Perfect Battle for Bigots

The quote comes from George Zebrowski’s introduction to the volume Strange Gods edited by Roger Elwood. I was fortunate enough to happen across a copy in a second-hand bookstore recently, and snatched it up. Zebrowski’s statement published in 1974 seems no less true today. My first encounter with Zebrowski’s writing was when I was young [Read More…]

Authentic Power and Gentleness: A Meeting With Pēteris Vasks

A piece that I wrote for the Latvian national music organization back in 2004 vanished from the internet at some point. I recently discovered that I still had the text of the piece in an e-mail, and so I thought I would share it here.   Authentic Power and Gentleness: A Meeting With Pēteris Vasks Last week I [Read More…]

Myths and Costumes

The blog Pictoral Theology shared the above cartoon. The title of the post aptly made reference to Jesus’ words about commenting on the “mote” (or speck or splinter) in someone else’s eye, while having a beam or plank in one’s own. I am sorry to be missing Gen Con this year, which takes place this [Read More…]

A Novel Approach to Religion and Science Fiction

I’m in the process of finalizing the reading list for my course on Religion and Science Fiction. I found I could not choose from among the many novel options that I considered for the course. In the past I’ve had one novel and the rest of the course short stories and articles. This time I’m just [Read More…]

Introducing Religion Prof

I announced earlier that my blog would be undergoing a rebranding, and said that the name would not surprise anyone. ReligionProf has long been my Twitter handle, my nickname on Reddit, as well as being in use in other places – including Hearthstone! And so as I considered how my blog has become so much [Read More…]

#CFP – Frontiers: Cosmos, Curiosity, Creativity

Call For Abstracts: “Frontiers: Cosmos, Curiosity, Creativity” McGill University, Montreal, November 12-13, 2016 Cultures approach religious questions in ways informed by their cosmologies and vice versa. Traditions and concerns considered religious therefore interact closely with cosmological investigations and ideas, in the imaginative work of public and private world-building. “Frontiers” is an interdisciplinary event sponsored by [Read More…]

James T. Kirk vs. Jesus: Smackdown

Jim Davila drew attention to an article in The Times of Israel, highlighting some fascinating details in the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The First Twenty-Five Years. The part of the article that really grabbed me begins with a quote from Richard Colla: “By the time they got into the alien’s presence, it manifested itself and said, ‘Do [Read More…]

Pics or it Didn’t Happen

Jerry Coyne recently shared this image: To the image itself, one could simply respond with this: But Coyne added enough of a disclaimer to indicate that he recognized there was a problem-  albeit an inadequate and problematic disclaimer that itself conveys the impression that he didn’t fully grasp the issues. He wrote: Of course “pics” here means [Read More…]

As Time Goes By

Here’s the audio recording from the recent ArtsFest event that I participated in together with physicist Brian Murphy. [Read more…]

Popular Culture, Dr. Who, and Religion

Some time ago – back in 2013, and thus so long that I had pretty much forgotten all about it – A. David Lewis and I recorded a podcast on “Popular Culture, Dr. Who, and Religion.” That podcast has been unearthed from wherever it lay hidden all this time, and thanks to the fact that the Religious [Read More…]