A few months ago I posted “Biblical Minimalism, Science Fiction and Myth” in which I built upon an observation by classicist Elizabeth Vandiver. Simply put, science fiction is, in part(?), a response to our desire to make myth.
Well, from a quite different point of view, Witney Seibold of Geekscape has taken up a somewhat similar theme in “’The Phantom Menace’” and The Crisis of Faith.” Here the crisis of faith is two fold. First is the crisis of faith among Star Trek and Star Fars fans but it also mirrors the crisis in faith in traditional religious expression.
All of a sudden, those who worshiped “Star Wars,” those who had unflagging faith in their object of affection, found themselves in a position that all people of faith will inevitably find themselves in at several points throughout their lives: a position of question. What “The Phantom Menace” offered was a pop culture version of the crisis of faith.
I agree with PZ Myers that Seibold’s post is “a bit superficial” but she does make an abnormally interesting point, a point that is complementary to the one I was trying to make.