The AxPx Podcast S4.E3: The Philosophy and Theology Of Star Trek

More than any other science fiction property, it can be argued that Star Trek has been influential on culture, science, religion and philosophy. I feel as if I’ve known Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones, Uhura, Sulu and Checkov longer than Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. While Star Wars was a cornerstone to my fascination with Science Fiction and Fantasy, Star Trek’s ideas and philosophies gave me more to chew on as I grew up. Today’s episode is dedicated to Star Trek and the impact Gene Roddenberry has made in our lives.

Joining me in the discussion is Msgr. Bob McDonald, n/OSC. He is the Vicar of the Priory of the Rose Cross in Southern Indiana. He is a long standing member of StarFleet via The International Star Trek Fan Association where he holds the fictional rank of “Captain” and is a member of the chapter USS Columbia.

Show Notes:

About Msgr. Bob McDonald:

Msgr. Bob McDonald, n/OSC, is the Vicar of the Priory of the Rose Cross in Southern Indiana, and through his parish administers the sacraments as an Arch Priest in the Liberal Gnostic Rite of the Oriental Apostolic Church of Damcar. Msgr. Bob is also a member of the Order of Saint Cyprian. Along with his duties in his parish and his life as a Priest, Msgr. Bob is also a student in countless philosophical and religious systems, and instructor in Kabbalah, a certified practitioner or Reiki and a Master Mason within Freemasonry.

Aside from his religious, esoteric and fraternal life, Msgr. Bob is a long standing member of StarFleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association where he holds the fictional rank of “Captain” and is a member of the chapter USS Columbia.

Further Reading:

Live long and prosper – the philosophy of Star Trek

Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry’s “Vision of the Future”: The Creation of an Early Television Auteur

Ex Astris Scientia: Religion in Star Trek

Do Religions Exist In Star Trek?

The Real Star Trek Theology: Gene Roddenberry’s Pantheism

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