Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship at #AARSBL on Saturday Afternoon

This session focused on canon and fan fiction, making comparisons between science fiction and other genres on the one hand, and Biblical studies on the other. Frauke Uhlenbruch presided. My paper was up first, and it turned out there was no projector, and so my slides – which had no point to them other than [Read More...]

Nerd Fundamentalism at #AARSBL15

Today I travel to the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as it happens. My conference paper for this year’s SBL conference will be presented in a session of the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship program unit on the theme Imaginal [Read More...]

Star Wars Soundtrack Spoilers

Remember how we found out things we might not have wanted to if we looked at the titles of the tracks on the soundtrack to The Phantom Menace, when it was released prior to the movie? Well, it looks like the same thing is happening again with the soundtrack to The Force Awakens. Take a [Read More...]

It’s True. All Of It.

I was planning to share the meme above, contrasting Han Solo’s statements about the Force and related matters in “A New Hope” and in “The Force Awakens.” But then I saw the humorous version below, and knew it was best to share them both together. Do feel free, however, to talk seriously about the shift [Read More...]

Existential Comics Meets Star Wars

Existential Comics has a new offering set in the Star Wars universe. Above are just a couple of panels, excerpted to whet your appetite. Click through to see the rest of it, and discover what you can learn from Master Spinoda… [Read more...]

The New Star Wars Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is intriguing, although I confess that it hasn’t really made me more excited about the movie that will be in cinemas in December. It took a while until the music or the action in the trailer started to really connect with me – although when it [Read More...]

The Tao of Star Wars

Mike Chen wrote an article recently in defense of the Star Wars prequels. The second point on the list of things he appreciates about them is the moral ambiguity, the introduction of more in the way of shades of grey. I would argue that that is there in the original trilogy too. My view of [Read More...]

Caricatured as Obi-Wan

Tim “Spike” Davis and I have been having an interesting conversation about guns and other matters about which we don’t see eye to eye. I feel honored that, despite our differences, Spike nonetheless felt I was worthy of being depicted in cartoon form, that in doing so he did not simply render me as Emperor [Read More...]

More Star Wars Icons

Via Mike Bird, I became aware of Alex Ramos’ Star Wars icons. Click through to see more of them. [Read more...]

Ewoks Share Their Faith

Based on Return of the Jedi, shouldn’t they be asking, “do you have time to become part of a feast in honor of our lord and savior C-3P0?”   [Read more...]

It’s the Jedi Way

It is well known that Alec Guinness did not think at all highly about Star Wars. But he had been hired to play a role, and he did so, and did it well. And so I am surprised that, to my knowledge, no one had added him to the ever-growing collection of “still did their [Read More...]


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