The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew

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The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew by Kevin C. Neece, John Tenuto

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 worldview 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, you’ll discover how the continuing voyages of Kirk and company aboard the Enterprise – from the Original Series to Star Trek Beyond – 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625640598
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Pages: 214
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 worldview 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

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

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