If It Happened Today, In Our Galaxy…

If the Star Wars movies had been commenting on very recent events, this is how things might have unfolded. Here’s the interesting question: If the prequels had gone in this direction, how would the original trilogy have to be revised? What would be different, and how might those differences offer commentary on our current political [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…]

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…]

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…]

Intergalactic Comparative Theology

Blogging Theology reminded me of the above image from TheologyGrams, which I shared here once before a while back, comparing the views of Calvin, Arminius, and Darth Vader. And on a similar matter of space theology, Remnant of Giants explored the question of how the discovery of extraterrestrial life might impact theology, offering differing perspectives from Jerome [Read More…]

New Rogue One Trailer

IO9 shared the above trailer to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yesterday. Today they followed up with a breakdown scene by scene, to make sure you don’t miss anything!   [Read more…]

Batman vs. Darth Vader

Short movies not made by major studios are becoming more and more impressive. What do you think of this? It is particularly interesting now that there is Batman vs. Superman (which I have yet to see). [Read more…]

The Theology and Ethics of Star Wars

The above discussion of theology and ethics in Star Wars at Conway Hall includes Biblical scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. It uses LEGO Star Wars images, discusses orientalism and radicalization in the films, and includes reading from the scripts (the stage directions in which are often significant for how we understand some key moments). It is definitely worth [Read More…]

Lack of Faith

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Make the Galaxy Great Again

I Googled the phrase “Make the Galaxy Great Again” to see if there was anything creative that had been done since the Darth Trump video that made the rounds back in December. I expected to find more combinations of Donald Trump and Darth Vader. Instead I found the image above – and the bumper sticker [Read More…]