Pop Mythology Reviews Theology and Science Fiction

There is a review of Theology and Science Fiction on the blog Pop Mythology. In it, Matt Hlinak argues the case that I ought to have spent more time interacting in detail with specific stories, especially as an alternative to including three very short stories of my own. It is a fair point, and I acknowledged the dilemma of [Read More…]

Comic Books on Priest Pulse

My friend Chuck Robertson, who is the canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, is a huge comic book fan. He contributed a great chapter on the subject to the book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction. You can hear him talking about this subject he loves on the most recent episode of Priest [Read More…]

St. Nicholas, Klingon

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Not in the Spaces We Know: An Exploration of Science Fiction and the Bible

Frauke Uhlenbruch organized and edited an issue of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures which explores intersections between science fiction and the Hebrew Bible. I was delighted and honored to have been asked to write a final response article for the volume. The issue has now appeared online and so you can read it here: http://jhsonline.org/Articles/article_221.pdf It [Read More…]

Trump or Vader?

In my course on religion and science fiction, I actually asked students recently who was worse, Donald Trump or Darth Vader. I had forgotten (if I ever knew) that a poll back in 2014 had millennials preferring Vader to Trump. The reason for asking this question was to highlight the discrepancy between what we sometimes claim [Read More…]

Which Sci-Fi Dystopia Are You Living In?

To help with processing the election results, we connected them to a discussion (in my class on religion and science fiction) of dystopias. First, I should probably highlight the fact that people around Indianapolis today were depressed and disheartened, with some even weeping. How can this be, you might ask, when Indiana voted for Trump [Read More…]

Excommunicate! Excommunicate!

It was IO9 which drew my attention to the fact that an artist had created a digital replica of a stained-glass Dalek for use on the cover of the Doctor Who audiobook, Order of the Daleks. The artist talks more about the project on his website. You may not be surprised to learn that other artists have [Read More…]

TheoFantastique Interview about Theology and Science Fiction

I am grateful to John Morehead for having interviewed me about my latest book, Theology and Science Fiction. Click through to his blog TheoFantastique to read the interview! [Read more…]

Course Content Concept Album(s)

To give credit where credit is due, I had this realization while listening to the prog rock concept album Ones and Zeros Vol.1 by 3RDegree. I had been thinking a lot lately, as you know, about intersections between the Bible and music. But it struck me recently that one could do a progressive rock concept [Read More…]

Imaginal Worlds Conference

Dear graduate students,On April 7th, 2017, Columbia University’s Department of Religion will be hosting a conference: “Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction” Keynote speaker: N.K. Jemisin (2016 Hugo Award Winner) The graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Religion invite paper proposals that explore the relationship between religion and imaginal worlds. Contemporary popular [Read More…]