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...]

James Charlesworth on Jesus’ Tomb(s)

Eerdmans shared the above interview with James Charlesworth, talking about the excavations in Talpiot and the tombs found there, in connection with his forthcoming edited volume, The Tomb of Jesus and His Family?: Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls. For my own thoughts on the subject, see The Burial of Jesus: What Does History [Read More...]

Daleks vs. Your Stick Figure Family

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Religions’ Evolutionary Family Tree

Via Hemant Mehta, I learned of the Russian site which has a detailed (even if inevitably not comprehensive) family tree of religions. It is definitely worth looking at closely, whether to admire or criticize, since either way it is a detailed work and a conversation starter. The image above is just a slice, so click [Read More...]

Shmi Skywalker the Mother of Batman

I apologize for the wacky title, but if a movie is made which features August Pernilla as Mary and Christian Bale as Jesus, then one simply has to make some sort of reference to their other roles along the lines of the title to this post, and get it out of one’s system. Or perhaps [Read More...]