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...]

The Harrowing of Hell House

Fred Clark has come up with a response to the phenomenon of conservative Christian “hell houses” for Halloween. His post literally made me laugh out loud. Here’s how it starts: Hell Houses are an irredeemably bad idea — a combination of the very worst forms of evangelism with the very worst forms of community theater. The [Read More...]

Slow Church Services

Twenty-Two Words shared a group of 29 unintentionally funny signs. I thought I'd share the one above. Presumably you can get both what its original intent was, and why it is funny. My pastor spoke today in a talk for children about “Why go to church?” Every answer people gave, he said, “but can't you [Read More...]

You Must Be Right

Jesus never said, “You must be right,” or much less, “You must be sure you are good and right.” Instead he said, “You must love one another.” His agenda is about growing in faith, hope, and love while always knowing that “God alone is good.” Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality HT Nelu Balaj [Read more...]

Extraterrestrials and Human Religions

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which is based on a new book by  astronomer David Weintraub, Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? . It might be one to incorporate into a class of mine on either religion and science, or religion and science fiction (the subject spans the two, not yet [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

This episode is of great interest, not only because it marks the end of the Jon Pertwee era, but also because of the strong elements related to Buddhism. Not only broad themes but specific plot elements from this episode are echoed in the later Peter Davison episode with a Buddhist focus, Kinda and Snakedance. The chanting [Read More...]

Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction

If you have $1,200 to spare, you might be interested in this forthcoming multi-volume work, to which I contributed the chapter “Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction.” In fact, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for a mere (!) $874.32. Considering that it is five volumes, less than [Read More...]

Religion and Doctor Who for Kindle

The book Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith is now available for Kindle from Amazon.com. The Kindle price is $9.99, which is significantly less than the price of the print volume, and even cheaper than the Kindle book for the British edition. [Read more...]

The Task of All Great Religions

This quote came to my attention via several pages on Facebook. You can read the entire speech at the UN on the White House website. Here’s a longer excerpt from which the quote in the image is taken: It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space

I will be guest speaking later this week at the University of Mississippi, as the first of this year’s Religion Forum speakers. My lecture is titled “Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space.” It will be  on Thursday at 4:30 pm, in Bryant Hall 209. [Read more...]

Doubts, Erasers, and Mentors

Val Webb shared a talk that she gave on on faith, beliefs, and theological hospitality. Here’s a sample: When theologian John Cobb, a child of missionaries, entered the University of Chicago, he said: In a few months, I discovered that my understanding of Christianity melted away through my exposure to the thought of the modern [Read More...]


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