Now That’s Just Wrong

Church tradition clearly indicates that the dinosaur did not arrive at the same time as Bill and Ted… But seriously, I do appreciate a sci-fi or other variation on the traditional nativity set, and have shared some in the past. But I like there to be something that is worth talking about in the choice [Read More…]

Put the Han back in Hanukkah

You’ve all seen the “Keep the Han in Hanukkah” image (I shared it last year). But here are some less frequently seen images on the same theme: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good menorah at your side, kid.” And here’s an image of a droidel – you can click through to [Read More…]

More Recommendations from Gabriel McKee

I linked a few days ago to recommendations from Gabriel McKee and myself which were recently published in Christian Century. Now Gabriel has posted some additional reviews on his blog, which he wrote for the issue, but for which there wasn’t space in the magazine. Click through to read them! [Read more…]

Clone Troopers Nativity

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to this picture of what an 11-year-old did with a Nativity set and some LEGOs. Let's just hope Herod doesn't know about Order 66.   [Read more…]

Science Fiction and the Bible CFP

Religion Call for Papers passed on an exciting bit of news: The European Association of Biblical Studies will be holding a workshop in Leipzig next summer on science fiction and the Bible! There’s more information on the EABS website, and the call for papers opened today. Sounds like something I really ought to find a [Read More…]

Welcome to Advent!

This marks the start of the season when a small remnant of liturgically-minded Christians (including some of us American Baptists!) mark the countdown to Christmas – and a comparable number of Doctor Who fans count down the days to the Christmas special. Either way, the symbolism relates to the arrival of something or someone long [Read More…]

CC Recommends Science Fiction

The Christian Century has released its issue with recommendations for Christmas gifts. This year they had a science fiction category, and Gabriel McKee and I wrote the recommendations. Click through to read them! Fuller reviews of Shada and Existence can be found in separate posts on my blog. [Read more…]

Dalek Christmas Tree

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Exterminate Baby Jesus! Exterminate!

A friend made this image his Facebook cover photo, and I quickly made it mine too: Presumably the image makes more sense if we add narration: “When Dalek Herod realized that the Doctor and the Magi had tricked him, he sent Daleks to Bethlehem, saying, “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!” [Read more…]

Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the Religion Aisle

The above photo came to me via Craig Hurle on Facebook. I am pretty sure that it is probably just a matter of religion books being in the next aisle over. But given my overlapping and intersecting interests, the photo still seemed worth sharing. And perhaps it is worth discussion in a more serious way [Read More…]