Church of the V

Tonight’s episode of “V” cranked up the level of spirituality and religious themes. Although hints of Anna being viewed as like a god were raised in the last episode, tonight’s showed what might well be a realistic response to the arrival of aliens who demonstrated an ability to heal otherwise incurable human illnesses and injuries.

After all, isn’t that a major theme in the Biblical tradition, in particular the New Testament? That the healing power of God is demonstrated through God’s agent, whose credibility is enhanced thereby?

If prayer doesn’t heal someone, but alien technology later did, what would the appropriate response of the one healed be? If you are an adherent of the tradition within which the prayers were offered but without avail, how might you respond to such a development?

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  • Keika

    If extraterrestrials came to earth and offered me a cure for a disease which was going to kill me right now, would I accept their cure if:A. Aliens were Atheists.B. Aliens were Monotheists.C. Aliens were Polygamist Mormons. I'll have to think about this a while. Oops, I’m dead.

  • Bryan

    If prayer doesn't heal someone, but alien technology later did, what would the appropriate response of the one healed be? The appropriate response would be to thank the aliens and perhaps try to understand the technology as best we can. But that isn't how the religious tend to adapt to such situations. We have already seen the identical phenomenon with our own medical technology. In situations where prayer doesn't cure anyone but a doctor does, what happens? The individual (if religious) thanks God for answering the prayer through the hands of the Dr. The same thing would happen in an alien encounter. Rather than shift religious worldview, which is sometimes traumatic, the religious would incorporate the aliens into it.

  • Ricardo

    "Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, 'Peace and safety,' destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (New International Version)Forget the alien invasion idea. Have you tried watching "V" as a metaphor of "The Day of the Lord"? All biblical and present day's elements seem to be represented in the unfolding story.Interesting blog.Love,Ricardo