Doctor Who and Planetary Profiling

The latest installment in the Doctor Who Media Club series has been posted at Religion Dispatches with contributions by Gabriel McKee and myself. [Read more...]

LOST Places In The Heart: Making sense of LOST now that it is over (SPOILERS!)

In this post I will begin the process of putting into words my reflections about LOST, and will mention and discuss the details of the finale. And so if you have yet to see the finale, and are trying to avoid SPOILERS, then you should probably bookmark this post and come back later. It is [Read More...]

Last LOST (no spoilers)

People on the West coast of the United States have yet to see the finale, never mind people in other parts of the world. And so I’m not going to say anything about the finale just yet. Plus it requires some reflection and digesting. So the post is spoiler free, but feel free to talk [Read More...]

Talk from the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair of New Testament Language and Literature Installation Ceremony

At long last I am able to share the talk I gave at the ceremony at which I was installed as the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair of New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University. The talk had to be broken up into three separate videos because of YouTube’s restriction on the maximum length. Here’s [Read More...]

What LOST is Really About

DocArtz has predictions about how LOST will end while religion professor S. Brent Plate explains what the LOST finale is really about. And on the humorous side, Nik at Nite shared this video with unnecessarily censored dialogue: If nothing else, that video illustrates the importance of openness, transparency and honesty. Our imagination has a tendency [Read More...]

Quoted Twice about LOST in the Journal Sentinel (plus more funny LOST videos)

Journalist Duane Dudek quotes me in two articles he wrote about LOST: “To the end, fans lost in TV’s ‘Lost’” and “Lost Theories Revealed.” Also on the topic of LOST, Nik at Nite has a recap of Damon and Carlton live. Jacob touched Jimmy Kimmel when he was in high school: Michael Emerson makes everything ominous: Movie [Read More...]

Quote of the Day: Jacob’s Thoughts On The LOST Series Finale

“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.” – Jacob, commenting on “The End“, the final episode of LOST [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Contextectomy

Jay (in a comment on a recent post) used the term “contextectomy” and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with a wider audience. I am not sure if it is original to him (I have a vague sense that I may have heard it used before, but I may be [Read More...]

Will LOST End in a Coherent and Satisfying Way?

I’ve been asked more than once recently whether I think LOST will come to a satisfying conclusion. Below are my thoughts, more or less as I jotted them down in an e-mail yesterday to E! journalist Leslie Gornstein, who quotes me in her article “Can the Lost Finale Satisfy the Fans?” The TV show LOST still [Read More...]

National Trends in the Study of Religion?

Do any readers know of reports or other publications which look at trends in the academic study of religion? I’m particularly interested in finding out if there are trends (whether upwards or downwards) in the number of students majoring or minoring in religion at universities without religious affiliation. Thanks in advance for your input! [Read more...]

Last LOST Humor?

Here’s LOST Untangled: “What They Died For” And here’s the latest LOST Slapdown, featuring auditions for the part of the smoke monster. [Read more...]

LOST Alternate Ending: How Hurley’s Story Concludes

An alternate ending to LOST as revealed on Lopez Tonight: [Read more...]

How LOST Will End: The Biggest Spoiler in TV History

I have received from a reliable source a picture of what I believe really and truly is the final moment of LOST. If you do not like spoilers, do not read further. The picture below is likely to genuinely be the final frame ever of LOST, the real thing, the way the last episode of [Read More...]

Draw Muhammad Day

In response to threats and acts of violence by extremists, a movement has gotten underway which has led to a number of “draw Muhammad” events, and eventually the culminating “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” which has been designated as today, May 20th, 2010. I’ve chosen to show my support for this protest against religious violence, intolerance, [Read More...]