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WRITTEN ON AUGUST 29, 2011 BY DREW COSTEN IN MORALITY
Everything I Need to Know About Morality I Learned From
Star Trek
Im going to let you in on a secret.
The best source of morality generally cant be found in a church. Likewise, you wont learn how to be the
best person you can be in the Bible.
No, the best way to discover how to be a truly ethical person is in a completely different place. Its in the
science fiction section of your local video and book stores.
If youre basing your morals on what youre taught on Sunday morning, odds are high that youre going to
have to wade through a lot of sexism, homophobia and erotophobia, not to mention a lot of conservative
greed. If youre reading the Bible literally and hope to find good advice, youre going to have to learn to
distinguish between helpful ideas such as loving your neighbours and harmful doctrines that tell us women
are second class citizens, that its okay to invade other nations and kill people with different religions, and
that slavery is a perfectly acceptable way to run a household.
If you turn to Star Trek instead, youll find that exploring new places is
desirable, but that perhaps you should think twice before interfering in local
affairs, and that you definitely shouldnt steal other peoples land. Youll learn
to respect people who look, act and speak differently than you. Youll discover
that working together is more productive than always fighting over riches and
resources. And youll see that going out of your way to help those in need,
even if it increases the time you spend on your voyage, might just be the right
thing to do. Also, we probably shouldnt allow all the whales to go extinct if we
want to survive as a species.
Growing up, what I learned from church was that people with different beliefs
were dangerous and that new concepts would lead us astray. Well, its true,
new ideas might lead you in a different direction than the way your religious leaders would prefer you go, but
those new paths might very well be preferable, and far more ethical, than the ways they want you to live.
Theres nothing wrong with studying Scripture to find positive teachings, but one should first be firmly
grounded in a positive form of morality, one that respects varying opinions, and isnt calling for discrimination
against people because they might have different sexual preferences than you do, otherwise you wont be
able to tell the good from the bad and might think harmful dogmas are actually helpful.
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Start with the various Star Trek series and films but dont stop there. Dig deeper by watching Babylon 5,
Stargate, Firefly, and even Battlestar Galactica. Once youve finished these series youll not only have a
good grounding in whats actually in the best interest of both you and those around you, youll also know
how to appreciate shades of grey and situational ethics. Then, and only then, you might just be ready to start
trying to interpret Scripture in positive ways.
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This was originally posted on my other site, but I thought it was a lot more relevant here so I re-posted it here
for all of you to enjoy. :)
Drew Costen
Like Reply 1 year ago
" Dig deeper by watching Babylon 5, "
AMEN!
Andrew Hackman
Like Reply 1 year ago
Always nice to meet more B5 fans. :)
Drew Costen
Like Reply 1 year ago in reply to Andrew Hackman
Glad to see you're not merely a philosopher but also a geek. Speaking of morality, you're right there are a lot
of good morals in not only Star Trek but so many other places also. If the bible and Christianity were limited to
the places to get your morals, the world would be in even a sadder state than it is. In fact, I have had to un-
learn a lot the morals I learned from my church upbringing. Believe it or not, I have found morals in atheism
and well... a lot of other "isms" also.
I have seen a couple of movies recently, namely "Season of the Witch" and "Priest" which reflect some of my
sentiments perfectly. The main one being, we fight for God, not the Church. Those who are completely
controlled by the Church are brainwashed by it.
I'd like to be included in your "Other Interesting Sites" list. Your site will certainly be on mine. Truth or Heresy
dot com.
Doug
truthorheresy
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Hi Doug. I grew up on science fiction and computers, so I guess I qualify as a geek. :)
I may not agree with them on their views on theism, but I've actually found many atheists to be far
more moral than many followers of the Christian religion are.
I'll take a look at your site, and if I like it I'll definitely add it to my links.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Drew Costen
Like Reply 1 year ago in reply to truthorheresy
Drew,
I'm a Universalist myself although I haven't posted much on my site about this -- there is so
much already written on the subject on the web...
But I agree with you Drew, I have seen a lot of atheists on the web and the do seem more
moral than most Christians. I can't agree that there isn't a God, I guess it's just inborn in us to
believe in the existence of God. However, thought atheists claim they don't believe in the
existence of God, because they can't prove it or haven't seen him, the very fact that they feel
the meed to be moral shows that there is a God that either lives or is working in them.
Doug
truthorheresy
Like Reply 1 year ago in reply to Drew Costen
I have seen a couple of movies recently that contained morals that reflected my sentiments perfectly: "I fight
for God not the Church". Those were "The season of the Witch" and "Priest".
I'd like you to put a link to my website up there on "other interesting sites", for certain yours will be on mine.
Truth or Heresy (dot com)
Doug
truthorheresy
Like Reply 1 year ago
Hellow, Drew! I am new to the site, but I've been struggling with Universalism for the past year now. Any time
that I bring it up with one of my friends or even my wife, anger and hostility and worry and anxiety just spring
up. Do you know of any sites or groups that are sort of like support groups for people that are ridiculed for
believing these wonderful truths about God's grace and mercy?
Joshua deCarlo
Like Reply 1 year ago
Hi J oshua. I don't know of any support groups (sadly, the Universalist home church I used to be a part
of here in Toronto stopped meeting a while back), but check out the Tentmaker forums, as somebody
there might be able to give you some suggestions.
Drew Costen
Like Reply 1 year ago in reply to J oshua deCarlo
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