New Web Address for the Clergy Letter Project

In connection with Michael Zimmerman’s move to a new academic home (he has become the academic vice president and provost at the Evergreen State College), the web address for the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend has changed. The web site can now be reached at http://theclergyletterproject.org/ If you are connected with a religious community [Read More...]

You May Be A Geek If…

You may be a geek (to say nothing of a Trekkie) if, when working on the index of a book you edited on religion and science fiction, and you wonder – even if only for a moment – whether it is OK to put a reference to imperial Spock from the parallel universe in the [Read More...]

In-Flight Viewing

I got to see several movies I had been wanting to during my recent flights: The Adjustment Bureau, The Green Hornet, Limitless, I Am Number Four, and The Eagle. There are plenty of things that could be said about most of these films in relation to religion. But I’ll leave it to readers to start [Read More...]

The Radical Middle (From The Archives)

I never thought I’d say this, but America might be better off if it had more prominent Fascist and Communist parties. In most European countries there are more than two parties that have a serious chance of having someone represented to parliament or an equivalent representative body, and the prime minister is usually the representative [Read More...]

A Sense of Wonder

I had the privilege of contributing the entry on “Religion and Science Fiction” to a brand new textbook on science fiction. The volume consists of a mix of classic and less well known sci-fi stories, interspersed with scholarly essays about the genre. The volume is edited by Leigh Grossman, and its title is A Sense [Read More...]

Political Scientist Melissa Harris-Perry on why Progressive Religious Support for LGBT Equality is Important

An article in Religion Dispatches offers an interesting perspective on the need for a religious case for LGBT equality. Here’s a sample: If the LGBT movement is identified solely as secular, it becomes easier for conservative Christians to define the movement as “the world” against which faith must stand. How much more powerful, she says, [Read More...]

Review of So Long Been Dreaming

My review of the book So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004) has been published in The Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology. It can be read online in pdf form. Since constraints of space necessitated that I not go into [Read More...]

Evolution and Religion around the Blogosphere

There were so many useful and interesting posts related to evolution and religion that it seemed worthy of a round-up. RJS discusses Tiktaalik, an important fossil of a transitional form. Biologos has a video and post on Intelligent Design as bad theology as well as weak science. Marc Cortez also linked to it. Larry Moran [Read More...]

What Can You Do With A Degree In Religious Studies?

Those who teach religion and those who study it at university are inevitably familiar with the question, “What can you do with a degree in religion?” I learned last week, at a celebration for Butler University’s departing president Bobby Fong, one answer to that question. Our incoming university president, James M. Danko, majored in religious studies [Read More...]

TRON Legacy

I went last night (sorry, very early this morning) to see the 12:01 showing of TRON Legacy. I’m not certain why the movie is getting so many negative reviews. Perhaps, as with more recent Star Wars movies (which are appreciated just fine by the young and spoken of with disdain by many of their parents), [Read More...]


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