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Faith, Community and Religion in Firefly November 13, 2007

Posted by Chris in Firefly.
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Here’s an interesting essay/blog post on religious and community-related themes in Firefly.  It makes a similar point to my earlier post on the episode, “Out of Gas“, where I proposed that Firefly revolves around questions of relying upon (and having faith in) one’s community and the larger social world.  Whedon, an avowed atheist, seems to take a neutral position on the existence of God and the importance of religion in personal and community life.  However, the blog’s author seems to take a leap (of faith?) beyond what I said in my earlier post, and suggests that Whedon’s themes of love for friends and faith in community might really be the first steps towards faith in God and religious devotion.  He quotes Paul in first Corinthians 13:13: “Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 

Does Whedon tip his hand and reveal a religious devotion masked by a set of more contemporary and religiously neutral narrative themes?  I think not, but I will credit the blogger with having an open mind and for appreciating the religious themes expressed in Whedon’s work without dogmatically requiring unquestioned faith.