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Westminster John Knox Press The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier

"As conventional wisdom would have it, science and religion are opposing forces, struggling for influence over our minds, our souls, and our public finding dollars. On the other hand we have science, alternately described as either the quest for truth amidst ancient superstitions, or the cold, soulless attempt to turn human beings into gods. On the other hand is faith; the core beliefs that give our lives meaning, or the illusions that hold us back from fulfilling our potential...

"But what if the distinction between science and religion is wrong? What if the apparent tension between faith and reason is simply an illusion created by a few overzealous believers on both sides who hope that one will eliminate the other? What if science fiction, instead of simply being the cool, rationalistic prediction of things to come, is something more primal, more spiritual---the religious texts of the future?"-from the introduction

In this thorough and engaging book, Gabriel McKee explores the inherent theological nature of science fiction, using illustrations from television shows, literature, and films. Science fiction, he believes, helps us understand not only who we are but who we will become. It can teach us more about how to think of God and can help us keep our beliefs alive in a world of rapidly changing technology. Indeed, McKee argues, science fiction can help forge the faith of the future.

Gabriel McKee is the author of Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter: The Science-Fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick, as well as articles on religion in popular culture for the Revealer and Nerve. He earned his Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Gwynne, a playwright.

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