I’m turning over the interview microphone to an evangelical! Steven Pynakker is the host of Mormon Book Reviews, and he wanted to learn more about me, Rick Bennett. But I have some questions for him too. How did an evangelical get interested in Mormonism?
Steve: Then I also have to say that growing up, I watched a lot of Battlestar Galactica reruns. I was always a very spiritual person from a very young age. So, the themes in Battlestar Galactica, they have a lot of spiritual things in there, like the lost tribes, and Adama. Then you had various–you had a Satan type character, and you had all this good and evil. It really spoke to me in a way that Star Wars didn’t, even though I loved Star Wars, the spirituality of Battlestar Galactica spoke to me on a deeper level.
GT: Now, do you know that was written by a Mormon?
Steve: Of course I do.
GT: Okay, good.
Steve: Let me show you part of my book collection, actually, on the bottom I have a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica. I have the complete original series. But yeah, Glen A. Larson being a Mormon, of course, I found out that Kobol was actually Kolob. They had Kobol in the Battlestar Galactica show. I had no idea that–it wasn’t until high school that I realized that it had all this Mormon doctrine in it. I thought, “No wonder I liked that show so much,” because I’ve been interested in Mormonism most of my life.
He asks me why I started Gospel Tangents. Check out our conversation….
Don’t miss our previous interview with John Larson of the Sunstone Podcast where we also discussed Gospel Tangents.
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