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Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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Welcome science fiction & fantasy fans!

As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 15, 2009 at 5:46pm
That BSG ending just grated on me. I had been hoping the religious overtones would be explained away in some sort of scientific manner, sadly this didn't happen.

As for the religious overtones in DS9, I think this wasn't as bad because the show frequently explained them away as aliens posing as deities.

How do you guys feel about Babylon 5 and its religious themes. Personally I enjoyed the show and consider it to be the most well written S.F series of all time. Its writer JMS is well known to be an atheist.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 15, 2009 at 5:31pm
I'm still bemused that the humans in BSG were polytheists and the nasty Cylons were the monotheists. If only the producers hadn't buried their heads so firmly up their asses.
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 15, 2009 at 3:09pm
I think the part that bugged me the most was Sisko. It seemed like he was buying into that "Emissary" thing.
Comment by Jo Jerome on May 15, 2009 at 2:29pm
BTW: The information on this page states, "Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality."

What do you mean it isn't real?!? I for one welcome our alien and/or robot overlords and am still impatiently waiting for my mutant superpower to manifest.

;-)
Comment by Jo Jerome on May 15, 2009 at 2:10pm
I actually liked the religious themes in DS9. I liked that the Bajorans learn that their prophets/gods are just another alien species, yet some maintain their traditions and rituals largely for their social value, while some (representing our Christians I assume?) fight reality tooth and nail. Overall, I thought that theme did more to deconstruct religion than anything.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on May 15, 2009 at 12:40pm
Bravo Mary!! To me the most important thing is to get them thinking, questioning.
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 15, 2009 at 12:40pm
That is the main reason I didn't like Deep Space Nine. How they wove religious themes into it.
Comment by Jo Jerome on May 15, 2009 at 12:14pm
Similar encounters a while back when "The Golden Compass" came out in film form. One encounter in particular was a teenage girl/acquaintance of mine. "Only thing I don't like about that film is that it is atheist - says god doesn't exist."

"Really? Or are you assuming that because the author is a proclaimed atheist? Have you watched the movie? Where does it say that? Have you read the books? Because in the series 'God' very much does exist. He's an antagonist but he exists."

I think I actually got the kid thinking!
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on May 15, 2009 at 11:43am
HAHA To true Mary. Glad your here in the group. I know a number of Trekkie's who are Christians and I love pointing out to them that Roddenberry's vision pretty much reduces religion to the far side lines and certainly religious fundamentalism in saved for frustrating aliens. Part of the survival and evolution of human society in that vision requires the overcoming human superstition, and the embracing of the scientific method.
Comment by Jo Jerome on May 15, 2009 at 11:20am
Still finding my way 'round Atheist Nexus and glad to find my way to this group! I think atheists might be far better equipped to appreciate scifi. I've always wondered how theists reconcile the constant questioning of standard morals and religion with their love of the genre?

"Ooh, didn't you love that one episode..."

"Yes, especially about how the whole theme was tearing your religion to shreds."

"Huh?"
 

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