Earlier this evening my partner (an RE trainee) and I (an RE NQT) were watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation when we suddenly realised that this particular episode was discussing some pretty interesting theological ideas. In the episode Kahless (Klingon religious figure head) returns as prophesied, but is later revealed to be a clone, created by the religious leaders in an attempt to end the 'decadent' modern ways, arguing that maybe this was the way in which Kahless was meant to return... As you can imagine there were some certain similarities with various world religions, and some very interesting views on theological issues. This got me a thinking about other aspects of Star Trek that cover or touch upon religious or philosophical ideas. The existence of Data, the android, who is able to learn, create, dream, and eventual to 'feel' emotions, questions how we view life (there is an entire episode dedicated to the question of if Data is indeed a 'life form' or simply a machine). A majority of episodes of Deep Space 9 deals with the philosophies and beliefs of the Bajoran people. And for classic Trek fans, there is the issue of the (mainly forgettable) 5th film which involves an actual search for 'God'. Has anyone else ever used Star Trek within an RE or Philosophy lesson? Or am I merely a Trekkie with way too much time on my hands?