By Steve Petersen
In part one of our November show, guest Ryan Sutter provided an overview of the popular fantasy series Discworld, by British author Terry Pratchett. During part two, Ryan offered a continuum of atheist approaches, from the fictional worlds of Pratchett, to the friendly scientist approach of Carl Sagan, to increasingly more polemical angles of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. James Zimmerman hosted.
For our December show, James Zimmerman interviewed Scott Lohman on the secularism of Star Trek. Scott provided an historical overview of the erstwhile show, from its origins to its becoming a cultural phenomenon. He then discussed how the series treats the ideas of gods, miracles, and immortality. Scott gave examples of specific episodes that dealt with these themes, including the original series' "Return of the Archons," The Next Generation's "Devil's Due," and "Death Wish," from Star Trek: Voyager. Scott also noted the treatment of omnipotence and afterlife as interpreted in the Star Trek motion pictures The Final Frontier and Generations.
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