The Church of the Force

IO9 highlighted how the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End has offered a religious justification for the way Obi-Wan lied to Luke in A New Hope. There a passage is read in the Church of the Force from the Journal of the Whills which says: The truth in our soul Is that nothing is true. [Read More…]

Yoda: Islamic Philosopher and American Supreme Court Justice

I was struck to learn the precursors to the famous words that Jedi Master Yoda speaks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Although I have yet to find the precise original source, the sentiment finds expression in this quote attributed to Ibn Rushd (better known to some as Averroes): Another similar sentiment is expressed [Read More…]

Rogue One and the Ethics of Empire and Rebellion

“Rebellions are built on hope.” But so too are empires. Yesterday I finally saw Rogue One, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its religious and political themes were especially interesting to me. I won’t try to keep this spoiler-free. The opening phrase in this blog post is a catchphrase of Jyn Urso in the movie, as [Read More…]

How To Avoid Rogue One Spoilers

I haven’t seen Rogue One yet, and so am trying to avoid spoilers. And thus I thought I should share this bit of advice for others who, like me, are trying to avoid spoilers until they see the movie: Do not go see the movie called Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. They spoil Rogue One [Read More…]

The Latest Cabinet Appointments

From Andy Marlette in today’s Indianapolis Star. In all seriousness, the recent appointments by president-elect Trump have me looking on the bright side of what most people I know are simpky viewing as a national if not a global catastrophe. It has long been characteristic of Americans to question the authority and insight of experts, [Read More…]

The Throne Room Suite for String Quartet

Helen Marple-Horvat has arranged the Throne Room Suite from Star Wars for string quartet. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]

Trump or Vader?

In my course on religion and science fiction, I actually asked students recently who was worse, Donald Trump or Darth Vader. I had forgotten (if I ever knew) that a poll back in 2014 had millennials preferring Vader to Trump. The reason for asking this question was to highlight the discrepancy between what we sometimes claim [Read More…]

JRPC Star Wars Special Issue #CFP 

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture issued this call for papers: Star Wars With an extensive and still growing body of work, including two cinematographic trilogies, a third trilogy in process, several animated  television series, and numerous books and novels, Star Wars is probably one of the richest universes in science fiction, and generates [Read More…]

New Rogue One Trailer

For those who may not have seen it yet. IO9 as usual has a scene-by-scene breakdown of the details. [Read more…]

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Perspectives from Science and Science Fiction

This election has witnessed a lot of firsts. Most recent, as of my writing this, is that the Clergy Letter Project has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time. You won’t be surprised that the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton. I gather than Donald Trump did not respond to their questionnaire, but Hillary Clinton did. [Read More…]