Jesus’ Thinking and Theology

While they may have genuinely thought they were being skeptical and critical, from our later vantage point, it seems that those who felt that we cannot say anything about Jesus’ own statements and views, but only those of the later church, were rather giving expression to their reverence for Jesus as a figure who still [Read More...]

Bible Cards Against Humanity

It seems appropriate to mention, during this weekend of GenCon here in Indianapolis, a card game that Jeremy Smith's blog drew to my attention to. “A Game for Good Christians” is apparently a variation of a game I had never heard of, “Cards Against Humanity,” which is a bit like a rude and lewd Mad [Read More...]

He Learned Obedience

There is material in Hebrews 4-5 that is particularly striking when considered in relation to some of the classic creedal formulations of Christian orthodoxy, as well as other popular ways of Christian thinking about Jesus. We reached this section Sunday in my Sunday school class, and I wanted to share some thoughts on the passage. [Read More...]

Fringe: Humans, Animals, and Anomalies

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “Anomaly XB-6783746,” had a less explicitly theological focus than the one before it. But it raised crucial questions of another sort: what makes a human being, what does it mean to be an animal, and what does evolution have to do with it – whether evolution that occurs naturally, or resulting [Read More...]

Fringe: Are Emotions Our Strength Or Our Weakness?

The episode of Fringe “The Human Kind,” which aired this past Friday, involves a lot of discussion that intersects with faith, doubt, reason, intuition, emotion, and even God and providence. Before getting into the spoiler-containing part of the post, let me say something that I think could already be said based on previous episodes. Joshua [Read More...]

The Doctor’s View of Human Beings

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Is Sex the Reason Some Insist Jesus Wasn’t Married?

Whatever one thinks of the authenticity or otherwise of the papyrus fragment that seems to be stuck with the title the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” I think it is useful that people are talking about the possibility of Jesus having been married. Some react to the idea with such an excessive dismissiveness, as though their [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Power of Three

Whether you enjoy Doctor Who for the humor or the drama, or both, and whether you share my interest in religious themes in the show or not, there was a lot to love about tonight's episode, “The Power of Three.” There were no fewer plot holes than in the holiest of previous episodes. But if [Read More...]

Human First

Only human beings are or can be Christians. Wouldn’t you agree? Christians are a subset of humans, and being Christian is one way of being human, not something that transforms people into something other than people. Some would say that Christianity is about being human in the way God intended, restoring the damaged image of [Read More...]

If Anyone be in Fringe they are a New Creation?

The episode of Fringe “Nothing As It Seems” explores the consequence of having Peter and Olivia with memories from their timeline now poised to deal with cases which parallel ones that, for them, had already happened. While the differences between the timelines result in not all details being the same, the similarities allow for them [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Frontios

The episode “Frontios” from the classic Doctor Who series is in many ways a forerunner of the episode “Utopia” in the David Tennant era. The Doctor and his companions end up in humanity’s far future. The Doctor shows concern for the policy of the time lords to not intervene – and of course, it doesn’t [Read More...]


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