- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Cascade Books (12 Sept. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1625640595
- ISBN-13: 978-1625640598
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,383,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew Paperback – 12 Sep 2016
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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
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The Gospel According to Start Trek: the Original Crew may not be what it seems at first glance. First, it is easy and fun to read, especially if you love Star Trek. Next, it is not an attempt to prove that Star Trek was conceived of as or meant to be a Christian analogy, though author Kevin Neece does open the book with a thorough analysis disproving the popular claim that Gene Roddenberry was an atheist. Neither is The Gospel According to Star Trek intended to be an evangelical tool. Nor is it a sentimental devotional of heartwarming Star Trek vignettes. However I found it to have its share of heartwarming moments.
The book is an accessible study of what Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry really did believe about God and how it is played out and gradually developed through the original Star Trek series and the six movies featuring the original Star Trek crew. It also does a nice job making a case that Roddenberry's vision of the future, his faith in the goodness of humanity, and his distaste for organized religion, all aptly express the true nature of God, as well as the meaning for which so many people, Christian or not, so deeply thirst. In this broad survey of the adventures of the original Star Trek crew - Kirk, Spock, McCoy et. al. - Neece forthrightly, yet gently, exposes varied ways in which the church has failed to express God's goodness, not to mention our own. He points to Star Trek as an example of fiction as a "safe" means for people to explore their humanity which has, for so long, been suppressed in religious settings.
Fairly obvious analogies, such as Spock as Christ figure, are covered with fresh insight and in surprising detail, despite the breadth of available material. Fascinating new analogies are brought to light as well, all supported with copious Biblical references. Some sections are so loaded with rapid-fire analogies and accompanying scripture texts, that one could get overwhelmed, though I prefer see these, such as the chapter on Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home, as opportunities for leisurely further study and comparison, and I would encourage non-Christians not to get bogged down in them, but rather to see the big picture of what The Gospel According to Star Trek has for each of us: for Star Trek fans, a chance to see the flip side of what many fans see as the quintessential nod to science, humanism, and atheism; for Christians an opportunity to welcome and experience one of our culture's most eloquent expressions of the inherent virtue in all people (something at which the church has most decidedly failed); and for Christians who are also Star Trek fans, an encouraging and optimistic reminder that just as the Lord is infinitely creative and loving, so are we.
Neece's book featuring the original Star Trek crew is the first in a series of volumes, each exploring the gospel according to each subsequent version of Star Trek. And just as the original Star Trek series is, in a sense, a primer to what has become the vast and intricate Star Trek universe, so is The Gospel According to Star Trek: the Original Crew quite promising as a basis for future, more detailed study of a fascinating topic: the way human popular culture expresses our deepest beliefs and desires via fiction and entertainment and the Truths and treasures which are buried within.