Religion in BSG Dec 19, 2004 19:23:18 GMT -5
Post by Alan on Dec 19, 2004 19:23:18 GMT -5
caseOrange said:Question 2: Which monotheistic religion are the Cylons mimicking? Or is it one that they created independently of traditional concepts of monotheism?
It doesn't closely mimic any terrestrial religion I can think of.
We know from the episode "33" their god gives them "commandments"; this has an old-testament ring to it. However the specific commandment that Six mentions ("procreation is one of God's commandments") isn't one of the ten Judeo/Christian commandments.
We know (from "Secrets and Lies") that "suicide is a mortal sin." The concept of mortal sin is pretty specific. Does any religion have that concept except the Catholics?
Some of Leoben Conoy's comments in "Flesh and Bone" seem to mirror some of the oriental religions. The suggestion that every person is God, for example. Six's comment that "God is Love" is likewise a bit new-agey.
I can't think of a single earthly religion that would match all these pieces together; it seems more likely that Moore has melded a lot of religious concepts together to create something new.