Galactic Christendom: A Short History

There is a prejudice in modern SF so nearly ubiquitous that it can be considered a trope. I’m talking about the assumption that the more technologically advanced a civilization becomes, the less religious it will be. While this prejudice is normally implicit in a lot of science fiction, the assumption was stated explicitly not too long ago in the sixth episode of The Orville’s first season, The Krill.

The episode’s titular species were described as an anomaly in the galaxy precisely because they clung to their religion despite their advanced technical state. An optimist might have hoped that this description of the Krill would serve as a setup for a positive depiction of religion in Science Fiction. Alas, the subsequent portrayal of the Krill in general and of their liturgy, which involved the repeated stabbing of the severed head of an enemy of the race and faith, dashed that naive hope to pieces.

Meanwhile, a parallel universe away, the use of the word GOD itself became an   Issue of Contention  for a short spell on the set of the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise. (A show so dreadful we do not speak its name!)

What in the forbidden Name of the non-contingent Being is going on here?

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