Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More...]

Aren’t You A Little Short For A Buddhist?

Via Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

This episode is of great interest, not only because it marks the end of the Jon Pertwee era, but also because of the strong elements related to Buddhism. Not only broad themes but specific plot elements from this episode are echoed in the later Peter Davison episode with a Buddhist focus, Kinda and Snakedance. The chanting [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Listen

The Doctor Who episode “Listen” has leaped immediately onto my list of all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes. Spoilers ahead! It had me at “listen.” The episode opens with a view of a planet (probably Earth) from space. It then moves to the open door of the TARDIS. Then up to the top of the TARDIS, where [Read More...]

#AARSBL 2013 Farewell!

Yesterday was the last day of AAR/SBL for me. I read a paper on Philippians 2:6-11, considering the relevance of intertextuality, orality, and persuasive rhetoric for how we understand the text, including its Christology and the relation thereof to monotheism. I also had a chance to get to the one paper on the program about [Read More...]

Vulcan Jesus

I came across this on Pinterest and thought I would share it – and not only because it is firmly at the intersection between religion and science fiction. Spock was arguably the most openly religious character on the Enterprise – he had rituals and practices of a sort that no other crewmember was shown to [Read More...]

Waldo Goes to India

I came across this a while back and have been meaning to share it. Finding Waldo twice over at GenCon, when I wasn't even looking for Waldo, reminded me to do so. I found some minimal information about the illustration (which is by Josh Mecouch, a cartoonist for MAD Magazine), and the tweet by Saragh [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Contents

I am pleased to be able to share a list of the contributors and chapter titles for the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith Contents Acknowledgements   Andrew Crome, Introduction   Courtland Lewis, ‘Why Time Lords do not live forever’ Gabriel McKee, ‘Pushing [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

C3P0 Deva

Apparently it isn't only Ewoks that turned C3P0 into a deity.   [Read more...]

Do Time Lords Pray or Meditate?

A comment left on this blog recently brought up the question of the Doctor’s monkishness. The episode “The Bells of St. John” isn’t the first time the Doctor has been a monk. Indeed, the first time he encountered the Great Intelligence, it was at a monastery where he had previously spent some time. In that [Read More...]


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