Science fiction is a fascinating subject and its relationship with religion will be the focus of worship at The Federated Church in Sycamore for the month of July. Defining science fiction is difficult though authors continually try. It is essentially an interweaving of faith, stories and human imagination.
Erick von Daniken stirred the debate with “Chariots of the Gods” in 1968, making the outrageous claim that beings from another world were, in fact, the ancestors of all world faiths, including the Abrahamic religions. Naturally the religious world published legions of materials attacking him. His books suggested that the prophet Ezekiel’s visions in chapter one were from a UFO. (See Ezekiel 1:4-28).
Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, grew weary of writing westerns like Wagon Train where there always seemed to be death between the travelers and native Americans. He was a World War II veteran who envisioned a cosmic wagon train, where people of all races traveled together not only in peace but to bring that peace and cooperation to new worlds. Sounds a lot like the words and actions of Jesus.
Throughout July worships Pastor Dennis Johnson will explore some of the deeper connections that science fiction makes with the very nature of the gospel. The public is invited to these Sundays of exploration, questioning and hopefully focused fun in faith. There will even be a time of questions and answers during the sermons.
Worship begins at 10 a.m. with child care provided for the youngest children and Kid’s Club for the older ones. The church is located at 612 W. State St.; parking is available behind the building.