Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain?

I have nothing to add. Who could?

NOTE: This is probably best thought of as rated PG-13.

Bonus points to anyone who can connect this to ministry or to the church.

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3 Responses

  1. Bob Chapman says:

    First, I want to thank Fr. Scott for not asking us to connect this one to ministry or the church:

    After all, thinking about the Fall of Man and Universal Sin can be such a downer.

    When it comes to loving the mountain, I believe it has something to do with Reepicheep continuing on to the east in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It has nothing to do with success. It has everything to do with the call of Love.

  2. Peter Carey says:


    welcome to the CCblogs network!!


  3. Ethan says:

    Okay, so I just got a moment to watch this whole thing. Connecting this to ministry is not in any way difficult. I haven’t publicly allegorized something in a while, so this should be fun.

    Let us consider for a moment that Captain Kirk is Christ. In fact, let us consider that for more than a moment, on account of its being pretty hilarious. The mountain can be allegorized to the Church (being as it is the portion of the World which Christ has conquered.) Shatner claims that Kirk “is in love,” wants to “hug the mountain,” “make love to the mountain,” and that force propels him up. It is just so with Christ; in Jesus’ painful conquest of the world through ministry and Crucifixion, there was no need for pride or machismo (common reasons why we humans might climb a mountain.) There was only love, desire to become one with that great rock which he created but did not choose to move without its own consent.

    (It should be noted that though you mark this as “PG-13” due to the “make love to the mountain” line, there is nothing pornographic in Christ’s love. Still, it is nothing less than sexual love: the Song of Solomon is usually allegorized to Christ’s love for the Church, and rightly so. By that model, the institution of sexual love was created in order to teach us of Christ’s love for the world; any ickyness we may associate with it is our failing.)

    Christ does, of course, in his conquest of the Church, “challenge death” by actually dying. In doing so, he reveals to us the true nature of the world, that God’s love is the one thing capable of enduring beyond the temporal nature of this world. With his “tiny toes”, his human form seemingly incapable of the task, he scales the great rock of the world, and reigns over it. He then invites us to do the same.

    Let us then consider Shatner as the Christian everyman. (This is another one of those things you should probably consider for at least 5 solid seconds.) It is not self-preservation that “puts [Shatner] on the mountain,” but rather Kirk’s passion for the mountain, albeit described almost incomprehensibly. (Here too is an allegory, as the Church has very little idea of just how the actual mechanics of salvation work: still, we’re pretty sure it’s something to do with love.)

    Combine this with the fact that Kirk is a character who is played by Shatner, and you have the model of the imitation of Christ. By playing Kirk, this character whose love for the world is so great that he is willing to suffer pain and challenge death to be united with it, Shatner himself is transformed. By imitating Christ, we become Him. “That puts me on the mountain” indeed.

    It may seem strange to consider, then, the “where no man has gone before” line. If Christ/Kirk has already climbed the mountain, what new thing does Shatner bring to the ascent? One must consider here, however, that Shatner does not only follow Kirk up the mountain, he becomes Kirk. We do not merely follow Christ up the mountain: the whole communion of saints, set on fire by Christ’s love and given no real choice but to scale the world, becomes one with Christ. Together, we ascend, up the hill of Golgotha and up Jacob’s ladder, all at once, and sometime after time emerge together at the Godhead, where at its peak the mountain of the Church Triumphant is and always was the Bride of Christ.

    Captian Kirk is climbing a mountain, because he’s in love. That puts me on that mountain, climbing.

    To where no man has gone before.

    This has been fun. Thanks!