During the first session of what everyone here calls "the Bible class" – the large class that does history and archeology of the times of the Old and New Testaments, and during many other sessions after, I have wondered what it is my counterpart in a fundamentalist seminary, like, for instance Southern Seminary is learning. I like to think of this imaginary counterpart, someone who is conservative, born-again, and, of course, straight. What is she hearing?
Lately, I feel like I'm beginning to live in the science fiction I've been reading over my lifetime. First, scientists have found large pockets of frozen water underneath the surface of Mars. If any of you read the excellent trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, you'll understand that lots of frozen water on Mars is necessary for terraforming it.