Science Fiction and the Christian Faith: Apologetics.com Review of District 9

Special guest Leo Partible joins the Apologetics.com team for a show on all things Sci Fi. With Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp has created a tragic vision of “first contact”. For more than a hundred years the storytelling genre Science Fiction has been grappling with the issues of technological advancement and the sciences in conflict with man.

Often these stories attempt a critique of the human condition and a vision of the future, things that have traditionally been the domain of religion; they have an ethic, a salvation, and an eschatology. Usually Sci fi is presented within the context of a mechanistic or naturalistic worldview and Christians have often asked whether this kind of framework is up to the moral task this genre seems to demand.

It’s hard to see anything being right or wrong, any progress of the species having any legitimacy as betterment, or the survival of humanity having any real significance when we are supposedly reducible to the chance consequence of meaningless matter in space. But we all have our little inconsistencies and perhaps the Christian worldview with its universal moral truths and inherent human value beyond being a mere accident of the universe serves better the purpose of the genre?

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Science fiction writers have often used the popularity of the style as a bully-pulpit for anti-religious or even anti-christain thought, but many of the most thoughtful writers and thinkers of late have shared a deeper religious or even Christian worldview, that contributes deeply to its ultimate fulfillment. Science fiction legacies like Star Wars could almost be viewed as religious tracts, while Star Trek ever dared to go where no genre had gone before, religion being a common theme.

Film is one of the most powerful means of communication in our culture and for the Christian to neglect the language seems counter to our historic character. To be silent in film would be like the last generation failing to speak through song, or the previous generations refusing to write. We are after all a storytelling people.

What H.G. Wells was for agnosticism and cynicism perhaps C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein were for Christianity as their writing and thought were such powerful communications of a robust Christian faith in the cadence of metaphor and analogy.

Still, none of this is easy to comb through, so join us as we too continue our voyage into the unknown on the Apologetics.com Radio Show. CN

With Dennis Alvy, Victor Sarmiento, Josh Jacobs, Curtis Robinson and staff members Lindsay Brooks and Christopher Neiswonger.
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