Geeks of Christ Presents! October 5, 2012 Edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

The Last Thing Ray Bradbury Ever Wrote

In which the master of science-fiction confirms the identity of his god and asks the questions he, nor his god, could ever answer.

When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, ‘What are you doing?’

The Clues of Creation: God Is Not Hiding

by Jared C Wilson

They wake up, go about their routines, and go to bed, only to start the ritual all over again. Sometimes they suspect the world is trying to tell them something about itself and what’s outside of it, but they fail over and over again to put those clues together. They are like a person who finds a watch on the sidewalk and assumes it is the natural result of millions of years of sand, wind, and sun.

The Grimm Reality of Childhood

by Chris Nye

These students have been hidden from the one reality they need to know: life is dangerous.
In the attempt to keep their children “innocent” and “free,” parents tell their children a different type of fairy tale, a modern American story: everyone loves you because you’re special, you are good at everything you try, and if you work hard enough and be a good little boy or girl, you’ll be successful.

The Great TNG@25 Theology Trek: “Where No One Has Gone Before”

by Michael Poteet

“The sickly, shy, bookish, eight-year-old Roddenberry dreamed, he says, ‘of a better world in which people would look past our exteriors and see whatever loveliness we have inside us.’ In response to his parents’ no doubt well-intentioned concern for him, he reflects, ‘Ah, how lovely all our daughters are inside, how fearless all our sons, if only we could see it.’

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3 thoughts on “Geeks of Christ Presents! October 5, 2012 Edition

  1. Hi, Mickey – Thanks for the shout-out to the TNG@25 Theology Trek! I appreciate your taking the time to read it.

    I’m a little unclear what your opinion of that Bradbury piece is, based on your introductory comment to it. Personally, I found it quite beatiful. Was Bradbury conventionally religious, let alone Christian? No. Was he saved? I leave that to God. But I do think Bradbury’s immense and endless sense of wonder at the universe is admirable. Yes, we Christians believe we have “the answer” in the sense that “In the beginning, God created” – but I don’t think affirming that begins to exhaust the mysteries of the world and cosmos that Bradbury is talking about here.

    I always enjoy your blog, especially these weekly round-ups (and anything Trek-related, too, of course!) If you ever wend your way to Philly, let me know – cheesesteaks on me 🙂

    • My opening comment seems a bit sour…maybe flippant. I mean to say that Bradbury’s investigation into the functions and distances of the universe led him to a dead-end. He got far enough to comment on the unlikeliness of the whole thing.

      And admitting the unlikeliness – the impossibility – that is the end of knowledge. I value knowledge and data and discovery highly. But apart from knowing the Who behind it, education and knowledge are not existentially satisfying pursuits.

      I too find Bradbury’s comments quite charming. I am even inspired by them. But I find that arguing for sheer knowledge is not directed the right way. Discovering the impossibility of life and gravity and heat, while maintaining an incredulity about the Source of those things strikes me as possibly obdurate.

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