In the distant future, the furthest reaches of space, or the most disparate parallel universes of science fiction, you’re likely to run across two things: atheists, and omnipotent beings. To some degree, this happens because most popular science fiction leans a little more fantasy than the name suggests, meaning godlike powers don’t need to always be defined by a specific scientific fact or theory. In the first Thor movie, the titular Odinson paraphrases the Third Law, telling Jane Foster that he comes from a place where magic and science are one and the same. Even moments later Odin refers to Jane as a “Mortal,” blending the lines again of what is science and what is supernatural within their world. Battlestar Galactica walks the line between faith and science but veers pretty hard into faith with the resurrection of Starbuck. Swinging Occam’s Razor at this whole thing, the simplest solution could be that writers of science fiction simply want to occasionally do something cool and fun and not constantly dwell on the ripple effects that they should consistently cause throughout their universe. Star Wars isn’t the story of Han or an Imperial officer’s faith in the Force, it’s a story about rebels fighting off the Empire and their boom boom moon.
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