Sin of Omission

A recent comment on a post of mine related to homosexuality sparked a realization related to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis. On the one hand, what conservatives do in making that story into ammunition against homosexuals is disturbing enough. There is no reference anywhere to the people of that city having had [Read More...]

Evidence for Evolution

HT Hemant Mehta, PZ Myers, and IO9.       [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Walkabout

This episode began poignantly with a close-up of John Locke’s eye, mirroring the start of the pilot, and hinting at the comparisons and contrasts between the two Johns that would characterize much of the series. A religious focus comes to the fore as boars get into the fuselage to get at the corpses. When Jack [Read More...]

I Can’t Even (But Now There’s Help)

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The Five Stages of Peer Review

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Revolting Canaanites

A student made a reference in an assignment to “revolting Canaanites.” From the context, I am quite sure that this was supposed to be “rebelling Canaanites” and not a subjective judgment on the Canaanites themselves. But I sure did find it amusing! It seems that “revolting” is considered by some to be a legitimate way [Read More...]

The Ultimate Call for Abstracts: The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy

There’s a call for abstracts for chapters for a multi-author volume, which I know I’m interested in offering a proposal for, if I think I can find the time to write it by the deadline. It is for The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. The “X and Philosophy” books are delightful. I love the subtitles many [Read More...]

God, the Doctor, and Free Will

The blog Whovian Theology takes the Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon” as a jumping off point for critiquing the widely-held view of God as one who doesn’t intervene to right the wrongs in our world, even though God could, in order to make room for our free will. One could easily substitute “Jesus” for “Doctor” [Read More...]

Too Much Freedom, Still Not Enough

Plato’s Republic discusses how democracies devolve into tyrannies. When freedom is made an end in itself, the desire for unlimited freedom eventually sets a course towards anarchy, with people living in fear as nothing and no one is restrained, until eventually someone offers to bring things under control and restore order and security. When a democracy [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Tabula Rasa

The episode set the pattern of focusing on one character and telling their earlier story in flashbacks. The irony is that the title means “clean slate,” and yet the flashbacks show things that shape who characters are, even on the island. Jack says that it doesn’t matter who we were before, and says, “Three days [Read More...]

The Harrowing of Hell House

Fred Clark has come up with a response to the phenomenon of conservative Christian “hell houses” for Halloween. His post literally made me laugh out loud. Here’s how it starts: Hell Houses are an irredeemably bad idea — a combination of the very worst forms of evangelism with the very worst forms of community theater. The [Read More...]

Slow Church Services

Twenty-Two Words shared a group of 29 unintentionally funny signs. I thought I'd share the one above. Presumably you can get both what its original intent was, and why it is funny. My pastor spoke today in a talk for children about “Why go to church?” Every answer people gave, he said, “but can't you [Read More...]

You Must Be Right

Jesus never said, “You must be right,” or much less, “You must be sure you are good and right.” Instead he said, “You must love one another.” His agenda is about growing in faith, hope, and love while always knowing that “God alone is good.” Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality HT Nelu Balaj [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Pilot

I have finally started rewatching LOST. There are lots of scenes which I have had in mind throughout the series, such as the iconic one with John Locke talking about backgammon, the strange thing that moves in the forest, the hearing of the message in French that had been repeating for more than 16 years, [Read More...]


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