Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.
by Jonathan Dodson
Here’s a nice little correction of the annoyingly common and tragically misinformed statement, “The Bible Has Errors.”
Dodson helps to push some of the cultural and theological debris away from unbelief so that those who don’t yet know the peace and hope we have from Christ may be able to face deeper reasons for their unbelief. Because, frankly, shouting on the internet about the errors of the Bible strongly suggests that you were angry about God before you ever regurgitated that tired old argument.
by Bob Seidensticker
I am quite happy to provide equal time. Here is a pretty good argument calling Christians to give up the fairy story. The first time I encountered this strain of argument was probably through Douglas Adams – an author whose work I greatly admire and whose work against the Church I am greatly disturbed by. He said, “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
Here is Seidensticker’s brief exploration of the concept. Of course, I disagree with it, seeing such fairy stories as useful in explaining the gospel. Fairy stories (Star Trek included) are all about being childlike, discovering another world, just on the other side of this one. There’s always a single doorway into this world. It can be Alice’s mirror, the Pevensie’s wardrobe, Dorothy’s twister. The doorway can even be the simple passage of time, as is the case with Star Trek. It’s this magical other world, just beyond our own.
I use fairy stories the same way Buechner does, so here’s what he said:
“Here and there and not just in books we catch glimpses of a world of once upon a time and they lived happily ever after, of a world where there is a wizard to give courage and a heart, an angel with a white stone that has written on it our true and secret name, and it is so easy to dismiss it all that it is hardly worth bothering to do.”
Anyway. Enough disclaimers. Click on over and have a read. Here’s an excerpt of Seidensticker’s article:
“…Christians leave church and reenter conventional society. Some know (or suspect) that the mythology isn’t real, like a trekker who’s in it for the pageantry and camaraderie, but many Christians do live the mythology.”
by Chris Gavaler
“Wertham, a Jewish psychiatrist who left Germany during the rise of fascism, called superheroes “an off-shoot of Nietzsche’s superman” and joked that Superman, a “symbol of violent race superiority” should wear an S.S. on his chest.”
by Nathan W Bingham
“To be bored is to fail to see the many and varied good gifts God has given us, not the least of which is in creation.”
by Michael Poteet
Finally, here is a bit of fun from my friend Michael. Star Trek II will be a thirty year-old film soon and The Sci-Fi Christian is counting down the thirty reasons to love it!
My favorite thing: Kirk quoting Dickens, of course!