Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The episode starts with Clara being awoken by noise on the rooftop. It is Santa, two elves, a sled and flying reindeer. It is immediately comical. An elf makes a reference to Santa growing a beard as a disguise, but peope have picked up on it. They pole fun at Clara’s suggestion that her parents [Read More...]

The Truth about Santa

I saw this cartoon, and it seemed to me to offer parallels to the discoveries that are sometimes made in my own fields of religion and Biblical studies. Sometimes people go through a time of questioning which, because they have not yet jettisoned their immature black-or-white absolutist thinking, involves going from believing everything to believing nothing. [Read More...]

Last Christmas Trailer

IO9 drew attention to the new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, “Last Christmas.” [Read more...]

Jesus and Santa: Comparing Fundamentalist and Mythicist Parallelomania

Stuff Fundies Like shared this bit of Christian polemic against Satan…I mean, Santa: (If you cannot read the text in the image above, click through to read the chart on the Cutting Edge website). This is exactly the same way that fundamentalists identify ‘predictions’ in the Jewish Scriptures that supposedly match up with Jesus. And [Read More...]

Doctor Who Christmas Special Preview

I was so delighted to see this snippet of the Doctor Who Christmas special, courtesy of IO9. The Doctor, Clara, and Santa, will all be back, together with a couple of elves! [Read more...]

Celebrate! Celebrate!

From a t-shirt   [Read more...]

Yoda Claus

These are just two commonly-themed Star Wars Christmas cards out of a collection of 23 shared on Buzzfeed recently. HT Lynne Kvapil on Facebook. [Read more...]

How Was It?

I saw this picture a few days ago. It was apparently supposed to be “Breakfast with Santa.” Either way, does anyone know how it went this morning? Did a guy in a red suit turn up, and if so, which one?   [Read more...]

Dreaming of a White Jesus

The recent statement by a Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly illustrates well why historical Jesus research is so important. Jesus has become a powerful myth, indeed more than one, and has been coopted in the service of a great many ideologies. Nothing provides as effective a counter to the infinite range of things that Jesus [Read More...]

While Waiting for the Shepherds to Arrive…

I went back and forth between several possible titles for this post. What title would you have given it?   [Read more...]

Do We Need To Put God Back In The Weather (Channel)?

A friend shared this on Facebook:   I have commented on many occasions before on the noteworthy fact that most religious believers are secularists when it comes to the weather. Even the few who offer loud and obnoxious claims that severe weather indicates divine displeasure do so selectively. The always see severe weather as judgment [Read More...]