No Regrets

So much going on here in terms of thinking things through and taking an intelligent approach to what we believe. It’s that lovely combination of seriousness and silliness that Stephen does so well. And tat’s the word.

Stephen’s Jewish Friends

As I was finishing up the preparations for my university debut, I came across this clip from last fall, and it seemed appropriate in light of interfaith reactions to Summorum Pontificum. Stephen has his own brand of Catholic-Jewish dialogue. As we’ve come to expect, he handles other religions with intelligence, class and a healthy dose […]

Monkey Business

Hey folks, we’re into the second week of Stephen’s vacation. He was pitching ice cream back home in Charleston over the weekend. Less than a week till we get all new episodes.
I’m deep in research for the Theo 325 Course at Colbert University. (Extra points for anyone who “gets” the course number!) This clip from […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

One more clip from Wednesday’s Report. Stephen interviewed Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness. (Hat tip to a comment at the homeschooling blog As Cozy as Spring for pointing out the interesting take on children and happiness.) But watch, too, for the interesting point at the very end of the interview on the question […]

Magic, the Middle Ground Between Science and Religion

You never know when it’s worth staying awake through the last set of commercials for a trip to the bookshelf. On Thursday’s Report, Stephen paid tribute to TV’s Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert), who died last week, by recreating his famous egg-in-a-bottle experiment.
To this day when my kids ask how something scientific works, I say, “A […]

“Pulled together by angels”

Science and religion once again get hopelessly tangled in “Stephen’s” brain. (Recall that our character is described by his creator [tho’ perhaps not by his Creator] as a “well-intentioned, high status idiot.”)

Hearing Voices

I was hoping for Joan of Arc as an example, but I’ll settle for Moses. From Thursday’s show, the interview with Daniel Smith, author Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination. I really enjoy watching Stephen dial the intensity of his character up and down depending on the guest.

Advertising faith

Silliness is a great way to point up the tendency to trivialize religion. Stephen tackled the Democrats’ predictably soft responses to questions about faith in an interview on The Situation Room, particularly Hilary’s discomfort with “advertising” her religious beliefs. His response? “Advertising your faith is easy: Jesus—now with 25% more peanuts. Was that so hard?” […]

Science and Religion—Formidable Opponents?

Not for Stephen Colbert, although possibly for his stubbornly one-sided persona, whose ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance. At Book Expo America this past Saturday to promote his upcoming book, Colbert had this to say in response to a thoughtful question during the Q_A:
“I’m really interested in religion, I’m really interested in science. […]