Call for Papers: Joss Whedon and Theology

I’ve been meaning to post this CFP for a while, which appeared on TheoFantastique recently: CALL FOR PAPERS Joss Whedon and Theology The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, to his popular comic book writing on Fray and X-Men, to his upcoming and highly [Read More...]

Soma: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses

A new electronic, peer reviewed, open access journal in theology launched during AAR/SBL. Here is the information about the journal from its web site, http://www.sjut.org/journals/ojs/index.php/soma/: Soma is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access theology journal published online in the heart of Africa. The title, Soma, is a hybridized word. In Greek it is a noun. It means [Read More...]

Does Seminary Education Have a Future?

I unfortunately didn’t find the time to chime in myself, but Patheos hosted a multi-blog conversation on the future of seminary education, and I wanted to at least link to it and share it with you. If you have any thoughts about the subject, feel free to leave a comment, whether here or on one [Read More...]

Can Creationism Be Disproven?

The ideal in science is to come up with testable hypotheses that can be confirmed or proved wrong by evidence, at least in principle. It seems to me that the various forms of pseudoscientific creationisms (young-earth creationism and intelligent design) are inherently unfalsifiable. No evidence is allowed to count against them. If one sees evidence [Read More...]

Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (and Gods Bearing Curses)

The Torchwood episode “Greeks Bearing Gifts” alludes to the proverb about the Trojan horse, and seems fitting for an episode in which an alien disguises itself in human form, and under the name Mary befriends and seduces Toshiko so as to gain entrance to Torchwood and seek to retrieve a transporter device that brought it [Read More...]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited (for the Providence of a Time-Travelling God)

Today’s episode of Doctor Who was not merely a great one but a beautiful one. What a brilliant use of time travel to explore the people we are and the people we become, and what might happen if the time stream of the person we want to spend our life with gets out of sync [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Is That The Question? Is It The Answer?

There have been a lot of hints down the years that the Doctor is in some sense God or a god in the minds of the writers and producers. Here are just a few reminders: His nickname in school was “Theta Sigma” – the nomina sacra abbreviation for the Greek word theos, “God,” in early [Read More...]

Two Tenure Track Positions at Fordham University

I was asked to share the following job openings that Fordham University has. Please feel free to circulate and forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in it. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, Department of Theology, invites applications for two tenure track positions, beginning Fall 2012, at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field [Read More...]

Happy Bultmann’s Birthday

Jim West posted several entries on his blog connected with the fact that today is the anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Bultmann. Although I appreciate his New Testament work, it is his theological work that I value most. Although many have misconceptions about his idea of “demythologization,” what it is, in essence, is an [Read More...]

Trash Your Theology

David Hayward has another provocative cartoon, worth well over a thousand words, and perhaps suggesting that millions of words are not worth as much as some of us are inclined to think they are. [Read more...]


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