Robot Fundamentalists

The website IO9 highlighted my work on religion and artificial intelligence today. Click through to take a look. The chapter that article mentions is available on my Selected Works page. It is from the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction:. The coolest part was that a former student of mine spotted the piece even [Read More...]

Gods, Machines, and Blogs

I recently became aware that Frauke Uhlenbruch, who chairs the EABS program unit on science fiction and the Bible, has a blog, gods and machines. It will obviously be of interest to academics who study sci-fi, comic books, and/or fandoms. Also of interest is a site connected with the “Fan Studies Network” which works to keep [Read More...]

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

I suspect that humanity will always have to contend with prejudice in one form or another. But that doesn’t give us license to stop struggling against it. It is exactly the reason we must press on and continue to do better, to demand better, to show that it’s possible. The effort is its own reward. [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Harold Vedeler)

“Occam’s Razor does not shave people.” – Harold Torger Vedeler, “Science Fiction, the Bible, and the Narrative Method,” paper read at the EABS and International SBL meeting in Vienna, July 2014, Science Fiction and the Bible group. I was delighted to have the chance to attend one of the sessions on the Bible and science [Read More...]

Terasem

A recent online article by Giulo Prisco drew attention to the fact that Octavia Butler’s fictional religion Earthseed (a major focus in her novel Parable of the Talents) has apparently inspired the creation of a real-life religion based on it. This new religion, Terasem, is intended to recall “Earthseed” although the article reflects some confusion [Read More...]

Science Fiction, Religion, and Spirituality

A recent article at IO9 discusses the experience of encountering religion and spirituality primarily through science fiction films. Here’s the conclusion: When I think about what I get out of science fiction, I think back to Star Trek and an unlikely source for spirituality. One of the ironies of Trek is that the alien civilization [Read More...]

When Science Fiction Becomes Fact

HT to Jeff Carter for sharing the link to This Isn’t Happiness, which shared the above infographic. While the importance of science fiction is not limited to or even necessarily focused in its ability to accurately predict future science and technology, it should not be missed that it also does that – sometimes by inspiring [Read More...]

Faith in Film

I was recently interviewed by Kandra Polatis on the subject of religion and science fiction films. The resulting article is called “Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes” and can be read on the Deseret News website.   [Read more...]

I’ve Found the Q Source!

I recently had the above drawn to my attention. I wasn't even vaguely aware of it previously. No wonder we haven't been able to track down Q. I had been focusing all my attention on Star Trek, and had left Japanese television out of the picture entirely!   [Read more...]

Phuture Phaith

I recently had an article, “Future Faith,” published in Phi Kappa Phi Forum. I had no idea how widely that periodical is read and subscribed to, until I suddenly found myself getting e-mails and Facebook messages from former students and colleagues. And so, if you subscribe but have not looked at the latest issue, there’s [Read More...]

The Doctor’s Ark

Jerry Coyne shared the picture below, showing how invoking a certain fictional technology from a show I enjoy could solve a very serious problem that confronts young-earth creationism: how could all those animals fit on the ark? Fans of Doctor Who will know that space arks have featured more than once on the show, from [Read More...]


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