Screwtape on Fantasy: A Response to Todd Friel

Todd Friel of the ministry called “Wretched” and others have come out against fantasy fiction having any place in the life of a Christian. You can find his video on Youtube, concerning “wizard fiction.” In response, I wrote my idea of a possible “Screwtape Letter.” I do hope it does no dishonor to C.S. Lewis.Continue reading “Screwtape on Fantasy: A Response to Todd Friel”

To Reach for the Stars

​I pray this picture will not foreshadow the embers of space exploration and colonization, slowly fading until we lose interest and forget we once had the opportunity to walk on other worlds. Once upon a time, we listened to the sky’s siren call, and answered it. As it was with the sirens of myth, soContinue reading “To Reach for the Stars”

“Batman vs. Superman” is Criminally Underrated

It’s one of the classic debates in comic book circles: if Batman and Superman got into a fight, who would walk away? A lot is being said about this new movie, and I won’t spoil the outcome, but the critics and “comic book authorities” are certainly losing. That’s because for reasons I cannot understand, theyContinue reading ““Batman vs. Superman” is Criminally Underrated”

A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section B

Okay, now to dive into this topic once more. This will be the last post I do on this topic for a while, and I apologize for its considerable word count. There was a lot of ground to cover. But at last, here is section B. More criticisms answered. I welcome feedback, whether positive orContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section B”

A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section A

Introduction [Here’s section B] In the previous installments of this series, I have been arguing for the likelihood of an unclassified animal species living in the Congo. Skeptics are not buying it, often for understandable reasons. The notion of a large land-dwelling animal still being undiscovered sounds rather larger-than-life to many people, especially with WesternContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section A”

A Plausible Monster? Part Two

Introduction My previous post in this series details the reasons why there might be at least one so-called “monster” (well, unknown animal) in one of the most impenetrable regions of the world: Mokele-mbembe, in Central Africa. If it accomplished anything, however, all it did was open the door and display the Congo Basin as a goodContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part Two”

Another Plausible Monster? Direct Evidence for an Unknown Marine Predator

A few months ago, I wrote a post arguing for the likelihood that there is a big, unidentified animal living in the Congo Basin. (Future posts on the same topic are on the way) And while I tend to not hold my breath for the discovery of creatures like Sasquatch or Nessie, in this case the skeptics’Continue reading “Another Plausible Monster? Direct Evidence for an Unknown Marine Predator”

Professor Prothero’s Preening, Pungent Prattle

“You must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he came to be so silly….you can only find out the rightsContinue reading “Professor Prothero’s Preening, Pungent Prattle”

A Plausible Monster? Part One

[Now that they are published, here’s part two and part three-A, and three-B will be released soon] I could go back to staying “safe” on this blog, and not stick my neck out again. Nothing weird or controversial. But that’s boring. And in some respects, it wouldn’t be right. For today, I thought a niceContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part One”

Watching the Watchmen: Thoughts on Abiogenesis

I will be upfront and say I lack training in microbiology and biochemistry, and this post is intended to be a big-picture pondering on the subject, rather than a paper for peer review. So feel free to take what I write with a five pound bag of salt. Abiogenesis is the notion that biological lifeContinue reading “Watching the Watchmen: Thoughts on Abiogenesis”