The Force

Today we talked about Star Wars (among other things) in my religion and science fiction class. One student presenter raised the question of how often “The Force” is mentioned throughout the six movies. Here is the answer. Count carefully! Also relevant, in case you haven’t seen it before, is the action figure of The Force: [Read more...]

George Lucas’ Interview with Bill Moyers

This classic interview from more than a decade ago is still worth watching, as it explores George Lucas’ spiritual vision and the nature of mythology in extremely interesting ways. [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...]

Know What To Make of This Do I Not

I saw this on Facebook. It is right at the intersection of religion and science fiction. But I am not sure what to make of it. Also at the intersection of Star Wars and the Bible is this:     [Read more...]

Misplaced Gods

I could have called this post several other things. I considered “What in Samhain is going on at Crooked Creek Baptist Church?” or perhaps “Bring Your Gods to Church Day.” But let me start at the beginning. The text for last Sunday’s sermon at my church was Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. My wife was [Read More...]

I find your lack of faith disturbing

A commenter (whom I can only assume is a troll, since they twice assumed that I might not have seen Star Wars!) suggested that the scene in which Darth Vader force chokes General Motti in Star Wars Episode IV might be inspired by the doubting Thomas story in John 20. And so I thought it [Read More...]

The Sith Way

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Darth Lucy

Via Star Roarz on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Another Star Wars Last Supper

This isn’t the first Star Wars Last Supper I’ve come across. But it is, I think, the first one I’ve seen that includes George Lucas! [Read more...]

Deathstarbucks Coffee

Via Star Roarz on Facebook [Read more...]

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...]


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