You might be right about sci-fi in a secular society. It seems that sci-fi is a safe cultural place to talk about these issues.
We had a show a while back on representations of magic and myth in pop culture (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings), but I think it's worth exploring again. Nowadays, many of us on staff are eagerly/rabidly following Battlestar Galactica on DVD; I'm about to start Season 3, myself.
I listened to the DVD commentary of the Matrix trilogy (deluxe edition) about 3 years ago, and I'm still not over that. Cornel West and Ken Wilber opened up a whole slew of interesting religious interpretations beyond the obvious ones in those movies. I recommend listening to that if you can. It's like "SoF At The Movies." :)
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