#CFP: Encountering the Unexpected

The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia. This conference actively encourages interdisciplinary discussions about unexpected encounters in the field and in the archives. Specifically, this conference aims to explore surprise occurrences in academic work when ideas, texts, people, and [Read More...]

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Alien Wisdom and the Meaning of Life

This Existential Comics gets at one of the biggest challenges that encounter with extraterrestrials could offer to terrestrial faiths. Some have presumed that either the presence of belief in incarnations of God on their world would be a biggie, at least for Christians. Others have presumed the opposite, the apparent lack of such revelations specific [Read More...]

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Ancient Awwwwwiens

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Doctor Who: Under the Lake

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who upped the ante for cliffhangers, with something that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in all the show’s more than 50 years of history. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with some classics of Doctor Who: A crashed alien spacecraft at the bottom of a body of water on Earth. Mysterious writing. Ghosts. [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: The Horror of Fang Rock

Horror of Fang Rock sees the Doctor and Leela arrive on the coast of England near a lighthouse as a spooky fog is coming in. Steven Moffatt recently commented on the episode’s coolness. It is very much in the vein of those episodes of Doctor Who which are predominantly horror – something mysterious and monstrous is [Read More...]

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You Won’t Believe The Cosmology

I shared the above Ziggy cartoon once before. But having happened across it again, I was struck by the subversive message of the cartoon. An alien that looks like an angel talks to Ziggy, a human, and then expresses amazement to another of his alien race at the cosmology humans have come up with. The reference is presumably to [Read More...]

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I’m Not Saying It Was Arians…

I can’t believe that no one thought to make an “Ancient Arians” meme before now. I suspect that someone created this for Trinity Sunday, which just passed. [Read more...]

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Jesus: Out Of This World

This cartoon by Spike Davis seems perfect for Ascension Day. It raises lots of interesting questions, related to topics such as inclusiveness and revelation, and not only about the meaning of the story in Acts depicting Jesus ascending into the sky, headed in the direction of what we today think of not as “heaven” but [Read More...]

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Jews vs. Aliens

TOR and IO9 both drew attention to the anthologies Jews vs Aliens and Jews vs Zombies. I’m not sure what else to say about them, except that they are at the intersection of religion and science fiction, and so I should read them! Also worth a mention is that a contributor to one of the volumes [Read More...]

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I’m Saying it was Aliens

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Aria 51

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