Study Guide

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Spirituality

Spirituality

Forget Scientology—the cult of Sybok is the real sci-fi religion, if you ask the folks in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. A half-brother of Enterprise's very own Spock, Sybok abandons the hardcore logical fixation of his Vulcan people and turns instead to an intensely emotional brand of spirituality, the basic tenet of which is that all intergalactic faiths refer back to one core set of truths. Sybok sets out to prove his theory by voyaging to the center of the universe and straight up meeting God. Big plan. But will it come to fruition? Click on to find out, loyal Shmoopers.

Questions About Spirituality

  1. Can Sybok's spiritual beliefs be considered a religion? Why or why not?
  2. Is there any validity to Sybok's spiritual claims? If so, explain.
  3. What does the ultimate revelation about God say about the nature of spirituality? Anything?
  4. Can logic be applied to spiritual matters? Why or why not?

Chew on This

The ultimate revelation that God is an impostor suggests that it is foolhardy to attempt to discover the true reality behind spiritual matters.

Though many of his beliefs are bizarre, Sybok's ideas about religious syncretism are valid in many ways.

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