Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer

Over at IO9, Charlie Jane Anders has posted an article with the title “Big Theological Questions That Science Fiction Should Answer.” I was one of several people she interviewed for the article, and I get quoted at length. Others include Robert Geraci and Eriberto Lozada, who contributed to the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction.

Click through to read the piece, and then either there, here, or in both places, why not leave a comment with your own thoughts about what theological questions it would be interesting for science fiction to explore and try to answer.

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  • Keika

    Perhaps not at all a theological question to be answered by science fiction, but: Was Jesus a ringer (a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses) for God? A game changer?

    In the original Star Trek episode, “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are trapped on a planet where abducted aliens are enslaved and trained to perform as gladiators for the amusement of bored, faceless aliens. The episode ends when Kirk defeats his opponents, winning the bet which will bring freedom and prosperity to the aliens.

    What if ‘non-violent’ modern day sports like football (NFL style) and baseball (MLB style) had been introduced to the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Jews in ancient times. How long would they have remained non-violent and non-segregated before violations to the official rules were attempted? And what if they had strictly adhered to the rules? Would God have needed to send in Jesus to participate in the games?