You Can Actually Feel the Nerdliness

You Can Actually Feel the Nerdliness December 12, 2011

Remus, whose secret identity is known to your humble scribe, but which wild horses cannot drag from me, offers an utterly ingenious–nay, almost patristic–allegorical reading of the Star Wars trilogy in which he finds the entire history of the Catholic Church post-Vatican II prophetically revealed by hitherto unguessed theological genius and prophet George Lucas. Don’t believe it?

Tolle, lege!

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  • Brent

    That guy has WAY too much time on his hands. I suppose, being a nerd, he has free time since he isn’t on a date or have friends to hang with.

  • Interesting idea! But I see a couple of things in there that I think lacked some important nuance.

    The Second Vatican Council went “completely awry?” Specifically, what parts of the Council merit that label? I could agree that some of the way in which the Council has been received (which is still ongoing and will likely be ongoing for decades to come) has not been the greatest, at least in the short term. But it’s only been 50 years, which is really not nearly enough time to judge the reception of council, especially in the light of the vast social changes that have also been taking place since then. So to say that it was “completely awry?” Hmm. I have to confess that I get tired of these vague sorts of reactions against the Council.

    Pope Paul VI was “quite clueless”?? Umm. I don’t think I’d be saying that of a pope who produced some of the most prescient and insightful documents in the history of the Catholic Church (Humanae Vitae, anyone?). Perhaps I’m being picky here, but I suppose I react strongly when someone calls an incredibly influential (and I daresay holy) pope “clueless.”

    Overall, it’s a neat idea, but I don’t think I’d go as far as he did in his rather heavy-handed portrayal of some of the characters and events. But again, analogies have a tendency to break down under scrutiny… 🙂

    (And Star Trek is way better than Star Wars anyway. Oops… I may have opened up something else there…. ;-))

    • Manwe

      YES YOU DID!

      Star Wars kicks Star Trek’s scrawny little vulcan bum all over the place. And the Lord of the Rings easily consumes both in the burning fires of it’s own majesty!

      What can I say, I’m a geek…

  • “Jar Jar Binks is a stupid Catholic…. Jar Jar Binks is evil.”

    LMAO! Were truer words ever said?

  • ds

    May the force be with you.

    And also with your spirit.

  • Manwe

    Now that was great, and I burst out laughing at the ‘having sex with the Death Star” part. How will I ever be able to watch these movies again with that im my mind?!!!

    Also thought the one commenter had a point of his own, equating lightsabers to thomism

  • I always viewed Star Wars as the American Civil War: rural “Rebels” fighting against an industrial, high-tech Empire for independence.

    I remember hearing George Lucas say at some point that the movies were inspired by Vietnam.