Now, I am a big Star Trek fan, and into anything to do with Trek. But the one thing that took me aback, in its peculiarness, was a church called “The Spock,” that I accidently discovered when I googled. It is a few miles south of
Lynchburg in Campbell County,
in the state of .
Founded in 1977, it is in a large and attractive octagonal building. It is said to be the world's only
religion centered on the popular 1960's television series, featuring the
adventures of a crew of interstellar explorers. It promotes beliefs associated
with one of the popular characters in the TV series, Mr. Spock. The ideology of
the church is centered on so-called Vulcan philosophy which includes the belief
in pure "logic" and which emphasizes a lifestyle devoid of emotion. church
of Star Trek
A huge stained-glass likeness of Mr. Spock is featured in the sanctuary. Churchgoers recite sequences of dialogue from the series and participate in what they call a "Holy Mind Meld." It is said that many of the members wear stick-on pointed ears like Spock has during services and at other church functions. Supposedly, in one case of excessive dedication to the "faith," one member attempted to have his ears surgically altered. There were disastrous results, requiring extensive corrective surgery.