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.