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James McGrath’s Religion and Science Fiction Chapter 8

Unfortunately I have Never Seen K-Pax

Teresa Blythe’s “Uncovering Embedded theology in Science Fiction films: K-Pax Revealed” I guess was not my cup of tea since I have never seen the 2001 film K-Pax. It focused on methodology for finding religious themes/theology in movies or television. Personally, I don’t have a method, especially since, everything is allegory and allegory is everything. Maybe a lay person could find this last essay useful. Who knows.

James McGrath’s Religion and Science Fiction Chapter 7

POLITICAL JESUS AND ROD OF ALEXANDRIA EXPLAINED IN 14 PAGES

Gregory Pepetone’s “Angels, Echthroi. and celestial music in the adolescent science fiction of Madeleine L’Engle” introduced me to the work of L’Engle who I read about in passing on the blogosphere, and now I am interested. This was my favorite essay by far, in spite of me not being a music person. Why? Because it summed up my view of the Alexandrian Church fathers, the mission of this blog, and why I chose the partial pseudonym “Of Alexandria.” Pepetone accurately portrays Origen and his predecessor, Clement, in this light:

“The so-called Logos Christology of these men equate Christ with the underlying principle of the cosmic order by which all of God’s creation is bound, an order embodied in the music of the spheres. They also taught that redemption of humanity, both collectively and individually, was to be understood as ‘a great process of education leading continually upwards through all breaks: as God’s pedagogy (paideia) with human beings” (page 156-157). In other words, the cosmos acts as a tutor to humanity. Just as Clement and Origen interpreted Scripture allegorically, so can, as many science fiction fans know, can fiction teach us about the world.

Allegory is everything, and everything is allegory.