Choose Your Miracle

I came across the meme above on Facebook. On the one hand, it does usefully highlight the willingness of many atheists to posit the seemingly miraculous, ironically precisely in an attempt to do away with the need to discuss any ideas of God or transcendence. But on the other hand, it is unclear how a [Read More…]

Can Catholics Be Vegans?

The Bizarro cartoon poses an interesting question for Catholic vegans and vegetarians who claim to believe in transubstantiation. Is communion an exception to eating no flesh? HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

Cana Wedding Gift

The cartoon was shared by Allan Bevere, and seems to clearly be one of the Inherit the Mirth series. The request seems as legitimate as the request for help when wine has run out. But if we lived in a universe where such things happened, where would the cut-off point be, and would it not seem [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: ?

Eko has a dream in which he is building a church. He says he was told to in a dream. In the dream, Ana tells him that he needs to help John. Then he sees Yemi in the hatch. Yemi tells Eko that the work there is important, and that John has lost his way, [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: The Whole Truth

In flashbacks, we learn of Sun and Jin struggling to conceive. We also see Sun meeting with the man from the earlier date, to learn English. A fertility doctor says that there is no way for Jin and Sun to conceive. The doctor says the problem is with her, but later confesses that he lied, [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: Hunting Party

The episode starts with a flashback of an Italian man who has come to Jack for surgery in a spinal tumor, hoping for a miracle, having heard about his previous miraculous case. In a later flashback we learn the surgery was unsuccessful. And later still, we see Sarah, Jack’s wife, leave him, saying that he [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: Walkabout

This episode began poignantly with a close-up of John Locke’s eye, mirroring the start of the pilot, and hinting at the comparisons and contrasts between the two Johns that would characterize much of the series. A religious focus comes to the fore as boars get into the fuselage to get at the corpses. When Jack [Read More…]

Love, Chemistry, and Atheism

Someone in the atheist subreddit shared the above image, which they proudly proclaimed that they had fixed to reflect their lack of religious sentiment. A number of commenters there expressed the view that the recipient of the card, even if an atheist, would likely not be impressed with the change. Some think that the only [Read More…]

A Better Way to Zap a Fig Tree

A post about the nature of the Bible on Tom Rapsas’ blog includes an interesting question. Instead of cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit in the story in the Gospels, why didn’t he bless it and make it fruitful? The real question for us today should be what the story means, and we [Read More…]

Moses the Lifeguard

This cartoon came my way on Facebook today: While it is just a bit of silly humor, it can be the jumping off point for a reflection on something more serious and timely. A lot of religious believers make it a point of dogma to affirm that miracles happened as described in the Bible. But [Read More…]