Religions of Star Trek

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Basic Books, 2003 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Religions of Star Trek
1
Is There God in the Universe?
15
What Evil Lurks Beyond the Stars?
57
Shamans Prophets Priests and Mystics Star Treks Religious Specialists
93
Enterprise Engaged Mythic Enactment and Ritual Performance
129
What Happens When You Die?
159
Can Science Save OnNDEXes Soul?
187
Saving The World as We Know It
217
List of Series Episodes and Films
227
Notes
231
Index
237
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Ross S. Kraemer is professor of religious studies at Brown University, and she has a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.William Cassidy is professor on human studies at Alfred University.Susan L. Schwartz is associate professor of religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ross S. Kraemer is professor of religious studies at Brown University, and she has a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.William Cassidy is professor on human studies at Alfred University.Susan L. Schwartz is associate professor of religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ross S. Kraemer is professor of religious studies at Brown University, and she has a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.William Cassidy is professor on human studies at Alfred University.Susan L. Schwartz is associate professor of religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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