Interstellar: Beyond Scientific and Everyday Positivism

Interstellar deals with real science. See the following clips, which address the scientific claims and musings that pertain to this science fiction movie: Discovery Channel: The Science of Interstellar; Science of Interstellar—Interstellar Explained; Movie vs. Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Interstellar”; Bill Nye’s Problem with ‘Interstellar’; Exclusive: The Science of Interstellar—Wired; and Movie Science: Interstellar.[1] For all the science behind the movie, Interstellar does not fall prey … [Read more...]

“Blessed are those who mourn”—not those who are spiritually comfortable

Have you heard the expression, “God comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable”? It does not originate from Jesus or from Monty Python’s cult classic Life of Brian, for that matter; rather, it originates from journalism. According to blogger Tim Stewart, journalists referenced it in terms of the “watchdog” role that they felt newspapers were obligated to have. To journalists, the “afflicted” were the victims of crime or corruption in the big city. The “comfortable” were the fat cats in … [Read more...]

Droning on about Drones in Warfare: To Use or Not to Use? That is the Question

Science fiction often gives us a sense of the future, as a Complex article notes. Britain’s Ministry of Defence alluded to science fiction’s The Terminator in its discussion of drone warfare back in 2011, according to the UK’s Guardian.  As noted in The Guardian, The report warns of the dangers of an “incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality”, referring to James Cameron's 1984 movie, in which humans are hunted by robotic killing machines…“It is essential that before … [Read more...]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit”—not those with spiritual bravado

I suppose it is easy for many people to feel a sense of superhuman capability when entering the New Year. After all, a new year of life brings confidence and hope and new beginnings. Couple this with the American “can do anything” attitude and one can feel like Superman or Superwoman. A sense of optimism and an unconquerable spirit certainly have their place and can be of great help when facing significant obstacles and overwhelming odds.Against this backdrop, it might appear deeply coun … [Read more...]

Laugh in the New Year

Laughter is good for one’s well-being, as some researches will tell you. But not any kind of laughter, I’m sure. Mocking, cynical and disbelieving laughter only poison one’s being. Laughter bound up with joy, gladness and thanksgiving are very powerful forces. Just think of the following text: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22; ESV).I was reminded of this reality when reflecting upon the lives of Sarah and Abraham in the Bible. Perhaps … [Read more...]

The Neglected God Calls Us to Reach Out to the Neglected at Christmas: God with Us and Them—Immanuel

You have heard the saying, “Misery loves company.” How about loneliness, or is that a contradiction in terms? Still, I thought I would reflect upon the subject given that Christmas is likely one of the loneliest days of the year. How can this be given that Christmas is considered perhaps the most joyous and communal holiday for a great number of people across the world? No doubt, all the emphasis on joy and community highlights all the more the social isolation many people feel.The Daily Mai … [Read more...]

Tis the Season All Year Round: “Collective Atheism” and the Collective Good

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead*“Tis the season to be jolly,” as the Christmas carol line goes, not hostile. Yet hostility over the public display of religious symbols and public speech regarding religion bound up with Christmas has often put a damper on the season festivities. This year during the holiday season, an irreligious invocation at a civic gathering in Florida has stoked the fires again. Can we make a Christmas and New Year’s resolution that religious and non-religious t … [Read more...]