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What does God need with a starship?

More theological wisdom from Captain Kirk, the best moment of the otherwise rather poor Star Trek V (useful rule of thumb: the odd-numbered films are bad, even numbers are good). It’s a question that’s worth asking about all areas of religious practice, even if the starships tend to be metaphorical, rather than literal. Read More…

The oddity of theodicy: Why Captain Kirk could be a deep theologian

One argument that is commonly used against Christianity (possibly the most enduring argument) is the problem of evil, which has historically been such a matter of disagreement and debate that it has its own field of study, theodicy. Briefly, the problem is generally stated as follows, based on traditional understandings of God:

  1. God is good (omnibenevolent)
  2. God is all-powerful (omnipotent)
  3. God is all-knowing (omniscient)
  4. Evil exists

If point 4 is true, it follows that at least one of the previous 3 statements must be false. Various theologies have been suggested which sacrifice one or another of those in order to square the circle, but they remain outside mainstream Christian doctrine, regarded as “heretical”. I find it bizarre and frustrating that serious attempts to consider deep theological issues can be kicked into touch with the big boot of that H word, but that’s a topic for another post. Read More…

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