A brief illustration of Paul’s words from this Sunday’s lectionary reading –  “All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else” (Ephesians 2.3) – from Battlestar Galactica (don’t laugh, people, it’s amazing).

From Season 2, Episode 3, a conversation between Gaius Baltar, a human scientist, and his Cylon (cyborg) lover, known only as Number Six, right after Baltar has, for the first time, killed someone:

Number Six: I’m so proud of you, Gaius.

Doctor Gaius Baltar: Why? Because I’ve taken a life?

Number Six: It’s what makes you human.

Doctor Gaius Baltar: Is it? Not conscious thought? Not poetry, or art, or music, literature? Murder. Murder is my heritage. Is that the lesson I’m supposed to pass on to our child?