The Bible and Science Fiction: A Match Made in Heaven?

To be sure, religions, spirituality, and sacred texts play a significant role in science fiction: the Jedi from Star Wars, the Lords of Kobol from Battlestar Galactica, Shepherd Book from Firefly, and references to the Old Testament in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale are only a few of many examples. (Seriously, if you have a few sci fi geeks together and started collecting examples, you'd still be at it tomorrow morning.)Of course, it is interesting to ask: why and how do creators of bl … [Read more...]

Persecutor, Not Protector: Assad Is Not Christians’ Savior

A year after forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began shooting pro-democracy demonstrators, sparking the war that continues today, I met with an alliance of Syrian Christians who had come to ask Washington for help in their struggle.They wanted nothing more than freedom from the regime and were chillingly prescient in this 2012 conversation about the horrors to come, including the eventual outbreak of terrorist groups, if the world stood by and did nothing to stop Assad. Among these … [Read more...]

My Pro-Life Protest

by Jackie SemmensWhen I was a freshman in college, I took part in a pro-life protest.A group across campus took a vow of silence for a day and dressed in black to symbolize the lives that were lost to abortion. Being 18, abortion seemed to be a clear injustice to me – it seemed obvious to me that a fetus should have the same right to life as a person outside the womb. The question was black and white, and I had no understanding of the complexities that surround conception, pregnancy, … [Read more...]

The Illogic of Compelled “Faith”

by T.M. DoranMany believe in a Supreme Being who intentionally, artfully, and benignly created the universe and everything in it, by one process or another, including human beings who have a measure of reflective free will. Whether this is true or false is another discussion, but for our purposes this Supreme Being is assumed.The Supreme Being doesn't need anything in this created universe, in the sense that human beings and other creatures need things, nor was God obligated to create … [Read more...]

How Theo-Political Discourse Is Dividing the World

By Kaleem HussainThe world as we know it is at a critical cross road. If one looks across the geometric and political divide whether be it in the West or East, the permanent features are theaters of conflict, bloodshed and brutality. These conflicts are often driven by bigoted, altruistic, tribal or nationalistic quests to cling on to power. On other occasions, there may often be a warped and distorted theological undertone or overtone inspiring and spurring a movement to gain control and … [Read more...]

Offer the Other Cheek? The Risks of Listening and Peacemaking

by Brianne Donaldson“Religion is the vision of something which is real and yet waiting to be realized . . . .”—Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World, 275There are dangers of speaking of the dead. Derrida warned against the possibility of using another’s death, even unintentionally, for one’s own end, or “to draw from the dead a supplementary force to be turned against the living . . . ” (2001, 51). The risk is double here in that I did not personally know those who died … [Read more...]

Love Trumps Nothing

By Kyle Sebastian Vitale.With the November elections, as with so many recent social conflicts, the word love has re-entered our national lexicon. Hashtags, t-shirts, and protests announce that “Love Trumps Hate.” Hurting voters express love for the refugee, the Muslim, the LGBTQIA+ through moving Facebook posts. Meanwhile, President-Elect Trump claims electoral victory to the tune of a new nationalism that expresses love of country in a spectrum of colors.Yet these same pathways also … [Read more...]

Respect for Women Is a Common Bond in Three Different Faiths

By Amy Gopp, Deborah Rosenbloom, and Christina Tobias-Nahi.   So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27, The Torah Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10, The New Testament O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you … [Read more...]

Mormon Women: Why They Won’t Vote for Trump or Clinton

By Catharine and Melissa Richmond. A lot has been written about Mormon voters distaste for Donald Trump. What began as an initial discomfort, following Trump’s suggestion that Muslims should be banned from the country, ended with firm opposition when a tape was released on which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Most pundits are now predicting that Mormon voters will flock to third party candidates, like Gary Johnson and fellow Mormon Evan McMullin. But, why won’t Mo … [Read more...]

Trump as Archetype: The Golem Has Run Amok

By Shalom Goldman.A year ago, as U.S citizens of both political parties were developing a fascination with Donald Trump, no pundits came forth with a mythic or religious way to understand Trump's appeal or his ability to strongly repel those not attracted to him.  As I teach college courses on the intersection of religion and politics, I was hoping that someone quicker and wiser than I am would come forward to situate the Donald in the world of archetypes, and remove him—if only br … [Read more...]