Worst Teacher Ever?

As we start a new semester, it is important to call to mind bad examples as well as good ones. Do you have a bad feeling about this semester? I'll be teaching my course on religion and science fiction, which made this Star Wars comic seem particularly relevant.   [Read more…]

Millennials and the Church (Rachel Held Evans, Hemant Mehta, and Admiral Ackbar)

Rachel Held Evans and Hemant Mehta appeared on CNN talking about why millennials are leaving the church: I find the notion that a comparison of the subscribers to the atheism and Christianity subreddits tells us much. But the actual discussion is interesting. On a related note, Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter offered the best Star [Read More…]

More Photos from #GenCon

Several people asked me to share photos from GenCon, and so here are some more, which I took and thus am not in, illustrating some of the costumes and sights. First, there's Doctor Fett with an Imperial Guard, as two universes collide! Redshirts, a clever idea for a Star Trek game: Balloon Cthulhu: A Jawa [Read More…]

Star Wars Medley

Check out this musically delightful and wonderfully entertaining arrangement of familiar themes from the music of Star Wars for violin and voice, performed by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens! And on a related note, here is a book that might be a perfect gift for the stormtrooper in your life:   [Read more…]

It’s a Tarp

I blogged today about a question that was intended to distract from a discussion of evolution and the shortcomings of young-earth creationism, and one person quipped on in a comment, ‘as the good Admiral would say…’ That reference was of course to the popular Admiral Ackbar “It’s a trap” meme. That in turn reminded me [Read More…]

I Find Your Faith Disturbing

Jeremy Smith came across a sticker that took a phrase from Star Wars in what was intended to be an atheistic direction: In Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Vader says “I find your lack of faith disturbing” to a skeptic of the Force. Jeremy Smith finds a more positive interpretation of the phrase: religious faith should [Read More…]

Jedi Philosophical Conundrum

Even imaginary philosophies and religions have trouble avoiding all contradictions. HT Tom Verenna on Facebook   [Read more…]

Happy 4th of July!

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Goodbye, Google Reader!

    Thanks to Jeremy Myers for the inspiration to make the above image!   [Read more…]

The Hero’s Journey as Explained by Puppets

Thanks to IO9 to sharing this explanation of Joseph Campbell’s idea of the hero’s journey, the set of standard features that recur in human storytelling, sometimes referred to as the monomyth. It actually does an impressive job of illustrating not just that there are recurring features, but also that myths, legends, and storytelling often switch [Read More…]