Ok, I’ll admit it — I was raised Lutheran. At one point during confirmation class, the pastor decided to give us an “exam” which consisted of one question only: What is God?
My answer — “a small bit of fuzz in the universe’s navel” — didn’t seem nearly as insightful and entertaining to him as it did to me at the time. Now here I am many years later asking the same question in terms of BSG. Irony rules.
Listener Nick commented recently, suggesting that the Cylon God may simply be a “person.”
Nick: “Wouldn’t it make sense that the cylon “God” would be the first cylon to become sentient? He would be the one who led the other cylons in their rebellion.”
Ken, on the other hand, imagines the Cylon God as a figure in Cylon mythology.
Ken: “I always thought the Cylon(s(z)) found God at the time of the rebellion, and not in the sense of a physical being. They saw the evil of man and developed a religion explaining that they were the true children of God destined to replace mankind.”
It certainly seems possible that the Cylon(z) could steal human religion — the same way they’ve stolen human destiny. (Maybe the intro text should read: “They have a plan. YOUR plan.”) That would also account for the “overlapping” of religions.
But I can’t entirely get past the Cylon’s machine heritage. Even if you believe — as I do — that they’re no longer purely machines, they certainly were begat (so to speak) of them. Wouldn’t it be just like a machine to simply select a God and move on with the “plan?”
Maybe I should have waited longer to post about this, but truthfully I’m looking forward to what the rest of you have to say on the subject.
Or maybe I should’ve paid more attention in confirmation class.