Reboot Needed

This is actually how the flood story is depicted in the Bible. There is a watery chaos in the beginning, and God causes the waters to pool in one place so that dry land appears. The flood sees this process reversed and then repeated. And so it is a reboot of sorts, although (to extend the [Read More...]

Descartes’ Demon

Another great treatment of philosophy of religion from Existential Comics. [Read more...]

The Very Condition of Humanity is to be Wrong about God

When Rachel Held Evans shared these words on Facebook, I was immediately struck by how well they encapsulated a crucial point, and thoughts they should become a meme. Here’s the context: It’s hard for me to admit when I’m wrong. It’s partly my personality, partly good-old-fashioned sinful pride, partly just what it means to be [Read More...]

God So Loved The World

This came to my attention recently. You can purchase the bumper sticker and other items with this design via CafePress. And along the same lines, there’s this cartoon:   [Read more...]

An Even Greater God

This cartoon from XKCD requires some knowledge of the philosophy of religion. The ontological argument for God’s existence is an attempt to argue for the existence of God a priori, by beginning with the idea that it is possible to imagine a being greater than which cannot be conceived. It is then pointed out that existing [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Lie

The episode begins with the Oceanic Six discussing whether to lie about what happened to them, to protect the people they left behind. Hurley doesn’t want them to lie, but the others persuade him. Hurley tells Sayid that he’s going to remember that he didn’t back him up, and sometime in the future when he [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More...]

The First Rule of Being God

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the depiction of powerful godlike beings on Star Trek. There is, on the one hand, a direct rejection on Star Trek of the appropriateness of any being demanding worship or treating less powerful beings as their playthings. Yet on the other hand, Gene Roddenberry said that he views humanity as [Read More...]

Religious Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

It seemed appropriate to round up some of the tributes to Leonard Nimoy which have had religious elements to them. They are all in a similar vein, although The Onion’s is the most distinctive of them, followed by David Hayward’s.   [Read more...]

Is This Atheism?

Dale Tuggy posted not that long ago on the late Marcus Borg’s view of God, declaring it essentially a form of atheism. This is a very old accusation. Mystics in the Islamic tradition were accused of pantheism, which Richard Dawkins famously declared to be nothing more than “sexed-up atheism.” Hume depicts the mystical theist Philo [Read More...]

Banning God from Schools and T-Shirts

It is interesting that an atheist could apparently see that the theology on the t-shirt on the left above is idiotic, while the conservative American Christian who made it, and those who wear it, apparently could not. Someone did their own version, making the t-shirt on the right above, which they shared on imgur. But the [Read More...]