"gurneyhalleck1" posted a frankly disturbing piece on Christian Forums regarding Star Trek and Secular Humanism.
Before I say ANYTHING, let me just make it known that I'm a 37-year-old lifelong Trekkie. I grew up on TOS and TNG, have met a ton of the original as well as TNG cast, have gone to conventions, have a lot of autographs, and adore the show. I know pretty much everything about it and scare most people I know with my knowledge of even the smallest Trek minutia.
That being said, as an Orthodox Christian and former Catholic, I hate secular humanism. I daresay no Christian should be comfortable with secular humanism, the idea that mankind is LIMITLESS in his own abilities to evolve and control the whole equation of the world's problems. Man, man, man-centered obsession with what humanity is capable of. A naive imagining of a future that has no war, no differences, no money, no sin hardly, and all of it thanks to humanity collectively doing it on our own...God-free.
I'm troubled by Gene Roddenberry (whom I met and saw in person the year before he passed away) and his passionate atheism and secular obsessions that humanity is in its infancy, growing and evolving into a beautiful creature that will finally know it all and clean up every problem. The Bible, the Fathers, the saints, and God Himself tell us that the future isn't rosey. Things will only get worse, and only our faith in Christ Jesus will save, not faith in leaders or governments, fad philosophies, or wrapping our arms around the human condition as limitless.
There are several episodes of the old show and TNG that point toward a cynical atheism and frustration with religious views. There is a continual IDIC theme with infinite diversity and variety of faiths and "I'm ok you're ok" philosophy that the show lives and breathes.
While I've been a fan for years, I must admit that Roddenberry's vision and values are atheist secular humanism that troubles me.
Just my musings and wondering what other Christians think?
On the surface, Star Trek is a sci-fi show filled with spaceships, aliens and adventure. But the show has never really been about that. the show has always been about the potential of humans to get along and solve our problems. It is a show about optimism. It's about a future realized through reason and compassion. It's about facing the unknown without the help of magic and Gods.
"gurneyhalleck1" calls Star Trek "naive" because it dares to imagine a future "that has no war, no differences, no money, no sin hardly, and all of it thanks to humanity collectively doing it on our own...God-free" and that offends him, because he knows that the future will only get worse because "the Bible, the Fathers, the saints, and God Himself tell us that the future isn't rosey."
Remember this next time you talk to a passionate Christian about issues that concern the future well being of humanity.Is it any wonder that many Christians either deny the existence of or don't care about Global Warming? Is it any wonder that they seem to push for war in the Middle east, or simply shrug their shoulders at poverty?
They don't care because A. The future is supposed to be a lot worse and B. God will save us.
These are the people we have to work with, or work around if we want to build a better future for ourselves and our posterity. If only "gurneyhalleck1" would watch more Star Trek and throw away his Bible, maybe he could help build that future.