The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more...]

Star Wars Jesus Dress Up

A friend of mine spotted this in a bookstore in Perth, Australia, and shared a photo. So it is a real thing. But why is it a thing? Is this designed for people who will buy it simply because it is so bizarre – or because they, like me, are very interested in both Jesus and [Read More...]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: S. O. S.

Bernard and Rose are organizing food. Rose says she was raised never to question her blessings. Bernard tries to organize people to make a sign that planes flying overhead might see. Rose tells him that he is giving the people false hope. In flashbacks, we see how Bernard and Rose first meet. Then five months [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Outlaws

The episode starts with a flashback of Sawyer remembering how his father killed Sawyer’s mother before committing suicide. He wakes up and sees a boar, chasing it into the jungle, where Sawyer hears the whispers. Later, Sayid laughs at the fact that boar took Sawyer’s tarp. Sawyer says “Laugh it up Muhammad” to Sayid. But [Read More...]

Kevin Rudd on Same-Sex Marriage

The video above has been getting a lot of attention. It features Australian politician Kevin Rudd answering questions from a pastor about his views on same-sex marriage. Rudd actually posted a longer essay on the topic online before the last election to inform voters about his views. Many of the points that Rudd makes work [Read More...]

Jesus Is ________

An Australian website asks people to fill in the blank. The answers have been shared not just on their website but by churches, as in this photo from St. Matthew's Church in Manly.   Their willingness to let proposed answers appear in all their diversity, rather than only presenting ones they might be expected to [Read More...]

Post-Flood Miracle

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Discovering the Mandaeans

On the Bowdoin College website, there is a podcast featuring Jorunn Buckley. Here’s the description: Assistant Professor of Religion Jorunn Buckley, the world’s leading scholar on the Mandaeans – an endangered Middle Eastern religious sect – talks about how she became involved in human rights work on their behalf. Click here to download it and [Read More...]

Mandi in Australia

Brian Mubaraki has kindly shared some more photos from the Mandaean community in Australia. I’ve made a gallery below, so that you can click on each image to see it larger, and a second time to see it full size if you wish to. Brian shared this information about the photos: The pictures are of [Read More...]

The Mandaeans: Around the World in 80 Faiths

A friend drew my attention to the above video which, starting around the 3:37 mark, is about the Mandaeans in Sydney, Australia. The video is from the BBC documentary series, Around the World in 80 Faiths. On the BBC documentary’s web site, you can also see many other video clips, including about the Samaritan Passover. [Read more...]