Evangelism, Postmodernism, and Star Trek

Through the Motley Fool, I read a few forums; a participant recently posted a review that included a discussion of Christian faith, postmodernism, Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. It’s a terrific book review and offers some insight into those that dwell in a postmodern world. Those of us with faith in Jesus may find insight here in understanding those whose faith is more fluid and does not rest upon the solid rock.

Good reading, take a look at A Primer on Postmodernism.

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Or not go, depending on whether you can get the engines running. Looks like they could use another engineer like Scotty:

In life, James Doohan was the “Star Trek” engineer who worked miracles on the Enterprise, but a rocket meant to blast his remains into space has engine trouble.

A Falcon One rocket was to lift the ashes of Doohan, who played engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott aboard the fictional Starship Enterprise, into space next month but the launch has been delayed at least until February, organizers said Tuesday.

Scotty turned out to be the most well- liked of the old Star Trek cast, happy to be part of a legend and always thankful to his fans. One of the best odes to Scotty that I’ve heard comes from the musical talent of James Lileks’ Bleatophany; download this mp3 and enjoy.

$3 Million for Star Trek

TrekUnited.com is reporting that three anonymous donors have pledged $3 million toward a campaign to keep Star Trek: Enterprise alive for a 5th season.

“We think Star Trek and especially its latest incarnation, “Enterprise” is the kind of TV that should be aired more often. The people responsible at Paramount think this is just a show and we want to tell them, it is not. We are in the commercial space flight industry and would like to testify that at least one out of two of all the actual entrepreneurs involved in this industry has been inspired by Star Trek; and we are not only good at watching TV sci-fi , we are also good at writing checks, big checks. The people airing this kind of TV have a responsibility; inspiration. Star Trek has inspired us, and particularly Enterprise, with its superb theme song that tells so much about our struggle to move space travel forward and closer to the public, this inspiration is so self evident, that Virgin Galactic has ordered a 5-sub orbital ship fleet from Scaled Composites, a 100 million dollar investment, and the first one being built is going to be christened ‘VSS Enterprise.’ Now doesn’t that ring a bell in Paramount’s ears? Now, canceling the series so bluntly, for the sake of just ratings, tells very much about the kind of thinking going on inside Paramount. If we thought the same way, Paul Allen would have never funded the SpaceShipOne program. Sir Richard Branson would never have funded Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures would never have put two space tourists aboard the International Space Station. Instead, we would all be at home watching Survivor or some other reality TV show. Enterprise needs to be renewed, for the sake of fan loyalty, for being quality TV, for bringing imagination and hope for a better future to our homes, but over all that, for inspiring us so strongly that we have fought all our adult lives to bring that future closer to our children and to us.”

Fight to Save Star Trek: Enterprise Goes On

In the news today, fans have the attention of the media. They’ve given up on Paramount, and are instead trying to find somebody else willing to pick up the production costs.

Details at Trek United and Save Enterprise.

It’s the only television show I watch with any regularity. Please donate all your income to saving my show. Money isn’t used in the 23rd century, anyway. Thank you.

Saving Enterprise

There’s a last-ditch effort to save Star Trek: Enterprise. A full page fan-sponsored ad will be appearing February 21st, and a fan rally at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on February 25th.

The writing on Enterprise this 4th year is superb; if they had started the series this way, it would still be on the air. Alas, I think this effort is in vain, but if you just happened to be driving through Hollywood that day and have nothing else to do…

Coming Up Empty

Hmm. Nothing inspires me to blog today. I tossed some ideas at myself but nothing stuck.

North Korea says the have nukes and don’t want to talk about it. The U.S. says we ought to talk about it. No solutions look good at the moment. Let North Korea keep the nukes? Force them to disarm? Blah.

And at the same time, Prince Charles decides to marry Camilla Parker Bowles. Coincidence? I think not.

Wardhill Churchill sounds like a bigoted lunatic. I predict he’ll voluntarily step down to save face. If not, he should be fired. Free speech isn’t the issue, by the way.

Stock market is down. Weather is cold. Irv’s still in the hospital. I think I’ll need a new car by the summer of 2007. I’m going to buy some sort of mp3 player. This weekend has plays to see, dancing, Star Trek, birthday parties, Valentine’s dinner, …

Whoa. I have a lot to blog about. I wonder where I should start…