Religion and Science Fiction Essays

Students in my religion and science fiction class are turning their attention to their essays, and I’ve given them a lot of freedom to come up with their own topics. One student is asking for input, and so this is the opportunity for readers here who are interested in religion and sci-fi to show just [Read More...]

LOST Untangled: Everybody Loves Hugo

http://a.abc.com/media/_global/swf/embed/2.6.3/SFP_Walt.swf [Read more...]

Quotes of the Day

Ken Schenck: “In my opinion, the extent to which some Reformed presuppositionalists go makes their conclusions incredulous to all but those few who are already convinced of their viewpoint. Most crucially, they do not allow their presuppositions to be revised in the light of particular data. If the atomism of the Enlightenment makes it difficult [Read More...]

LOST, Love, and the Living

Tonight’s episode of LOST, “Everybody Loves Hugo,” was fantastic in many ways – if you have yet to watch it, I warn you that spoilers lie ahead. Tonight’s episode offered an “explanation” of the whispers. The whispers are dead people, and they are ones that “can’t move on.” And so perhaps the series will end with Hurley looking [Read More...]

NT Wrong and the Bibliobloggers

James Crossley read a paper at SBL and now has published an article under the title “N.T.Wrong and the Bibliobloggers.” Ever since I first heard the title, I’ve thought that it would be a good name for a band. Any SBL members who sing or play instruments want to put a band together? I wonder [Read More...]

Jesus Legitimized

Last night I watched two of the three parts of the Discovery documentary Who Was Jesus? There was quite a bit that I liked about it, as well as there inevitably being claims and details that were problematic, inaccurate, or oversimplified. I liked that they visited a number of important sites and used CGI to show what the sites [Read More...]

Scientists’ Last Supper

After Battlestar Galactica and LOST Last Suppers, this may not seem all that interesting. It also seems to reflect the mistaken idea that a “last supper” is a get-together of all the great figures connected with a particular tradition. This illustrates well why understanding cultural references before adapting them is important. Although I can get [Read More...]

NCAA To Investigate Butler Basketball

I didn’t invent this - I found it at Miami Hawk Talk after a friend pointed it out to me. But I had to share it, given the seriousness of the issue and my direct connection to it: NCAA To Investigate Butler Basketball INDIANAPOLIS–Butler’s run in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game may be tarnished after [Read More...]

Dare To Question

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The Stupid Stuff

The title of this blog entry is a phrase that came up in Sunday school yesterday. We were continuing our discussion of Leviticus 19 and the question of why we do some things the Bible says but not others. The suggestion was made that we should preserve the valuable stuff but discard or ignore “the [Read More...]

Two Religion and Science Fiction Links

At TheoFantastique, there’s an interview with Robert Geraci about his work on robots and the sacred. At IO9, a reflection on Dune‘s elevation of humans to godhood. [Read more...]

No iPadd, Try a Trek Tablet

Daniel and Tonya expressed their disappointment that an app that made the iPad look like a Star Trek device has been withdrawn. I would like to point out that PCs already exist that meet StarFleet specifications. First, for less than the price of an iPad, get yourself an Asus Eee PC Tablet. It is a full-fledged PC, running [Read More...]

Whom or What do you Worship and Why?

Recently in my religion and science fiction class (inspiring a number of recent posts on the class blog) the assigned reading was an article by Aaron Smuts, a draft of which is online. The final version appeared as “‘The Little People’: Power and the Worshipable,” in Philosophy in The Twilight Zone, eds. Lester Hunt and [Read More...]

Review of O’Collins’ Christology in RBL

My review of Gerald O’Collins, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus (Oxford University Press, 2009), has just appeared in Review of Biblical Literature. [Read more...]


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