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The Theology of Battlestar Galactica: American Christianity in the 2004-2009 Television Series
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Westmore begins with three chapters describing the different belief systems in BSG, including the Colonial polytheism, the Cylon monotheism, and Baltar's cult. He picks out subtle points about religious practice in each community, especially in how Colonial polytheism tends to be communal and Cylon monotheism is individualistic. These three chapters did a great job framing religion in the series and are probably worth the (Kindle) price of the book alone.
Westmore then looks at theological themes in the series, from salvation to prophets. Again, Westmore's analysis helped transform my understanding of the show. He compares events and characters in BSG to biblical stories, showing some fascinating similarities. He explains that theologians' understanding of divine intervention into mundane life often relies upon a "divine plan" in which humanity is subject to disaster to test the faithful.
Westmore assumes fairly intimate knowledge of BSG, but relatively little about religion, so the book is very accessible to those of use who haven't read the Bible. Moreover, while the book focuses on Christianity, as a non-Christian, I appreciated that Westmore is never hostile towards other religions and is respectful of atheists. Indeed, he argues that BSG succeeds so well on theological grounds because it depicts a wide variety of believers and types, from the mystic Cylons to the non-believing Adama.Read more ›