I think we got a big theological allegory in the most recent Doctor Who story. I do not know if all of it was intended, but I expect some of it was. And what is interesting and important is the Mels sequence is central to the story, once one realizes the theological sentiment behind the story.
Mels (River Song’s earlier incarnation) has been led to believe the Doctor must be evil. We have seen how she was convinced of it. If the Doctor is so good, why isn’t he stopping all the bad events in time and space. Therefore, he must be evil. (It’s similar to objections people use for God). The Doctor should have taken out Hitler, but he didn’t. The Doctor should have stopped every evil because he knew what was going to happen in history, but he didn’t. He let evil win because he was also evil.
He isn’t just any kind of evil. No, he is the greatest evil in the universe. This, of course, is what the “Silence” alliance seem to think. And Mels/River has been made to believe this so she would one day take out the Doctor. She is the only one who can kill him. And then she is told she is to take the TARDIS and right all the wrongs. She wants to right the wrongs of history. She starts, of course, with Hitler.
Everything changed, however, when the Doctor was dying.
The Doctor calls her over. He says something like, “I knew this day was coming. But I would do anything for River; I would die to save her.”
When she finds out she is River, she has a moment of awareness and becomes a convert. She sees and understands the Doctor differently. He is willing to die to save those he loves, including her. She is saved by his death. He dies. But he is brought back to life through the power of love (the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love).
Doctor Who does theodicy. And, like in history, the solution is love, a love willing to die for the other and a love which gives back life.
I’ve edited together another selection of texts, this time, a collection on animals and how I view them philosophically and theologically.
You can order it directly through createspace here:
The book should be available elsewhere soon — check for it on Amazon!
Can animals be considered persons? Can they know right from wrong, and be expected to do penance? Can animals partake of eternal life? What does God expect out of humanity in relation to the animal world? Why did the Holy Spirit appear in the form of a dove?
These and other questions are addressed in this fascinating and unique collection of essays on the nature and place of animals in the world.
Table of Contents:
17 January 17, 1787
27 Consequentialism and Animals
40 On Pets
54 The Sign of Jonah
69 All Creation Sings the Glory of God
88 God and Creation
99 The Dove: A Representation of 5he Divine Plan in Animals
117 Quid Sumit Mus?
124 Concluding Remarks
134 Select Bibliography
Currently available on CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/3437633 , it should soon be available on Amazon.com. This is an edited collection of many of my writings from the last few years. While available on the net, the texts have been somewhat modified (edited for clarification and to eliminate noticeable defects), and are now presented together as a theological collection, allowing them to be much easier read and studied in depth.
This is the first volume of a series of such collections which I plan to make. The theme of the second volume will be inter-religious dialogue and comparative theology.
Included in this volume are the following essays:
So, what is it that is causing the DC area to get more snow this year than usual? A lot more?
Probably global warming. Odd as that might seem.
The change in weather patterns is what one expects. Just watch what happens to the air around an ice cube as it melts, and you will get the gist of what happens when the big ice cubes at the north melt.
Now available (on CreateSpace) and soon to be available on Amazon.com:
Thinking With the Inklings
As a Catholic scholar who is also a fan of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and their friends, I have, through the years, written several essays which reflect upon their writings. Some of them have been traditional in form — critical essays looking to present their beliefs. Others, however, have gone beyond mere exploration of their beliefs; in them, I seek to think along with the Inklings, that is, to see how some of their ideas might impact my own religious and philosophical views.
In this collection, you will find examples of both.
Section I: Essays on the Inklings
10 Should John Wain Be Considered An Inkling?
17 The Allegory of the Cave
29 J.R.R. Tolkien: A Catholicized William Morris?
57 The Significance of Adam Fox
Section II: Thinking with the Inklings
66 Overcoming the Great Divorce
107 C.S. Lewis and the Mind-Only Prison
115 On Three Representations of the Antichrist
129 Love and Lust
135 How Much is Too Much?
140 On Multiple Worlds and Multiple Incarnations
155 We Are Technological Magi
174 Context Is Everything
Section III: Reviews
180 Doctor Faustus
187 The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
190 Till We Have Faces
196 Eager Spring: The Coda of the Inklings
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