From Ben Hur to Star Wars

It should come as no surprise to anyone to learn that the chariot race from the original Ben Hur movie inspired the pod race scene in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. IO9 shared this video that intersperses the two for comparison: Is it just the chariot race, or is there more connection between [Read More…]

Racism, Young-Earth Creationism, and the New World Order

I have had comments on things I have posted on the blog and on Facebook, from commenters whom I don’t know and who’ve never to my knowledge posted on my blog or Facebook wall before. One was addressing the control of knowledge by the 1% to promote evolution and deny the truth about human origins. Others [Read More…]

Global Intersections of Religion Race and Culture

The video above is from the latest in this year’s Religion Seminar public lecture series, co-sponsored by Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary, and the Desmond Tutu Center. It features Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, with Edwin Curtis and Frank Thomas as respondents. [Read more…]

Religion and Race in the African-American Experience

I wasn’t able to attend this public lecture at Butler University due to a scheduling conflict, and so I am glad that the video of the event is now on YouTube, and thought I’d also draw attention to it here. [Read more…]

The Gospel according to Lucius of Cyrene

Scot McKnight blogged about Justo Gonzales’ commentary, The Story Luke Tells: Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel. It argues that “Luke” is in fact the “Lucius of Cyrene” mentioned in Acts, and also the Lucius mentioned in Romans (in this last point following Origen). If anyone here has read the volume, or looked into other attempts to argue [Read More…]

Transracial Jesus

As a New Testament scholar who has blogged about Rachel Dolezal, racism, and the appearance of Jesus, I found this amusing – not least because the father who spills the beans is not Joseph, from whom Jesus would have inherited half of his Middle Eastern characteristics, but God. It is from Don Asmussen’s Bad Reporter [Read More…]

I Passed for Black

As a fan of John Williams’ music, I am aware of the old movie “I Passed for White” and blogged about it a while back. Today there has been a prominent news story about the reverse situation – someone who is “white” passing for “black.” Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of [Read More…]

Resurrecting the Middle-Eastern Jesus

David Henson has blogged about the casting of Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman in the role of Jesus in the upcoming miniseries “Killing Jesus.” He writes: Killing Jesus might have just killed White Jesus. National Geographic Channel’s new miniseries, Killing Jesus, has done what virtually no other mainstream Jesus film or television series has done. They cast a Middle [Read More…]

A Different Doctor

There has been a lot of discussion of whether a future regeneration of the Doctor could be black, or female. I would like to see humanity reach a point at which this would just be another difference, like whether or not the Doctor turned out to be ginger, or going from the very tall Colin [Read More…]

Martin Luther King Quotes

  Some more quotations from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courtesy of Buzzfeed.   [Read more…]