Star Wars as Religion

Having posted yesterday about Doctor Who as religion, I was struck when today Hemant Mehta shared this video, “Darth Vader is My Savior”: It does actually make a good point towards the end, as well as being amusing, and so it’s worth watching. And given the bit of anti-Obama religious propaganda I shared earlier today, [Read More…]

Doctor Who as Religion

I don't always blog about Doctor Who. But when I do, for the most part I blog about the intersection of Doctor Who and religion, meaning the treatment of religious themes, motifs, and images on the show. Today I had a link drawn to my attention about Doctor Who as religion. Granted, the article is [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Power of Three

Whether you enjoy Doctor Who for the humor or the drama, or both, and whether you share my interest in religious themes in the show or not, there was a lot to love about tonight's episode, “The Power of Three.” There were no fewer plot holes than in the holiest of previous episodes. But if [Read More…]

John Cage on the Purpose of Music

A few days ago I had the privilege of listening to a lunchtime talk with snippets of performance by my colleague Kate Boyd, who worked on and performed John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano during her recent sabbatical. John Cage, I learned, had his thinking about the purpose of music transformed by a [Read More…]

Possibly the Most Interesting Pact With the Devil

Rick Perry has apparently made some bizarrely critical comments about the separation of church and state. That separation is the separation that the forerunners of modern Evangelicals, including the Baptists in particular, struggled for and advocated. It is the one that is surely responsible for the fact that religion is a vibrant part of American [Read More…]

The Right to Not Be Offended?

Ismail Mohamed, a religious scholar and former an imam, is quoted in today's New York Times as saying, “We don’t think that depictions of the prophets are freedom of expression. We think it is an offense against our rights.” I don't think anyone has the right to never be offended. Indeed, I think the claim [Read More…]

Jesus and Spock

Eruesso shared this tattoo of Spock depicted in imagery typically associated with Jesus: He said he’ll leave it to me to decipher it (presumably not the text, which is “Live Long and Prosper” in Spanish, but the significance of the whole thing). If he expects me to explain why someone would etch this permanently onto [Read More…]

A. David Lewis reviews Religion and Science Fiction

The Technorati site has a review of the book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, written by Dr. Aaron David Lewis. He describes it as the John the Baptist to work still to be done. Click through and read the review to find out why. [Read more…]

A Whovian Prayer

I saw this on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, even though I don’t really like it – for reasons I’ll comment on below. Why am I not delighted? It isn’t because I object in principle to science fiction doing potentially irreverent things with religious material – after all, I previously shared these. It [Read More…]

Faith Meets TARDIS

I have shared on my blog more than once a challenge that I was given a while ago, or better, a thought experiment I was encouraged to carry out, namely, to ask myself “What would it take to make you lose your faith?” For the purpose of this scenario, I was allowed to have a time and [Read More…]