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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Straining Out Two Corinthians

It struck me, in discussing the flap about Donald Trump saying “Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians,” the reaction says a lot about conservative Evangelicalism. Conservative and fundamentalist Evangelicals will react more strongly to how you refer to the Bible, than to a betrayal of the Bible’s moral teachings. And hence my paraphrase of Jesus’ saying about straining [Read More…]

Question Jesus (He’d Want You To)

Two posts converged recently in my reader – one from David Hayward with the above cartoon, the other from Neil Carter about the last time he went to Sunday school, and the impact that the discussion of the Israelite extermination of the Canaanites had on him. In the latter post, Carter writes: Religious dogma can put [Read More…]

No Sin To Be Homosexual

“We are each created in the image of God. It is no badge of honor to be heterosexual and it is no sin to be homosexual, just as it is no honor to be White and no sin to be Black. It is simply who we are.” The quote from Rabbi Paul Menitoff comes from his [Read More…]

Lifestyle Choice

In our day and age many Christians, including very prominent ones, have chosen a lifestyle that is fundamentally at odds with their claim to be Christians. This is a lifestyle choice I am talking about – it is not something genetic, something innate, something inevitable. It is a sin that is so abominable that it [Read More…]

Complicit in Evil

  The quote comes from a recent post of mine, and when a commenter said they wanted to share it, I thought it might make sense to make a meme image for that purpose. [Read more…]

A Test it is Better to Fail

Rachel Held Evans blogged about the story of Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac, on the same day that I was scheduled to speak to a group of local artists about the story. She said what I personally consider the most appropriate response: I’d like to think that even if those demands thundered from the heavens [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Flatline

The title of this episode may remind one of “flatland,” that famous illustration of dimensions, and so it should. In “Flatline,” the Doctor and Clara encounter beings from a universe of two dimensions, who have been causing the disappearance of people on a particular housing estate in Bristol. The lack of police interest is highlighted, [Read More…]

Foolproof Theodicy?

Jonathan Bernier wrote this in a comment here on this blog, and I thought it deserved wider circulation. It seems to me that a foolproof theodicy would have to be one in which the innocent never suffer. Therefore it would have to argue that those who suffer are not innocent. Such a theodicy should be [Read More…]


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