[quote="generalyogibear, post:1, topic:194143"]
I'm kind of a sci-fi nut and I'm thinking of buying some Babylon 5 DVDs but have read it maybe anti-Christian.
I read on wikipedia and wikiBabylon 5 websites that one of the main races on the show the Vorlon are actually the Angels from Earths past? In other words the show is saying that the Angels from the Bible are aliens.
Does the show really say this?
Just trying to get confirmation of this since anyone can write anything on wikipedia.
B5 is one of the best written sci-fi series even shown on TV. Bear in mind that it's written by an atheist, so it will have evolutionary talk and such. Interestingly, it's a story that touches on so many facets of life. I actually saw it more as a prescient political drama (the whole season 1 Homeguard thing followed by season 2 introducing Nightwatch -- I could go into detail, but let's just say that Bush's Department of Homeland Security = Ministry of Peace).
As to the Vorlon/Shadow thing, that should be taken as a whole. Again, it came down to ideology. I'm not going to get into detail because I don't want to spoil the story for those who haven't seen it. It's why they did what they did that gives us the how.
Understanding is a three-edged sword, after all. ;)
I'd put Stargate SG-1 in a similar category. Great story...and one that deals more with religious ideas. The Stargate movie dealt with Ra, the Egyptian sun god. The first several seasons dealt with the Goa'uld who were false gods (and later, "dead false gods" as Teal'c liked to put it). The only dangerous point would be where the concept of ascension comes in. It smacks of rank Bhuddism, but if one can recognize that it's a story device, then one can relax and enjoy the story. As a matter of back story, in the Stargate universe, the current human race was the second time our species evolved on earth. The previous race, called the Ancients, or Alterans, figured out how to "ascend to a higher plane of existence." At this point, there was a rift between the ascended ancients and those who believed in free-will and noninterference stayed here and those who believed that they should guide people with their advanced knowledge left our galaxy and became the Orii. The Orii figured out that if people worshiped them, they would become more powerful and created the religion of Origin. They promised ascension and enlightenment to their followers but gave them nothing because they'd have to share the power.
Again, ideology. Fortunately, the Orii end up dead, too. More dead false gods. :)