Saint Vader

This icon came to my attention via Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook. Star Wars episodes I-VI are profoundly about redemption, about a man who turns to evil in order to try to hold on to someone he loves, ends up harming that person in the process, and eventually is helped to find his way back from [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...]

Super 8

Last night I watched the movie Super 8. The commercials for it had never grabbed my interest, and I see now that they were trying to be intriguing without being revealing. It turned out to be excellent, and like everything J. J. Abrams does, about the characters in the story above all else. It is [Read More...]

The Dark Knight Rises

I recently watched the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. It offers an interesting exploration of notions of good and evil and the possibility of redemption. If you have not seen it, be aware that some minor spoilers lie ahead. Batman fits into the category of the broken hero, the individual who fights evil, but who [Read More...]

Darth Vader on the Washington National Cathedral

IO9 reported (and apparently not as an April Fools joke) that Darth Vader’s helmet is one of several unexpected images sculpted on the Washington National Cathedral. To me it makes perfect sense that Darth Vader should be depicted on a cathedral – the story of Anakin Skywalker is about redemption more than anything else!   [Read more...]

Religion and Redemption in Science Fiction (around the blogosphere)

Several posts around the blogosphere today deal with science fiction in connection with religion, redemption, or other topics of interest. First, Julie Clawson blogs about the complexity of identity. Here’s a taste: Star Wars, like reality, is nuanced. The good guys can be self-seeking and greedy, and cute little Anakin becomes the evil Darth Vader [Read More...]


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