The Theologians: Episode 1: Gumbo Madonna

Ever wonder what theologians do all day? Michael Homan and Mark Gstohl show you in the premiere episode of The Theologians: [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol

The Doctor Who episode “The Happiness Patrol” provides a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek exploration of the nature of happiness and of society, at times functioning as a parable, at other times engaging in wicked satire – as when the dictatorial ruler of the colony, Helen A, herself responsible for requiring happiness of the population, speaks of the [Read More...]

The Meaning and Purpose of Life – or Swill Stroganoff?

Steve Douglas shared this clip of Pigs in Space. It had been way too long since I had seen any of these. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Moonbase

In the episode “The Moonbase” the Doctor visits the result of Newt Gingrich’s promise. The episode witnesses the return of the Cybermen (the first time I saw part of this episode, I wasn’t aware of just how recently the Cybermen had appeared, and that for the first time). The moonbase is the location of a [Read More...]

Unfair Tactics in the Postmortem on the War on the War on Christmas?

Timothy Dalrymple posted a blog entry responding to one that I wrote for a previous Christmas and shared again this year. His historical point about uncertainty regarding the reason for the choice of date is probably a fair one. But I don’t think that I was at all caricaturing those who think there is a [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Earthshock

The episode “Earthshock” from the Peter Davison era is one the significance of which is well known to every fan. But watching it again yesterday and today, I was struck by the profundity of one of its major themes. It seems pointless to offer a spoiler warning almost 30 years after the episode first aired, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Daleks’ Master Plan (the first Doctor Who Christmas special)

It is appropriate that I have reached the episode “The Daleks’ Master Plan” from the William Hartnell era. In addition to being something of an epic – it had twelve parts! – it also can be said to be or at least contain the first “Doctor Who Christmas Special” – a tradition that continues to [Read More...]

The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

The Christmas season is a time for telling the old, old stories again. And this is an oldie but a goodie. Thanks to Ben Blackwell for the reminder. [Read more...]

Hoosier Humorous A Cappella Christmas Music

Straight No Chaser, the a cappella singing group from Indiana, is quickly becoming a holiday favorite of mine. I love their version of The Twelve Days of Christmas: When looking for the video, I discovered that they also have a Christmas Can Can that is also entertaining: And if you are in the mood for [Read More...]

Unlikely Lines to Find in the Bible

Some of these are classic (HT Deirdre Good): [Read more...]

Continuity Errors in the Bible and Star Trek

An interesting post at the blog Undeception compares continuity errors in two canons – the Bible and Star Trek – and notes the similarity between the attempts at harmonization among die-hard fans of both. I can also share under the heading “religion and science fiction” a humorous video about Calvinism (HT Hacking Christianity), because at [Read More...]


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