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...]

Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the [Read More...]

Costumes for Christmas

Last Christmas I received a Star Trek shirt as a gift. Since I am not exclusively a Trekkie, presumably I should hope for or buy other outfits from other franchises in future years, to build up a collection? If so, which would you choose? I’d love to have a Doctor Who outfit – whether Tom [Read More...]

Publishing Short Science Fiction

The students in my Religion and Science Fiction class this semester had as one of their assignments to write a short story. One student’s story was not only significantly longer than the others, but it seems to me to be of publishable quality. Although I am a science fiction fan, I must confess that most [Read More...]

Religion, Sci-Fi, and Conspiracy Theories

In reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood in my science fiction class this semester, one of the topics that it raised pertains to conspiracy theories. How do we avoid the shoddy thinking that typical conspiracy theories cultivate? And if we do that, being skeptical even of those so-called skeptics, then will we be [Read More...]

CRSF CFP

Glyn Morgan shared the latest call for papers for the 2014 conference on Current Research in Speculative Fiction at the University of Liverpool. Here it is in picture form. Click through for more details! [Read more...]

Science Fiction and the Bible (ISBL/EABS)

Via John Morehead, I learned that there is a call for papers for the second time for a session on “Science Fiction and the Bible” for the International Society of Biblical Literature and European Association of Biblical Studies conference in July. Click through for more details! [Read more...]

Ender’s Game

Yesterday I got to see the movie Ender’s Game. Although quite a bit had to be left out in order to make the story into a regular feature-length film, I felt that what was depicted was fairly true to the original, or at least in keeping with it. The visual effects were impressive and brought [Read More...]

The Siblinghood of Saint Augustine, Physicist

The Doctor Who comic book story “The Doctor and the Nurse” features a group that the Doctor calls “religious fanatics.” They encounter them on their home planet of Hipponensis 3. The Doctor explains that the Siblinghood of Saint Augustine, Physicist “are presentists. They believe the past and future don’t exist – just the present – [Read More...]

Spirit Quest

Thanks to Jeff Carter for directing me to the above video (via Christian Nightmares), which uses science fiction as a means of teaching a particular conservative Evangelical perspective on the Holy Spirit and other topics to children. [Read more...]

TARDIF on the New DLT Web Site

The publisher Darton, Longman, and Todd has remodeled their online presence. Among the offerings on their new web site is a web page about the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, edited by Andrew Crome and myself, which is due out next month. It includes chapter titles and other [Read More...]


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