Friday the 27th:
Tomorrow begins our Star Trek unit, and we'll start with an overview of ST's depiction of religion.
Pearson, "From Thwarted Gods to Reclaimed Mystery?" in Star Trek and Sacred Ground
Pearson offers a nice overview of religious themes in Star Trek, from the Original Series through Voyager. Pay close attention to the views of Gene Roddenberry, but also take note of how religion changes from series to series.
We'll also discuss two episodes that offer similar critiques of religion, and illustrate the secular humanist values of Star Trek. They are:
"The Apple," TOS: Season 2, Episode 5 (Netflix)
"Who Watches the Watchers," TNG: Season 3, Episode 4 (Netflix)*
You have the option to turn in a response paper tomorrow or on Monday. Option A is on the following prompt:
What were Gene Roddenberry's views on religion and humanity when he started Star Trek, and how did ST's treatment of religion change over time? Describe and compare the place of religion in two ST series, and tell me which of those two you find more interesting and why.
*Note: This week I'll refer to Star Trek series according to these canonical abbreviations:
TOS = The Original Series
TNG = The Next Generation
DS9 = Deep Space Nine
VOY = Voyager
Looking forward to your comments!