Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

The episode “The Ambassadors of Death” has as its downside something characteristic of a great many Doctor Who episodes, and arguably of the entire phenomenon of LOST: a suspense-filled and intriguing premise is eventually resolved in a manner that doesn’t live up to the build-up. Nevertheless, the premise and the exploration of it is itself [Read More…]

Leaving Lethbridge

What is a blog for, if not expressing one’s appreciation? I want to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Research in Religious Studies conference at the University of Lethbridge this weekend, not just for making me feel welcome but also simply for being part of this wonderful event. Special thanks are due to: Jim [Read More…]

Traveling to Lethbridge

I’m traveling to Lethbridge, Canada today to speak at the University of Lethbridge’s Tenth Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference. Jim Linville has made the program available online, as well as saying a bit more about the conference. I may manage to post from there but just in case, I’ve scheduled some posts to ensure [Read More…]

Ferengi Religion

SF Signal shared this video, featuring all the (known) Rules of Acquisition of the Ferengi, in order: Feel free to speculate on what the (as yet) unknown Rules of Acquisition might be…   [Read more…]

Theme from Exploring Our Matrix

I previously tried to post this but was unsuccessful, and so I am trying again. Blog reader Keika made this video opening credits for the blog: He also made an extended version which features both Darth Vader and a Gorn as creationist foes. Watch what I do to them! Thanks, Keika, for both of these! [Read More…]

The First Redshirt

I was looking for images to accompany a talk I will be giving in early May on religion in Star Trek and Doctor Who, and found something that was not what I was looking for, but is definitely worth sharing. An artist took the painting “The First Mourning” – which depicts Adam and Eve mourning [Read More…]

Religion in Star Trek and Doctor Who: From a Gallifreyan God to the Enlightened Enterprise

Jim Linville has shared a poster from the upcoming Research in Religious Studies Conference that the University of Lethbridge is hosting in early May: I wonder whether the attendees will be mostly people indifferent to science fiction, people who think the topic sounds interesting, or will be such die-hard fans of Star Trek and/or Doctor [Read More…]

Happy Easter!

Χριστός ανέστη, Hristos a înviat, and Happy Easter to those who observe the orthodox calendar! Thanks for the above image to Pithless Thoughts – who I hope will also share how one actually says “Christ is Risen” or “Happy Easter” in Klingon, since even the language site Omniglot doesn’t know. I wonder if that is [Read More…]

They’ve Never Seen Star Trek!

I discovered a very serious issue in one of my classes today. Perhaps it is inappropriate for a professor to share something of this nature on their blog, but with a problem this serious, I’m at a loss how to address it most effectively, and so I am turning to the collective wisdom of the [Read More…]

Redshirt and Jesus

I was looking around for ways to create comic strips using online templates, and actually found a site which even has pre-prepared characters, including Jesus and a redshirt. The combination was too much of an anomaly to not try to do something with it… At this stage, I’m not expecting this to be a regular [Read More…]