Hymn to the God of Akhaten

A commenter asked where they could find the music from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” Above is the first song, “God of Akhaten.” Below is the second, “Wake Up,” with the wonderful speech by the Doctor during it. For discussion of the religious themes of the episode, see my earlier blog review [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Akhaten vs. Aztecs

If one compares the most recent Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” with the episode “The Aztecs” from the very first season, an interesting change in the Doctor's outlook about religion and human sacrifice emerges. In “The Aztecs” the Doctor is emphatically opposed to Barbara's interference in an attempt to change history. It may [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten

The Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” is surely one of the best in the show’s history for those interested in seeing Doctor Who explore religion. Spoilers ahead! The episode begins with a charming scene (with the Doctor somewhat creepily spying on it) as a leaf blowing in the wind – yes, the leaf [Read More...]

Do Time Lords Pray or Meditate?

A comment left on this blog recently brought up the question of the Doctor’s monkishness. The episode “The Bells of St. John” isn’t the first time the Doctor has been a monk. Indeed, the first time he encountered the Great Intelligence, it was at a monastery where he had previously spent some time. In that [Read More...]

Think Outside the Book

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Doctor Who: The Bells of St. John

Doctor Who returned to our television screens today with the episode “The Bells of St. John,” offering a wonderful bringing together of old and new. Spoilers ahead. The bells of St. John turned out to be an interesting detail. While most of us were busy thinking about the famous nursery rhyme, the St. John Ambulance [Read More...]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More...]

Every Scripture God Breathed?

A question about 2 Timothy 3:16 from a commenter inspired (pun intended) me to think about the text in a different light. One possible background for the rare term θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), sometimes rendered as “God-breathed,” is the story in Genesis 2, in which God breathes the breath of life into the human being he has made, [Read More...]

God vs. Science?

I want to quote David Hayward’s helpful comments about today’s cartoon before sharing the cartoon, since, as David himself emphasizes, the cartoon depicts a misconception and not the way he thinks things ought to be viewed: This cartoon was inspired by Neil Tyson’s famous quote: “God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting [Read More...]

Whovian Theology

A blog was recently brought to my attention. It reflects a relative newcomer to Doctor Who, who is blogging about the show, and reflecting in the process on their own shift away from a more fundamentalist approach to religion. It is called Whovian Theology. [Read more...]

Who’s In Whose Image?

David Hayward posted this image on his blog yesterday: His botching of the title (confusing “who’s” and “whose”) isn’t the only problem. The statement in the speech bubble is suggesting that we make God in our image, and David’s commentary points out that we are incapable of completely avoiding idolatry. If we think about God, [Read More...]