“Then he told them many things in parables...” - Matthew 13:3a
“When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you lean forward.” - J.J. Abrams
Part 1 - Captain Kirk Saved My Life
Captain Kirk, that's how it happened. Well, Kirk and Spock and a whole cast of others: Uhura, Sulu, Bones and Scotty, just to name a few. Of course, it was more than just them or the show, but they are a good example of how something from the geek culture helped me become what I understand to be a better Christian. Not better than you or better than others, but better than the Christian I once was.
Let's just think about that for a minute. I'm making the claim that a television show about a fictional voyage of fictional characters who were fictionally to “boldly go where no man had gone before,” changed my life. That's a pretty bold claim. In its boldness, it deserves some attention because there are plenty of real life things that try to do the same for any number of us and fall short. It would be reasonable to make the argument the Church would be considered among the things that hope to change people's lives. It would be equally reasonable to make the argument the Church, increasingly, fails to do so. Which makes me want to give the statement even more attention.