Thank God For Star Trek... Literally

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You may be thanking JJ Abrams (or even Gene Rodenberry) for the Star Trek movie, but according to one right-wing commentator, you're thinking way too small in terms of who's responsible for the whole thing.


Fox News commentator James P. Pinkerton starts his latest column with a bang:

What if "Star Trek" is a gift from God? We know that "Star Trek," the number one movie in the country right now, is a gift to Paramount Studios, but seriously, what if "Star Trek" is a gift from God?


Sadly, the rest of the column is what could charitably be described as "a bit of a mess," as Pinkerton moves from "What if Star Trek was real" territory -

The new "Star Trek" film shows Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise making good use of photon torpedoes and force fields. So the question comes to mind: Would Israel be safer if it could shoot down enemy missiles and rockets with such photon torpedoes, or block them altogether with a force field? Of course it would.

- to, uh, how Star Trek should influence our futures:

Still, the new "Star Trek" film is supremely valuable, if we see it as a nudge to get going, to put our minds to the grindstone, as it were. Specifically, let's put our minds to the question of what the world is going to be like for us and our allies if 20 or more countries have nuclear weapons–up from the current nine (we think). Iran's atom-bomb production facilities could be bombed tomorrow, but who seriously doubts that Iran will have a nuke, somehow, from somewhere, in the next few years? And of course, the long-range technology to deliver nuclear weapons is also proliferating. Do we really think, in such a missiled-up, nuked-up world, that treaties will keep us and our allies safe?


The best part about the article - beside the awkward use of Star Trek that probably owes more to its box office success than any genuine desire to, you know, actually talk about Star Trek - is the part where Pinkerton reveals that God doesn't hate science and science-fiction after all:

[T]oday, too many of us are trained to think of technology as something different and mostly apart from spirituality. That's unfortunate, because God created the geek and the nerd, too. Not to mention every tool, and every lifesaving device, and every form of protection. Surely every believer can laugh at the joke about the man in the burning building who declares, "God will save me." And so he declines to jump down into the safety net below, and then he refuses to descend down a rescue ladder, and then he refuses to be hoisted into a helicopter. So the man dies, goes to meet his Maker, and asks Him, "Why didn't you save me?" To which an exasperated Deity responds, "You fool! I offered you a net, I offered you a fire ladder, I even offered you a helicopter–what does it take to get through to you?"

The signs are everywhere, folks. And I believe that "Star Trek," and similar shows, are some of these signs. There's a reason that a favorite Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, wrote so much science fiction.


Gee. Now I feel so... included.

What If ‘Star Trek' Is a Gift from God? [Fox News]


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How does stopping a supernova by turning it into a black hole save the Romulans? Gives them more time to evacuate? Time would slow down at the event horizon: They'd be doomed either way. I wish the writers had given it more thought. I liked the movie up to that point. Hopefully the science adviser was paid well, though clearly she was ignored for the most part. From Gary Westfahl's review at Locus:

"(Abrams can also be praised for seeking out expert advice: though I recall no uses of the Klingon or Romulan languages, the film does credit Marc Okrand, creator of the Klingon language, as its "language advisor," and noted astronomer Carolyn Porco was on board as "science advisor," though one doubts she contributed to, or approved of, the film's preposterous device of black-hole-engendering "red matter.")"