Earth 2.0: Alien Life as Humanity’s Reset Button

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In 1996's Independence Day, President Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, definitively declared that "the question of whether or not we're alone in the universe has been answered." This line was both chilling and gripping because, well, the aliens started blowing stuff up. A few days ago, however, Pullman's famous cinematic quote was nearly repeated when NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, "I think in the next twenty years, we will find out we are not alone in the universe." As if that wasn't a … [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Gospel: Pope Francis, Aliens and Jesus.

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The media world exploded yesterday when Pope Francis announced the Catholic Church would baptize aliens, if any ever asked.  Reaction ranged from the amused detachment of the Daily Mail to subtle mockery from the Internet news site, The Daily Beast.It is important to note that Pope Francis used aliens as a funny illustration. He wanted to demonstrate the complete openness of the church to all seekers. The media took the sound bite out of context and ran with it.  While the media doing this k … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic, Part Two: In the Lair of Richard Dawkins

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For four years, I spent time hanging out with atheists at The Ohio State University. I started a group called The Thomas Society (after St. Thomas the Doubter) where everyone was welcome. Our weekly meetings often consisted of atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jewish rabbis, and an odd assortment of students from campus. As I look back on it, I realize this sort of thing doesn’t happen much.During the meetings, I adopted a “no question off limits” and “no edit policy” with only one rule; you c … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic: How Atheists, Comic Books and Eating Jesus Led me Home

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Prologue: Somewhere in the fields of Southern Indiana…Imagine, if you will, a boy. There is always a boy or a girl in these sorts of stories. He is blond and skeletal thin, running across the large green field beside his house. Star Wars, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jesus are all jumbled up inside his head. If you asked him, he could talk about all three with equal passion.See him as he bikes around his small, Southern Indiana town. The world is alive to him, and somehow, he knows that G … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, Pope Francis and the Clanging Symbols

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Many people ask me why I gave up my evangelical ordination and journeyed towards the Catholic church.  I struggle to answer these questions because there are multiple answers. None of them are simpleThe recent Mark Driscoll controversies (Named Legion, for they are many), and the release of Pope Francis' Joy of the Gospel gives me an opportunity to hit one of the major issues that drew me to Rome.For those of you don't know, Mark Driscoll is one of the most polarizing figures in the … [Read more...]


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