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Trekking through the Expanse of the Heart

Doxacon 2019

Doxacon was founded in 2013 by Daniel Silver and Father David Subu from the Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA. Their mission is to create a place where fans of the genres of science fiction and fantasy can explore where those genres intersect with their faith. This years event was held at St. George Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland, November 1-2, 2019.

November 2019

Trekking through the Expanse of the Heart

Star Trek: Discovery and The Expanse both depict human life in the 23rd century, portraying not only advanced technologies, exotic worlds, and interplanetary conflicts, but also characters struggling to comprehend the life and death of loved ones and possibly entire civilizations. While the two series take dramatically different views of the future of organized religion, they differ less in describing the human quest for connection with, and meaning in, a vast universe that is full of mystery, danger, and beauty. In this presentation, Jonathan compares and contrasts these two visions, and considers how the Church offers contemporary humans a way to explore strange new worlds and to seek out new life in a journey that fulfills our deepest human longings.

Jonathan Jacobson was born during Season 1 of Star Trek: Original Series. While his original career goals were to design starships and travel back in time to see dinosaurs, he ended up obtaining a PhD in economics at M.I.T., watching epic science fiction series on TB with his family, and reading ancient Christian theology on the side. Since trekking to Virginia with his astrophysicist wife during season 1 of Deep Space Nine, Jonathan has explored the strange new worlds of public policy research, fatherhood, becoming Orthodox, working for the federal government, and encountering the expanse of an empty nest. He presented previously at Doxacon Prime in 2013 and in 2015.

November 29, 2019 Length: 52:44


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