The First Redshirt

I was looking for images to accompany a talk I will be giving in early May on religion in Star Trek and Doctor Who, and found something that was not what I was looking for, but is definitely worth sharing. An artist took the painting “The First Mourning” – which depicts Adam and Eve mourning for Abel, their son, who in the Biblical narrative is the first human being ever to be killed – and substituted a redshirt. Here is the result:

The intersection of religion and science fiction produces all sorts of fascinating things!

Click through to see the image side by side with the original, or to read more about the artist. And go to the site for the competition that the painting was made for to see many other combinations of Star Trek characters with classic works of art.

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  • John MacDonald

    Very cool!  Cool and an excellent scholar.  I wish I would have had you as a professor when I was in university.  Most of my teachers thought “monotone” was a professional requirement.

  • Gary

    Pieta would be better.

  • Sabio Lantz

    It would be far more interesting if a female was mourned by the primal couple — perhaps Star Trek’s Yeoman Janice Rand.

  • Michael Stephenson

    Dr. McGrath, why don’t you just come out and be done with it?

    You aren’t hiding anything from anyone.  Some wonder why you try.

    • James F. McGrath

      Come out as what? A Progressive Christian? A Star Trek fan? I think I am out of the closet about both.

      What if you were to come out and stop leaving cryptic troll comments and instead to just say what you mean?