Kevin C. Neece and The Gospel According to Star Trek.
In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling are joined by author and speaker Kevin C. Neece to discuss his new book, The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew. This first book in the Gospel According to Star Trek series explores the constructive connections between Star Trek and Christian theology. Kevin C. Neece argues that the humanism expressed in Star Trek is compatible with a rich tradition of Christian humanism, and that Star Trek's relationship with religion is more complex and nuanced than the typical atheistic interpretation recognizes. From Spock as a Christ metaphor in Star Trek II, III, and IV, to false Gods in The Original Series, Kevin C. Neece, Mike Morrison, and Zachary Fruhling explore the many-layered connections between the adventures of the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the worldview held by people of faith.
Welcome to Episode 42 (00:01:07)
Introducing Kevin C. Neece (00:02:00)
Finding a Coherent Worldview (00:03:32)
Christian Humanism and Star Trek (00:09:35)
Eschatology, Human Agency, and Star Trek Idealism (00:16:59)
Kevin's History with Star Trek and The Undiscovered Country Project (00:23:18)
Star Trek II, III, IV, and Surprising Connections (00:28:40)
Pluralism and Universal "Human" Nature (00:35:07)
From the 1960s [TOS] to the 1980s [TNG] (00:45:46)
False Gods in The Original Series (00:55:06)
The Star Trek IV Connection (00:58:55)
Gene Roddenberry and the Divine Spark (01:03:58)
Staying Grounded in Star Trek Dialog (01:09:04)
Key Takeaways from The Gospel According to Star Trek (01:10:51)
Finding Kevin C. Neece on Social Media (01:14:08)
Watching Star Trek "Religiously" (01:18:19)
Final Thoughts (01:24:31)
Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling
Kevin C. Neece
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
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