Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp

The next four parts of the episode “The Trial of a Time Lord” are known by the subtitle “Mindwarp.” This segment is powerful inasmuch as it makes us really wonder about the Doctor’s sanity and stability, and later, about Peri’s fate. Having coped with the Doctor’s instability early in the Sixth Doctor’s tenure, and finally [Read More...]

Painting Depicting Manichaean Cosmology Discovered

Timothy Michael Law shared the news that a painting depicting Manichaean cosmology has turned up in Japan. Manichaeism is familiar to most who study ancient religion, but it survived in the Far East until only a matter of centuries ago. [Read more...]

Robot at Prayer

Thanks to Jeff Carter for drawing to my attention the Korean science fiction film “Doomsday Book” which apparently features a robot praying and in other ways explores the intersection of religion and science fiction. [Read more...]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More...]

Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet

“The Trial of a Time Lord” is an episode (or sequence of episodes, depending how one thinks about it) that I remember vividly from when I was younger. I also remember before I saw it, a friend of mine telling me some things about it that were so mind-bending I was sure he was lying. [Read More...]

Missing Alcatraz? What if you could take a pill to forget that you’re missing it?

Alcatraz isn’t on tonight, but I’ve been meaning for some time to discuss one of the interesting ideas raised on the show. It’s one that other sci-fi has explored before: the idea that memories make us who we are, and that there could be a treatment for twisted thinking or simply intense sadness or anger [Read More...]

Does the Earth Rotate? Check Out What REAL Biblical Literalism Looks Like

This video has everything one would expect from pseudoscientific charlatans like Ken Ham and his ilk. Appeal to the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters, emphasis that if the Bible is wrong about one thing then it could be wrong about others, scientific misinformation, denunciation of what scientists claim and demand people without [Read More...]

Sanctum Santorum

You gotta admire Rick Santorum’s honesty. I suspect that most politicians hope that the majority of voters will not have sufficient education to see through at least some of the things they claim. After all, anyone who studies economics will know that no president can guarantee a booming economy no matter what policies they propose [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More...]

A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wrote. In it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we [Read More...]


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