• cakmn

    “May the Force be with you.” = “May the Love be with you.”
    The Force, the Love, is what unites individuals through their recognition of what they share in common, which is of far greater significance than their individuating and mutually enriching characteristics. All darkness is the result of Love (Light) being blocked or distorted. This blockage is the result of blindness, ignorance, denial or defiance, all of which arise from falling under spell and control of the ego. “May the Force be with you” might better be rendered as “May you be with the Force” or, more simplistically, “Go with the flow,” with the flow being the flow of Love that permeates the Universe. In other words, be in harmony with the Love, the Force, that draws All and Everything together in Unity. When the Force of Love is distorted, there is still great power available to be manifested, yet it is ultimately not as strong as the Pure power of Love which constantly seeks to manifest Unity.

  • Larry

    And this is why Christians such as yourself are always going to be inherently useless.

    No matter what kind of beneficial or charitable acts you guys perform, there is that passive aggressive bigotry simmering at the surface for those who do not believe exactly as you do.

  • Fran

    People only go to hell, also known as Sheol and Hades, or the grave, if and when they die. God is the Judge of who will be resurrected from death/the grave, and who will not be resurrected from it (such as wicked ones). A place of eternal torment does not exist.

  • Neon Genesis

    It’s an interesting article and Lucas himself has spoken about how he was influenced by a combination of Buddhism and his own Methodist faith. And of course Star Wars was directly influenced by Joseph Campbell’s work on mythology which I’m surprised this article didn’t mention. One nitpick to make is that the correct phrase is, “No, I am your father” but for some reason people always get Darth Vader’s most famous line wrong when quoting it. People also constantly misquote The Wizard of Oz.

  • Fran

    What does the movie teach about God and his son, Christ Jesus?

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  • Neon Genesis

    I know it teaches you have no life, Fran.

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  • Ben in oakland

    I haven’t seen the new movie, but I did see all of the old ones.

    These are some of the most morally muddy movies I have ever seen. Mass murder for mass entertainment. Luke’s moral choices condemn him, but redeem Darth Vader. The Force being neither good nor evil in and of itself was perhaps the only morally clear thing othe entire series.

  • Richard Rush

    I saw the first Star Wars movie during its initial theatrical run in 1977 in New York City. I found it to be so boring that I never saw any of the subsequent ones.

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    Kreia/Darth Traya believed the Force to be akin to some sort of deceptively sinister, indifferent god. She pointed to the numerous wars fought by countless Force users, as proof that the Force cared nothing for the lives it consumed, so long as balance was achieved. This philosophy emphasized the belief that neither the light nor the dark side was truly superior to the other, and that if people were to be truly free, the Force had to be eliminated from the galaxy. This was generally a very unpopular theory with both the Sith and the Jedi, and this practice disappeared with her death.

    If you go by the Force is God/Religion/Spirituality metaphor, then Kreia is definitely a critic of it. She is basically Ayn Rand in the Star Wars Exapnded Universe (now retconned to Staw Wars Legends due to the reboot cause by the seventh film).

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    Bob, Star Wars Expanded Universe actually works as a pretty good criticism of religions as my post earlier deals with Kreia and her view of the Force as being insidious.

    Kreia believed the Force to be akin to some sort of deceptively sinister, indifferent god. She pointed to the numerous wars fought by countless Force users, as proof that the Force cared nothing for the lives it consumed, so long as balance was achieved. This philosophy emphasized the belief that neither the light nor the dark side was truly superior to the other, and that if people were to be truly free, the Force had to be eliminated from the galaxy. This was generally a very unpopular theory with both the Sith and the Jedi, and this practice disappeared with her death.

    This is a great example of what an Objectivist would think of the Star Wars Universe. It’s also a great example of what if Ayn Rand and Objectivism were the subplot of a part of the Expanded Universe.

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    “If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself… and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards. You stole that struggle from them, cheapened it. If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles. And when they triumph, they will be even stronger for the victory.”

    “If a lightsaber loses its power, is it still a lightsaber? And if a Jedi loses her powers, is she still a Jedi?”

    “I use it as I would use a poison, and in the hopes of understanding it, I will learn the way to kill it. But perhaps these are the excuses of an old woman who has grown to rely on a thing she despises.”

    “There is no truth in the Force. But there is truth in you, exile. And that is why I chose you.”

    All these quotes show Kreia’s way of thinking on life and the Force. Several quotes are spoken to Meetra Surik, the…

  • RA Landbeck

    “The “Star Wars” series captures a mythical longing that is at the very heart of our collective souls.” The tragedy for tradition is that the holding power of existing religious teaching is so unable to capture, fulfill and sustain that same longing. Self evidently something is missing which the theological construct of tradition is unable to imagine or provide. In the face of the star wars comparison, one might even have to concede a failure of religion and thus hard questions for the future of any pretension to understanding the mind of God.

  • Garson Abuita

    I prefer to think of what Vader did at the end of Return of the Jedi as the beginning of his redemption, not the end.

  • Alex

    CS Lewis on dualism is a good start to a better understanding of “dark” and “light”. There are some resonant ideas between Star Wars and Christianity (i.e. “good” and “evil” in the moral life) but Christians don’t believe in the dualism of Star Wars. This would be a misreading of Genesis.

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  • Ali Hidayah

    GOD create Human body and soul
    Allah explain in Al Quran about the Soul of Human Being as following;
    QS 17:85. And they ask you about the soul. Say, “The soul is something from the command of my Lord, and you are not given from the knowledge but a little.
    QS 31:34 Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the tomorrow; nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).

    QS 39:42. Allah fully takes away the souls (of the people) at the time of their death, and (of) those who do not die, in their sleep. Then He withholds those on whom He had decreed death, and sends others back, up to an appointed term. Surely, in this, there are signs for a people who ponder.

    QS 23:114. He will say, “You ( soul ) did not stay but for a little. Would that you had understood (this at that…

  • KhalidS

    Prejudice and Bigotry was so obvious when Jeffery didn’t once mention the latest and final version of Abrahamic faiths, 2nd largest and fastest growing religion of the world, Islam.

  • M

    Neglecting to mention something doesn’t equate to prejudice against that something. And newer Abrahamic faiths exist. Why did you make your comment?

  • Ben in oakland

    We likes us bein’ the victims. Whether we’re the dominant faith in the US, or the fastest growing faith in the world.

    Blessed are those who are persecuted for my name’s sake…

    And such like.

  • Ben in oakland

    Karla, you left out crazy, which makes him not morally culpable for his actions.

    You left out legend, which makes the whole point moot.

    And you left out business model, which is quite possibly the case.