Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

Star Trek and Atheism

In this episode, Casey and Jerry will talk about Star Trek, it’s relationship to atheism, humanism and its failure. We will focus on the ethics, epistemology and metaphysics of the show.

We’re hoping for a phone call from Ask an Atheist’s own Caps Lock Warrior! Also, just letting you know: Jerry brought that shirt and wore it entirely on his own.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Hi guys, I watch this show every week and usually enjoy it, but this week’s episode was a real disappointment. First things first, as atheists we have to struggle constantly to show the majority of the population that we’re normal people and not crazy people with delusions. It’s something that I have to face everyday as an atheist; convincing religious folks that, yes, I’m as sane a person as you. When I turned on the show today (DVR from Sunday) I’ll admit I was upset. What does Star Trek have to do with atheism? “Okay,” I thought, “I’ll watch and… Read more »


I found the Star Trek uniform a little geeky but I think RTK’s opposition is unfounded. RTK seems to think that THEY (the hosts) define HIM (RTK) – not true. If some atheists are proud Star Trek geeks so be it. Now, had they dressed in full Klingon gear I’d be hard pressed to take them seriously but it doesn’t harm the message (besides, I listen to the podcast version). If you are afraid that this is playing into a stereotype then do your best to break it! People who associate all atheists as Star Trek geeks as a result… Read more »


I’d agree that the full geek-garb was an unnecessary distraction. That aside, it was interesting to learn of Roddenberry’s humanistic vision and his purported desire to include that in the series. It was saddening to learn of the dialogue in the script that was contradictory to that vision. I loved watching NG as a kid, and would speculate that money was the decisive factor (as it usually is) in determining what exactly is going to air. After all, you have to appeal to the demographic for good ratings. Profit is the name of the game, unfortunately.


Also, Jerry… I know you’re on TV, but you look uncomfortable in your skin! Relax!

Keep up the good work, guys. Love what you’re doing.

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