Archives for December 2011

The Doctor, The God and The Guardian

I’m grateful to a commenter for pointing out to me that on December 24th, The Guardian featured an op-ed piece on the Doctor from Doctor Who by Stephen Kelly, asking “Does Doctor Who feature a god for our times?” Here’s a sample: He may not be the messiah but this Sunday, one and all shall [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

This classic episode of Doctor Who, “The Dalek Invasion of Earth,” featured (as the title indicates) the return of the Daleks. When Ian said he thought they had destroyed the Daleks on Skaro, the Doctor pointed out that that was at a different time, presumably in the future, while the Daleks clearly had spread elsewhere [Read More…]

The World’s First Book Club

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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

The 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe,” is full of all the magic one expects from a Doctor Who Christmas special. If you have yet to watch it, do not read on (but do click through and watch the prequel before watching the episode, since it depicts the moments [Read More…]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!* also… Crăciun Fericit! Joyeux Noel! Fröhliche Weihnachten! عيد ميلاد مجيد חג מולד שמח کریسمس مبارک Boldog Karácsonyt! மெர்ரி கிறிஸ்துமஸ் मेरी क्रिसमस Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus! Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! God Jul! Sretam Bozic! Veselé vianoce! С Рождеством! Nollaig Shona Daoibh! Krismasi Njema! 和當然,聖誕快樂 * DISCLAIMER: These Christmas wishes are offered in accordance with the [Read More…]

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!

This is the epilogue from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas cantata “Hodie,” which adapts the words from Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity“: Ring out, ye crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass [Read More…]

Domnuleţ şi Domn din cer

This is a Romanian Christmas carol that I love, composed by Gheorghe Cucu. The sheet music is available online. There are a number of different recordings of it available online. One absolutely stellar rendition, by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir, is available on YouTube only in a version that has the very last note cut off, [Read More…]

Hymn to the Virgin (Settings by Edmund Rubbra and Benjamin Britten)

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The Reason You Never Hear About The Fourth Wise Man

Gary Larson has the ending to the fourth wise man’s tale. And Jeff Stahler has a different version of what the third wise man brought. Hope you get gifts you like this holiday! [Read more…]

The Divinity of Christ: A Response to Roger Olson

In the same 24 hour period, Roger Olson and Daniel McClellan posted on the subject of the divinity of Christ. Roger Olson tries to make the case that this doctrine should be regarded as a Christian essential, and I must say that I find his case not only weak but extremely problematic. The New Testament [Read More…]


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