Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!

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Star Wars and Religion

There have been a couple of interesting articles online lately about religion and Star Wars. First, the Washington Post explained how Star Wars answers our deepest religious questions. Then IO9 took it further, offering a response article about religion and morality in Star Wars. In the former, Joel Hodge views the story in what at times seems to me [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Last Recruit

This episode starts with the first meeting of Jack with the smoke monster in Locke’s form. Jack asks him who else he has looked like. He asks him if he was the one he saw when he saw his father on his third day on the island. Smokey says that he was looking out for [Read More...]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]

Star Wars Force Awakens Trailer

I’m sure everyone has already seen the above trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But I still wanted to share it, just to join in the excitement, and to give regular readers a place to talk about it. IO9 not only shared it, but offered detailed analysis, speculation on the political situation [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Some Like It Hoth

The episode begins with young Miles, whose mother is looking for an apartment for them. He demonstrates his ability to hear the dead talking, finding an older man who had died in one of the apartments there. When he is a teenager, Miles talks to his dying mother, asking how he came to be the [Read More...]

Redemption in Star Wars and Christianity

The above cartoon from Pictorial Theology raises interesting questions (even if I disagree with what it says, especially with regard to Ewoks). On the one hand, the message of cheap grace that is popular in much contemporary Christianity is profoundly unbiblical. Paul, supposedly the greatest proponent of this message, asked the Corinthians Christians, “You know that wicked [Read More...]

Yoda vs. Yoder

Do you get Yoda and Yoder confused? If so, this Venn Diagram from TheologyGrams will hopefully help you keep them straight. As far as I know, only one of them has warning labels in their books because of sexual harassment and abuse of women. That doesn’t make one great either. I presume Yoda knew that, even [Read More...]

The Gospel of John in a Galaxy Far Far Away

In a recent blog post, Andrew McGowan suggested that the opening lines of the Gospel of John or the Letter to the Hebrews ought, if transferred into a modern idiom, appear in the characteristic scrolling text that opened the Star Wars films. I think it is also interesting to ask the reverse question. Fast forwarding into [Read More...]

Yoda Buddha

CNET shared a link to and examples of Chris Milnes’ productions, for sale on Etsy, made using a 3-D printer. Yoda is a much more natural fit for a Zen depiction than some of the other figures. But all of them deserve to be checked out, and they include figures not just Star Wars but [Read More...]


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