1. Dawn says:

    Yes! This is why I love SFF so much!

  2. Kerry Nietz says:

    Great article, Morgan!

  3. Galadriel says:

    I loved the scene in Let’s Kill Hitler where the Doctor tells the Tesselecta crew to leave River alone. It’s one of the most amazing examples of mercy and grace I’ve ever seen, with a helping of predestination/free will.  Someone commented here that the Doctor’s speech boils down to “I’m the one who was injured. And I have chosen to extend grace, so you have no right to punish her.”   Which is just a hint of “If God is for us, who can stand against us?”

  4. I love your Matrix reference!  I’ve read things about Matrix symbology before, but that was a fresh spin on it–I never connected what the “outsiders” were doing as selflessness, even though it was.  Hmmm…

    I’m a fan of “Once Upon a Time” and I love their new story arc.  A major character, who has always been ‘good’ and made the right decisions and brought people to justice, fell prey to the desire for revenge and bloodshed.  What was convicting was that I understood her reasons–the writers made such a good case for why it was time for her to strike back at those who had taken so much from her.  The system had failed.

    And yet, all the right reasons don’t excuse murder.  In later episodes, instead of just giving her a clean slate, the character is having to deal with the emotional and psychological ramifications of her actions.  There seems to be no redemption. 

    It seems a telling portrayal of the imperfections of humanity–that in our own strength, even the best of us fall so short of true Goodness–which is only found in the One True God.

    • Galadriel says:

      I know which character you’re talking about, but it seems to me that the bad guys’ response to said character’s actions are still way out of proportion. Or to put it another way–the bad guys are getting way too many excuses for the their actions.

  5. Great examples, Morgan. This happens to me all the time!

  6. Pauline says:

    Amazing how truth worms its way into the secular world. God is amazing! Thanks for the article Morgan!

  7. Thanks for sharing everyone 🙂

  8. Jeff Reynolds says:

    Very good blog, Morgan.
    Fantasy and Sci Fi both lend themselves to symbolism, and that makes it a good conduit to sharing a Christian message. Also, sometimes a Christian may see a glimpse of God’s truth in a symbol that the author/director did not intend.
    I remember a movie — to call it a B-Movie would be a compliment — called Sorceress. Violent, occultic, and very sensual. But the heroines were told in trouble they were to say the name. When they said it during the climax, an image appeared in the stars, and destroyed the bad guy’s image. The image? A lion. As in Lion of the Tribe of Judah?
    One case in point about something that wasn’t meant to glorify God but used by believers for that purpose? There’s a popular new-age composer who wrote music for a movie and dedicated it to the Greek god Pan. His name? Vangelis. The theme? Chariots of Fire, music that inspires Christians as much as the movie does.

  9. Carol Moore says:

    Oh yes I see Gods hand on so many odd places….as weird as “Lost” was, I felt the writer had to have spiritual training….but then turned it for the strangeness we all seen to crave. Scary times. But I very much agree we with you. It was strange you mentioned Star Wars. When the first one came out we lived in AK and a friend who was president of a small Bible college went into Anchorage to see the first Star Wars and he said the same thing….he could see God all through the movie. God is just AWESOME in what he can use!!! Even me!!!

  10. Timothy Stone says:

    I thought of the Lord while watching the Doctor Who episode Utopia, the first of the three-part finale to season Three of the revived series. I also thought of George Lucas, perhaps unintentionally, doing a story that fits in with the idea of predestination when it came to Anakin in Star Wars. There is so much ways of, as Tolkien might call it, applicability to get from much of speculative fiction.

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