Science, Science Fiction, and Beliefs That Trash Our Culture

Lee Duigon

Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs

I’ve discovered a book that’s blowing my head apart–Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs by James A. Herrick (IVP Academic, 2008). It’s a big, hefty book jam-packed with information, and it’s going to take me some time to work my way through it. But what I’ve read so far is dynamite.

Science fiction and popularized science saturate our popular culture. As a child of the 1950s, I remember science fiction as 100% fun–not something that new religions are made of. But that was a child’s perception.

On purpose, science fiction writers and movie-makers, and producers of the kind of “science” that gets into our popular culture via TV specials and other mass media, have for decades been trying to wean their readers away from Christianity and replace it with something of their own invention. Okay, that’s a big thing to say; but Professor Herrick…

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