Saturday, May 28, 2016

Science Fiction: Heart Hole

Now hat heart hole does science fiction touch?

Since this genre mixes logic and boundary pushing, some have termed science fiction the genre of ethics and morality. This exploration of what is ethical and moral points to the fact that we desire—we need­—boundaries and absolutes. After all, God created the world with an order, both physically and spiritually. We instinctively sense that, and so science fiction pushes edges in a desperate attempt to discover what boundaries exist and what is truly unchanging in an ever-shifting world.

Therefore, it is important to read the science-fiction genre because it reminds us that there are absolutes in the world; for God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), but that His law is truth (Psalm 119:142)—indeed, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Friday, May 27, 2016

Science Fiction: Advantages

The science-fiction genre is much like the technology it focuses on. It has definite drawbacks and many potential dangers. But science fiction also has benefits as well:
  • We are reminded that technology has much potential—both for good and for evil—but that technology itself is neutral; the use of technology is what makes it good or bad. 
  • We increase our scientific knowledge, which helps us to better understand and appreciate the complex universe God has created. 
  • We get the opportunity to explore what makes us human.
  • Perhaps most of all, science fiction challenges us to push our faith to the logical end. This genre pushes us to make sure our beliefs are so solidly grounded that they still apply even in the most extreme and unlikely of situations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Science Fiction: Drawbacks

Science fiction is a very logical genre, grounded in the physical realm. As a result, it can be easy to lose sight of the supernatural and the miraculous in this genre. So potential drawbacks of science fiction might be:
  • Thinking everything can be explained away.
  • Thinking that technology can solve all our problems.
  •   Thinking all advanced technology is dangerous and evil.
  • Thinking that there are no absolutes, which can lead to cynicism.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Science Fiction: Characteristics

Obviously, the most prominent feature of the science fiction genre is the science—after all, this is science fiction. So common characteristics of the science fiction genre would include:
  • A fast-paced plot
  • Advanced technology, like genetic manipulation, cloning, robots, artificial intelligence, and spaceships
  • Complex scientific theories, such as those dealing with time travel, multiple dimensions, and string theory 
  • Unusual characters, such as aliens, genetically modified beings, cyborgs (humans with a strong machine component), and androids (sentient robots)
  • Boundary pushing, whether physically (e.g. space exploration), theoretically (e.g. time travel), or ethically (e.g. do androids deserve the rights of humanity?)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Science Fiction: Definition & Characteristics

The definition of the science fiction genre would a story, usually set in the future, featuring advanced technology.
 
Film & T.V. examples of the science fiction genre:
  • Star Trek
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • E.T.
Literature examples of the science fiction genre:
  • War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • George Orwell’s 1984
  • Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  •  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The work of Isaac Asimov.

 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Adventure: Heart Hole

The adventure genre is all about the fight for survival. What heart hole does this drive to live point to? Several possibilities exist. It could be the desire for control over our circumstances. Or adventure genre could touch on our desire to overcome death. Or adventures might echo our desire to not be forgotten.

While all of these are true of the adventure genre, they point to an even deeper desire: Our desire for immortality. For we were created to be immortal. But sin introduced death, the most unnatural thing in the world, and our souls sense the unnaturalness of death—this was not the way God created the world nor is it the way He desired His world to be. The adventure genre acknowledges this discrepancy between what is and what should be.

As a result, the adventure genre is important to read because it reminds us that death has been swallowed up in Christ’s victory, no longer having a sting; and we who are perishable and mortal will one day put on the imperishable and immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:54)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Adventure: Benefits

Although the adventure genre has drawbacks we need to watch out for, this genre also has some great benefits, including:
  • The reminder to take risks.
  • The reminder to not fear death.
  • The encouragement to consider our legacy.
  • The encouragement to work toward the eternal rather than temporal.
  • The learning of out-of-the-box thinking.
  • The learning of creative problem solving.