Science Fiction and Bible Study?

This is SO not what I’m advocating!

There are all sorts of Bible Studies out there. There’s a lot of really crappy Bible studies that end up being little more than rambling dissertations on what the author feels. There are really good ones that convey God’s Word in dynamic language and gripping illustrations that help the reader understand what God says even more. And a lot of Bible studies use themes.

For instance, you can read this Bible study about aliens, if you wanted to. Do you like Harry Potter? There’s a Bible study for you! Far more pheasibly, there’s several Bible studies about Narnia you could check out. (Note: I’ve read none of these and did nothing more than look for Bible studies on these topics. I don’t endorse any of these at all!)

A lot of big-time movies get other people releasing Bible studies based on them. There’s topical Bible studies on everything under the sun, it seems (several on Twilight, for instance). Of course, if you’re looking for a certain book of the Bible, there are many multiple offerings.

We’ve mentioned on the blog before that science fiction can be a great teaching tool. It opens the eyes to so many neat lessons. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a classic for a reason; it shows us what would happen to the world if we outlawed reading. What about Brave New World or 1984? Bringing it a bit more up to date, what about Unwind or The Hunger Games? These stories are thick with themes that talk to us. Why not use that in a Bible study?

I’m not advocating ditching the Bible and just reading fiction. What I am advocating is getting together some Christian sci-fi people and talking about the themes that pop up in science fiction. Why are dystopias so popular? Could humans actually do this to each other? Does this fiction illustrate deeper truths — and are their deeper truths that it horribly misses?

When I searched for “Science fiction Bible study” on Amazon on got… precisely nothing. Christians, for whatever reason, tend not to shout about their love for science fiction. I know they exist. In my very own congregation is a gentleman who loves Star Trek; we’ve gotten together to watch and talk nerd-stuff fairly often! We had a group go and see Avengers together.

So why not address some of these themes from a Christian perspective?

Hm. Maybe I see a series of posts forming… This could get scary.

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9 thoughts on “Science Fiction and Bible Study?

  1. I have a devotion series on both The Lord of the Rings and Narnia. They were decent. Perhaps, the reason we don’t see a lot of science fiction Bible studies is that a lot of the themes found in science fiction are completely opposite of the Bible. They are full of humanism and evolution.

    1. This is true; using Star Trek as an example, the series is rife with both humanism and evolution. (The original was basically built on the platform of humanism, and Next Gen reeks of it in the first season or so.)

      On the other hand, examining episodes like classic’s “Bread and Circuses” or Next Gen’s “The Inner Light” might cause some great discussions in Christian circles.

  2. I think that even when you have stories, movies, or shows that promote worldly themes like humanism and evolution, there is a real opportunity there for Bible study and Christian discussion. The opening of the topic allows Christians to talk about it in light of what God’s Word says, I think a group that focuses on looking at Science Fiction from a Christian perspective and commenting on it in light of Scripture would be really neat.

      1. That’s fairly normal in science fiction. Gene Roddenberry wasn’t exactly fond of religion, either, and it leaked into more than a couple Star Trek episodes. Arthur C. Clark let similar thoughts out through chunks of his writing, too — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a Christian’s look.

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