First Review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos

The first review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion has appeared, written by Robert A. Lee for National Space Society Review. Here is an excerpt: Readers who wish to explore the implications of space travel on Christian and personal spirituality will find much in this anthology [Read More…]

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Jupiter Ascending

The movie Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowski siblings was released on DVDa while back, and unfortunately I have allowed a long time to pass before getting around to blogging about it. It took me a little while, when I saw The Theory of Everything, to realize where else I knew Eddie Redmayne from. One was Jupiter Ascending, and [Read More…]

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X-Files 10.4: Home Again

The episode focuses in an effort to relocate the homeless in downtown Philadelphia to an abandoned hospital in Bucks County. Mulder accuses the two conflicting sides, saying they really speak for themselves. He asks who speaks for the homeless. While investigating, Dana gets a call that her mother is in ICU. Dana goes to the [Read More…]

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The Will of the Force

I found myself reflecting recently on the language used in Star Wars of the “will of the Force.” If the Force were anything like a theistic personal God, of the sort that it is natural to view as having a will, then the provision of power to the Sith over against the Jedi would seem [Read More…]

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X-Files 10.3 – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

This was a great episode, of the satirical and self-parodying sort that the X-Files regularly offered throughout its history. Early in the episode, Mulder reflects on how much of the unexplained has been explained since he previously worked on the X-Files, often in terms of pranks by college students. He uses a phrase from the [Read More…]

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X Files 10.2: “Founder’s Mutation”

The second episode in the new X-Files series is sort of X-Files meets X-Men. On the one hand, it had a very strong feel of the classic “monster of the week” kind of episode, while on the other, the specific case was clearly connected to the new theme that abductions and impregnations are the work [Read More…]

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The X-Files Returns

I loved seeing the X-Files make its return to television last night. Here are some thoughts about the episode and in particular religious themes in it. The episode begins with Mulder’s story and perspective. In narrating about the long history of UFOs, he refers to “Biblical references.” At the end of the opening monologue, he says [Read More…]

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Admiring Darth Vader

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about The Force Awakens related to Kylo Ren’s admiration for his grandfather, Darth Vader, and his fear that he will never be as strong as he was. I think that one thing that the prequels offer that the original trilogy didn’t is a chance to really flesh [Read More…]

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Fundamentalist Paint-by-Numbers

The quote comes from a post on Brian Zahnd’s blog with the title “The X-Files is Better Than Scooby Doo.” Since the X-Files is returning next weekend, that is another good reason to share the quote and mention the post. Are you excited about the return of the X-Files? [Read more…]

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Reading the Bible in Machete Order

On the first day of my class on the Bible, I ask students what order we should read the Bible in. This year I made explicit reference to “machete order” – the approach to Star Wars that maximizes suspense by starting with Episode IV and V, then jumping back to the prequels (some recommend skipping Episode I [Read More…]

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Clone Wars in the Classroom

I recently came across some Star Wars lego images about classroom education, and wanted to share them. Click through were more like the above came from. There was also an interesting article in the Chronicle that could be filed under “treating students like clones,” in which students complained about faculty who offer one-size-fits-all lectures to students. Here [Read More…]

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