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A light treatment of Star Wars and Christian morals that kind of succeeds, kind of fails
on January 21, 2017
Star wars, it is true, has a great deal of spirituality in the jedi and sith philosophies. That spirituality is based on Buddhism (and many books have been written on this subject), so I was curious to see what he was going to tease out of it from a Christian perspective. The author's success is, I think, hit and miss. I think he at times tortures the scriptures a little, as well as the movies, in an attempt to force a round peg into a square hole. At other times I think he makes a good point. I did not care the devotional aspect of the book, and would have preferred something more cerebral. As it is, the book is rather light.
The thing I most enjoyed in the book is the very beginning, where he talks about his experience as a kid watching Star Wars for the first time at a drive-in. I was 8 when, in 1977, this amazing film called Star Wars hit the theaters, and we all went to watch it. It was an astonishing film, awe inspiring, as the author notes; and awe is his central theme throughout: awe of God, of His creation, and how we should live in awe all the time, which I think is a bit unrealistic, but I understand his point.
At any rate, it's an easy read. The author provides some excellent summaries of the Star Wars films at the back of the book for those of you who are not up to speed on Star Wars (GASP, people like that exist?!?!), and he has plenty of quotes from the films throughout the book, as well as quotes from the Scriptures, unfortunately from inferior texts such as The Living Word instead of actual translations. Recommended for some nostalgia of the films and a somewhat interesting perspective on the films from a fellow Christian.