Christian Robots

The above segment from the Daily Show looks like it could have been inspired by my book chapter, “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction. The video came to my attention via Atheist Rev. See also the website of Christopher Benek, who is featured in the video. [Read more...]

Christ-Centered Christianity

The quote comes from a post on Fred Clark’s Slacktivist blog. Just look at that word “Christian.” It suggests a faith based and centered on Jesus Christ. When Jesus gets replaced by the Bible, shouldn’t that word be changed to reflect that? [Read more...]

Defining Christianity

The quote comes from Richard Beck’s post “On (Not) Being Religious.” What do you think of this definition of Christianity? I have had many discussions about the definition of Christianity. What do you think of this one? [Read more...]

Redemption in Star Wars and Christianity

The above cartoon from Pictorial Theology raises interesting questions (even if I disagree with what it says, especially with regard to Ewoks). On the one hand, the message of cheap grace that is popular in much contemporary Christianity is profoundly unbiblical. Paul, supposedly the greatest proponent of this message, asked the Corinthians Christians, “You know that wicked [Read More...]

A Hole-Shaped God

It’s not so much that we’ve got a God-shaped hole inside, it’s more that we’ve got a hole-shaped God. We made him to suit our own wishes, so of course he fits them like a hand in a glove, or rather a glove over hand.  We’ve been duped about which one made the other. Neil [Read More...]

The Dark Ages

The above image was left by a commenter on my blog. It reflects a common trope about the “dark ages” which reflects not actual darkness, but modern lack of awareness about developments in science, philosophy, and universities in this period, often under the auspices of and with support from the Church. (Although I doubt it [Read More...]

This Church Is Not Full Of Hypocrites

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Downton Abbey and Churches

Recent episodes of Downton Abbey have focused a lot of attention on the way changing society in Britain led to the economic collapse of many estates owned by landed gentry. It struck me recently that this is a nice picture of the situation confronting churches in our time. Society has changed dramatically, and that doesn’t [Read More...]

Double Standard on Religious Violence

The above image indicates the double standard that most Americans have when it comes to people who engage in acts of violence in connection with their purported religious identity. The data comes from a 2011 PRRI study.   [Read more...]

Happy Holidays

Via Sad Jesus on Facebook. [Read more...]

Initiation into the Mysteries

Jim Spinti drew attention to a new book by Jan Bremmer, Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World, published by De Gruyter and open access in ebook form. The books discusses the problems with the categories encountered in nineteenth century scholarship (which continues to be used by mythicists today), and covers topics such as whether [Read More...]


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