The Most Unintentionally Ironic Creationist Quote of the Day – Perhaps of All Time?

Internet Monk has a post “Creation Police at Toys-R-Us” about an article on the Institute for Creation Research web site, complaining about a children’s game and its depiction of Noah’s ark. Here’s the priceless quote: The Noah’s Ark Game looks innocuous enough, with a picture of colorful animals crowding the roof and deck of a boat [Read More...]

Research in Religious Studies Conference Call for Papers

From Jim Linville: The Religious Studies Department, at the University of Lethbridge, will present the 10th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference on May 5 – 6, 2012. The conference provides undergraduate and graduate level students with the opportunity to present papers on the history, belief, practices, cultural contexts, and artistic or literary expressions of [Read More...]

A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity

Via NASCAS I learned that a trial version of the “Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity” is now available online. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The King’s Demons

The Doctor Who episode “The King’s Demons” is a short (two-part) and fairly entertaining tale about the Doctor and his companions arriving in the time of King John and the Crusade, shortly before the signing of Magna Carta. The Doctor finds the Master there working to change history so as to prevent Magna Carta from [Read More...]

Martin Luther King and the Quest for a Just Society

This semester, my freshman seminar course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the quest for community and a just society. Since we start tomorrow, the day after Martin Luther King Day, I moved the readings – in fact, viewings – up to the very first day of class. Most people are familiar [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Web Planet

The Doctor Who episode “The Web Planet” from the show’s second season, still in the era of the first Doctor, accompanied by Ian, Barbara, and Vicki, sees the travelers materialize on a barren world, resembling Earth’s moon. This world, called Vortis, is inhabited by giant insects. The Menoptera who initially are thought to be invading [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Savages

The episode “The Savages” is significant for several reasons. It was the first episode to have one single title for its multiple parts – earlier “episodes” had completely separate names for the individual parts, and no clear name for the unified story that was told across them. It also was, I believe, the first time [Read More...]

Big God, Little God

I previously blogged about Sabio Lantz’s diagram depicting a spectrum from a little to a big God. He meant by this a spectrum from a God with few specific attributes to a God with many, but I approached it in terms of which has the more exalted or majestic view of God and suggested that [Read More...]

Thank God, Blame God?

I’ve long complained about the tendency of religious believers to thank God when things go well and blame others when they do not. And so I appreciated this cartoon in the New Yorker (HT Hemant Mehta): Its relevance to the recent discussions about Tim Tebow and other religious athletes is presumably obvious. On a related [Read More...]

Who is Responsible for Christian Anti-Evolutionism?

The blog Open Parachute is one of several that has highlighted the survey conducted recently, giving the perspective of a thousand Protestant clergy on subjects like evolution and the age of the earth. As with all surveys, one has to look at who conducted it, who participated, and who would self-select out of the process. [Read More...]

Torchwood: Dead Man Walking

As I continue to watch through Torchwood, I am struck by how much this darker, raunchier, more pessimistic spin-off of Doctor Who focuses on religious themes, imagery, stories and symbols. In this episode, “Dead Man Walking,” we learn that a church had been built on top of a site where a resurrection glove had been [Read More...]


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