cormac murphy Posted almost 3 years ago Reading science fiction for a more critical view of our society? I think Science Fiction plays a part in society that Religion played in earlier times. It is a way for us to extrapolate from our current world into possible futures that are unmeasurable or predictable. If it was measurable or predictable it would be science. The Church is trying to get back in the game -- here is a direct quote from Benedict's Regensburg address, reckoned to be his most important speech so far -- while speaking about the centrality of reason to christianity he says... "The intention here is not one of retrenchment or negative criticism, but of broadening our concept of reason and its application. While we rejoice in the new possibilities open to humanity, we also see the dangers arising from these possibilities and we must ask ourselves how we can overcome them. We will succeed in doing so only if reason and faith come together in a new way, if we overcome the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically verifiable, and if we once more disclose its vast horizons. In this sense theology rightly belongs in the university and within the wide-ranging dialogue of sciences, not merely as a historical discipline and one of the human sciences, but precisely as theology, as inquiry into the rationality of faith." The overcoming of the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically verifiable is exactly what good science fiction attempts to do.