Vulcans, Klingons, and Christians. Oh My!
By Stephen J. Bedard
I have long been a fan of science fiction, especially Star Trek. I have the rare gift of being a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. I have watched every episode of Star Trek in the original series, as well as the Next Generation.
One of the things that I enjoy about Star Trek is the portrayal of alien races. Aliens give the writers the means by which to reflect on different aspects of human nature. By taking one part of humanity and magnifying it within another race, we can learn more about ourselves.
One of my favourite alien races in Star Trek are the Vulcans, especially as portrayed by Spock. Vulcans are a race that have made a decision to suppress all emotional responses and to elevate logic above everything.
What makes Spock particularly interesting is that he is half-Vulcan and half-human. Within Spock, there is a battle between logic and emotion. He strives to think and live logically, fearing what an emotional response could do.
Whereas Vulcans reject emotions, the Klingons enthusiastically embrace them.
The Klingons are a warrior race, that fight with the same passion that they have when it comes to love. Worf, a Klingon officer on the Enterprise, is one of the most interesting characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Worf, who naturally would like to respond with his full emotions, is forced to submit to the discipline that is required of a Starfleet officer.
What in the world (or galaxy) does this have to do with thinking faith?…
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