Star Trek had a God

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Yesterday, I posted something on a documentry, and movement it seems, relating to people thinking that we are Cylons. (Read Dr. McGrath’s take on it as well). Anyway, today I found and article by Chase Masterson (Leeta, ST:DSP) about religion in the Star Trek Universe. Apparently, it was not as atheist as I thought. Personally, I like the notion of religion as found in BSG more than I do the one in Star Trek, but it is interesting for those who find reception theory enticing.

Sadly, many of us have had less than stellar experiences with religion in our personal lives. Roddenberry was no exception. In a 1997 AOL chat, writer/producer Ronald D. Moore said: “Gene felt very strongly that all of our contemporary Earth religions would be gone by the 23rd century, and while few of us around here actually share that opinion, we feel that we should leave this part of the Trek universe alone.”

But that’s not quite the case.

There’ve been a number of spiritual references and themes throughout the years in Star Trek, both in Roddenberry’s own work and that of other writers. I’m thankful to have been on such a philosophically oriented series; I’ve long thought that the intersection of spirituality and science fiction was a compelling theme, and so I’m devoting my next few columns to exploring what the various Star Trek series and films have established in canon about human (and alien) beliefs in the 22nd through 24th centuries.


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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. Thanks very much for mentioning Chase’s column! I very much enjoyed it and will be reading the whole series. I write and speak on Star Trek and Christianity (see link), so I was excited to learn about this! I’m also glad to have found your blog. :)

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