Jupiter Ascending

The movie Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowski siblings was released on DVDa while back, and unfortunately I have allowed a long time to pass before getting around to blogging about it. It took me a little while, when I saw The Theory of Everything, to realize where else I knew Eddie Redmayne from. One was Jupiter Ascending, and [Read More…]

Beauty in Dark Times

There is a very interesting set of upcoming events for those living in the Indianapolis area, focusing on the music of Arvo Pärt. On February 4th at 7pm, at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Fishers, Indiana, there will be performances of Pärt’s music, one choreographed with a dance performance by students from the Indianapolis School [Read More…]

Spirituality of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lancaster Online published an article about “The Spirituality of Star Wars,” and also put together a collection of other interesting materials related to Star Wars. Jeremy Smith put together a list to help people prepare for watching The Force Awakens. But while there is plenty of room to talk in serious ways about spirituality and [Read More…]

The Great Religious Divide

Here is something I wrote for Facebook when I shared a meme I made with a quote from Richard Rohr: One of the biggest religious divides cuts across religious traditions rather than between them. It is the difference between those who treat religion as a magnifying glass to help expose and oppose the sins of [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: Further Instructions

This episode begins with John Locke’s eye, as he wakes up in the jungle after the hatch explosion. We see Desmond run by, naked. Eko’s scripture stick falls from a tree. Locke has lost his voice. But through signs, he indicates to Charlie that he needs to speak to the island. He finds a pen [Read More…]

Atheism Isn’t Skepticism

A recent IO9 article indicated that more people in Britain believe in ghosts and aliens than in God. IO9 also highlighted a science experiment that might offer an explanation of why people see/feel ghosts (which Smithsonian also reported on), talked about spirituality and pseudoscience in science fiction, and shared an infographic of misconceptions which are widespread, [Read More…]

Spirituality and Skepticism

I saw the cartoon below on Facebook. Take a look at it, and then I’ll share some thoughts on it. It strikes me as ironic that the supposed skeptic is having a conversation with a fairy. But it seems to me that the supposed skeptic is being deliberately difficult. Lots of things are incorporeal – [Read More…]

To Be Spiritual Is To Be Amazed

There is also a fake Buddha quote related to amazement.   [Read more…]

Spiritual Consumers

“You can’t just be a spiritual consumer. You have to be a spiritual producer because other people need what you have.” – Father Lou DelFra (quoted in Got Religion? by Naomi Schaefer Riley) [Read more…]

Science Fiction, Religion, and Spirituality

A recent article at IO9 discusses the experience of encountering religion and spirituality primarily through science fiction films. Here’s the conclusion: When I think about what I get out of science fiction, I think back to Star Trek and an unlikely source for spirituality. One of the ironies of Trek is that the alien civilization [Read More…]


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