The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew

The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew

The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew

The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew

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Overview

What's Christian about Star Trek? Nothing. That's the way most people see it and that certainly seems to be the way the franchise is intended. There's no question that the Trek universe is based on a doggedly humanistic world view and is set in a future time when religion has essentially vanished from Earth. If that's the case, how can there even be a ""gospel according to Star Trek""?

In The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew, you'll discover how the continuing voyages of Kirk and company aboard the Enterprise--from the original series to the Abramsverse--tell us more about our human quest for God than you ever imagined. You'll learn how Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's own spiritual quest informed the franchise, what he and the series really have to say about God and religion, and the amazing image of Christ contained in Star Trek's most popular character.

You'll also see how Star Trek can help us recover a deeper, more fully human gospel that embraces our humanity instead of denigrating it and echoes the call of both Spock and Christ: ""Live long and prosper!"" (John 10:10). ""You hold in your hands a treasure. So don't read this endorsement; instead, read this book, which we are fortunate to have. The proof of this endorsement is to be found in reading Kevin's book. The 'eyes of your heart' may be opened too."" --David Naugle, Distinguished University Professor, Dallas Baptist University; author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (2002) ""Don't be scared off by the title, Trek fans. Whether Christian, pagan, atheist, or any other corner on the global 'higher power' scale, you'll find plenty of new insights into 'the human adventure' amid the dots Kevin C. Neece connects in The Gospel According to Star Trek. Kevin looks at Star Trek's love-hate relationship with paradises, god-things, baby-steps humanity, alien deities, and even the wacky implications of the animated series, and finds something to intrigue everyone."" --Larry Nemecek, author, Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library; Founder, Trekland's Portal 47 ""If you thought there was little Christians could learn from Star Trek, Kevin C. Neece will show you another way into a rich theological frontier in the Star Trek universe. This book is not only helpful for seeing connections between Christian Faith and Star Trek but also a great example of faithful engagement with culture."" --Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology, Wheaton College ""Star Trek may or may not have been 'Christian,' but it was highly spiritual. Star Trek and religion ask many of the same questions. Doing good, being honest, helping others, understanding, friendship, self-sacrifice, loyalty--these are all Star Trek themes. They are also the main tenets of Christianity. The Gospel According to Star Trek is a smart and engaging book and Kevin C. Neece's passion for the subject matter and excellent research make for a fascinating read!"" --BarBara Luna, Actress, Star Trek episode ""Mirror, Mirror"" (role of Marlena Moreau) ""Stories do more than entertain. They subtly shape our loves, beliefs, and what we think is possible. Stories are written by someone from somewhere, so the better we understand that person and his worldview, the better we can appreciate how his stories work on us. This is why Trekkies need to read Kevin C. Neece's penetrating and winsome study on Gene Roddenberry and his Star Trek series. They will be challenged and pleasantly encouraged."" --Mike Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary ""Kevin C. Neece reveals the innumerable ways Star Trek parallels the Christian story of love, sacrifice, peace, and justice, while demonstrating how this gospel connection is why Star Trek resonates with so many people on such a deep level. In a Christian subculture that often focuses on how pop culture is 'anti-Christian,' The Gospel According to Star Trek is


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625640598
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin C. Neece is an author and speaker on media, the arts, and pop culture from a Christian world view perspective. A former professor, Kevin holds a BAS in Communication and Philosophy and an MLA in Fine Arts. He lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas. Find booking information and more at kevincneece.com.
Author/Speaker Website: http://kevincneece.com/,
http://gospelaccordingtostartrek.com/, http://facebook.com/kevincneeceofficial, http://twitter.com/kevincneece

Table of Contents

Foreword John Tenuto ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction: The Undiscovered Country xv

Section 1 Creator and Questor: The Restless Heart of Gene Roddenberry

1 Creator 3

2 Roddenberry, Religion, and a Malfunctioning Brain 6

3 The Theology of Gene Roddenberry 18

4 Questor 25

Section 2 The Gospel According to the Original Series

1 More Than a Wagon Train to the Stars 31

2 The Way to Eden: The Edenic Imagination of the Original Series 33

3 Our Many Beliefs: Openness Toward Religion 40

4 We Find the One Quite Adequate: God and God Figures 51

5 False Gods, False Paradises, and False Religions 57

6 Last Battlefields and Neighbor Love 60

Section 3 The Gospel According to the Animated Series

1 Star Trek, Season Four 69

2 Gods and Monsters 72

3 Sympathy for the Devil: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu" 83

Section 4 The Gospel According to the Original Series Films

1 Star Trek: The Motion Picture 91

2 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 98

3 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 111

4 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 122

5 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 134

6 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 141

Section 5 The Gospel According to the Kelvin Timeline

1 Star Trek (2009) 149

2 Star Trek Into Darkness 160

3 Star Trek Beyond 167

Epilogue: What Does God Need with a Starship? 183

Bibliography 187

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"You hold in your hands a treasure. So don't read this endorsement; instead, read this book, which we are fortunate to have. The proof of this endorsement is to be found in reading Kevin's book. The 'eyes of your heart' may be opened too."
—David Naugle, Distinguished University Professor, Dallas Baptist University; author of Worldview: The History of a Concept (2002)

"Don't be scared off by the title, Trek fans. Whether Christian, pagan, atheist, or any other corner on the global 'higher power' scale, you'll find plenty of new insights into 'the human adventure' amid the dots Kevin C. Neece connects in The Gospel According to Star Trek. Kevin looks at Star Trek's love-hate relationship with paradises, god-things, baby-steps humanity, alien deities, and even the wacky implications of the animated series, and finds something to intrigue everyone."
—Larry Nemecek, author, Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library; Founder, Trekland's Portal 47

"If you thought there was little Christians could learn from Star Trek, Kevin C. Neece will show you another way into a rich theological frontier in the Star Trek universe. This book is not only helpful for seeing connections between Christian Faith and Star Trek but also a great example of faithful engagement with culture."
—Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

"Star Trek may or may not have been 'Christian,' but it was highly spiritual. Star Trek and religion ask many of the same questions. Doing good, being honest, helping others, understanding, friendship, self-sacrifice, loyalty—these are all Star Trek themes. They are also the main tenets of Christianity. The Gospel According to Star Trek is a smart and engaging book and Kevin C. Neece's passion for the subject matter and excellent research make for a fascinating read!"
—BarBara Luna, Actress, Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" (role of Marlena Moreau)

"Stories do more than entertain. They subtly shape our loves, beliefs, and what we think is possible. Stories are written by someone from somewhere, so the better we understand that person and his worldview, the better we can appreciate how his stories work on us. This is why Trekkies need to read Kevin C. Neece's penetrating and winsome study on Gene Roddenberry and his Star Trek series. They will be challenged and pleasantly encouraged."
—Mike Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

"Kevin C. Neece reveals the innumerable ways Star Trek parallels the Christian story of love, sacrifice, peace, and justice, while demonstrating how this gospel connection is why Star Trek resonates with so many people on such a deep level. In a Christian subculture that often focuses on how pop culture is 'anti-Christian,' The Gospel According to Star Trek is a refreshing reminder that God is everywhere—that if we seek him, we will find him."
—Renea McKenzie, Editor in Chief, ThinkingThroughChristianity.com

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