Star Trek was a Christian Show. Told you so, you heretics

The original starship Enterprise
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Every Christian Star Trek fan recalls Stardate 4041.7. That was the day that I realised that, with very few exceptions, Star Trek is consistently the most pro-Christian and pro-Catholic show in American television history.


In “Bread and Circuses”, the episode that took place in Stardate 4041.7 (AD 2268 for planet-bound humans), Captain James Tiberius Kirk, valiant captain of the good ship Enterprise, in the midst of their five-year mission, came across planet 892-IV, a draconian 20th-century version of the Roman Empire, complete with gladiators, senators and nefarious politics. The empire sponsors state executions of renegade slaves who practice a pacifistic religion of “total love and total brotherhood”. Sound familiar?

via Catholic propaganda on the Enterprise |

I admit – I’ve wanted to post on Star Trek for a very long time, but couldn’t find the reason to do it. I grew up with every series, every episode and so what that I’ve might have played with the action figures even in (senior year of) high school. I mean, Star Trek is Science Fiction. The U.S.S. Enterprise. NCC-1701. Captain James Tiberius Kirk (although one episode, before Tiberius was established Kirk’s middle name in the movies, listed R. as the middle initial). Spock. Dr. McCoy. I can hear ole Bones now… ‘Dangit Jim, I’m a blogger not a journalist.’ TV was made for Star Trek. So was IMAX, 3-d, and everything other piece of cool technology.

And while there are overtures to various aspects of American culture, I’m not real sure the author of the piece is getting everything right. However, whom am I to argue… I mean, let’s fuse the Canons. The Scriptural and the Star Trek canon. Would really make the Book of Revelation just sing!

And ye, thou shalt go boldly where no man hath gone before…

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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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