Category Archives: Philosophy

War Between the States of Being

Erica Olivera’s presentation on Theosophy and its influence on L. Frank Baum at the latest OzCon included some information on the four kingdoms, those of mineral, vegetable, animal, and human. The animal-vegetable-mineral division is part of general knowledge, as well … Continue reading

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You’re in Luck

I’d thought before about how the appellation “lucky” is applied to so many Oz characters. Well, only three that I can think of, but that’s still kind of weird. They were introduced by three different authors, however. The first is … Continue reading

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Magical Arts and Sciences

I’ve been thinking a bit recently about magic and science in fiction. I’m not saying anything at all new when I point out that a lot of what’s considered science fiction contains very little science. Sometimes it just seems to … Continue reading

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When Humanity Grows Up

One idea I’ve come across is that the whole of humanity is maturing over time, much as individuals do. It seems to be particularly prominent as a teaching in the Baha’i faith, but I’ve seen it other places as well. … Continue reading

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You Can’t Bluff an Old Theologian

I don’t like to do two posts about the same basic thing in a row, but sometimes I do because of timing issues. In this case, these are more Christmas-themed television specials we saw, and I want to discuss them … Continue reading

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Conflicting Covenants

One thing I’ve heard a fair amount for Christians that doesn’t seem to really hold up is that Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection freed believers from the Jewish law. And yet the same people will quote verses from Leviticus to condemn … Continue reading

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Sinking the Stinking One

The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes – This is another book from the Rick Riordan Presents label, and there’s a definite pattern to most of these. A kid who has trouble fitting in with their peers finds out they’re the … Continue reading

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