Religions of Star Trek by Ross S. Kraemer

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Is there a God? What evil lurks beyond the stars? Can science save one’s soul? Profound questions like these have consumed human thought over the ages; they also inspired the original creators of the Star Trek canon of TV series and films. Religions of Star Trek tackles these challenging questions head-on in a remarkable look at one of sci-fi’s great success stories.Analyzing more than three decades of screen adventure, the authors depict a Star Trek transformed, corresponding to the resurgence of religion in American public discourse. The authors identify the many religious characters in Star Trek, tracing the roots of scientific humanism to more contemporary aspects of religion and spirituality. Through it all, the creators’ visionary outlook remains constant: a humanistic faith in free will and the salvific nature of dispassionate scientific inquiry.This book was not prepared, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing the Star Trek television series or films.
 

About Ross S. Kraemer

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Cassidy is Professor of Human Studies at Alfred University. Susan L. Schwartz is associate professor of religion and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Asian Traditions at Muhlenberg College. She is the coauthor of "The Religions of Star Trek.
 
Published July 21, 2009 by Basic Books. 258 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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A trio of religion scholars presents a learned but readable review of religious themes in Star Trek that should interest fans and provide grist for students and teachers of religion.

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"Religions of Star Trek" has such a scholarly, high-minded tone that one feels the unreasonable impulse to place Gene Roddenberry alongside the names of Jesus, Moses, Confucius and Mohammed.

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