Hap

3quarksdaily shared a recording of this poem by Thomas Hardy. Here is the text: Hap BY THOMAS HARDY If but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing, Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting!” Then would I bear it, clench [Read More...]

Close Call

The cartoon above hopefully clarifies why some of us think that the expression of gratitude for one's own experience is problematic, when it posits God's direct and deliberate involvement in arranging circumstances for one's own benefit, while ignoring the contrasting experience of others and failing to offer a theological account of what befalls them in [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...]

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit

I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club this month, focused on Devin Brown’s book The Christian World of The Hobbit. A book by this title might seem to some to be precisely the sort of book that they typically gravitate towards or make a concerted effort to avoid. [Read More...]

Richard Mourdock and “Gifts from God”

Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate running to represent Indiana in the Senate, has caused a great deal of controversy with a remark he made in the context of a discussion of whether abortion should be allowed for rape victims. His reply included the following: I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point [Read More...]

Review of To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

I am grateful to Patheos for the opportunity to participate in the book club about Mary C. Neal’s book To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story. This is not a scholarly or academic book, but a personal account by this medical doctor of [Read More...]

Torchwood: To The Last Man

The Torchwood episode “To The Last Man” from Season 2 marks my return to watching my way through the series from the beginning. I am not sure whether this episode had a different composer score the music, but it was far more striking to me than the music has generally been in the past. It [Read More...]

Prayers for Parking Spaces and the Problem of Evil

A post at imago*futura got me thinking about just how reprehensible American Christians make God out to be when they attribute their finding of a parking spot to answered prayer (and this post on the topic from about a month ago by Randal Rauser). The belief that God micromanages the universe for the benefit of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited (for the Providence of a Time-Travelling God)

Today’s episode of Doctor Who was not merely a great one but a beautiful one. What a brilliant use of time travel to explore the people we are and the people we become, and what might happen if the time stream of the person we want to spend our life with gets out of sync [Read More...]


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