Tragedy and hope in the X-Files

 [Narration after discovering a mass gravesite of abducted children.] They said the birds refused to sing and the thermometer fell suddenly, as if God himself had his breath stolen away. No one there dared speak aloud, as much in shame as in sorrow. They uncovered the bodies one by one. The eyes of the dead […]

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Heretical truths: more great wisdom from the X-Files

This time from the pen of Howard Gordon: Scully: “So you’re basing this theory on a folk tale.” Mulder: “It’s just another way of describing the same truths, right? I mean, all new truths begin as heresies and end as superstitions.* We fear the unknown so we reduce it to the terms most familiar to […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Let’s not kid ourselves

Berenbaum: “Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful and so honest.” Mulder: “‘Honest’?” Berenbaum: “Eat, sleep, defecate, procreate. That’s all they do. That’s all we do, but at least insects don’t kid themselves that it’s anything more than that.” from “War of the Coprophages”, episode 3×12 of The X-Files This exchange […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The spiritual lives of Fox Carter and Dana Spotnitz

My favorite science fiction show is the X-Files, so I was interested to discover that Wipf and Stock published a book back in April by Amy Donaldson, called We Want to Believe: Faith and Gospel in the X-Files (paperback, Kindle). Here’s part of the publisher’s blurb: “Why would God let the innocent suffer? Can God forgive even […]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I want to believe

Today on his blog, my friend Cliff Martin summarizes the ultimate basis for his belief: I am a believer in God, first and foremost, because I choose to be. I have not abandoned those reasons for belief. I still value the rational approach of the Thomists the Natural Theology espoused by Thomas Aquinas, but I […]

Sunday, May 30th, 2010