Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon

The Curse of Peladon is another episode that I remember watching when I was young. The clearest memory is of the Doctor lulling the creature Agador using a hypnotic spinning mirror and an alien lullaby. The episode is of interest to those exploring the intersection of Doctor Who and religion, as well as from a [Read More…]

Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online

A whole range of interesting materials have popped up on blogs today, and so I thought I’d gather them and share them here. AWOL shared the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project (and also Greek Inscriptions) and the Middle East Research Journals project. AMIR mentioned Michael Hillman’s books and other materials for learning Persian language and culture, available [Read More…]

Christians at the Forefront

David Hayward shared a cartoon today depicting the church as a deliberately slow and obstructionist entity: He notes that this is not something that the church is by definition, nor something that it must be. And so I want to take a moment to remember some of the progressive voices in the Christian tradition: the [Read More…]

Let Angels Prostate Fail

Spelling matters. How do you get the archaic contraction “pow'r” right and yet “prostrate” wrong? Let the jokes about whether angels are male begin… From Instagram via Jim West   [Read more…]

Wish Things Were Clear

Here’s another information literacy tutorial song parody video I made. This one focuses on the SMELL Test. The lyrics follow below.   Wish Things Were Clear So – so you think you can tell Good sources by SMELL Research from bunk Can you tell a real deal From a fake free lunch A theory from [Read More…]

Touring Auschwitz

A former student of mine, Rev. Jill Moffett Howard, will be taking a trip to Auschwitz, and will be blogging about her experience. She’ll be traveling with Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who established the CANDLES Holocaust Museum here in Indiana. The blog is called Touring Auschwitz, and the address is: http://touringauschwitz.wordpress.com/ [Read more…]

Hebrews: The Point

In my Sunday school class this weekend we reached chapter 8. It was nice, after so many chapters, to finally reach what the NIV renders as “the point of what we are saying.” Those who may have felt like shouting “Get to the point!” in previous classes presumably felt vindicated. But what is the point [Read More…]

Richard Rohr on Christian Morality

In recent years and elections one would have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of authentic Christianity. Where did this come from? They never were the criteria of proper membership for the first 2000 years, but reflect very recent culture wars instead. And largely from people who think of themselves as [Read More…]

On Having Your PhD and Eating it Too

Young earth creationists are notorious for two things (among others): a handful of them have obtained a PhD in a relevant scientific domain, doing research the legitimacy of and basis for which they intend to repudiate as soon as they have the letters after their name, with the sole aim of adding legitimacy to the [Read More…]

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who (Conference Announcement and Call for Papers)

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 2nd November 2013 Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in November 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off [Read More…]