Doctor Who and Religion Lecture

The folks at Ole Miss recorded the lecture I gave on Religion and Doctor Who, and have kindly shared it on their YouTube channel. The audio isn’t great, and the very beginning is missing, but for those interested in the topic, it will hopefully still be interesting and enjoyable!   [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

The episode features a hunt for Ethan (and his captives Claire and Charlie), with flashbacks of Jack having to deal with his father as a surgeon who drinks. Jack covers for him at first, but eventually (after learning that the woman who died as a result of his father being incapacitated was pregnant) tells the [Read More...]

Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction

If you have $1,200 to spare, you might be interested in this forthcoming multi-volume work, to which I contributed the chapter “Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction.” In fact, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for a mere (!) $874.32. Considering that it is five volumes, less than [Read More...]

Religion and Doctor Who for Kindle

The book Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith is now available for Kindle from Amazon.com. The Kindle price is $9.99, which is significantly less than the price of the print volume, and even cheaper than the Kindle book for the British edition. [Read more...]

The Task of All Great Religions

This quote came to my attention via several pages on Facebook. You can read the entire speech at the UN on the White House website. Here’s a longer excerpt from which the quote in the image is taken: It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space

I will be guest speaking later this week at the University of Mississippi, as the first of this year’s Religion Forum speakers. My lecture is titled “Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space.” It will be  on Thursday at 4:30 pm, in Bryant Hall 209. [Read more...]

What Kind of Drug is Religion?

Karl Marx famously observed that religion was the opiate of the masses, meaning that it provided an escape from the harsh realities of life. This may well be true, but looking at the conflicts arising in the Middle East these days, I’m inclined to observe that religion is the amphetamine of the masses. The quote [Read More...]

How To Respect Other Religions

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Lifelong Learning in Religious Studies

My colleague Brent Hege shared on Facebook the sense of trepidation one has as a professor who is not an expert in Shintoism, and finds that one has a student who is Shinto in a course that will include a brief overview of that tradition. I chimed in in a comment and wrote the following: [Read More...]

Help Us Reach Our Goal

I got a kick out of this cartoon. Do you think that the difference between “handful of wackos” and “mainstream religion” is simply the number of people who adhere to it? This is a serious question that scholars of religion sometimes wrestle with. HT Before It’s News [Read more...]

If You Could Only Pick Two Episodes

I will be giving a guest lecture at another university in October, on the subject of Doctor Who and religion. I was asked to pick two episodes that it might be worth watching in between now and my lecture, which might be shown at student events between now and my talk. I have a couple in mind, but [Read More...]


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