Myth and Science Fiction

The quote comes from Douglas Cowan’s excellent book Sacred Space, which I reviewed on the blog back in 2012. [Read more…]

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The Trouble with Transporters

The above video about the philosophical and moral questions involved in using the transporter on Star Trek. These are precisely the kinds of issues that I discuss in my forthcoming book Theology and Science Fiction. I will be submitting the final manuscript today, and so that is as good an excuse as any to not write something more [Read More…]

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One Great Thing About Science Fiction

“The genre of SF, it seems to me, has the capacity to permit everyone, irrespective of their educational background, access to debates, discussions and speculations about some of the biggest questions that concern the human race.” – Mike Alsford, What If?: Religious Themes in Future Fiction p. vii. The book has a number of similarly nice [Read More…]

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The Doctor Investigates Gravity Hill

I decided to take a drive with my son yesterday to two places that we had never been to. I had heard about the phenomenon of a “gravity hill” as a kid, probably via to the show Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. I found out some months ago that one such place is right near Indianapolis, [Read More…]

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Who North America Reopens!

I received this notice from Who North America today: FINALLY!  It is with great pleasure that we announce our soft opening of the new store on Tuesday, March 1, 2016!!! Our new location is at: 8901 S. State Road 67 Camby, IN 46113 Our telephone number and email remains the same.  Our operating hours for [Read More…]

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The Vatican, Star Wars, and Stephen Colbert

I assume that anyone who continues to read my blog regularly probably shares my enjoyment of and interest in science fiction, religion, and humor. And so if you haven’t seen it already, you will want to watch the clip above, which sees Stephen Colbert torn between his childhood faith and upbringing, and his church.   [Read more…]

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Star Wars meets the Princess Bride

Via The Lighter Side of the Force. I am pretty sure I’ve seen another attempt at adding lightsabers to this famous fight scene from The Princess Bride, but this version is particularly well done. For some delightful images featuring Star Wars pictures mashed-up with quotes from The Princess Bride, go here. [Read more…]

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Make the Galaxy Great Again

I Googled the phrase “Make the Galaxy Great Again” to see if there was anything creative that had been done since the Darth Trump video that made the rounds back in December. I expected to find more combinations of Donald Trump and Darth Vader. Instead I found the image above – and the bumper sticker [Read More…]

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Do Unto Others

A lot of people have been sharing the image of robot trials undertaken at Boston Dynamics, often mashed up with scenes of Sarah Connor from Terminator. While what we’re witnessing are tests to see how robots cope with challenges, the time may come when we have to ask serious questions about the ethical treatment of them. In the [Read More…]

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Childhood’s End

I really enjoyed watching the three-episode SyFy miniseries Childhood’s End, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke of the same title. It is theologically, emotionally, and ethically rich material that explores ideas about God and mortality in a serious, interesting, and provocative way. I highly recommend it. The story begins with ships arriving in our [Read More…]

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Geoffrey Burgon: Connecting the Church, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and More

In exploring the Naxos music database’s new releases, I discovered Geoffrey Burgon’s Requiem. Burgon is known for TV soundtracks (including Doctor Who) and film score work, such as on Monty Python’s The Life of Brian. I read the conference volume that looked at Jesus and Brian, but although the music was mentioned, no one seems to have focused [Read More…]

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