And Also With You

A few religious Star Wars memes for Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You! [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 Strongest Force on Earth

22 Words had a collection of technically correct but amusing and in some cases profound student answers to test questions. I had seen a lot of them before. I was particularly struck by the one I shared above. There is a sense in which “love” is bound to be the wrong answer to any question on [Read More...]

The Church Awakens

Via a commenter who got it via Facebook. [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Trailer

There has been a homemade unofficial trailer circulating for a while, but this is the official one, and while it gives few clues as to the story, it is just enough of a teaser to get/keep fans excited. [Read more...]

Star Wars Yin Yang

I’ve often observed that Star Wars’ symbolism seems more in line with Taoism’s ideas about balance between opposing forces, rather than depicting a Manichaean or Zoroastrian dualism of good vs. evil. And so I was pleased to find that the Taoist Yin Yang symbol had been given a Star Wars twist to it, as illustrated [Read More...]

Jesus Choking Hazard

Fred Clark shared a link to a post about a Jesus action figure, which I blogged about before, and which poses a choking hazard. Reading that reminded me that I had not yet shared this image I came across, in which Jesus seems to be reenacting a famous scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. [Read More...]

Celebrating Star Wars Day in Church

Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You) falls on a Sunday this year. One congregation has decided to mark the occasion with a Star Wars themed service. I am disappointed to say that the congregation in question isn’t my own, but I have no one to blame for that but myself! Apparently this [Read More...]


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