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Vaal's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by Vaal

You would have thought the religdroids would have been happy with science fiction. After all, their world view is based on fiction, so they are half way there :)

Most science fiction writers, correctly assume that the piffle of religion is something that civilisations grew out of. It may have been OK for ignorant desert nomads to try and explain the mystery of the Universe, but for space-farers and any advanced civilisation, it would just be anachronistic nonsense, to be chuckled at in history lessons.

I liked the original Star Trek message, which reflected the thoughts of Gene Roddenberry about religion ..

Although Roddenberry was raised as a Southern Baptist, he instead considered himself a humanist and agnostic. He saw religion as the cause of many wars and human suffering and made it known to the writers of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation that religion and mystical thinking were not to be included. According to Brannon Braga, in Roddenberry's vision of Earth's future, everyone was an atheist and better for it.

Roddenberry attacked religion several times, where god-like entities are destroyed, or are uncovered showing what they really are. This happens in, "Return of the Archons", "A Taste of Armageddon", "Catspaw", "The Apple", The Paradise Syndrome", "Who Mourns for Adonais", "And the Children Shall Lead", "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" and "Plato's Stepchildren", to name a few.

And of course, my username is based on Vaal from "The Apple" :)

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:47:00 UTC | #429665