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In the Reimagined Series

"I am an instrument of God" --Baltar in The Hand of God
Credit: SkyOne

In the reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica, Leoben and Mini-Series/internal Six espouse monotheistic views. Leoben's "we are all God" philosophy is similar to Gnosticism. Although the Colonials worship the Lords of Kobol, even Colonials occasionally say singular "God," though it's often just as exclamations.

To avoid bias, quotes will do most of the talking here.

Monotheistic References

  • "We decided to play god - create life. When that life turned against us we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play god then wash your hands of the things that you've created." -- Commander Adama, Mini-Series
  • "Maybe the Cylons are God's retribution for our many sins. What if God decided he made a mistake and he decided to give souls to another creature, like the Cylons?" -- Leoben, Mini-Series
  • "God didn't create the Cylons. Man did. And I'm pretty sure we didn't include a soul in the programming." -- Commander Adama, Mini-Series
  • "And what I want most of all is for you to love me... Don't you understand? God is love." - internal Six, Mini-Series
  • "God has a plan for you, Gaius. He has a plan for everything and everyone. Gaius - are you even listening to me?" -- internal Six, 33
  • "Procreation is one of God's commandments." -- internal Six, 33
  • "God is watching out for you, Gaius." -- internal Six, 33
  • "A connection, maybe, but not God. There is no God, or gods, singular or plural. There are no large, invisible men (or women, for that matter) in the sky, taking a personal interest in the fortunes of Gaius Baltar." -- Baltar, 33
  • "Be careful. That which God gives He can also take away." -- internal Six, 33
  • "It's God's punishment for your lack of faith." -- internal Six, 33
  • "God's got nothing to do with this." -- Baltar, 33
  • "It's God's choice. He wants you to repent." -- internal Six, 33
  • "I was right. See, our faiths are similar but I look to one God, not to many." -- Leoben, Flesh and Bone
  • "To know the face of God is to know madness. I see the universe. I see the patterns. I see the foreshadowing that precedes every moment of every day. It's all there, I see it and you don't." -- Leoben, Flesh and Bone
  • "I'm sorry, you're God? Wow... nice to meet ya. That's good, that's good. We'll give you a couple of minutes for that." -- Starbuck, Flesh and Bone
  • "It's funny, isn't it? We're all God, Starbuck, all of us. I see the love that binds all living things together. ... I know that God loved you more than all other living creatures and you repaid his divine love with sin, with hate, corruption, evil. So then he decided to create the Cylons." -- Leoben, Flesh and Bone
  • "It's your chance to find out if you're really God or just a bunch of circuits with a bad haircut. ... Somebody's programmed you with a fairy tale of God and streams and life ever after but, somewhere in that hard drive that you call a brain is a beeping message: 'Error, error, does not compute. I don't have a soul, I have software. If I die, I'm gone.'" -- Starbuck, Flesh and Bone
  • "And this time, your role...you have to deliver my soul unto God. Do it for me. It's your destiny, and mine." -- Leoben, Flesh and Bone
  • "Oh good, I suppose God doesn't want me to destroy the base, because he's the Cylon god, right?", Baltar, The Hand of God
  • "God doesn't take sides. He only wants your love. Open your heart to him and he'll show you the way." -- internal Six, The Hand of God
  • "He didn't speak to me. God didn't speak to me. So I was totally lying. I just picked that spot at random." -- Baltar, The Hand of God
  • "Are you telling me that God guided my finger to that target for some... arcane scriptural purpose?" -- Baltar, The Hand of God
  • "Yes, suppose I did. Yes, there's-- there's really no other logical explanation for it. I was - [Six: Am.] - I am an instrument of God." -- Baltar, The Hand of God

(There are more references; feel free to fill in the notable ones.)

Judeo-Christian References

Baltar in Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II
Credit: SkyOne

The reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica contains few references to Judeo-Christian concepts such as Jesus and Satan.

The "I am" statement in The Hand of God is noteworthy, because of the self-description God gives to Moses in Exodus, "I am that I am", and also Jesus has a series of "I am" statements in the Bible. The Bible contains over 300 "I am" statements.

As one of mysteries of 33, 33 is not only the title of an episode but also the commonly reported age for Jesus Christ when he was crucified, so this is another possible reference to Christ.

Finally, "Christ" itself is from the Greek "Χριστός," or "Christos," which means "messiah" in Greek. In the reimagined series, the Pythian Prophecies tell of a messiah figure who will lead them to Earth.

In the Original Series

In the original series of Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer was a name of an IL-series Cylon in the original series of Battlestar Galactica. Lucifer is also a name for Satan.

Count Iblis is a Satan-like figure, and Iblis is the Satan of Islam.

Mormanism was reportedly an inspiration for some of the original series.