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Holy Sci-Fi!

Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect

Nahin, Paul J.

2014, XVIII, 224 p. 8 illus., 3 illus. in color.

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  • By the author of the popular books "Time Machines" and "The Science of Radio"
  • Discusses the opinions and writings of philosophers and scientists (Pascal, Hume, Nietzsche) and science fiction authors (Arthur C. Clark, C. S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov)
  • Draws connections between science fact, science fiction, philosophy, and theological debate over the past five centuries
Can a computer have a soul? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Is there really such a thing as free will? If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you)? For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists, and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more.

In Holy Sci-Fi!, popular writer Paul Nahin explores the fertile and sometimes uneasy relationship between science fiction and religion. With a scope spanning the history of religion, philosophy, and literature, Nahin follows religious themes in science fiction from Feynman to Foucault, and from Asimov to Aristotle.

An intriguing journey through popular and well-loved books and stories, Holy Sci-Fi! shows how sci-fi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future, and ourselves.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Aliens and God - Do Computers have Souls - Feynman to Foucault - Free Will - Laws of Robotics - Religious Robots - Science Fiction and Religion - Science and Science Fiction - Time Traveling to Jesus - Turing Test

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Popular Science - Religious Studies

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