Faith in Film

I was recently interviewed by Kandra Polatis on the subject of religion and science fiction films. The resulting article is called “Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes” and can be read on the Deseret News website.   [Read more...]

My Bacon Number is 3

Someone shared the “Oracle of Bacon” on Facebook. Through it, I learned that I have a Bacon Number of 3, assuming that one is calculating connections of all genuine friends and acquaintances, and not only people who were in movies together. Krystina Ptasinski, an actress who majored in religion as well as theater at Butler [Read More...]

RoboChrist

There was an interesting article recently about the movie RoboCop, suggesting that director Paul Verhoeven had preemptively connected the main character in the movie with Christ-figure typologies of the superficial sort that some would have inevitably come up with afterwards anyway. It is thus interesting to reflect on how storytelling may satirize – and at the [Read More...]

Bernard Herrmann – Symphony

Everyone knows at least something from Bernard Herrmann’s work as a film composer. His concert works deserve to be wider known than they are. [Read more...]

The Humanities by Any Other Name

Via Tom Bolin on Facebook [Read more...]

Do Gospel Authors Owe Us The “Truth”?

I read the words below in an article in today’s New York Times about the blurriness of the lines between history and historical fiction in recent movies. How do you think its points relate to the depictions, reworkings, and interpretations of history in the Gospels? I for one doubt that the majority of people in [Read More...]

From Star Trek to Star Wars

With all the discussion of J. J. Abrams agreeing to produce Star Wars Episode VII, when he is already involved in the Star Trek franchise, made me think that it was worth sharing this classic bit of humor again, “Star Trek: How It Should Have Ended.” It brings the two franchises together, although not in [Read More...]

Moses and the Screenwriter

Non Sequitur HT Kristian Petersen [Read more...]

Religion and Science Fiction around the Blogosphere

SF Signal shared the news that a new online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has been launched. It has an entry on religion. I mentioned this article and discussion of it on a previous occasion, but more recently Allan Bevere chimed in on whether God could have died for Klingons. Philip K. Dick and Religion has [Read More...]

Darth Vader in “Yes Man”

There has been a lot of discussion of George Lucas’ addition of Vader’s “Noooooo” to Return of the Jedi on Blu-Ray. But here is a very different spoof perspective on the matter: Darth Vader starring in “Yes Man”: HT Jeff Carter on Facebook [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...]


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