Congratulations to our colleague Professor Michael Keas, who made a fine debut last night in the potentially challenging environment of the popular nighttime radio program Coast to Coast AM. Host George Noory was genial as always, but a couple of callers were a bit out there, and Keas handled them with sweet reason, clarity, and information that most of us simply do not have about the history of science and religion.
You can hear Mike Keas now on a new episode of ID the Future, with host Andrew McDiarmid. Keas, a historian of science, turns from the past to the future. With his new book, Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion, as a launching point, he describes the surprisingly religious role played by much modern-day atheistic science fiction. The discussion includes 2001: A Space Odyssey and H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.
Despite some notable exceptions, especially C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, “modern day atheism is becoming more and more indistinguishable from the occult, and science fiction is a part of that,” Keas tells us. And who are the gods of the new occult? Listen in and learn.
Image: An illustration from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, by Henrique Alvim Correa [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.