LOST: The Band Behind The Curtain

Today’s e-mail from Wolfgang’s Vault had an interesting piece of LOST trivia. The fictional band from the show, Geronimo Jackson, had a song that was adapted from one by the non-fictional band The Donkeys. You can read more about it and listen to the song on the Wolfgang’s Vault web site. I wonder if there [Read More...]

Theologians in Poetry

Faith and Theology blog has created witty short four-line poems about major theologians. Here are just two examples: Rudolf BultmannOne day beganTo study the Gospel of John; and found, to his satisfaction,That pretty much every word was redaction. Karl BarthHad to hire a cartHaving no other tacticsTo transport his dogmatics. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Magic vs. Science

The third installment of the Doctor Who Media Club at Religion Dispatches has appeared. This time it is focused on the episode “Vampires of Venice” and on theme of magic vs. science. [Read more...]

The End of LOST: Further Reflections and Unanswered Questions

Having said that there are ways in which the finale was satisfying, there are certainly many loose ends. But perhaps, as with comparable shows like the X-Files, we are supposed to continue exploring them rather than expect the series to resolve everything for us. And so I’d like to invite fans of the show to [Read More...]

More on TV and the Jesus Tradition

The conversation about Doctor Who and the Jesus tradition is spreading. Judy Redman, and Mark Goodacre are both involved on their respective blogs. The idea is to find a scenario in which people get to hear/see something once, as they might on TV, and then check recall in various scenarios: if they don’t discuss the episode, [Read More...]

Doctor Who and the Jesus Tradition

There is an obvious way that Doctor Who could be related to the Jesus tradition: we just need someone with a TARDIS to go back and record what Jesus said and did, which we can then compare with the later Gospels. Since that is not currently feasible, here’s plan B (which Judy Redman began to elaborate [Read More...]

Litany Against Fear

On a recent episode of Chuck, Morgan Grimes said that “fear is the mind-killer” and the words seemed strangely familiar. Then I came across the quote that reminded me where I had heard them before. It is the a line from the Bene Gesserit “Litany Against Fear” in Frank Herber’s novel Dune: I must not fear. Fear [Read More...]

Mr. Bean Goes To Church

InternetMonk shared this classic Mr. Bean episode, in which he goes to church and sings “All Creatures of Our God and King” – or at least the words that he and all the rest of us manage to remember. I doubt there is anyone in the world that has never seen it, but if you [Read More...]

Vincent’s Dream (Another Alternate LOST Ending)

Jimmy Kimmel is still producing alternate endings to LOST. Here’s another one: [Read more...]

Evolving in Monkey Town

I just had drawn to my attention a new book, Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans. It looks very promising, if this video trailer about the book is anything to go by… [Read more...]

An Interesting Choice of Words in a Facebook Ad

I have not tampered with this ad at all. It is exactly as it appeared in the side bar on Facebook. Does anyone else think that the title is either a poor choice, or perhaps unintentionally appropriate? [Read more...]

Be Thou Not Liberal?

Having had some conservative Christians label me as “liberal” in recent weeks, with the apparent assumption that doing so is all that is necessary in order to show that I’m wrong, I began thinking about this question: Where do conservative Christians find in the Bible the idea that liberalism is wrong? Given the propensity of conservatives [Read More...]

LOST: It Only Ends Once…But Then You Can Go Back And Watch It Again!

Mark Traphagen has begun a series on LOST on his blog the League of Inveterate Poets. After blogging about the finale, Mark has now begun the process of rewatching the series from the beginning and blogging about it with the whole of the series, including the ending, in mind. LOST fans wondering what they can do [Read More...]

Conversations on Jesus’ Speeches and Memory in the Biblioblogosphere

Judy Redman posted on the speeches of Jesus and recent research on the psychology of memory as it relates to verbatim recall with and without textual assistance. Michael Bird posted Nick Perrin’s response to Judy’s blog entry about his book. Judy responds on her own blog. Earlier Doug Chapin discussed Judy Redman’s defense of April [Read More...]