Doctor Who: The Moonbase

In the episode “The Moonbase” the Doctor visits the result of Newt Gingrich’s promise. The episode witnesses the return of the Cybermen (the first time I saw part of this episode, I wasn’t aware of just how recently the Cybermen had appeared, and that for the first time). The moonbase is the location of a [Read More...]

Fringe: Making Angels (Observers ex Machina)

The episode of Fringe which aired this past Friday, “Making Angels,” explores religious themes in interesting ways. The starting point of the episode is the death of the father of Astrid in the parallel universe. That Astrid, who is autistic, comes to our universe to meet her parallel self who does not suffer from autism. [Read More...]

Nerds Reconsidering Star Wars Religion

A recent article in Tablet Magazine challenges the religious message of Star Wars in interesting ways (HT The Lead and Religion Nerd). On the one hand, the article makes some good points about the superficiality of some Star Wars spirituality, or the attempt to let “following one’s bliss” be a guide to life. Yet on [Read More...]

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Super Bowl Commercials

It is really striking just how many of the Super Bowl commercials this year have had a sci-fi focus – and one fits the category of fantasy, featuring vampires. Which was your favorite? The Star Wars one has a pretty good twist, I thought, but the Chevy post-2012-apocalypse is my favorite of the ones I [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace

In the episode “The Underwater Menace,” the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie arrive in the lost underwater city of Atlantis. The situation they find their combines the worst of both religion and science. Soon after arriving, the travelers are nearly sacrificed to the “living goddess Ando” who is depicted as part human, part fish. They [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Highlanders

This second episode of the Patrick Troughton era, “The Highlanders” witnessed the arrival of a companion who would be with the Second Doctor throughout the rest of his stint: Jamie McCrimmon. This episode also witnessed something that William Hartnell had done, but which Patrick Troughton did much more comically: impersonations and disguises. The episode featured [Read More...]

Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Should we refer to J. J. Abrams as in some sense a “theologian”? Last week’s episode of Fringe, “Forced Perspective,” which I only found the time to watch last night, is full of theology and philosophy. From a girl with remarkable precognition asking why God made her this way (and being reassured that God makes [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction AAR CFP

The American Academy of Religion has issued the call for papers for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Religion and Science Fiction has been approved for status as a Group, and so here is the core of the call for papers for that area. Click through for further information or to submit a proposal. Religion [Read More...]

CFP Comics, Religion & Politics

Via Religion CFP and NSRN online I learned of this call for papers: ‘Comics, Religion & Politics’ 4-5th September 2012 Lancaster University, UK Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the [Read More...]

The Biblical Studies Carnival: The Last, Best Hope for Biblioblogdom

Amanda has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival on her blog Cheese-Wearing Theology. And its theme is Babylon 5!  Click through to read and enjoy it! [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (and the First Regeneration)

The episode “The Tenth Planet” marks an important turning point in the history of Doctor Who – and not only because it introduced the Cybermen who would feature perennially throughout the show’s history. This was the last episode with William Hartnell. Doctor Who seems to be rather unique in having discovered a way to change [Read More...]


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