First Topic – God and Barak Obama
The latest issue of Newsweek is currently on newsstands, sporting a cover shot of Barak Obama with his head bowed in prayer. The title of the cover story is “Barak Obama: What He Believes,” and is a lengthy look at the faith of the presidential contender. Political Scientist Paul Kengor has written a number of books on the faith lives of presidential figures including Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Hillary Clinton. He is here to look at God and Barak Obama.
Second Topic – Science Fiction and Religious Belief
James Herrick joins us to look at the surprisingly frequent collusion of science and science fiction for promoting and justifying alternative religions or spiritualities. In these new mythologies, spiritual beings with creation powers or at least highly advanced and friendly aliens are imagined and given plausibility by association in various ways with science. Through film and fiction, these ideas have a far greater social impact than might be expected. Herrick helps us identify these movements and the curious and questionable alliances made so that people of faith can respond to these growing cultural developments that already are having some influence on political, scientific and religious discussions and decisions.