Changing Canons: Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter

The subject of canon in sci-fi and Biblical studies isn’t just something I’ve created a card game to explore. It is the focus of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, in the Cascade Companions series. The publisher, Wipf & Stock, shared the following sneak peak from the book: The subject has been [Read More…]

How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and [Read More…]

How Is Harry Potter Different From The Bible?

The answer to the question in the title of the post, as well as the question, come from Tracey Moody. [Read more…]

Harry Plato

Tom Bolin shared a link on Facebook to a Tumblr page with this observation: DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore. “Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry.” “Harry, good actions [Read More…]

Geeky T-Shirts Spotted at #GenCon

I spotted someone at GenCon wearing a t-shirt that said: My patronus is a tribble with a sonic screwdriver piloting an X-Wing into Mordor Someone was wearing it, I don’t remember seeing it for sale. But there were a lot of cool ones being sold, and I particularly liked this one, for music geeks: [Read more…]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more…]

Jesus, Voldemort and Everyone Else Parodies Rick Perry

There are lots of parodies of and responses to Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad. The one by Jesus himself is probably the best so far: See too Bob Cargill’s post, which not only shares a parody by a Rabbi, but also observes that Rick Perry is dressed like a character from Brokeback Mountain in the ad! [Read More…]

How To Make My Spidey-Scar Sense a Disturbance in the Time Vortex

This has been around for a while, but since Bob Cargill shared it and said that it would tick me off four times over, I figured I had best mention it… In other somewhat related news, Chris Brady and Bob Cargill are working on a project called Sacred Techs. Mason uses Doctor Who to reflect [Read More…]

Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More…]

Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature): Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory. John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and [Read More…]