LOST and a Fallible, Co-Dependent Deity

Tonight’s LOST featured answers. It was bound to, since there is so little time left. SPOILERS AHEAD! In “What They Died For” we learned why Jacob chose the people he did to be his replacement. He felt he had the right to tamper with their lives because they were flawed, because they needed the island [Read More…]

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LOST Remaining Questions

Tonight is the last regular-length episode of LOST, to be followed by the 2 1/2 hour series finale. Since that includes commercials, there are perhaps around 3 hours left in which questions can be answered and loose ends tied up. No one is expecting them all to be tied up – and Damon and Carlton [Read More…]

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The Bible and Homosexuality: Resources for Sunday School discussion

My Sunday school class has been discussing the topic of homosexuality, and we’ve reached the point where we are ready to take a close look at the New Testament passages that are potentially relevant to the topic. I’ve blogged about this subject here before, but want to offer links to web resources which reflect differing [Read More…]

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Listen to the Scientists: Eugenie Scott on Creationism

The National Center for Science Education has released some more videos. Here’s Part II in the series “Listen to the Scientists”, entitled “Inside creationism”: [Read more…]

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Sociology of Atheism (a request for input)

I received the following message from a reader thinking about doing a PhD. I invite input of any sort that might be useful to him… Hi James, I couldn’t find an email for you on your blog so I’m posting this here. Maybe your readers can help me too. I’m writing really to ask a [Read More…]

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LOST Mysteries and Answers in the Blogosphere

Not surprisingly as the end of LOST draws near, the blogosphere is alive with activity centered on the show. Some of it is enlightening, some is hilarious. Here are some links to explore. IO9 explains why all the answers to LOST’s mysteries have already been revealed on Star Trek.Also at IO9, a piece on how [Read More…]

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Tree Planting

Today students and faculty involved in the Butler Summer Institute, a program that funds students undertaking independent research over the summer supervised by faculty mentors, had a tree-planting excursion under the auspices of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. It rained, and we all got completely soaked, but it was a rewarding experience. If you take the ramp that connects [Read More…]

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God, the Devil and LOST in USA Today

My op-ed piece appeared today in USA Today. The title is “God, the Devil and TV’s ‘Lost’.” Since it was shortened for publication, I thought I’d share the unedited version. Since everyone is wondering how LOST will end, it seems only fair to share the original ending of my op-ed piece! Religion on LOST: Telling God [Read More…]

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Introducing the Doctor Who Media Club

Religion Dispatches is starting a series on Doctor Who, to which I’ll be a regular contributor. It is organized by Gabriel McKee, who is also a contributor himself. Take a look! [Read more…]

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LOST While You Wait

While you wait for my op-ed piece on religion in LOST to appear in tomorrow’s USA Today, and a fantastic interactive treatment of the subject to appear on their web site, here are some other treatments of the topic from around the blogosphere: There’s a look ahead to the finale from DocArtzThe Lead focuses on LOST and redemptionNik at [Read More…]

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From The Archives: Iron Man and the Ascension

Given the coincidence of the release of Iron Man 2 and the celebration of the Ascension in the Christian calendar, I thought I’d adapt and repost this blog post from a couple of years ago: “The ascension is harder to believe in than the resurrection.” Someone made the above statement in a conversation we were [Read More…]

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Smetana, Marillion and ELP: More Free Music

Having listened today to “Vitava,” the second and most famous section of the suite Ma Vlast by Bedrich Smetana, I thought it would be nice to see if there was a recording freely available online that I could share. Not surprisingly I found several at the Internet Archive. The recording embedded below is of a [Read More…]

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LOST Already and Not Yet

I saw today that the New York Times has an inerview with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and an interactive gallery of the characters on LOST. I’ve been helping USA Today put together an interactive treatment of religion and LOST, which should be appearing on their web site early next week. They will also be publishing an op-ed piece I [Read More…]

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LOST Perspective: Theology vs. People

I discussed back in 2008 the possibility that the message of LOST might be that we should never focus on mysteries at the expense of people. Much of what we have seen since then raises the same issue, and regardless whether LOST provides a particular slant or answer, and if so what that answer is, [Read More…]

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