"God" and Faith in "Twilight Zone"

Here’s an episode of "Twilight Zone," written by Rod Sterling, that demonstrates a marked preference for “God” over “Christ.”

In “The Obsolete Man,” a prerevolutionary librarian faces off with an officer of the future, godless, totalitarian state. The script refers to God and the Bible repeatedly, and the hero is portrayed as a believer in God, but there’s no mention of Christ or an afterlife. The librarian calls on God but not Christ. He faces execution without mentioning hope for Heaven or for a resurrection. He reads from the Bible, but it’s the Old Testament. The religion portrayed in this episode has God but no Christ. That’s because “God” speaks to our common humanity while “Christ” creates divisions between the saved and the lost.

April 2005