What Makes a Good Star Wars Nativity?

I saw this on Reddit: OK, a holographic Ki-Adi Mundi where one might expect an angel is interesting. But why would Han and Leia give birth to Yoda, or even just be next to Yoda in a manger? If you’re going to put Star Wars or other action figures in a nativity scene, please give [Read More…]

Stop That Sleigh! Blast Them!

Via the 501st Georgia Garrison on Facebook, where a comment was added along the lines of the following: Dad, there's something on the roof and its markings match those of a ships that blasted its way out of Mos Eisley!   [Read more…]

Another Chance to Win Theologian Trading Cards

In case you missed it, I’ve posted the winners of the giveaway. Disappointed you didn’t win a set of Theologian Trading Cards here at Exploring Our Matrix? I might still have to pick one more winner, since the winner of the Elisabeth Schussler-Fiorenza signed card and set had not been in touch to provide an [Read More…]

Christmas Spoiler

From a “Rationalist Christmas Card” HT Hemant Mehta   [Read more…]

Fringe: There is Only One God in this Laboratory

The episode of Fringe “Black Blotter,” which aired last week, fascinated a lot of people because of its LSD-augmented aspects, and in particular its surreal tribute to Monty Python (with an Empire Strikes Back moment worked in for good measure). There has been a connection between religion and psychedelic drug use for as long as [Read More…]

O Magnum Mysterium

The beautiful choral piece “O Magnum Mysterium” composed by René Clausen, performed here by the Anderson University Chorale. [Read more…]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More…]

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re still looking for last-minute gifts, keep in mind that you can give someone a Kindle book and it will be delivered to them as quickly as you want it too. Set it so that the notification e-mail arrives Christmas day if you like! All of my books are on Kindle, for those who [Read More…]

Am I Wrong About the Massacre of the Innocents?

First, let’s have some appropriate music to go with this post: Now, on with the post! Tony Jones has suggested in a blog post that I am wrong in what I wrote about the massacre of the innocents. He is wrong about my wrongness, and this post is to explain why. The heart of the [Read More…]

Theologian Trading Cards Giveaway Winners

The time is up for entries in the giveaway – now it is time to pick winners! Using Random.org the following comments and commenters have been selected at random as the winners of one of the three sets of Theologian Trading Cards with a signed card each: 5     Kevin A. Wilson  (Kevin Vanhoozer signed [Read More…]