Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Should we refer to J. J. Abrams as in some sense a “theologian”? Last week’s episode of Fringe, “Forced Perspective,” which I only found the time to watch last night, is full of theology and philosophy. From a girl with remarkable precognition asking why God made her this way (and being reassured that God makes [Read More...]

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Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More...]

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In Lieu of Plagues and Floods

From Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller [Read more...]

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Big God, Little God

I previously blogged about Sabio Lantz’s diagram depicting a spectrum from a little to a big God. He meant by this a spectrum from a God with few specific attributes to a God with many, but I approached it in terms of which has the more exalted or majestic view of God and suggested that [Read More...]

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Thank God, Blame God?

I’ve long complained about the tendency of religious believers to thank God when things go well and blame others when they do not. And so I appreciated this cartoon in the New Yorker (HT Hemant Mehta): Its relevance to the recent discussions about Tim Tebow and other religious athletes is presumably obvious. On a related [Read More...]

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Could God Get Tenure?

I came across a bit of educational humor which I thought might be worth sharing, and reflecting on: Publish or Perish : Ever wonder why God never received a permanent job at a good university? The Reasons : 1. He had only one major publication and it had no references. 2. Some people doubt that [Read More...]

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How Big Is Your God?

Sabio Lantz posted a graphic asking how big your deity is, with a continuum running from abstraction to judge. I would have had the continuum running the other way. The sort of deity that is anthropomorphized and reflects our worst traits, looking to inflict suffering on people who fail to sing his praises (literally or [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

“The Celestial Toymaker” is an episode of Doctor Who from the William Hartnell era, and most of the original footage is lost. Gary Zimmer sums up the significance of this early episode of Doctor Who very well: “`The Celestial Toymaker‘ was unlike any previous Doctor Who story. Until then stories had been in either of two [Read More...]

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If You Can’t Have the Bible You’d Love, Love the Bible You Have

I probably shouldn’t tamper with the wording of a song for the title of this post. Cee Lo Green has sparked a lot of controversy with his New Year’s Eve rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in which he changed “no religion, too” to “all religion’s true.” But in fact, what Cee Lo did with the [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: Time-Flight

The episode “Time-Flight” from the Peter Davison era makes brief mention of the tragic death of Adric at the end of the previous episode, before we see the Doctor back to his old self, and counseling his companions that Adric would not want them to mourn unnecessarily. Although it is understandable that the show’s writers [Read More...]

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The Doctor, The God and The Guardian

I’m grateful to a commenter for pointing out to me that on December 24th, The Guardian featured an op-ed piece on the Doctor from Doctor Who by Stephen Kelly, asking “Does Doctor Who feature a god for our times?” Here’s a sample: He may not be the messiah but this Sunday, one and all shall [Read More...]

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