Jesus and Spock

Eruesso shared this tattoo of Spock depicted in imagery typically associated with Jesus:

He said he’ll leave it to me to decipher it (presumably not the text, which is “Live Long and Prosper” in Spanish, but the significance of the whole thing). If he expects me to explain why someone would etch this permanently onto their leg, then I can’t help. But there is certainly much that one could say about the role of Spock in relation to religion and Star Trek fandom. Spock is at once the most logical and the most consistently and explicitly religious figure on board the original Enterprise. He practices a Vulcan way of life which includes things that look like meditation and ritual, and is shown doing so even more frequently than Uhura works in references to Christianity.

There are quite a few other interesting images that bring Jesus and Spock together online. Here are just a couple of examples:

There is also a bizarre video in which Jesus and Spock have a conversation on the bridge of the Enterprise, in which Jesus turns out to have learned everything that he knows about the history of Christianity from reading The Da Vinci Code…except, apparently, what he learned from the Jesus mythicists:

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  • I have never understood the myth of Spock. I think Spock’s trajectory parallels that of Wittgenstein who also generated an extremely rigorous logical philosophy and then repudiated it in his later works. I think that Dr. Spock’s and Wittgenstein’s mysticism merely acknowledges the failure of pure logic to do everything we would like it to do.

    People want everything. They want one single complete and shining vision of all of reality and we can’t have it.

    Sometimes the answer is no.

    • arcseconds

      If anything, Wittgenstein was *more* mystical in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus than he was in his later works. He repudiated logic not to embrace mysticism but because he decided it couldn’t do what he initially thought it could: provide a complete understanding of the world and meaningful language (even though he understood that some things would always fall outside of that complete understanding even as he wrote it).

      I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Spock’s trajectory’, either. Do you mean he repudiates logic? I’m not sure I see it, if so…

  • I couldn’t help but notice that the video is exactly 3 minutes and 16 seconds long, or 3:16. Checkmate atheists!

  • Dave

    I am just finishing up TOS and the idea of Spock’s behavior being particularly religious just came to me. It’s interesting that the intent seems to be for him to be a completely non religious character, and yet, everything he does is a product of a religious mindset. Logic is simply the god that is used as a basis for the religion. Spock is very fervent. A true zealot, who wishes others would embrace his faith, but sees that as essentially hopeless because they simply aren’t as equipped for his truth as his own race is (the Vulcan side anyway). One wonders if these religious ideas helped to shape this character overtly, or if it was all a by product of simply trying to get scripts down on paper in time to make deadlines.