What is the difference between a god and a powerful alien? Can an android have a soul, or be considered a person with rights? Can we imagine biblical stories being retold in the distant future on planets far from Earth? Whether your interest is in Christianity in the future, or the Jedi in the present--and whether your interest in the Jedi is focused on real-world adherents or the fictional religion depicted on the silver screen--this book will help you explore the intersection between theology and science fiction across a range of authors and stories, topics and questions. Throughout this volume, James McGrath probes how science fiction explores theological themes, and vice versa, making the case (in conversation with some of your favorite stories, TV shows, and movies) that the answers to humanity's biggest questions are best sought by science fiction and theology together as a collaborative effort. ""Dr. McGrath's love of theology and science fiction is contagious, shining through on every page. The result is an impressive book that is both thought-provoking and easily accessible, whether the reader is an individual or a study group member, a serious sci-fi fan or a congregational leader."" --C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; Editor of Religion as Entertainment ""I've always considered science fiction to be the quintessential literature of our species, because it is the only literature to fully address what most makes us human: our ability to engage the cosmos. Religion is another way of doing this, and James McGrath explores these intersections in a provocative and erudite book that not only calls on a variety of human religions, but science fiction on both page and screen."" --Paul Levinson, author of The Plot to Save Socrates ""Those of us who enjoy science fiction take its nature very seriously. And those of us who are excited by Christian faith take the Bible very seriously. There is therefore no better commentator to explore the relationship between theology and science fiction than James McGrath, a serious biblical scholar and science fiction fan who embodies the joy and excitement of the relationship in this accessible and insightful book."" --David Wilkinson, Principal of St. John's College, Durham University ""Refuting the dichotomies that have plagued so much writing on religion, theology, and science fiction, and refusing simply to press one in service of the other, James McGrath weaves a wonderfully nuanced tale of two of humankind's most important and influential ways of imagining our place in the universe--and the place of the universe in our imagination. Few interested in this relationship can afford to miss this book."" --Douglas E. Cowan, author of Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is the author of the science fiction short story ""Biblical Literalism in the New Jerusalem"" (2016), the editor of Religion and Science Fiction (2011), and the coeditor of Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith (2013).
James F. McGrath is the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of John's Apologetic Christology, The Only True God, and Theology and Science Fiction.