Evolution Doesn’t Make the Problem of Evil Worse

I continue to encounter – and to find incredibly puzzling – the claim that depicting God creating through evolution portrays God less favorably than depicting God creating directly and instantaneously. Here is why: In either view of creation, the world includes suffering, starvation, carnivores eating other animals, parasites devouring hosts alive, illnesses of a variety [Read More…]

Jay Ungar plays “Ashokan Farewell”

I’ve long loved the melody “Ashokan Farewell” and so I was delighted when someone brought to my attention this video of Jay Ungar, who wrote it, performing his composition, accompanied by the Molly Mason Family Band. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Great Intelligence Trilogy

I neglected to embed links to my previous posts about Doctor Who episodes featuring the Great Intelligence, when I wrote my recent posts about “The Snowmen.” And so I thought that I would not only go back and rectify that in those posts, but also offer links here in a separate post to those things [Read More…]

The War on New Year’s Day

You may think that, now that Christmas is over, the war on Christmas will cease to be such a concern for a few months, and people of faith can relax. But it is not so. There is a very serious related issue that Christians dare not neglect: The War on New Year's Day. As I [Read More…]

Carnivorous Snow Reaches Indianapolis

While I have been blogging about the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” Indianapolis and central Indiana have been blanketed in a blizzard dumping a foot of snow on the city, and it is still falling, with strong winds. I am very disappointed that some employers have not shown the sort of concern for their [Read More…]

More Ideas of God in The Snowmen

When I blogged about theological themes in the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” two major concepts of divinity were notably absent: polytheism and Deism. That’s not because such ideas were not touched on in the episode, but because I omitted one of the interesting bits of conversation in the episode, focused on the role [Read More…]

“Mna Na hEireann” performed by Sharon Corr

Now that Christmas is over, I can share some music I saved until now, since I had more Christmas music than I could fit in before it would have to wait another year! Dănuţ Mănăstireanu shared a version of this classic piece, sometimes known by the English translation of its title, “Woman of Ireland,” performed [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (The Doctor)

I have long loved this quote from “The Moonbase.” And so given the echoes of the Second Doctor’s adventures, and the theological aspects, in “The Snowmen,” I thought I would share this image plus quote that came my way on Facebook. Even though I am pretty sure he is holding his 100-year diary, with Patrick [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, the long-awaited Christmas special “The Snowmen,” did a wonderful job of preserving the humor, magic, and terror that make Doctor Who more than a science fiction show. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with a Doctor that is gloomy and withdrawn, having decided to try to avoid becoming attached to anyone [Read More…]

The Short-Term Impact of Jesus’ Birth

From The New Yorker.   [Read more…]