hegemon wrote:I suspect the real reason for so little religion in sf is that religion makes no sense. To extend the religion of the present day into the far future would seem as silly as extending the table manners of the present day into the far future.
hegemon wrote:Since every human society has a religion, alien societies that don't -- or that have some mumbo jumbo about high priests and temples without any denseness or texture -- seem to me like cardboard props rather than lived in worlds. If an alien society does not have a religion, that needs to be explained.
admin wrote:While most sf avoids or ignores the subject, the few religious sf stories that have appeared in print have garnered many awards and honors. "The Quest of St. Aquin" by Anthony Boucher, "The Nine Million Names of God" by Arthur C. Clark, "A Canticle for Liebowitz" by Walter Miller, Jr., "A Case of Conscience" by James Blish, and, of course, all of the science fiction and fantasy of C. S. Lewis come to mind. What other great religious sf stories have there been? And why is most sf so resolutely secular?
hegemon wrote:Christianity has changed so much in the last 2000 years that if Christ returned today, he would not believe the people who call themselves Christians had anything to do with him.
Christ said, blessed are the poor. Modern Christians favor tax breaks for the rich.
Christ said, turn the other cheek. Modern Christians teach hate and favor a war that involves rape, murder, and torture.
Christ said, judge not lest ye be judged. Modern Christians do little else but judge other people.
Christ said, pray silently, or you're a hypocrite. Modern Christians are in favor of public prayer in the schools.
On the other hand, modern Christians rave about sex, birth control, "dirty" words, and abortion, subjects on which Christ said absolutely nothing.
Yeah, I know, there are a lot of good, quiet Christians out there, but you never see them on tv or talk radio.
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