I once mentioned on this blog that I’m a fan of Battlestar Galactica. The series is filled to the brim with religious overtones. The only atheist on the show is a brilliant but bumbling buffoon who spends the entire series narrowly escaping certain death by going full sociopath (not a very flattering portrayal of atheists, if you ask me). When I watch the show I’m often left intrigued by the religious positions of the two sides, Human vs. Cylon.
Humans are essentially 100% polytheist (with the exception of the token atheist). If we rewind to the short-lived prequel to BSG, Caprica, we find an almost violent human response to the notion that there could be but one god. Cylons, on the other hand, are monotheist, and as the series comes to a close we discover that the Cylon “one true god” might be the foundation that would lead to the development of the Abrahamic religions. Unfortunately, Cylons are the bad guys, using scripture as an excuse to essentially completely exterminate the entire human race. And if that weren’t enough, the few who remained were subjected to rape, torture, and slavery.
I have to wonder, then, when I watch the show, which side do devout Christians root for when they watch the series? The one that believes in multiple gods and violently rejects the idea of “one true god”? Or the side that wants to completely annihilate the human race but worships the same god that Christians worship?
The image above has its weaknesses. Laura Roslin (human) is very superstitious, and this led to some very tragic political decisions. And Number Six (cylon) might have been the most devoutly religious character on the show, but her use of logic was often flawless. These flaws in my argument aside, the image is a fairly accurate representation of the choice at hand.
Another problem is the question itself. I’d imagine that most people (including devout Christians) can watch the show with suspended disbelief. While they might recognize the Christian overtones on the side of the cylons, they can probably ignore it as being part of a purely fictional universe as portrayed on a television series. Therefore, I might not even have to ask this question at all. But I will.
It’s a silly hypothetical question to consider just for fun. I don’t think I have to tell you no one will criticize you for picking a side in a discussion about a purely fictional universe. But have at it! I’m curious.
And if you haven’t seen Battlestar Galactica I would suggest doing so. It’s a very entertaining series.