Chappie

I recently watched the movie Chappie. It poignantly conveys a point that I also sought to get across in my chapter on “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction: that what is most scary about artificial intelligences is that they will resemble us in all our shortcomings. But it also makes other crucial [Read More...]

Cain the Drama Queen (YEC Version of Genesis 4)

The image comes from God of Evolution on Facebook. Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what [Read More...]

Science and Christianity in the U. S.

I’ve been meaning for a while to share this visual depiction of the stance of various religious groups in the United States when it comes to evolution: See also Mark Noll’s article on the history of science and Christianity, Karl Giberson’s on why losing Adam and Eve is so hard, and Zack Kopplin on the [Read More...]

Answer to America’s Prayers

Both Hemant Mehta (who shared the above cartoon by James MacLeod) and Lauren Nelson blogged about the recent shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, and their sentiments were along similar lines. Prayer often emerges from a feeling of helplessness in the face of circumstances beyond our control. But prayers about shootings are like the person who prays not [Read More...]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More...]

Sacred Selfies

I learned that the last supper selfie I shared recently is by artist Gunduz Agayev, who has created other images of religious people taking selfies. The Akedah selfie below is the one that seemed most striking and disturbing to me. Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

Belonging to God

“It is much easier to belong to a group than to belong to God. To belong to a group one usually has to be convinced the group is ‘right’; to belong to God, one always knows one is as wrong as everybody else.” – Fr. Richard Rohr, Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections [Read More...]

Gravity: Only a Theory

Skeptic magazine published this comic about climate change, gravity, and what pseudoskeptics get wrong when they complain that something is “only a theory.” Since I recently had a troll on the blog claiming to be well-versed in science and yet not understanding what “theory” means in the natural sciences, I thought I ought to share it. [Read more...]

Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More...]

Trexegesis

I’ve had my attention drawn to the Anomaly podcast about hermeneutics and Star Trek. It emphasizes why “It was the 60s” is not a sufficient justification for things like sexism on Star Trek: The Original Series. Here’s a sample: I tend to think there’s also extra pressure on Star Trek because it has a reputation for being progressive. For the [Read More...]

Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

The Fastest and Strongest of Sci-Fi Ships

Gizmodo shared this infographic of the fastest ships in reality, NASA planning, and science fiction. You can probably guess which is the fastest, but if not scroll down to see.   There was also a discussion at Comic Con this year about which would win in a fight: the Millennium Falcon or the U.S.S. Enterprise.   [Read more...]

Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]

Editor Sought for Implicit Religion

I learned a few weeks ago of the passing of Edward Bailey, who pretty much single-handedly pioneered the academic study of “implicit religion.” He also established and edited the journal by the same name. I had been in touch with him in connection with an upcoming issue focused on Doctor Who, in which an article of mine [Read More...]


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