One of the books I have been reading in recent weeks is Scientific Mythologies by James A. Herrick. His premise: that science and science fiction mutually influence each other far more than most of us realise and that together they are shaping a powerful new mythology, a mythology that shapes our dreams for humanity, a mythology that feeds into the search of many for a new spirituality.
As an avid science fiction fan and long term student of new religious movements I know exactly where he is coming from and am enjoying the book and its insights, particularly his emphasis on story. The book could have been better. I wish Herrick had moved beyond observation. I wish Herrick had explored how we might, as Christians, more fruitfully engage and develop a positive apologetic response. And on that score you may want to read this critique by James F McGrath over at Amazon. But overall I would recommend it.
But before you read more on what others have to say, you just might want to hear from Herrick himself. I see today that Christianity Today have just launched an article by him, entitled Sci-Fi’s Brave New World. And there’s a related article, The Men Behind The Myths, that you may find interesting too.