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…]

Existential Comics Meets Star Wars

Existential Comics has a new offering set in the Star Wars universe. Above are just a couple of panels, excerpted to whet your appetite. Click through to see the rest of it, and discover what you can learn from Master Spinoda… [Read more…]

#GenCon 2015 Costumes

  Since Saturday is the day of the costume parade and contest, I decided to dress as the Fourth Doctor and show off the scarf my wife made. Here are some photos from the day:   [Read more…]

Isaac, I Am Your Father

The image is by Matt Page and has the title “The Faith of Anakin.” I was really struck when I came across this Star Wars akedah on Imgur. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. But I suppose that one reflection that can be offered is that Anakin Skywalker does better than Abraham in [Read More…]

Luke Volume 3

Jonathan Bernier raised some interesting problems with suggestions that are often made regarding why Luke ended Acts where he did. The open ending doesn’t really work well as a defense of Paul’s innocence, if the work was written after Paul’s death. That does not, however, mean that we must embrace as the only alternative dating Acts to soon after [Read More…]

Star Wars Meets The Princess Bride

Via Pinterest. And as a bonus, from the same source and on the same theme: [Read more…]

Jesus Mythbusting

Several people on Facebook drew my attention to a misleading press release about Joseph Atwill, who is listed there as a “Biblical scholar,” even though there is no evidence that he has relevant qualifications or research to his name. His view is similar to ones that have been discussed on this blog before. The press [Read More…]

Worst Teacher Ever?

As we start a new semester, it is important to call to mind bad examples as well as good ones. Do you have a bad feeling about this semester? I'll be teaching my course on religion and science fiction, which made this Star Wars comic seem particularly relevant.   [Read more…]

Star Wars Memes about a Pope and a Saint

It shows how hectic things have been lately that I had not mentioned the decision of Pope Benedict here on my blog to resign until now. And even now, all I have to offer are a few tidbits of Star Wars humor related to the subject… And as Joel Watts shows, one doesn't need to [Read More…]

Revelation 17: Key To Interpreting the Book of Revelation?

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation. We got up to chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class yesterday, and so we focused attention on that particular set of verses [Read More…]