How the Empire Stole Christmas

Now that it is December, we can start sharing Christmas memes, music, and other things, right? From The Leek [Read more...]

The Gospel according to Luke (Skywalker)

Someone turned part of the post I quoted recently into an image: Is Star Wars about the emperor being given the shaft? No. It is about a young man with great potential wanting to do whatever it takes to hold on to someone he holds dear, and becomes a force so destructive that he hurts [Read More...]

Obi-Wan’s Death

I had seen this before, filled in from the perspective that the man in the picture is Kenny Loggins. And there is a greater resemblance. But since this version is at the intersection of religion and science fiction, I thought I ought to share this one identifying him as Obi-Wan Kenobi.   [Read more...]

Worst Teacher Ever?

As we start a new semester, it is important to call to mind bad examples as well as good ones. Do you have a bad feeling about this semester? I'll be teaching my course on religion and science fiction, which made this Star Wars comic seem particularly relevant.   [Read more...]

This Is The Blog You Are Looking For

Just in case you didn't already know that. HT Approaching Justice   [Read more...]

Jedi Philosophical Conundrum

Even imaginary philosophies and religions have trouble avoiding all contradictions. HT Tom Verenna on Facebook   [Read more...]

Goodbye, Google Reader!

    Thanks to Jeremy Myers for the inspiration to make the above image!   [Read more...]

Obi-Wan Uses the Force to Help Students

Spotted on Facebook [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (and the First Regeneration)

The episode “The Tenth Planet” marks an important turning point in the history of Doctor Who – and not only because it introduced the Cybermen who would feature perennially throughout the show’s history. This was the last episode with William Hartnell. Doctor Who seems to be rather unique in having discovered a way to change [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Snakedance and the Triple Temptation of the Mara

The Doctor Who episode “Snakedance” from the Peter Davison era is the sequel to the earlier episode Kinda, featuring the same enemy, the Mara, an evil presence which can hide within a mind and take control of it, and from there (if it can find the power to do so) emerge into physical form as [Read More...]

Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More...]


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