Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who works as a comedy episode throughout most of it, and then as a tender romance towards the end. Whether the combination of the two really works or not is hard to say, but the result was enjoyable even if it didn’t consistently feel believable even by Doctor Who standards – and [Read More…]

Review of Jesus and Brian

I’m grateful to Bloomsbury to have been given the opportunity to review the book Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which was just released. Not everyone is aware that the famous Monty Python film reflects not just sharp British wit, but also profound understanding of the [Read More…]

Christian Robots

The above segment from the Daily Show looks like it could have been inspired by my book chapter, “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction. The video came to my attention via Atheist Rev. See also the website of Christopher Benek, who is featured in the video. [Read more…]

LOST Rewatch: Everybody Hates Hugo

The episode starts with a dream Hurley had in which he eats lots of food from the storeroom in the hatch, and Jin speaks to him in English while Hurley answers in Korean. Right after Hugo faints when the lottery numbers are announced, his mother talks about him needing to change his life. She says [Read More…]

If Heaven Exists

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Who’s a Hero?

Thank you to Thom Stark for making me aware that the folks at HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) have tackled Doctor Who. In this video, the Doctor stops by to compare superhero status with Superman and Batman. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Performing Ancient Texts in the Original Languages

My colleague Chris Bungard is one of the performers (the first you see) in the above video, which was made as part of an NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance. It got me thinking. Has anyone done something similar with Biblical texts, acting out and narrating stories in the original languages? [Read more…]

Answers in Genesis according to the Uncyclopedia

Today I had my attention drawn to the “Answers in Genesis” entry on the Uncyclopedia. It begins as follows: Answers in Genesis is a satirical Christian ministry that parodies the genuine Pastafarian ministry Answers in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It aims to portray Christians as mouth breathing, arm swinging retards who sit on their high horse [Read More…]

By Vectron!

From Mitchell and Webb. HT Jim Linville. Although in comically exaggerated fashion, it could serve as a nice conversation-starter on the way things get invented and their recent origin forgotten surprisingly quickly. Or about the usefulness of ritual. By Vectron’s knees, crack open a bottle of Chablis and talk about this! [Read more…]

Remote Control

I’ll share some other music from the finale concert of this year’s String Scholars Camp at Butler University on another occasion. But I want to highlight this final piece from the concert, “Remote Control” by Richard Meyer. It is a wonderful bit of musical comedy. Richard Auldon Clark is the conductor, and Karen Thickstun is [Read More…]