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Gods and Spaceships: Religion and Technology in Science Fiction (RESCHEDULED)

  • Millsaps College - Olin Hall (Room 100) 1701 North State Street Jackson, MS, 39202 United States (map)



Come join the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) for Gods and Spaceships: Religion and Technology in Science Fiction, an afternoon discussion of religion and science fiction with Patrick D. Hopkins, Ph.D. Dr. Hopkins will talk about the recurring theme in science fiction of advanced alien life forms or societies being hailed as gods. Dr. Hopkins will discuss science fiction's exploration of how people might assume a technologically advanced alien would be a god, with both theistic and non-theistic implications, with Star Trek and Stargate being examples.

Dr. Hopkins is currently Professor of Philosophy at Millsaps College and Professor of Psychiatry and Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson MS. He has published numerous articles on bioethics, business ethics, neuroscience and law, and on the intersection between religion and technology.

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Suggested (but not required) watching or reading list for this event:

These episodes of Star Trek can all be found on Netflix, if you don’t know anyone with the boxed sets.


Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 1, Episode 8, “Justice.”

Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 3, Episode 4, “Who Watches the Watchers.”

Star Trek: Voyager. Season 1, Episode 9: “Emanations.”

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (DS9)

DS9: Season 4, Episode 17, “Accession.”

DS9: Season 5, Episode 10, “Rapture.”    

DS9: Season 6, Episode 21, “The Reckoning.”

DS9, Season 7, Episodes 1, 2, 9, and 12 through 21.


General reading/watching on the subject of atheism in Star Trek, here’s a primer: A Guide to Atheism in Star Trek by Jacky Lawrence.

Finally, if you’d like a little suggested reading, Dr. Hopkins recommends “Calculating God” by Robert J Sawyer. If you’re using Amazon, we hope you’re supporting the MHA by using Amazon Smile!