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Quorum of Twelve

As we know, on Battlestar: Galactica there's an ill-defined political institution known as the "Quorum of Twelve." Unbeknownst to me, this is a real institution of the LDS Church. If one is so inclined, one can apparently spin paranoid fantasies out of this factoid.

April 28, 2006 | Permalink

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There are (or were in 1980 anyway) a ton of parallels between BG and the LDS mytho... um, ideology--the original series creator was a devoted wearer of Holy Underwear.(tm)
see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica#Religious_and_mythological_references

It's always fun to see religious nutjobs get all paranoid about other religious nutjobs, but dude, the Mormons *are* weird. Not as weird as Scientologists, maybe, but not for lack of effort on Joe Smith's part.

Posted by: max | Apr 28, 2006 11:37:11 AM

I'm a big fan of the original series and find all the little changes they made silly. The original Council of Twelve freely gave up their authority to Commander Adama because his experience might save their lives. If they were going to make all these silly changes like making Starbuck and Apollo "call signs" or making Starbuck a woman, they should have just made their own series. Remakes are so annoying!

As for the religious overtones, I always believed that the 12 colonies represented the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. The 13th tribe of Benjamin was lost (by assimilating into the other 12 tribes) and Earth represented the lost tribe on the series.

Of course, I was brought up in a pretty liberal mainline Protestant church. I've never studied Mormons or Scientology or the Jehovah's Witnesses. There was one time I picked up (off the floor in a hallway) a copy of "Watchtower" magazine to freak out a Catholic friend. Unfortunately, their looniness came right through the very little I read before I placed it in the proper receptacle.

Posted by: John | Apr 28, 2006 1:33:38 PM

The original BSG was tied pretty heavily to Mormon theology -- Google up the stories about Kolob and see how they compare to Kobol on the show.

Posted by: Aaron S. Veenstra | Apr 28, 2006 8:13:12 PM

There's also a Quorom of the Seventy, Matthew!

If I recall this right, Mormons hold that the "Lost Tribe" of Benjamin became the Native Americans. How that ties into the Nephite/Lamanite business of the Book of Mormon, I can't say. For Mormons, though, the twelve tribes have taken on, um, more spiritual values: for example, I'm supposedly of the tribe of Ephraim...

Posted by: Jackmormon | Apr 30, 2006 5:15:43 PM

I though it was a given that the original series was based on the LDS teachings and their trek across the US to get to Utah.

Posted by: daveNYC | May 1, 2006 4:52:45 PM

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