How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and [Read More…]

Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred

John Morehead shared this exciting call for submissions: Call for Submissions for an anthology volume: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred They ways in which people pursue religion has changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religions are in decline, and even among those who claim “None” as their identity, an individualized spirituality of [Read More…]

The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more…]

Taste and See that Thorin is Good

Rev. Dale Bronner posted the above picture on Facebook with the following comment: Train yourself to see Jesus in the ordinary things of life! He is there even when you cannot see, hear or feel Him! Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…! The internet quickly clued him in… First Obi-Wan Kenobi, now [Read More…]

The Bible as Fantasy

I shared some science fictional explorations of Biblical texts by Ben Riddlebarger previously. He has been hard at work since then, and has offered more, including Gandalf as Moses, Shrek riding Donkey into Jerusalem, Peter being asked to perform a waterbender’s feat, and David vs. Godzilla. I appreciate these because they raise questions about how and [Read More…]

Wrong Book Again

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All Are Welcome Here

A friend shared these photos of the sign outside his church on Facebook. He was inspired by a sign I shared on this blog!   [Read more…]

The Meaning of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Laura Brekke blogged about Doctor Who as a “third space” for interreligious dialogue. Here is a sample: I am a Doctor Who advocate. This is my bias. I have found many wonderfully rich conversations about meaning-making, ethics in practice, and theological conundrums elegantly drawn from the last seven seasons (not to mention the Classic series [Read More…]

Christian Fundamentalism vs. D&D

A commenter on a recent post at IO9 about fundamentalist Christian attacks on Dungeons and Dragons came up with this wonderful quip: It was never a fair fight between fundamentalist Christianity and D&D. One was a dangerous system full of dark mysticism and threats to warp a young mind beyond repair, and the other was [Read More…]

You Are Welcome Here

Via Claudia Christian on Facebook.   [Read more…]