Aliens Saved My Religion

Aliens Saved My Religion April 1, 2016

Aliens Saved My Religion

As I was looking for images that could serve as prototypes or inspiration for the cover design for my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, I discovered a book title that was proposed but not used by another author. Tony Kriz shared on his blog that his book Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pub and Other Unexpected Places was almost given the title Aliens Saved My Religion: How Religious Foreigners (Muslims, Atheists and Drunkards) Taught me the True Gospel of Jesus.

I actually have a section of my book that relates the Bible’s verses about “aliens” (meaning “foreigners”) to the science fictional sense of that term, since in turn many sci-fi stories about aliens are in fact attempts to say something about how we relate to the “aliens” who are from and on our own planet.

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  • John MacDonald

    Deuteronomy’s inclusion of “Aliens” shows that the Jews did not have just a ethic of tribalism and solipsism, but also one that reached out to care for the Other:

    “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. 19″So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.… (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)