KA PLAH! Klingons for Christ

It was only a matter of time.

Indeed, Klingons accept the teachings of Christ as part of a warrior tradition. Christ brings not peace, but a sword. And this batlh’etlh is a sword of honor indeed!

Lot’s of good theological reflection here, for us of the Church MILITANT, right?

Psalm 144:1,2

Blessed be the Lord of my strength,
which teaches my hands to war,
and my hands to fight:
My goodness, and my fortress;
my high tower, and my deliverer;
my shield, and he in whom I trust;
who subdueth my people under me.

van bom 144:1,2 (in Klingon)

Quch joH’a”e’ HoSwIj
ghopDu’wIj ghojmoH veSvaD
nItlhDu’wIj ‘ej ghojmoH SuvvaD
majwIj je waw’wIj
waw’ ‘a’ wIj
je toDwIwIj
‘ej vIvoqbogh
mutpu’wIj bIng jIH jey

Ka Plah!!!

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  1. Orate Fratres says:

    Revenge is a dish best served cold? (Ancient Klingon proverb)

    John C. Wright also commented that if the Vulcans had a church, they’d be Catholic =^)

  2. Mike says:

    But is it slavishly accurate?

  3. Mike: Are you really going to push that point with a Klingon?

  4. Mariana says:

    That’ll teach the Ferengi k’pets!

  5. Jack Hughes says:

    Ka Plah

  6. Agnes says:

    Do I hear an *Amen*, brother Klingons! Ka Plah!

    (very slow loading today. Hope that’s not you, Z.)

  7. nhaggin says:

    I guess it falls to me to be the nerd and nitpicker…. Using the “standard” Klingon Latin-alphabet orthography, it’s written “Qapla’.” Note the apostrophe, signifying a glottal stop.

    Yes, I own a copy of the Klingon Dictionary. I tried to teach myself Klingon in high school, but the Okrand dictionary isn’t really a good language textbook. These days, I think I’d prefer to learn Quenya or Sindarin over Klingon.

    A friend of mine and I once discussed what the rites of the Klingon Catholic Church would look like; we thought the discommendation ritual could be taken over whole and entire for excommunications….

  8. Klingons for Christ started as a joke, but they actually do have a certain convention presence and I think do charity and some lowkey evangelistic work. (Most Klingon cosplay groups do charity stuff, as do most Star Trek and organized science fiction conventions.) I don’t know much about them, but I’ve never heard anything bad about them, either. (Though as you can tell from the prayer at the bottom of the page, they do have a certain denominational leaning.)

  9. nhaggin: I think I would probably make a Klingon a Cardinal and assign him to the CDF.

  10. Chris M says:

    Denominationalism strikes me as being rather.. UFP.. I think Klingons would prefer the hierarchical structure of the Catholic Church. Perhaps the Romulans, given their preference for purely conciliar government would be more at home in the Eastern Orthodox communion..

    There’s a really nerdy dissertation in there somewhere…

  11. Melody says:

    In the Klingon mythos, they rose up and killed their pantheon of gods. Perhaps they would respect one who died and yet rose again, conquering death itself.

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