From time to time, I like to turn away from the scientific themes that are the most common subject of my writing for Touchstone and turn to matters of the literary imagination. The idea for this edition of the Leading Edge came to me when I saw an article by Benjamin Plotinsky in the Winter 2009 issue of City Journal: “How Science Fiction Found Religion: Once overtly political, the genre increasingly employs Christian allegory.” Plotinsky based his thesis on this synopsis of the storyline of two popular films:
There is a young man, different from other young men. Ancient prophecies foretell his coming, and he performs miraculous feats. Eventually, confronted by his enemies, he must sacri . . .
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