Trust Data

A clever punny Star Trek sign from the March for Science in Seattle. [Read more…]

Assimilated into the Holy City

When I posted in the past about the cube shape of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation, which reminds Star Trek fans of a Borg cube, I didn’t come up with anything nearly as good as this mash-up of Bible and Trek by Jeff Carter: Then one of the seven angels who had [Read More…]

Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas

The intersection of religion and science fiction would be enough to justify sharing the above. But it also raises useful questions about what is meant by “sacrifice” and also “resurrection.” Sacrifice in the sense of animals killed so that their blood can be poured out as an offering to a deity is something unimaginably foreign to [Read More…]

St. Nicholas, Klingon

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Changing Canons: Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter

The subject of canon in sci-fi and Biblical studies isn’t just something I’ve created a card game to explore. It is the focus of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, in the Cascade Companions series. The publisher, Wipf & Stock, shared the following sneak peak from the book: The subject has been [Read More…]

Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

I’ve been rewatching Star Trek: The Original Series from the beginning lately. Although I still have Doctor Who episodes to blog about before I will be done with my blog through the entire classic series, it seems that on the 50th anniversary of the day when the first Star Trek episode to air on TV [Read More…]

Myths and Costumes

The blog Pictoral Theology shared the above cartoon. The title of the post aptly made reference to Jesus’ words about commenting on the “mote” (or speck or splinter) in someone else’s eye, while having a beam or plank in one’s own. I am sorry to be missing Gen Con this year, which takes place this [Read More…]

Star Trek Beyond

I went to see Star Trek Beyond yesterday, and enjoyed it. It seems as though with each new film, the rebooted franchise seems a closer and closer match to the original series. The performances by Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto as McCoy and Spock are especially authentic in this regard – and the references to the [Read More…]

James T. Kirk vs. Jesus: Smackdown

Jim Davila drew attention to an article in The Times of Israel, highlighting some fascinating details in the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The First Twenty-Five Years. The part of the article that really grabbed me begins with a quote from Richard Colla: “By the time they got into the alien’s presence, it manifested itself and said, ‘Do [Read More…]

A Baptist Approach to Science Fiction

I saw the above meme on Facebook, and was struck by several aspects of it. First, the treatment of allegiance to sci-fi franchises as comparable to religion caught my attention. And then I started thinking about this “Baptist” approach which emphasizes that adherence is a choice that one should make when one is able to [Read More…]