Fringe is Back (to Where It’s Never Been)

Fringe returned last night with the episode “Back To Where You’ve Never Been.” It featured all the surprises, twists and turns we have come to love from the show, and from J. J. Abrams shows in general, while continuing to feel more satisfying than LOST in giving answers as well as raising questions. While this [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...]

Around the Fringe of the Blogosphere

A few bloggers have mentioned my article about mythicism in The Christian Century: Otagosh: “McGrath blasts the fringe” John Byron: “Did Jesus Exist?” (I also loved his name for this blog: “Exploring Our Matrix Together”!) Paleojudaica also shared a link [Read more...]

Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism

The article I mentioned in The Christian Century can now be read online. Click through to read it, then come back here and leave a comment if you’d like to discuss it or comment on it! [Read more...]

In This Month’s Christian Century

If you have access to the November 15th, 2011 issue of The Christian Century, there is an article in it by me on pp.12-13. The title is “Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism.” If an electronic version becomes available on The Christian Century‘s web site, I’ll let you know! [Read more...]

Fringe: Parallel Lives

I didn’t get around to posting on the first episode of the new season of Fringe, but there is a real sense in which the second episode, “One Night in October,” picks up some of the interesting elements of the first and carries them further in an emotionally powerful manner that some of us will [Read More...]

Science Fiction and Religion around the Blogosphere

Here are some sci-fi posts from around the blogosphere which are likely to be of interest to readers: Cheese-Wearing Theology continues reviewing Religion and Science Fiction, reaching Fuji Lozada’s chapter on sci-fi in China. The Sci-Fi Catholic responded to an earlier post by his evil twin about the relationship between religion and science fiction. Religion [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You Want To Believe

Fox Mulder on the X-Files had a poster of a UFO in his office, with the words “I Want To Believe.” The poster became famous. But why is it such a popular image? And what is the relationship between that sort of belief and religious belief? Many staple fringe ideas of our time – some [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You’re a Mad Scientist Playing God

Mad scientists “playing God” are a staple of science fiction, ever since the first work of science fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and right up to our favorite mad scientist of the current day, Walter Bishop from Fringe. But science fiction has often had an ambivalence about pioneers at the cutting edge – or fringe – [Read More...]

Mythicism: The Heart of the Matter?

I think that Neil Godfrey’s recent post on “fear of mythicism” raises what may be the most important issue in relation to mythicism. After listing numerous comments on this blog which make comparisons between mythicism and other fringe views such as creationism and holocaust denial, Godfrey writes: I can read rational, evidence-based rebuttals of holocaust [Read More...]


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