Call for Papers – Religion, Science Fiction, and More #AARSBL17

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Rogue One and the Ethics of Empire and Rebellion

“Rebellions are built on hope.” But so too are empires. Yesterday I finally saw Rogue One, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its religious and political themes were especially interesting to me. I won’t try to keep this spoiler-free. The opening phrase in this blog post is a catchphrase of Jyn Urso in the movie, as [Read More…]

The Skittles Problem

I apologize for the language in this Facebook post, but it seemed worth sharing. I could see the Skittles problem replacing the trolley problem as the go-to ethics thought experiment in coming years… [Read more…]

Terminator: The Simone Beauvoir Chronicles

Existential Comics recently offered a philosophical variation on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a program which I used to blog about regularly because of the show’s exploration of religion and my interest in artificial intelligence. Having duly issued the necessary language warning, I nonetheless recommend it and link to it. Of related interest, see the [Read More…]

Who is My Neighbor?

I had someone ask me about the claims made on a blog called Theological Sushi about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an example of what the post claims (click through to read the details): This is an important argument for understanding who the neighbor is. The laws in the Old Testament do [Read More…]

Run From Christlike Candidates

I really wanted to believe it was satire when a website called GOPocalypse claimed that a Southern Baptist pastor named Robert Jeffress had said the following: You know, I was debating an evangelical professor on NPR and this professor said, ‘Pastor, don’t you want a candidate who embodies the teaching of Jesus and would govern this country according [Read More…]

The Ethics of Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories, a recent article emphasizes, are not harmless self-delusions: In an important sense every conspiracy theory comes at some moral cost. To offer a conspiracy theory is to make an accusation. The accusation may be amorphous (‘shadowy forces run the country!’) or highly specific (‘Prince Philip ordered MI6 to kill Princess Diana!’) but by [Read More…]

The Theology and Ethics of Star Wars

The above discussion of theology and ethics in Star Wars at Conway Hall includes Biblical scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. It uses LEGO Star Wars images, discusses orientalism and radicalization in the films, and includes reading from the scripts (the stage directions in which are often significant for how we understand some key moments). It is definitely worth [Read More…]

The Sanctity of Life

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Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion

“The Zygon Inversion” is an instant classic, one of those episodes that immediately adds itself to my list of all-time favorites -and possibly my absolute favorite episode, just because of the speech the Doctor gives at the end, which you can watch in the video below. Spoilers ahead. This episode concludes the two-parter which brilliantly introduced a [Read More…]