Silence

I was delighted to have an opportunity to see an advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Silence tonight, a couple of days before it opens here in Indianapolis. I went with a friend who has read Shūsaku Endō’s novel, and he said the movie is remarkably faithful to the book – except perhaps the very final [Read More…]

Plagiarism in Commentaries and Commentaries on Plagiarism

Given that I’ve now had my first plagiarism case of the semester, the time seems right to comment on this topic. Let me begin with an infographic that explains different kinds of plagiarism and evaluates them in terms of their severity, since it seems that many people are still unclear on precisely what plagiarism is. [Read More…]

Mythicism’s Missing Middle

I remember the powerful ending of the movie The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, in which she is confronted with questions about why she interpreted the finding of a sword in a field the way she did. That it was lost in a sword fight, or even that some passerby decided to discard it at [Read More…]

New Doctor Who Christmas Trailer

Lots of intriguing details – the Silence, Trenzalore, the time war, and perhaps most interesting of all, the Doctor’s door from “The God Complex.” It looks like dangling loose ends from the past will be tied together in a nice little Christmas present for us all! HT IO9 [Read more…]

Silent Monks Sing The Hallelujah Chorus

Apparently taking a vow of silence doesn’t need to prevent you from participating in Christmas music. I think I missed this when it first circulated a few years ago, and so I am glad that it came my way on Facebook today. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Silence Night

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Doctor Who: Rewatching Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

I recently rewatched the double Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” Having now seen so much of the later interaction between the Doctor and River Song, and having so many questions answered and details filled in, rewatching the episode where they first introduced River reinforces just how impressively the [Read More…]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Deny that God Spoke Creation into Existence, or Creation out of Nothing?

It illustrates the selective literalism of young-earth creationists, that they never seem to realize the ludicrous conclusions they end up drawing could be outdone by still more bizarre ones if they were consistent in their literalism. As an example, consider the repeated references in Genesis 1 to God speaking. For speech – literal speech – [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Oldest Question and the Last of the Time Lords

The revelation that the oldest question in the universe is “Doctor Who?” and the giving of an answer to it has religious and universal significance both thrilled and puzzled fans of the show. The Doctor’s name and identity have always been something of a mystery, but people from his own planet seemed to know, and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song

“The Wedding of River Song” was absolutely fantastic as an episode offering all that we hope for from Doctor Who, as well as providing a satisfying season finale and pointing ahead to what lies ahead on the Fields of Tranzelor. Spoilers lie ahead, because this episode is just too full of good stuff not to [Read More…]