Heavenly Hierarchy

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we dived back into the Letter of James after a long break. We didn’t get far. We were up to James 1:17, and I decided not to let the cosmological and theological assumptions behind the notion of good gifts coming down from above, and God as the [Read More...]

Onion Theology

The Onion regularly features satire aimed at religion, often with good effect. Recent examples include the spoof news video about the leading cause of death being God needing more angels, and this magazine cover:   [Read more...]

Last Meal Before Crucifixion

This Cyanide and Happiness cartoon can actually lead to discussion of a serious point (believe it or not). Traditional Christian theology has depicted Jesus as willingly embracing crucifixion. One Gospel has Jesus suggest that he could simply have called a legion of angels to save him had he wanted to. Presumably the Jesus who emphasized [Read More...]

Every Time a Bell Rings

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Angels We Have Heard Inside and Outside a Piano

HT Cate Pickens and many others who’ve shared this recently. [Read more...]

Angelic Clothing

Tom Verenna asked in a post on Facebook why angels wear clothing. I confess that I don’t recall ever hearing this asked, much less addressed. Surely conservative Christians ought to have answer to this question, since they believe that the Genesis 3 account is to be taken literally, and that the wearing of clothing is [Read More...]

Angels vs. Atheists

Hemant Mehta highlighted this fascinating new comic book. In a manner that is typical of much supposedly secularist or atheistic science fiction, the story has people rebelling and fighting against “gods” and other such “outside actors,” but in the process, makes them literally exist as well. Here’s an example: It’s a theme I’ve explored before, [Read More...]

Let Angels Prostate Fail

Spelling matters. How do you get the archaic contraction “pow'r” right and yet “prostrate” wrong? Let the jokes about whether angels are male begin… From Instagram via Jim West   [Read more...]

Two Powers in Hebrews 2?

Today my Sunday school class got up to Hebrews 2:5-13. I was really struck by the fact that the author says that he is speaking about the world to come. Was that obvious to everyone reading the epistle, prior to this point? Does that mean that the language about the exalted status of the Son [Read More...]

The Boredom of Eternity

Today's Speed Bump cartoon pinpoints an important issue with the notion of an afterlife in which people exist forever more in much the same sort of existence as human beings experience now, with personalities and experience of passing time. It is not just the stereotype of sitting on a cloud playing a harp that seems [Read More...]

P.S. – The Unfilmed Final Scene from “The Angels Take Manhattan”

The BBC released a video indicating the contents of a final scene that was written for the Doctor Who episode “The Angels Take Manhattan” to bring Brian’s story to closure, but ultimately not filmed: Many wondered about this. How do you feel about what the writer envisaged? [Read more...]


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