September 19 – November 7, 2016
$220 Standard Rate
$195 Partner Rate
Science fiction has always had many authors that explore theological and biblical topics. Science fiction has imagined the end of faith, the irrelevance of faith, fictional gods, and new kinds of faiths. Science fiction has explored the limits of science, and the ramifications of faith and religious thought for the future. Science fiction also uses metaphor for the theological concepts of good and evil, heaven and hell, etc.
This course will look at science fiction with a theological lens. We’ll investigate the relationship of science to faith and religion in science fiction. We’ll look at how faith is portrayed in science fiction, and the rich theological landscape that can exist in present in science fiction. We’ll explore fictional religions, humans as creator, and the what faith might look like in the future.
The course will include readings from novels and short stories, non-fiction, and include clips of science fiction films and TV.
Instructor: Dr. Michelle Murrain
Michelle Murrain has a B.A. in Natural Science from Bennington College, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion. She is a long-time practitioner of contemplative spirituality, both in Buddhist and Christian traditions, and has a deep interest in contemplative practices from all traditions. She is also a science fiction writer who has written eight novels. Her novels are largely hard science fiction, but incorporate social, political, and spiritual topics.