Star Wars and Religion

There have been a couple of interesting articles online lately about religion and Star Wars. First, the Washington Post explained how Star Wars answers our deepest religious questions. Then IO9 took it further, offering a response article about religion and morality in Star Wars. In the former, Joel Hodge views the story in what at times seems to me [Read More...]

Evolution of Religions

A colleague drew my attention to this infographic which claims to show the evolution of major religious traditions (click through to see the whole thing): Some parts strike me as quite bizarre – Hellenism as a religion, and a precursor of Theosophy while Gnosticism is off on a separate branch. Some are probably more accurate than some [Read More...]

Religion and Death

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by Larry King, to the effect that religion is entirely a response to fear of death. Here is the most relevant quote: I think the only reason for religion is death. If you didn’t die, there’d be no religion. I have to disagree, since in the case of [Read More...]

Our Religion Requires It

An interesting take on the legislation in Indiana. It manages to combat selective literalism and conservative picking and choosing on the one hand, while offering an example of authentic lived Christianity on the other, while at the same time challenging the false dichotomy that views gays and Christians as though they were non-overlapping circles. Responding [Read More...]

Are Your Religious Liberties Being Violated?

This chart is based on an article in the Huffington Post by Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ.  That article deserves to be circulated again in response to the recent laws purporting to defend “religious liberty” but in fact in at least some instances defending the right of people to justify infringing on the liberties of [Read More...]

Right to Refuse Service

Indiana passed a so-called religious freedom bill, which actually protects the right of businesses to refuse service. On the one hand, we ought to be very concerned indeed when we consider that this same legislation could justify refusing to serve people based on race, as long as the racism is justified by a religious belief. It might ultimately [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More...]

CIC Information Fluency Workshop

I am currently in Baltimore with some colleagues, at a workshop focused on information fluency in the disciplines of religion, philosophy, and the history of ideas. It started yesterday, and has already offered a lot of fascinating perspectives from faculty and librarians, including practical examples and specific online tools that can be used for teaching [Read More...]

Infinite Religious Diversity in Infinite Combinations

The cartoon above came to my attention via Kissing Fish on Facebook. It is a nice addition to the collection of cartoon tributes to Leonard Nimoy on religious themes which I put together yesterday. IDIC is a Vulcan motto - and we can see it expressed on Star Trek in Spock’s adherence to logic while participating in [Read More...]

Religious Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

It seemed appropriate to round up some of the tributes to Leonard Nimoy which have had religious elements to them. They are all in a similar vein, although The Onion’s is the most distinctive of them, followed by David Hayward’s.   [Read more...]

Religious Risk

Pliny the In-Between re-envisages religion in terms of the board game RISK. Or is it that he re-envisages the board game RISK in terms of religion? Either way, the combination is thought-provoking. To what extent do various people and groups view religion as a game of world conquest and domination? [Read more...]


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