Touching the Face of the Cosmos YouTube Playlist

The above YouTube playlist brings together videos of talks and interviews with a number of the contributors to the volume Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion.  The book also got a mention in a recent CS Monitor article about Hidden Figures. David Brin mentioned his contribution to the volume [Read More…]

Call for Papers: Critical Companion to James Cameron

This call for submissions includes elements such as Biblical interpretation among the topics that might be covered, and so for those who share my interest in Biblical studies, religion, and science fiction – but who perhaps have focused more broadly on Cameron’s films than I have – this should be of interest… A Critical Companion [Read More…]

Why Jesus Died

The quote comes from my post “Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas.” [Read more…]

Skepticism vs. Scholarship

Jonathan Bernier sums things up nicely: There is an unfortunate tendency in many circles to suppose that critical scholarship consists of pronouncing negative judgments on early Christians’ own self-understanding of their origins. I would suggest that this is a misunderstanding of what it means to be a critical historian. The critical historian is one who [Read More…]

Megillat Esther, A Rock Opera

One nice part of searching for all the Bible-related music I can find is coming across rare or neglected gems. I think you’ll get a kick out of this, which comes from Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Oregon’s 2016 Purimspiel. [Read more…]

Deep Field

Via Phil Plait, I became aware of this astronomically-inspired piece of music by Eric Whitacre. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Donald Trump’s Inauguration: The Twilight Zone Returns

This appeared in the Scottish Sunday Herald TV guide yesterday: [Read more…]

My Soul Hath Refuge in Thee, “Psalm 91” by Evelyn Simpson-Currenton

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Call for Papers: PKD Day 2017

Here is a call for papers that will be of interest to those interested in the intersection of religion and sci-fi: PKD Day 2017: Philip K. Dick and Vast Narrative The second PKD Day to be held at Birmingham City University, Saturday 22nd of April 2017 Unlike many writers of SF and fantasy literature, Philip [Read More…]

Psychic Science Spiritualist Church Closed

I had to take a photo of this announcement on our local TV station today. The “psychic” church apparently could not foresee either that they should not schedule events today when icy roads were predicted, nor that the conditions would end up being less severe than meteorologists anticipated. Self-proclaimed psychics once again fail to see [Read More…]