Once Upon a Time in the Beginning

Hemant Mehta shared the image above. What strikes me most is that the change seems striking to him, just as it would seem controversial to many religious fundamentalists. And so the most interesting question, for me, is whom you think that a change like this would be most helpful for – the people who claim to [Read More…]

Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night

The episode “In the Forest of the Night” continues a number of themes that have been woven throughout this season of Doctor Who: fairy tales and fear; Clara’s strength, her increasing resemblance to the Doctor, and her relationship to Danny Pink; and whatever is going on with Missy. (The “next time” clip suggests that the season [Read More…]

Once Upon a Time

I came across the image above on Reddit. What do you think? Would Genesis be likely to be understood better or worse if it began with “Once upon a time” rather than “In the beginning”?   [Read more…]

Happy St. George’s Day!

I am sorry that I did not get around to wishing readers a happy St. George's Day until now. Perhaps it ought to be a young-earth creationist holiday. Ken Ham claims that the legends about St. George and the dragon are proof that humans and dinosaurs (including some that breathed fire, if the billboards for [Read More…]

“Mary” by Philip Appleman

Years later, it was, after everything got hazy in my head – those buzzing flies, the gossips, graybeards, hustling evangelists – they wanted facts, they said, but what they were really after, was miracles. Miracles, imagine! I was only a girl when it happened, Joseph acting edgy and claiming it wasn’t his baby – – [Read More…]


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