Earlier this week, RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples invited me, Sandra, and other RTB staffers to participate in a recording of his podcast, Straight Thinking. The discussion focused on Harry Potter and Christians’ response to this spectacularly popular fantasy franchise. The podcast won’t air for another two months or so, but I love the subject of fantasy literature and film so much I can’t resist writing about it here on Take Two.

The fantasy genre occasionally causes some unease among Christians. (more…)

Call me a skeptic. A nonbeliever. Even a hater. But in a perfect world—a world that suits my preferences, I should say—it doesn’t exist.

What is “It,” you ask? The Star Wars prequels, of course. (more…)

There’s a great scene in The Empire Strikes Back where the crew of the Millennium Falcon tries desperately to escape a fleet of Imperial star destroyers. Knowing the Falcon is sorely out matched by the size and fire-power of the enemy vessels, Captain Han Solo resorts to flying his ship into a huge asteroid field to evade pursuit.

C-3PO screeches in protest, “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!”

Han snaps, “Never tell me the odds.” (more…)

Working down the hall from a group of scholars has its perks. Whether I’m curious about the hominids, ad hominems, or the Large Hadron Collider; Hugh, Fuz, Jeff, and Ken will have an answer that is both thoughtful and comprehendible. But not all our conversations orbit around the heavy stuff, so to speak. (more…)

Fossilized trilobite found in the Burgess Shale in British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Dr. Hugh Ross.

Last Sunday, my husband and I hosted a 14-hour Star Wars marathon for a small group of family and friends. We popped in Episode I: The Phantom Menace at 8 AM and ended Episode VI: Return of the Jedi at 10 PM. (Yes, I know we’re geeks.) (more…)