Just as I arrive at Christ and Pop Culture as a new contributor, that site has been exploring more science fiction.
Example: this feature, from contributor Geoffrey Reiter.1
I don’t mean to single out science fiction in calling its materialistic apotheoses idolatrous. On the contrary, the desire to replace the true and living God with created substitutes is a desire that inhabits the heart of every person, atheist and Christian alike. Romans 1 famously and explicitly observes the manner in which humans estranged from a relationship with God instead turn toward their own willful perversions. Every time we Christians value any aspect of God’s creation over Him, we are participating in a form of idolatry — and if we’re honest, we do this far more often than we would like.
What makes science fiction’s idolatry most intriguing is how surprisingly stark it can be, how many examples the science fiction aficionado could list that deny God but set up foreign — indeed, truly alien – gods.
Is this idolatrous impulse unique to science fiction?
Either way, how should Christian readers and viewers respond?
One way, of course, is to encourage well-written fantasy and sci-fi novels — such as by voting for your favorite nominees of this year’s Clive Staples Award. Voting begins today and is open to anyone who has read more than one of our listed nominees.
- Why Does Science Fiction Invent So Many Foreign Gods?, July 2, 2013, at Christ and Pop Culture. ↩