Galacti-Geek AJ writes: “Throughout the first season, I often found myself wondering what the nature of God was in the BSG Universe. Faith— or lack thereof — in God had a significant effect on events within the show. The events surrounding the Olympic Carrier in 33, the Tylium refinery in Hand of God, and the whole Shelly Godfrey incident in Six Degrees… could not have just been coincidence. The theory came to me when thinking about one of my favourite books: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.
“In the book, Gods exist because people believe in them so deeply. I theorise that the Cylon ‘God’ is a manifestation of the Cylon’s conscious belief in God and exists purely in their heads or central mainframe. Is it possible that ‘God’ is not a God at all but merely a collection of electrical signals fueled by the Cylon belieft in a deity?
“They believe that God loves all –not just them. This would explain why God sometimes seems to favor the humans. Perhaps Head-Six really is an ‘Angel’ from this God. Head-Six has maneuvered Baltar into power and out of trouble, all the while testing his faith. Could this God really have a plan for Baltar that the Cylons are not aware of? Perhaps Head-Six is so different and impartial because she is somehow a manifestation of this God in Baltar’s head. This would explain her knowledge of the Cylons and their actions and account for her neutrality in events such as the destruction of the tylium refinery in Hand of God.
“In Resurection Ship, Part 2, Head-Six displayed distress at the thought of the death of thousands of Cyclons, but could this simply be because it was counter to God\’s plan? Or perhaps she sees any loss of life as tragic?
“Being an atheist, I am eager to see a technological explanation — such as the half-baked one I have offered here –as an explanation of the the nature of God in the BSG universe because I believe that the genuine existence of a spiritual deity in the show would be too complicated and religious for my tastes. I hope that the issue is addressed at some point in the show’s future, but there again a little ambiguity never hurt anyone.”