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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Reading the Bible in Machete Order

On the first day of my class on the Bible, I ask students what order we should read the Bible in. This year I made explicit reference to “machete order” – the approach to Star Wars that maximizes suspense by starting with Episode IV and V, then jumping back to the prequels (some recommend skipping Episode I [Read More...]

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Clone Wars in the Classroom

I recently came across some Star Wars lego images about classroom education, and wanted to share them. Click through were more like the above came from. There was also an interesting article in the Chronicle that could be filed under “treating students like clones,” in which students complained about faculty who offer one-size-fits-all lectures to students. Here [Read More...]

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He Gave His Life

I am pretty sure that this image is just a Star Wars fan trolling Christians. But of course, Qui-Gon does look a lot like the stereotypical image of Jesus, he dies fighting a bad guy who looks a lot like traditional views of the devil, and he manages to resurface from the netherworld of the [Read More...]

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Find the Panda: Star Wars Edition

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Stop Wars

This Star Wars themed painting by Banksy seemed worth sharing. [Read more...]

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Merely a Remake

Thom Stark wrote the following on Facebook: The book of Revelation is just a retread of the apocalyptic portions of Daniel and Ezekiel, almost to the point of plagiarism. And it’s full of plot holes. Just goes to show the creative bankruptcy of the whole covenantal reboot. But no offense to all your zealot followers [Read More...]

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How BB-8 Actually Works

I just came across this picture showing how BB-8 (the droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for the few who don’t recognize it immediately) actually works on the inside: [Read more...]

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Spoiler-Free Review of The Force Awakens

Stephen Matheson shared his experience of seeing the new Star Wars movie on Facebook, and considerately redacted out anything that might give away plot details. It was so good, I had to share it: Thoughts about The Force Awakens. Spoilers have been fully redacted, so you may read without fear of having your first viewing [Read More...]

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The Force Be With You (Extended Liturgy Edition)

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