Monotheism Interview Series: First Installment with Nathan MacDonald

David Burnett has begun a series of interviews on the topic of monotheism and Biblical studies, over on his blog The Time Has Been Shortened. The first interviewee is Nathan MacDonald, whose work in this area I’m sure will be familiar to many readers. If this field interests you, why not click through and take [Read More...]

Academic Job?

We’ve been talking about the Book of Job and more generally about the problem of evil in my freshman course on Faith, Doubt and Reason. It struck me that one can make a point relevant to academic assignment writing from the Book of Job (although I wonder how appropriate it is to do so). One [Read More...]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More...]

Confessions of an Ex-Moralist

Today the philosophy club at Butler University will be having a lunchtime discussion of morality. The reading that was circulated to provide a starting point for the discussion is an op-ed piece by Joel Marks in the New York Times, “Confessions of an Ex-Moralist.” Here’s a snippet: A friend had been explaining to me the [Read More...]

God in Our Own Image…and in Little Green Flesh

This one is from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: But as a sci-fi fan, and as someone who doubts the sentience of octopuses, I find this one more meaningful: [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...]

Classic Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday

I rewatched the episode “Four to Doomsday” this weekend. This episode from early in Peter Davison’s stint as the Doctor has a special significance for me. It is the first episode of Doctor Who that I ever saw. I was quite young at the time – I’m not sure exactly what age, but single digits [Read More...]

If God Got Elected

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Doctor Who: Is That The Question? Is It The Answer?

There have been a lot of hints down the years that the Doctor is in some sense God or a god in the minds of the writers and producers. Here are just a few reminders: His nickname in school was “Theta Sigma” – the nomina sacra abbreviation for the Greek word theos, “God,” in early [Read More...]

Rapidly Moving Hot Air Threatens East Coast

I have heard people say that a fast moving burst of hot air is coming up the East Coast and is troubling residents further North in places like New York. I am pretty sure that this refers to one of the following, but I am not sure which… [Read more...]

The Connection Between Hurricane Irene and Gay Marriage

There isn’t one. But before someone predictably either blames Hurricane Irene’s impact on New York on gay marriage, or fails to treat a last minute swerve of the hurricane away from the path of New York as indication of divine approval of gay marriage, I thought I would share this snarky poster, which says everything [Read More...]


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