Christianity & Science Fiction: A conference for fans of religion in sci-fi

This month, I attended a virtual conference on Christianity & Science Fiction. The conference featured academic presentations on religious connections in science fiction literature. The two-session forum was hosted by the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies in partnership with the Department of Middle East Studies (University of Michigan). Religion in science fiction is a…

In the Blink of an Eye

Science fiction has a tendency to confront human nature by dropping familiar views of politics, civil understanding, and religion into a futuristic or otherworldly paradigm. Guess what? No matter what technology is at their disposal, people tend toward the same mistakes and problems. I am particularly interested in how science fiction portrays and wrestles with…

Cinematic Religion Presentation Handouts & Resources

  This is a companion page to my presentation at SBLAAR22 (Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion) in Denver, CO. Below, you will find resource materials from the course I developed, first taught at the University of Oregon, Clark Honors College, 2021, links to other resources, and information referenced in my presentation. For…

Why Watch Battlestar Galactica: An Acrostic

Belief in the future of AI Attention to human prejudices Thought-provoking storytelling Two great factions learning to collaborate Leading ladies Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Katee Sackhoff Extinction of the human race at stake Serious ethical discussions about war, work, poverty, abortion, terrorism, religion, healthcare, etc. Technology advancements and limitations that interfere with human…

Getting Started with Battlestar Galactica

Even if you aren’t a huge sci-fi fanatic, you have probably heard of Battlestar Galactica. After all, it is a four-season complete apocalyptic sci-fi series made for the post-9/11 world. The 2004 series, sometimes called “The Reimagined Series, ” is also referred to as BSG-TRS. The series won more than 30 awards, more than 50…

Behind on Blogs (a preview)

This week I am traveling through Texas. On Wednesday, I flew into Austin and visited with family a couple days. Then, on Friday, I arrived in San Antonio for an annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the Institute of Biblical Research (IBR). This conference is a great time to connect with…

Podcast: Theological Ethics of Sexbots

Jump directly to Theological Ethics of Sexbots Podcast In an age of quick-paced technological developments, it’s no surprise we are seeing tv-series and films address ethical issues surrounding human interaction with robots. Even though Artificial Intelligence (AI) still has a ways to go before a synthetic being may be able to interact fully and free…