Jesus to Appear in Star Wars Episode VII

The picture above came to my attention today. It is the most recent in a series of Jedi Jesus images, some of which I’ve shared here before. There is no need to read Christianity into a cross-shaped sword, given that that shape has a long established history apart from Christianity. More appropriate discussion has focused [Read More...]

The Jedi Jesus

IO9 featured some Star Wars fan theories from 1980. It is interesting to see the role that religion played in some of them. A popular theory was that Obi-Wan was a clone name – O.B.1. One person suggested that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a thousand years removed from “O.B.” who was “the Jesus” of the Jedi [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Special

This episode starts with another eye close-up, as Michael is looking for Walt. Walt is learning to throw a knife from John Locke – and after missing frequently, when asked to picture it in his mind’s eye first, the knife is right on target. I’m pretty sure this is supposed to remind viewers of Star [Read More...]

My My This Here Anakin Guy

I can’t believe I never saw this before now. Click on the embedded video above to listen to the parody song “The Saga Begins” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. HT Matt Brown. [Read more...]

Jedi Jesus and Santa on a Dinosaur

I have no idea what this picture means. But I have the strange sense that it belongs on this blog. HT Judy Stack-Nelson on Facebook   [Read more...]

Growth of the Jedi

Tomorrow in my class on religion and science fiction, we’ll be talking about non-theistic religion depicted in science fiction, in movies like Star Wars and Avatar. Today Religion Nerd brought two links to my attention. One is a Fox News interview about Jediism. The second is Benjamin Svetkey’s article “Church of the Jedi” about spending [Read More...]

Magi, Not Jedi

I saw this clock on Amazon.com and thought I’d share it.  It will make a good Christmas gift for religion professors who are also Star Wars fans, if not for anyone else… [Read more...]

The Gospel according to Luke (Skywalker)

Someone turned part of the post I quoted recently into an image: Is Star Wars about the emperor being given the shaft? No. It is about a young man with great potential wanting to do whatever it takes to hold on to someone he holds dear, and becomes a force so destructive that he hurts [Read More...]

Science Fiction Hymns

Jeff Carter recently mentioned science fiction hymns, providing a couple of examples from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And it got me thinking whether there are others, and if so, what they are. Not long ago I mentioned some hymns in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, but the contents [Read More...]

Jedi’s Witnesses

From The ‘Lighter’ Side of the Force   [Read more...]

Worst Teacher Ever?

As we start a new semester, it is important to call to mind bad examples as well as good ones. Do you have a bad feeling about this semester? I'll be teaching my course on religion and science fiction, which made this Star Wars comic seem particularly relevant.   [Read more...]


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