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sci-fi on God, religion, faith, spirituality etc. April 3, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, sci-fi.
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I’ve been a sci-fi fan as long as I can remember. Don’t know why, don’t know where I got it from, but that’s just one of those facts of my life. As a kid I looked through every book in the childrens devision at the library, and if it nearly looked like sci-fi I read it (at least I did read a lot of other stuff as well). When I got to a point, at roundabout 14 years of age, that there simply wasn’t books left for me to read in the childrens devision (at least not that looked at all interesting) I moved over to the adult devision, and discovered Arthur C Clark, and later on Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s very interesting to see what these people make of questions about God and religion in the future.

First let me say this. They are science fiction writers. They dream, they play around with ideas. That is what they do. But, the good sci-fi writers spend a lot of time dreaming about what society will look like, and they are not talking 10 years of 20 years from now, what about 100, or 200 (some would even look 1000 years into the future), and maybe we can learn something from them.

Many do touch on the issue of God, religion, especially spirituality and faith. I haven’t read anything from Clark in a very long time, but every once in a while he would mention religious groups, usually it would be some kind of fanatic group rising up in the light of some immanent danger. Yes, maybe those groups will be with us not only for the next 10 of 20 years, but for the next 200 or 500, or forever.

I’m currently reading Steven Baxter’s “Space”, which is a very interesting picture of the future. Nothing ordinary. Genetically engeneered people living in living space stations – huge trees of which the roots touch the upper atmosphere, and the leaves, out in space, photosynthesize in the sunlight. Who would have thought about that one?

One interesting thing about his book is the fact that he touch on the question of faith and religion quite a lot. The Roman Catholic Church (which ordains woman) are actually involved, and one of the priests are out there, exploring the alien universe looking for answers about faith. More than that, the Gaijin, the aliens colonizing the Solar system, are these extremely rational beings, but trying to understand concepts like faith and religion as part of there quest.

Hey, this might not be science, but it is interesting to see these guys visions. And to think some years ago people started to think that faith and spirituality would be pushed out the window by rationality.

Maybe you like stories as well. I love stories. What visions do the stories you read portrey?

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1. the light of other days « my contemplations - April 26, 2007

[…] As I have said previously, Clark has a way of touching on the topic of religion and spirituality from time to time. This time is no exception. Through one of these Wormcams the history of Moses gets looked into, but little remains of this mythical figure, rather, the myth turns out to be a combination of a lot of different people. […]


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