Chappie

I recently watched the movie Chappie. It poignantly conveys a point that I also sought to get across in my chapter on “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction: that what is most scary about artificial intelligences is that they will resemble us in all our shortcomings. But it also makes other crucial [Read More...]

Bill Nye on Child Mortality

HT Tom Bartley on Facebook [Read more...]

Making a Powerful Point Powerfully

When I saw the above, it reminded me of a point I try to emphasize in the second semester of my course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” which focuses on utopias and dystopias. It is not enough to have a vision for changing the world. Having an impact depends on how you say what you have to [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: And Found

This episode features a flashback in which Jin is talking with a friend who says he will find love this year, referring to the “destiny book,” a kind of source of astrological wisdom. Jin is skeptical, especially when the friend says that love will look “orange.” We see Sun with a man that matchmakers put [Read More...]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More...]

Married with Children? Recent Headlines About Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Lots of people have been sharing the “news” headlines that a Syriac text allegedly reveals that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. The fact that the book these news articles are designed to promote mentions “decoding” an ancient text is the first sign that this is dubious. That the “decoding” will be carried [Read More...]

Genesis 1:28 and Same-Sex Marriage

I recently had someone quote Genesis 1:28 to me as though it were an argument against gays and lesbians being allowed to marry, since they cannot fulfill what it commands. This is how I replied: If you are referring to reproduction, then they have the same options available to them that infertile heterosexual couples have. If you [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Special

This episode starts with another eye close-up, as Michael is looking for Walt. Walt is learning to throw a knife from John Locke – and after missing frequently, when asked to picture it in his mind’s eye first, the knife is right on target. I’m pretty sure this is supposed to remind viewers of Star [Read More...]

Never Argue With Children

Via George Takei on Facebook [Read more...]

As You Would Want Done Unto Your Children

I saw this on Facebook, and it made me wonder whether this could lead to a more powerful restatement of the Golden Rule. We may forego our own needs, but we will often trample others in the interests of our own children. When we do that, we forget that those we trample are someone's children, [Read More...]

How Creationism Imprisons the Mind

The quotation is taken from Mark Joseph Stern’s recent Slate article “The Cruelty of Creationism” or “How Creationism Imprisons the Mind.” Click through to read more of it. Creationism…isn’t a harmless, compartmentalized fantasy. It’s a suffocating, oppressive worldview through which believers must interpret reality—and its primary target is children. For creationists, intellectual inquiry is a sin, and [Read More...]


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