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COUNTDOWN TO BEACON: Pop Culture and Religion

One of my favorite sci-fi books of all time, and the protagonist is a Puerto Rican Jesuit priest.

Hey there, everyone!

Yesterday, I told you all about my opportunity with Beacon, and how, beginning March 3, I’m going to be offering subscriptions to my pop culture writing for $5/month.

It got me thinking about the writing I’ve already done as I’ve been brainstorming the kinds of articles I’d like to continue doing, and I’ve decided to send some Blasts From the Past your way, in case you missed them the first time around! This is work of which I am still proud, and showcases the kind of topics I’d like to focus on through a pop culture prism.

This piece, Religion and Science Fiction: Asking the Right Questions, is up at Tor.com. In it, I talk about how religion is handled in science fiction stories, when I think those attempts are most successful, and how I explain my relationship with God using Deep Space Nine. 🙂

EXCERPT: 

From the time I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I’ve been fascinated by science-related topics. Space Camp was one of my favorite movies, and there was a time I wanted to be an astronaut before I realized you had to like and be good at math. Trips to the Hall of Science in New York City was a favorite pastime. I was also a devout Catholic who loved being in the children’s choir, eventually becoming a leader of song and lector in her church, teaching Sunday school, and attending mass every Sunday. Of her own volition. Without her parents. Science and religion always went hand-in-hand in my house, and things like God Creating the World and Evolution weren’t contradictory. They flowed into and out of each other, and that made sense to me. It still does.

It wasn’t until I got to college and beyond that the science vs. religion discussion slapped me in the face. The older I got, and the more involved I became in various arts communities, the more I realized that all of my new, wonderful, intellectual friends thought belief in God about as passé as spandex leggings and slouch socks under a cinched sweater. People who were into science and all things nerdy weren’t into God, and I didn’t understand that. I never believed that one had to cancel out the other. I had always thought that science and religion complemented each other really well.

If you enjoy this piece, and want to see more like it, consider subscribing to me at Beacon, beginning March 3rd. I’d love to continue to bring you the in-depth pop culture discussion to which you’ve become accustomed! 🙂

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  1. I’m very interested in a similar crossroad- where spirituality and science meet. I think we’re at a time in culture where more and more evidence is going to show that they are more similar than they are separate.

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