Obi-Wan Kenobi and Martyrdom

I came across the cartoon above on Reddit. It depicts a satirical cartoonist uttering the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in response to an armed terrorist. What do you think that might be learned from thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi as a martyr in the Star Wars story? Or the comparison between Star Wars and recent events? [Read More...]

Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [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...]

How the Empire Stole Christmas

Now that it is December, we can start sharing Christmas memes, music, and other things, right? From The Leek [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...]

Obi-Wan’s Death

I had seen this before, filled in from the perspective that the man in the picture is Kenny Loggins. And there is a greater resemblance. But since this version is at the intersection of religion and science fiction, I thought I ought to share this one identifying him as Obi-Wan Kenobi.   [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...]

This Is The Blog You Are Looking For

Just in case you didn't already know that. HT Approaching Justice   [Read more...]

Jedi Philosophical Conundrum

Even imaginary philosophies and religions have trouble avoiding all contradictions. HT Tom Verenna on Facebook   [Read more...]

Goodbye, Google Reader!

    Thanks to Jeremy Myers for the inspiration to make the above image!   [Read more...]

Obi-Wan Uses the Force to Help Students

Spotted on Facebook [Read more...]


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