CFP: Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives

CFP: Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives Ken Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College ( Assaf Gamzou, Israeli Cartoon Museum ( Call for Papers Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives The last decade has produced critical and expressive studies in sacred canonical texts and comics. Witness, for example, the artistic works from [Read More...]

Religion in Israel/Palestine – Trailer #2

My son decided to show how much better he is at making a movie trailer than I am, and so made his own video about my Israel trip(s), using the same collection of footage from my 2012 trip as I used for my own trailer. [Read more...]

Religion in Israel/Palestine – Trailer for the 2016 Trip

I am planning to lead another trip to Israel and the West Bank in the summer of 2016, lasting about 9 days and departing in late May or early June. My son helped me make a movie trailer for the trip with iMovie, using footage taken by Johnny Traylor on the 2012 trip I led. I am looking [Read More...]

Religious Themes and Theism in Doctor Who

Tai Gooden recently wrote an article for The Mary Sue, “5 Theist-Associated Themes That Make Doctor Who Successful.” None of them are likely to surprise regular readers here, but I still thought the article was worth sharing. One theme that is mentioned in the article is unconditional love. The image below recalls a scene that is perhaps the [Read More...]

The Clergy Climate Letter

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the Clergy Letter Project, which gathered signatures from clergy indicating that they do not oppose the teaching of evolution or find science in conflict with their faith. There is a new letter project along similar lines, developed by Peter Hess for the National Center for Science Education, focused [Read More...]

The Tuning Station

I had the chance to endorse Chris Crawford‘s novel, The Tuning Station, and since today is its official release date, I want to share what I wrote about it here, and to recommend it to readers of this blog. There have been plenty of debates between a Christian and an atheist in fiction. But only [Read More...]

Visualizing Religious Switching

Mike Bell created the above image, displaying the movement of individuals either remaining within or changing out of their religious communities. The data derives from the Pew surveys. I think this is striking in ways that reading the numbers, or graphing them in other ways, has not been. The fact that greater numbers have moved from the [Read More...]

The One True Religion, With Evidence

IO9 shared the above comic, depicting a future in which people have found a way to exploit a religious loophole in laws regarding medical ethics. It is OK to make exceptions for sincerely-held religious beliefs. Well, what if someone finds a way to foster certain beliefs, in the interest of scientific advancement…and profit? If you like the [Read More...]

Membership and Religiosity

This New Yorker cartoon is a great response to the discussions of the recently-published Pew survey data which everyone is talking about. Surveys are interesting, but often we have seen surveys about an election (for instance) suggest one thing, only for the actual result to be very different. People identify themselves in multiple and various ways. There [Read More...]

Religion: Powerful and Dangerous Medicine

The purveyors of religion insist that their product is so powerful it can transform a life, but somehow, magically, it has no risks. In reality, when a medicine is powerful, it usually has the potential to be toxic, especially in the wrong combination or at the wrong dose. And religion is powerful medicine! – Marlene [Read More...]

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...]