Thursday, August 18, 2005

Those Darn Jesuits: Sci-fi Favorites

According to

The priest-scholar is one of science fiction's most common types of religious characters. Of all Catholic orders, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is the most commonly used in science fiction. James Blish (author of the classic religious sf novel A Case of Conscience) wrote that the majority of all Christian science fiction features a Jesuit, or at least Catholic, viewpoint (Source: "The Issue at Hand", 1953, under the pseudonym William Atheling).

Thanks to Confessions of a Wayward Catholic for the link.


Anonymous Jenn said...

Mark, that picture is terrific!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

It's from one of the foreign editions of "The Sparrow."

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Ah hah! That's excellent. The cover of the American edition doesn't make very much sense at all.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Susan Rose, CSJP said...

My alternate title for The Sparrow is "Jesuits in Space." You have to say it like you're the muppet show announcer :) ... seriously, great book, if a bit challenging.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Jen P said...

Love it! And I wondered if it was from the Sparrow -- especially love Susan's title :)

10:46 PM  

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