Doctor Who: The War Machines (and the computer that knew the Doctor’s name)

The episode of Doctor Who, “The War Machines,” may seem to explore familiar terrain to viewers today. But keep in mind that this episode was written and aired not only decades before Skynet and the Terminator films, but also years before the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project was released. And so the Doctor Who episode [Read More…]

The Exodus: Which Miracle is Greater?

The Exodus story contains numerous miracles. But one of the biggest miracles involved in taking the Exodus story literally is only likely to be noticed if you try to correlate the Exodus story in the Bible with external evidence from ancient Egypt, the history of which is well documented not only by royal and other [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Web Planet

The Doctor Who episode “The Web Planet” from the show’s second season, still in the era of the first Doctor, accompanied by Ian, Barbara, and Vicki, sees the travelers materialize on a barren world, resembling Earth’s moon. This world, called Vortis, is inhabited by giant insects. The Menoptera who initially are thought to be invading [Read More…]

Next Biblioblog Carnival Reminder

Amanda at Cheese-Wearing Theology has posted a reminder that she will be hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival on her blog. Click through for information on where to submit posts from this month – whether by e-mail or twitter. [Read more…]

Fringe is Back (to Where It’s Never Been)

Fringe returned last night with the episode “Back To Where You’ve Never Been.” It featured all the surprises, twists and turns we have come to love from the show, and from J. J. Abrams shows in general, while continuing to feel more satisfying than LOST in giving answers as well as raising questions. While this [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Savages

The episode “The Savages” is significant for several reasons. It was the first episode to have one single title for its multiple parts – earlier “episodes” had completely separate names for the individual parts, and no clear name for the unified story that was told across them. It also was, I believe, the first time [Read More…]

Big God, Little God

I previously blogged about Sabio Lantz’s diagram depicting a spectrum from a little to a big God. He meant by this a spectrum from a God with few specific attributes to a God with many, but I approached it in terms of which has the more exalted or majestic view of God and suggested that [Read More…]

iPad 2 Jailbreak Almost Here!

The news is circulating that, after a long period of little progress, an untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2 and other A5 devices running iOS 5.0.1 is expected to be available very soon. I’m looking forward to being able to activate voice control, available on the iPod Touch but switched off on the iPad and [Read More…]

Thank God, Blame God?

I’ve long complained about the tendency of religious believers to thank God when things go well and blame others when they do not. And so I appreciated this cartoon in the New Yorker (HT Hemant Mehta): Its relevance to the recent discussions about Tim Tebow and other religious athletes is presumably obvious. On a related [Read More…]

Coyotes by the Creek

Today I spotted a pair of animals just across the creek behind my house, which immediately struck me as being too large to be foxes. They have been hanging around, which gave me a chance to get a decent look at them, although they tend not to stand still for photos, and when they do, [Read More…]