Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp

The next four parts of the episode “The Trial of a Time Lord” are known by the subtitle “Mindwarp.” This segment is powerful inasmuch as it makes us really wonder about the Doctor’s sanity and stability, and later, about Peri’s fate. Having coped with the Doctor’s instability early in the Sixth Doctor’s tenure, and finally [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus – Even Cheaper in the UK?

If you’re in the UK, you can get The Burial of Jesus from Amazon.co.uk – no need to go to the American store. And if my calculation is correct, it is slightly cheaper via Amazon in the UK for some reason! The book has now reached the Top 10 in the Kindle bestsellers in the [Read More...]

Is Modern Christianity Too Egotistically Focused on the Afterlife?

I will be blogging over the coming days and weeks about many of the topics that I touch on in my book, The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, which is now for sale at Amazon.com for just $2.99. One of the topics I address is the focus (some might [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus: Second Edition Published!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that the second edition of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? has now been released by Patheos Press and is now available for purchase in Kindle format on Amazon.com. Versions in Nook and iBooks format are planned for [Read More...]

Fringe is Back (to Where It’s Never Been)

Fringe returned last night with the episode “Back To Where You’ve Never Been.” It featured all the surprises, twists and turns we have come to love from the show, and from J. J. Abrams shows in general, while continuing to feel more satisfying than LOST in giving answers as well as raising questions. While this [Read More...]

Scotty in Hell

I am sure I must have seen this before at some point, but having come across it I felt it was worth sharing. It certainly fits one of the themes of this blog – the intersection of religion and science fiction! [Read more...]

Digital Judgment

Today’s Speed Bump, by Dave Coverly [Read more...]

Spiritual Agoraphobia

In my Sunday school class yesterday, we found ourselves talking about Paul’s at times universalist-sounding language in Romans, and how it relates to traditional Christian ideas about salvation, punishment and afterlife. I shared my own thought that it is hard to believe that Paul, having worked in the first part of his letter to demolish [Read More...]

Torchwood: End of Days

This last episode of the first season of Torchwood, “End of Days,” focuses on precisely what it sounds like: the strange things that have been happening as a result of the rift in space and time becoming more active are being interpreted by religious groups as portents of “judgment day.” Ianto reads from Daniel, and [Read More...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]


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