The Vatican, Star Wars, and Stephen Colbert

I assume that anyone who continues to read my blog regularly probably shares my enjoyment of and interest in science fiction, religion, and humor. And so if you haven’t seen it already, you will want to watch the clip above, which sees Stephen Colbert torn between his childhood faith and upbringing, and his church.   [Read more…]

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The Will of the Force

I found myself reflecting recently on the language used in Star Wars of the “will of the Force.” If the Force were anything like a theistic personal God, of the sort that it is natural to view as having a will, then the provision of power to the Sith over against the Jedi would seem [Read More…]

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Admiring Darth Vader

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about The Force Awakens related to Kylo Ren’s admiration for his grandfather, Darth Vader, and his fear that he will never be as strong as he was. I think that one thing that the prequels offer that the original trilogy didn’t is a chance to really flesh [Read More…]

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The Force Be With You (Extended Liturgy Edition)

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The Force Won’t Fix This

Someone should create a Republican Obi-Wan Twitter account, if they haven’t already… HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

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The Music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure whether it has always been true that the music in Star Wars is something that I notice only on a second viewing, or after hearing the soundtrack separately, or whether J. J. Abrams has the music feature less prominently than George Lucas did at key moments. But there is some truly wonderful [Read More…]

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I Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. For the most part, I love what J. J. Abrams has accomplished. Have you seen it yet? If not, you won’t want to read further. There are some major spoilers. It is only a minor spoiler to mention the fact that, when the introductory text rolls at [Read More…]

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Is This The Biggest Star Wars Spoiler Ever?

This is a photo of the most massive Star Wars spoiler I have ever come across. Seriously, have you ever come across a bigger Star Wars spoiler than this one?   [Read more…]

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Star Wars Soundtrack Spoilers

Remember how we found out things we might not have wanted to if we looked at the titles of the tracks on the soundtrack to The Phantom Menace, when it was released prior to the movie? Well, it looks like the same thing is happening again with the soundtrack to The Force Awakens. Take a [Read More…]

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It’s True. All Of It.

I was planning to share the meme above, contrasting Han Solo’s statements about the Force and related matters in “A New Hope” and in “The Force Awakens.” But then I saw the humorous version below, and knew it was best to share them both together. Do feel free, however, to talk seriously about the shift [Read More…]

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The New Star Wars Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is intriguing, although I confess that it hasn’t really made me more excited about the movie that will be in cinemas in December. It took a while until the music or the action in the trailer started to really connect with me – although when it [Read More…]

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