Theological Kobayashi Maru

Recently on the blog Unreasonable Faith, theological arguments were likened to the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Star Trek. For fans, it needs no explanation, but for others, it is a training simulation that is unwinnable. I wonder whether, like James T. Kirk, many of the folks discussing this at Unreasonable Faith (as well as many [Read More...]

Happy 47th Anniversary, Star Trek!

It isn't quite Doctor Who's 50, but it is pretty close.   [Read more...]

Leap of (Android and Klingon) Faith

John Morehead posted yesterday on the treatment of religion in Star Trek, in particular a couple of episodes from The Next Generation. He writes at the end of his post: What I find of interest is that one of the most popular and enduring of science fiction franchises interacted with religion, and did so in the [Read More...]

Geeky T-Shirts Spotted at #GenCon

I spotted someone at GenCon wearing a t-shirt that said: My patronus is a tribble with a sonic screwdriver piloting an X-Wing into Mordor Someone was wearing it, I don’t remember seeing it for sale. But there were a lot of cool ones being sold, and I particularly liked this one, for music geeks: [Read more...]

More Photos from #GenCon

Several people asked me to share photos from GenCon, and so here are some more, which I took and thus am not in, illustrating some of the costumes and sights. First, there's Doctor Fett with an Imperial Guard, as two universes collide! Redshirts, a clever idea for a Star Trek game: Balloon Cthulhu: A Jawa [Read More...]

Happy 4th of July!

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The Jewish Roots of the Vulcan Salute

Most Star Trek fans will know about this, but even if you already did, you may enjoy hearing Leonard Nemoy talk about it. You can either fast forward in the above video to around 10:30, or click here to go straight to the relevant segment. HT Frank Weathers. [Read more...]

Star Trek Into Darkness

Today I finally got to see Star Trek Into Darkness this afternoon. I had not tried to scrupulously avoid spoilers, and so I had some sense of some details that would be coming. I had even heard some complaints from longtime fans. My feelings about the movie were on the whole positive, indeed I really [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver

We were told that, in the episode of Doctor Who ”Nightmare in Silver,” Neil Gaiman aimed to make the cybermen scary again. It is arguable that he accomplished that, not only by making the cybermen a little scarier, but also making them part of something even scarier than they are. Spoilers ahead! Some speculated about whether the [Read More...]

Westboro Baptist Church Joins the United Federation of Christian Planets

Westboro Baptist Church announced its plan to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Anonymous responded by taking over the Westboro Baptist Church Facebook page, where they have been posting things like this: News at the intersection of Christianity and Star Trek: The Next Generation always deserves a mention here. UPDATE: [Read More...]

Jesus Wore a Red Shirt

This seemed worth posting again, since this week brings together Jesus’ death (foreseen, according to the Gospels, as clearly as that of a redshirt in a landing party) and the wearing of red to show support for marriage equality. Some people are having to explain that you can be in favor of marriage equality as [Read More...]


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