Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs
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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
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In the spiritual vacuum of our post-Christian West, new mythologies continually arise. The sources of much religious speculation, however, may be surprising. Author James Herrick directs our attention to a wide range of scientists, filmmakers, science fiction writers and religious philosophers and discovers there the role that science and science fiction have played in such mythmaking.
From scientists such as Francis Bacon, Francis Crick, Carl Sagan and Freeman Dyson, to filmmakers such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to science fiction writers such as Olaf Stapledon, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, Herrick finds a curious collusion of science with science fiction for promoting and justifying alternative spiritualities. The rise of these new mythologies, he argues, is no longer a curiosity at the edge of Western culture. This alchemy is catalyzing a religious vision of new gods, a new humanity, and alien races with superior intelligence and secret knowledge. This new mythology overshadows the realms of politics, science and religion.
Should we follow such visions? Does science endorse these mythologies? Are we being offered a spirituality superior to the Judeo-Christian tradition? This book will help you decide.
" Scientific Mythologies is a well-researched and well-written analysis of the role of science in science fiction. Both master scientists and tellers of tall tales are here. From Francis Bacon to Carl Sagan, from Mary Shelley to Steven Spielberg, Herrick moves from fact to myth and myth to fact. Fascinating from beginning to end."
"Dr. Herrick gives us a fascinating, detailed, well-written and well-documented account of the alien worldviews that have emerged through the genre of science fiction. I know of no other work that addresses this counterfeit ideology from a deeply informed Christian perspective."
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5For sci-fi fansNovember 2, 2014cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wonderful book for sci-fi movie buffs. It can be a heavy read at times, but for Christians it illuminates the underlying philosophies that permeate so many science fiction movies. Also illumines how far back these philosophies go, in both movies and books. Again, can be a heavy read, especially for one not familiar with the sci-fi genre. If you hang in there, you will learn tons of info, much I was unaware of. Could open the door to witnessing with your non-Christian sci-fi friends.
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