On Battlestar Galactica

An Army of One God

Monotheism Versus Paganism in the Galactica Mythos

By James John Bell

“If the show does have a single, consistent point of view, it is probably best summed up by something Lincoln said during his second inaugural address: ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all…. ’ Think about that. Debate the meaning of that simple idea. For that, more than anything else, expresses this show and the politics behind it.”

–Ronald D. Moore, executive producer, Battlestar Galactica

“As was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said: ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’ With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

–Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

The war in battlestar galactica between the “one God” and the “many gods”–between the Cylons and Colonials–started, according to executive producer Ronald d. Moore, with a Cylon “slave” revolt on the Colonies. “When the first Cylons were created, individual Colonies still warred against one another and it wasn’t until the Cylon rebellion that the Twelve Colonies finally came together in a permanent way.”

This “coming together” mirrors elements of American history, both the coming together of the thirteen Colonies to form  …

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