Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

For anyone who may not have found time to watch it yet, here is the new teaser video for the next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, due to appear in theaters in December. SyFyWire and IO9 have analysis of the details. The official Star Wars blog also has details about the recent panel that offered additional [Read More…]

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…]

Anti-Jedi Campaign

IO9 had a fascinating article recently about the growing number of people who list themselves as “Jedi” on the Australian census. Some atheists have started a campaign to discourage this, because they regard these self-declared Jedi as in fact non-religious people who, by answering “Jedi” instead of “none,” are making Australia seem more religious than [Read More…]

He Gave His Life

I am pretty sure that this image is just a Star Wars fan trolling Christians. But of course, Qui-Gon does look a lot like the stereotypical image of Jesus, he dies fighting a bad guy who looks a lot like traditional views of the devil, and he manages to resurface from the netherworld of the [Read More…]

Jedi vs. Professors

This cartoon from PHD Comics will help you tell the difference, while also noticing the similarities. [Read more…]

Gets The Last Word, The Dark Side Does Not

As I was preparing the PowerPoint for my conference paper which I read yesterday, I looked for one that featured the famous quote from Yoda on the left. I didn’t expect to find it paired with a quote from Paul’s letter to the Romans. It was interesting to see these two sets of texts brought into [Read More…]

It’s True. All Of It.

I was planning to share the meme above, contrasting Han Solo’s statements about the Force and related matters in “A New Hope” and in “The Force Awakens.” But then I saw the humorous version below, and knew it was best to share them both together. Do feel free, however, to talk seriously about the shift [Read More…]

Recognizing Evil

This meme came to my attention on Facebook, and of course I had to share it, since it explores the intersection of Star Wars and Christianity. In Star Wars, the original plan was for lightsabers to all be the same color, but this was changed to make things more interesting. But the notion that someone’s stance [Read More…]

And Also With You

A few religious Star Wars memes for Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You! [Read more…]