Doctor Who: The Savages

The episode “The Savages” is significant for several reasons. It was the first episode to have one single title for its multiple parts – earlier “episodes” had completely separate names for the individual parts, and no clear name for the unified story that was told across them. It also was, I believe, the first time [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

The Doctor Who episode “Galaxy 4″ is another of the lost episodes which can be enjoyed in audiobook form. And it is one that confirms my sense that audiobooks are an ideal way to experience these early episodes. I listened to the story, and then in preparing to blog about it, I looked for photos [Read More...]

Is Sin a Hardware Problem, a Software Problem, or Both?

One skill all educators need to cultivate is the ability to segue from where a conversation may be to where you need it to go. In my Sunday school class last Sunday, we were up to Romans 7, and the casual conversation before we began was about a computer in the church that had stopped [Read More...]

Torchwood: Countrycide

I was tempted to write off this episode of Torchwood as simply a serving of horror for its own sake. Even for someone who has followed the X-Files and Fringe, and watched The Road, this episode still seemed graphically gory. But a little thought made me realize that there is poignant depth to this particular [Read More...]

Fringe: Parallel Lives

I didn’t get around to posting on the first episode of the new season of Fringe, but there is a real sense in which the second episode, “One Night in October,” picks up some of the interesting elements of the first and carries them further in an emotionally powerful manner that some of us will [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...]

Shai Held on Reading the Bible Selectively and Morally

Darrell Pursiful shared excerpts from and a link to an article by Shai Held on the use of the Bible in Judaism. The same points could be made for any religious tradition with a sacred text of key importance. Here’s a sample: The world is not divided between those who read selectively and those who [Read More...]

Religion Does Not Always Correlate With Ethics

HT Pharyngula [Read more...]

Artificial Minds and Human Religions

Given the recent release of Religion and Science Fiction, it is timely that I am able to share a chapter of mine from a conference volume which was published in Romania, and which thus will not get a lot of attention elsewhere, but which was a precursor to and overlaps with my chapter in Religion [Read More...]

Antidisestablishmentarianism (From the Archives)

OK, although it proves I’m a nerd (as if any of you had any doubts) I will come right out and admit it: ever since I was a child and first learned about the longest word in the dictionary I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to use it in a sentence. I suppose that [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Stuff Fundies Like)

When a person’s moral conscience is bombarded with inanity, they lose their ability to discern when truly gross sin is in their midst. – Darrell in his post “Moral Confusion” on the blog Stuff Fundies Like [Read more...]