Theology and Science Fiction Cover Sneak Peek

You’ve gotten a sneak peek at the inside. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going to be on the outside of my next book. First, the front cover:   And then here are the endorsements from the back: [Read more…]

Siri, Pray For Me

The last time my Religion and Science Fiction class met, we continued a conversation about Arthur C. Clarke’s story “The Nine Billion Names of God.” Since the story mentions motorized prayer wheels at a monastery in Tibet, I thought that focusing in on that detail might be useful, as a way of highlighting that readers – whether [Read More…]

Intergalactic Comparative Theology

Blogging Theology reminded me of the above image from TheologyGrams, which I shared here once before a while back, comparing the views of Calvin, Arminius, and Darth Vader. And on a similar matter of space theology, Remnant of Giants explored the question of how the discovery of extraterrestrial life might impact theology, offering differing perspectives from Jerome [Read More…]

Sophisticated Theology vs. the Biblical God

This image on the Pictoral Theology blog shows one of the more bizarre responses of some atheists to some theologians. If someone is talking about a different idea of God than the Biblical depiction, and knows it, then how is responding in terms of the Biblical (or other Abrahamic) depiction meaningful? Some atheists seem to [Read More…]

Which Comes First, Our View of God or Our Doctrine About the Bible?

A quote from a post by Pete Enns about this classic chicken-and-egg question. [Read more…]

A Terrible Human-Devouring God

Two stories by Philip K. Dick (“Rautavaara’s Case” and “Faith of our Fathers,” both included in the collection Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem) explore alien gods and ideas of God. One contrasts the human image of Christ with the equivalent savior of plasma-based beings from Proxima Centauri. Whereas [Read More…]

Killing Wonder With a Giant Ark

The above quote comes from Paul Wallace’s great blog post, “Ark Encounter and the death of wonder.” For a survey of the many lies told by young-earth creationists, see the post “Are Noah’s ark and flood literal scientific facts?” on the blog Science Meets Religion, which concludes: “Not only is this approach scientifically untenable, it [Read More…]

Clinging to One’s God

When sharing a blog post not too long ago, I wrote the following on Facebook: Any god that you have to cling to in order to keep from losing it is by definition an idol. I used literal physical idols in the background to the image above. But I hope it is clear that I have [Read More…]

Trinitarian Formula?

I was asked the following on Facebook, and thought I would share it today: Hey, I have a question from those of us who have to preach on Trinity Sunday. What about the Trinitarian formula in Matthew 28? Original, later addition? Here is my response: I don’t think it is a later addition, although the [Read More…]

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for the Print Version

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates is now available in print. It includes my chapter, “A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek’s Humanist Theology.” [Read more…]