Total Recall

I recently watched the remake of the movie “Total Recall,” this version starring Colin Farrell rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. There were some other major differences, many of which are introduced right at the start of the movie. For instance, the plot focuses on Britain and Australia rather than Earth and Mars. Some of the technology [Read More...]

More Ideas of God in The Snowmen

When I blogged about theological themes in the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” two major concepts of divinity were notably absent: polytheism and Deism. That’s not because such ideas were not touched on in the episode, but because I omitted one of the interesting bits of conversation in the episode, focused on the role [Read More...]

Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. – Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama on Buddhism and Science

As if in answer to my earlier question, George Takei posted this on Facebook: That is also the attitude of progressive Christians, and many others, despite the existence of a vociferous minority who thinks that they can use ancient human texts to deny the realities before our eyes, or under our microscopes, or glimpsed through [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen

The classic episode from the Patrick Troughton era, “The Abominable Snowmen,” is almost entirely lost. It is a pity, as it is an engaging episode with a convincing story and interesting exploration of religion. Doctor Who has had a longstanding affection for Buddhism, but in some respects “The Abominable Snowmen” offers a more explicitly positive [Read More...]

Robot at Prayer

Thanks to Jeff Carter for drawing to my attention the Korean science fiction film “Doomsday Book” which apparently features a robot praying and in other ways explores the intersection of religion and science fiction. [Read more...]

Bodhisanta

Via Jeffrey Osthoff on Google+ [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Snakedance and the Triple Temptation of the Mara

The Doctor Who episode “Snakedance” from the Peter Davison era is the sequel to the earlier episode Kinda, featuring the same enemy, the Mara, an evil presence which can hide within a mind and take control of it, and from there (if it can find the power to do so) emerge into physical form as [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Kinda

As I prepare to talk about religion and Doctor Who at AAR in a panel on religion and science fiction, it will necessitate occasional jumps away from watching the series in order from the beginning. One episode that simply cannot be omitted from a consideration of this topic is “Kinda” from the Peter Davison era. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Marco Polo

There is a nice audiobook of this lost episode, which combines the original soundtrack with narration, to good effect. This is the first episode to feature the Doctor and his companions traveling to a period in history that intersects them with famous people and events. It is also one of the few episodes from which [Read More...]


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