Doctor Who: Blogging the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, was the first I ever saw on Doctor Who. It therefore seems appropriate that it should be the episodes featuring the Fifth Doctor that I have finished blogging through first. Here are links to all my blog posts about Doctor Who episodes from the Peter Davison era: Castrovalva [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Castrovalva

The episode “Castrovalva” marked the beginning of the era of the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, until then the youngest actor to have played the role. The actor, writers, and the show itself had their work cut out for them. Tom Baker had occupied the role for longer than anyone previously or since, a [Read More…]

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The Beginnings of Doctor Who – and of Christianity

The sci-fi website IO9 had an article on Doctor Who’s scandalous and troubled beginnings. It seems that the show was not expected to do very well. As the article says early on, The show had a tiny studio and huge cameras, and a shoestring budget. But the people who were making the show were outsiders, [Read More…]

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Religion Professors: What We Really Do Meme

  I had not yet seen a contribution to the “What I Really Do” meme depicting religion professors, so I thought I’d try my hand at one. What do you think? Any suggestions for improvements? EDIT: Here’s another one, on the same theme, lest it seem that I either think that all religion professors are [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Planet of Fire

With the episode “Planet of Fire,” Doctor Who revisits some classic tropes of religious skepticism. On a volcanic world inhabited by a people many of whom are devoutly religious, faith comes to the fore very early. But by the end of the episode, the central deity of their belief system, Logar, turns out to have [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Oldest Question and the Last of the Time Lords

The revelation that the oldest question in the universe is “Doctor Who?” and the giving of an answer to it has religious and universal significance both thrilled and puzzled fans of the show. The Doctor’s name and identity have always been something of a mystery, but people from his own planet seemed to know, and [Read More…]

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Save the Mandaean Refugees Petition

Wisam Breegi, a Mandaean whom I know, forwarded me a link to a petition, asking the United States government to do more to ensure that Mandaean refugees from Iraq can resettle here, and do so in such a way as to help preserve this unique culture and its heritage. Please consider signing the petition. Here’s [Read More…]

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Nerds Reconsidering Star Wars Religion

A recent article in Tablet Magazine challenges the religious message of Star Wars in interesting ways (HT The Lead and Religion Nerd). On the one hand, the article makes some good points about the superficiality of some Star Wars spirituality, or the attempt to let “following one’s bliss” be a guide to life. Yet on [Read More…]

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Love, Infatuation, and Religion

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Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More…]

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Right and Wrong about the Slippery Slope (Rachel Held Evans)

Rachel Held Evans shared this wonderful reflection on things she was told about the “dangers” of the slippery slope, and I think it deserves to be widely circulated, read, and reflected on: They said that if I questioned a 6,000-year-old earth, I would question whether other parts of Scripture should be read scientifically and historically. [Read More…]

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