...]

What “Most Christians” Think

My last post included a slide that mentions “most Christians.” And so I thought I should offer a follow-up post, acknowledging that it is almost impossible to figure out what with precision what “most Christians” think, believe, and practice, without actually asking most Christians – and even then, we would still be unable to answer [Read More...]

Religion and Science: The Bigger Picture

The blog of the British Center for Science Education shared slides from a recent talk which make a really important point about the way young-earth creationists want people to think about evolution, and a different and arguably more accurate perspective. Here is how young-earth creationists (and some atheists) try to depict the situation: Here is a [Read More...]

Jedi Jesus and Jedi for Jesus

I recently shared a photo of a display outside a church, as an example of how not to evangelize Jedi. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways for Christians to connect to Jedi and the wider Star Wars crowd. Around the web, I discovered today, there are a surprisingly large of depictions of “Jedi Jesus” [Read More...]

Conference on Religion and Technology

Vadim Putzu drew to my attention this conference at Franklin & Marshall College: Conference on Religion & Technology Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies Saturday, October 27, 2012 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery.  Both [Read More...]

St. John of Arrakis?

Jeff Carter made and shared the image below, which he gave the title “The Sandworms did not appreciate John the Baptizer.” Squarely at the intersection of religion and science fiction – but of course, Dune already was… Thoughts?   [Read more...]

How Not To Evangelize Jedi

Matthew Paul Turner shared this photo of a church’s Halloween decorations:   [Read more...]

Hagar as Woman, Slave and Wife

It is useful to discuss what is going on with Christopher Rollston at Emmanuel Christian Seminary from the perspective of academic freedom. But it is also important to pay attention to the matter that sparked it all: Biblical studies, and what Chris referred to as the “marginalization of women” in the Bible. That terminology doesn’t [Read More...]

In Support of Christopher Rollston

Thom Stark and others have blogged about the unfolding events related to Christopher Rollston, a widely-appreciated and well-known Biblical scholar and epigrapher, who is facing disciplinary action and perhaps even termination at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, because of an article he wrote for the Huffington Post about the marginalization of women in the Bible. I have said before [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric

I was sure that I had already blogged about this episode, The Curse of Fenric. But if I did, the post seems to have been lost. Does anyone remember reading a post by me about this episode? Or did I gather my thoughts but never share them? The episode “The Curse of Fenric” is considered [Read More...]


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