Wow… I am speechless

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Oh, and I’ve been accepted in Dr. McGrath’s Dr. Who project…

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3 Replies to “Wow… I am speechless”

  1. I’m catching up with the new Who. Almost up to speed. Great stuff. I also posted two unbroadcast clips of the latest doctor on my Facebook page, scenes I found on youtube that involve Amy and Matt inside the Tardis. Fun scenes that were never shown on TV.

    But as a “Christian” what do you think of the fact that Dr. Who’s adventures just keep being churned out, imaginative captivating tales, and interesting life lessons about friendship and courage in the face of death thrown in, etc. You don’t even realize you’re learning about life, love and humanity as you watch such shows, or that you’re being challenged by new philosophical ideas as well about time, space, ethics.

    But this raises the question, Does a person need the Bible to understand life, to help them prize knowledge, wisdom, courage, friendship, to help them live life in the face of the unknown, even in the face of death, to love others, to think philosophically and imaginatively?

    How essential is it to believe in a “Messiah, ” or believe in calling someone a “Lord” (as opposed to a common person), or believe in “Kingships” (as opposed to democracies), or believe in a hundred other things in Old Testament biblical lore, or ancient Near Eastern lore upon which it is based, or NT lore, etc.

    1. MORE COMPLETE REWRITE. . .

      I’ve met a number of Christians who enjoy Dr. Who but I sometimes wonder what they think of the fact that Dr. Who’s adventures have the ability to captivate and attract even bibilcal scholars like Dr. McGrath, with a similar or greater intensity than biblical tales?

      Humanity appears to be generating tales that continue to evolve, including mixing and matching religious and philosophical themes, invoking a conscious control over the mutation of new mythical elements — sort of like the way humanity is also learning how to mix and match elements of DNA, experimenting with them. Are we to become the masters of our own future DNA evolution as well as of the stories that captivate us most? Is that what humanity is about? And what part is left to religion in the end? Especially the religions of the unchanging unevolving books? Won’t they be left behind? And I haven’t even mentioned quantum computers, artificial intelligence and upgrades to the human mind.

      Dr. Who features imaginative captivating tales, and interesting life lessons about friendship and courage in the face of death. You don’t even realize you’re learning about life, love and humanity as you watch such shows, or that you’re being challenged by new ideas about time, space, philosophy and ethics. But this raises the question about shows that stretch and enrich our minds, our philosophies, that teach us ethical lessons, including lessons in courage and love–Dr. Who is but one of a variety of such books and films–does a person need one book in particular, the Bible, or, the Koran, to understand life, to help them prize knowledge, wisdom, courage, friendship, to help them live life in the face of the uncertain, the unknown, even in the face of death, to love others, to think philosophically and imaginatively? It doesn’t seem so.

      And a related question is, How essential is it to believe in a “Messiah” (literally, “anointed one”). or believe in calling someone a “Lord” (as opposed to simply calling them by name), or believe in “Kingships” (as opposed to democracies), or believe in a hundred other things in Old Testament biblical lore, or ancient Near Eastern lore upon which it is based, or NT lore, etc.?

      Furthermore, the NT is over a thousand years older than the OT was when the earliest NT book was composed, and still no new written revelations from God?

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