Jedi Jesus and Jedi for Jesus

I recently shared a photo of a display outside a church, as an example of how not to evangelize Jedi. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways for Christians to connect to Jedi and the wider Star Wars crowd.

Around the web, I discovered today, there are a surprisingly large of depictions of “Jedi Jesus” online which are worth reflecting on (even if only in an attempt to figure out what the appeal is of making and sharing such images). And they seem to be more effective among Jedi, if the t-shirts and logos at the end of this post is anything to go by. Let me know what you make of them.

It was a version of this one that got me thinking about these images today, and so I’ll share it first:

This one, from Stickman Studios, is the simplest, and yet I think it is my favorite even so:

This one puzzles me…

…even more than this one:

And here is the evidence that some find that their identity as Christians and as Star Wars fans intersects:

   

So what do you make of them? Are they amusing, insulting, clever, or something else?

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  • Dustin

    One True God? As per your book by the same title and John 17:3, the equation with Jesus seems misleading to say the least.

    Plus, if we take the sayings seriously which have Jesus talking about nonviolence, loving your enemies, and putting away the sword, it begs the question: “Would Jesus ever use a light saber?” WWJD

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Both good points! “Those who live by the light saber shall die by the light saber”!

      I thought about commenting on the Christological assumptions in the image you mentioned, but then decided against it – after all, “Only True God” might be the series title rather than a statement about the one depicted. :-)

  • Just Sayin’

    Juvenile.

  • http://politicaljesus.com/ itsRodT

    What makes us think Jesus would be a Jedi? Why not a Sith Lord?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      “If one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace a larger view of the Force.”