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Whology: Theological Parallels in Doctor Who

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If you are a fan of British Science Fiction then you are more than likely heard the sound of a high-powered spaceship within an old-fashioned Police Box.  You have also accepted the moniker Whovian and wear it like a fez or bowtie.

If you have no idea what I am talking about I will fill you in.  I am talking about the television show, Doctor Who. The show involves a time traveling alien who takes a human companion with him along travels throughout history and multiple dimensions. 

One of the main features of the protagonist is that he regenerates into a new person every few seasons. This event makes him more than one person and at certain times,  more than one doctor can exist at the same time. I started thinking about my own belief systems as a Christian.  I am like most Christians believe in a three-fold God,  consisting of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  It is hard to understand how this can be true but I think Doctor Who may have given me a glance to how it is possible.  If we can conceive even of a being who is one person and has one personality and is also a completely different person and has a different personality, how much more complex is a God who is one person and two others at the same time . 

What I like the best about The Doctor are his clever and humorous ways to solve problems like his ability to defeat armies with a screwdriver (albeit a sonic one but a screwdriver nonetheless). It reminds me when Jesus, who needs to pay a census tax tells Peter to go catch a fish and open his mouth and he will find the payment. (Matt. 17:27)

With the discovery of two new planets we learn our universe is bigger than we thought.  What we thought was impossible is possible that is why I love Science Fiction, it holds the virtue of possibility.  This is helpful when a new discovery happens like when we find two new planets and we learn our universe and the world around us is smaller than we thought. In scripture we are taught that A whole universe, galaxy, and solar system glorifies God. (Psalms 19:1)  What if we find this event looks something like this?

If you are a fan of British Science Fiction then you are more than likely heard the sound of a high-powered spaceship within an old fashioned police box.  You have also accepted the moniker Whovian and wear it like a fez or bowtie.

If you have no idea what I am talking about I will fill you in.  I am talking about the television show, Doctor Who. The show involves a time traveling alien who takes a human companion with him along travels throughout history and multiple dimensions. 

One of the main features of the protagonist is that he regenerates into a new person every few seasons. This event makes him more than one person and at certain times,  more than one doctor can exist at the same time. I started thinking about my own belief systems as a Christian.  I am like most Christians believe in a three-fold God,  consisting of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  It is hard to understand how this can be true but I think Doctor Who may have given me a glance to how it is possible.  If we can conceive even of a being who is one person and has one personality and is also a completely different person and has a different personality, how much more complex is a God who is one person and two others at the same time . 

What I like the best about The Doctor are his clever and humorous ways to solve problems like his ability to defeat armies with a screwdriver (albeit a sonic one but a screwdriver nonetheless). It reminds me when Jesus, who needs to pay a census tax tells Peter to go catch a fish and open his mouth and he will find the payment. (Matt. 17:27)

With the discovery of two new planets we learn our universe is bigger than we thought.  What we thought was impossible is possible that is why I love Science Fiction, it holds the virtue of possibility.  This is helpful when a new discovery happens like when we find two new planets and we learn our universe and the world around us is smaller than we thought. In scripture we are taught that A whole universe, galaxy, and solar system glorifies God. (Psalms 19:1)  What if we find this event looks something like this?

I am not saying we will find alien cats on the day of Resurrection but I do believe God will restore not only our world but all worlds. After they are restored Heaven will be infused into our universe and we will see a new Heaven and a new Earth. Even though it is fictional, maybe in this show we are seeing small glimpses of what that is actually like.

I am not saying we will find alien cats on the day of Resurrection but I do believe God will restore not only our world but all worlds. After they are restored Heaven will be infused into our universe and we will see a new Heaven and a new Earth. Even though it is fictional, maybe in this show we are seeing small glimpses of what that is actually like.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Writing

 

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2015: An Update And New Plans

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The early days of January are long and cold and involve being trapped in a house by snow and frozen walkways. The only things keeping me warm are my robe and the extra carbs I shouldn’t have eaten during the holidays.  All of which I regret now.  The positive effect of this type of weather is that it always gives us the time to write,  read, and dream.  Since we have already entered a new year, now is a time to reflect and imagine. 

If you are a regular readers of this blog you know in  November I participated in Nanowrimo and started working on a new novel that is a western involving vampires. I did not “finish”  I. E.  write 50,000 words in a month but I made a lot of progress and I learned a lot and even  tried something new: I changed my input method while I wrote.

  I started typing my story in the beginning of the month,  needless to say,  it took a long time to fill up the page even when I was typing my longer sentences and fastest word rates.   I decided to try writing it out longhand it was not a method I had done since grade school.  Instead of slowing down my creativity I think it has sped it up. I have not typed any of the new stuff into my electronic form so I have not seen if it has affected word count any but as far as creative and my mood is a lot better.

A few benefits of writing instead of typing your story are  there doesn’t seem to be restrictions just putting words on notebook paper.  Notebook paper doesn’t seem to be as pristine as the blank computer screen.  It allows a freedom to enjoy the journey as you write your story one word at a time. It also shows all of your ideas so you can see all of the steps your draft has taken.   If you delete an idea on the computer screen it is gone forever.

I also have been planning for Scrawl cast to contain episodes related to books.  I would like to have some reviews as well as other book related content.  I have been wanting to do this podcast because I am a reader then a writer second. Expect a cornucopia of book genres covered including: science fiction and fantasy books  mix of historical fiction, mystery,  thriller,  horror, non-fiction, memoir, and comic books (or graphic novels I’d you are an elitist).  I am excited about this project because reading is one of the few ways it is socially acceptable to imagine.  It is a small reminder that imagination is not just child’s play,  it is everyone’s play. 

I hope that this new year brings creative, beautiful, and meaningful work to me and you, my fellow writers, artists,  and creators.  Here is to 2015.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Writing

 

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