The Sparrow on AMC?

Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow has almost been made into a movie twice. Now there is news that AMC is interested in turning it into a TV series. The novel explores religious themes in a fascinating way. Dare we hope that this time it might happen? And if it does, will it do justice to [Read More…]

It Is Written vs. God Has Shown Me

Fred Clark has an excellent post highlighting the contrast between two different outlooks reflected in Acts 10:28, which reads as follows:  You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. On [Read More…]

Do Time Lords Pray or Meditate?

A comment left on this blog recently brought up the question of the Doctor’s monkishness. The episode “The Bells of St. John” isn’t the first time the Doctor has been a monk. Indeed, the first time he encountered the Great Intelligence, it was at a monastery where he had previously spent some time. In that [Read More…]

The Oldest Christian Hymn with Music

There may be older Christian hymns, but the oldest hymn accompanied with musical notation is surely the fragmentary one found at Oxyrhynchus: The Ancient Peoples blog provided a transcription and translation of the text: [?πρ]υτανηω σιγατω μηδ᾽ αστρα φαεσφορα λ[ειπ]ε [σ]θον[.].λει[…]ρ[…]ποταμων ροθιων πασαι υμνουν των δ᾽ ημων [π]ατερα Χ᾽ υιον Χ᾽ αγιον πνευμα πασαι δυναμεις [Read More…]

Why I Am a Progressive Christian

Patheos is doing a series asking us to explain “Why I am a…” in 200 words or less. I just wasted some of my word limit telling you that, so I'll get on with it. Before I was a progressive Christian I was a conservative Evangelical Christian, and before I was a conservative Evangelical Christian [Read More…]

Easter in Memory of Her

I had seen April DeConick mention on her blog the Easter musical performance, “Easter in Memory of Her,” for which she composed the script. I hoped that it might turn out to have been recorded and thus be made available to those who were unable to be present for its debut. Today April announced the [Read More…]

Randomness vs. the Lord’s Will

I have heard countless poorly-informed Christians say that they reject evolution because it posits things happening through “randomness.” The objection is bogus. Randomness is less a feature of biological evolution than it is of casting lots and other things which, in the Bible, are said to be indicative of the divine will. If evolution is [Read More…]

Ignorance is Strength

I was struck today, rereading George Orwell’s 1984, at how easily one can substitute Christian terminology into a particular passage, which is from the book within the book, Emmanuel Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. Let me show you what I mean: Christian society rests ultimately on the belief that God is omnipotent and that [Read More…]

Think Outside the Book

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Easter Flash Mob

I’m grateful to Mike Bird for sharing the above video. Christianity is a diverse global phenomenon – indeed, so diverse that Eastern Christians will be celebrating Easter on May 5th this year! And so sharing this song, with words characteristic of the Orthodox branch of Christianity, on the day that Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter [Read More…]