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Theological Science Fiction – Starting Points (Part 4)

The final part of starting points for reading science fiction with religious themes. The Chaplain’s War – Brad R. Torgersen (2014) This is effectively military science fiction in a similar vein to Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War (1974), Keith Laumer’s Bolo … Continue reading

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Theological Science Fiction – Starting Points (Part 2)

Following on from Theological Science Fiction – Starting Points (Part 1) and Theology and Science Fiction here’s the second part of the starting points for theological science fiction. The Sparrow (1996) and The Children of God (1998)  – Mary Doria Russell In the tradition … Continue reading

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Theological Science Fiction – Starting Points (Part 1)

A few weeks back I did a guest lecture on “Science, Technology and Human Being” in the Laidlaw postgraduate course R202 God’s World: Theology and Science and Theology. I framed my discussion using a trajectory through science fiction starting with … Continue reading

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Theology and Science Fiction

By its very nature science fiction is speculative, providing a safe space to ask critical questions about our current world within imaginative environments used to focus upon those questions. As theologian Stephen May comments, [s]uch invention can either suggest a … Continue reading

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Jesus films – updating media

Each year I do a module in an undergradute Christology course that focuses on cinematic portrayals of Jesus, and I’m getting ready to do that again in late September. So, I’m looking at my DVD and digital media collection of … Continue reading

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Black Panther: Some initial thoughts

Just back from watching Black Panther with family. One of the few films I’ve been to where audience members cheered and clapped at the end of the film, and some stood to applaud. At one level, the film follows the … Continue reading

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Faith and Technology: Flotsam and Jetsam

One of the reasons I blog here is to record interesting web links and articles that I’ve come across with a particular emphasis on the intersection of faith, technology and popular culture. Here’s a bunch of things that have come … Continue reading

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Religion and comics in the new year 

I had the opportunity recently to peruse the samplings of two comic book vendors I don’t normally get a chance to visit, and to rummage through their stock looking for more material for Bible and popular culture resources, and also … Continue reading

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Religion and comics

I was rereading a short popular article I wrote a few years back on religion and comic books with a view to expanding it into something with a bit more academic depth and focus. Something that moves from simply describing … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry Educators and “Networked Theology”

I was pleased to see a couple of references to the Networked Theology book in papers to be presented at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators 2017 conference in Dallas later this month. Angela Gorrell’s paper on integrating theological new … Continue reading

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