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  • Series: Gospel According to...
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (March 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066423142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664231422
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John C. McDowell is Professor of Theology at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is the author of Hope in Barth's Eschatology and is one of four editors of the Revised New Dictionary of Theology.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on September 19, 2011
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"The Gospel According to Star Wars" would seem to be broad enough in scope to have wealth of discussions in its pages. The first problem is that the author only uses 170 pages to hash out these discussions. The main problem is the author's approach to his thesis. The author contends that elements of Star Wars run parallel to Christianity. Even if I believe the thesis to be true, the author does not support his point.

While their is Christianity contained in the pages of this book, the text runs more like a literary analysis of Star Wars. I believe it may be too watered down for even the most liberal branches of the faith. Scripture is rarely cited compared with literary analysis and social analysis. It would seem world history is referenced more than the bible. While the author does seem knowledgeable on the topic of Star Wars, proving this knowledge seems to be his primary purpose.

I became worried about the contents of this book when the author spent the first two chapters justifying his ability to draw parallels between Star Wars and Christianity. With this build up and no follow through, the book can only be labeled a disappointment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Will Jerom on November 29, 2010
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Looking at all six Star Wars movies, McDowell investigates the spiritual dimensions of Lucas' famous films, as well as their compatibility with the Christian faith and American culture. Readers may find the work to be surprisingly and refreshingly academic in its orientation, in spite of its obvious slant for the popular interest. McDowell does a good job offering a spiritual, political, and cultural commentary on the Star Wars movies, and how they might be in many ways compatible with the Christian faith. The only negative point I could offer is that his style tends to ramble and wander a bit - jumping form film to film and theme to theme in his rich analysis. Readers will want to be well versed in the Star Wars films, but will find their connection to theology and political culture quite intriguing.
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Bought for my son who was deployed to Afghanistan. He and his fellow officers really enjoyed it, not only as a bible study, but also they were all Star Wars fans.
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