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Spiritual Themes in Star Wars That Reflect the "One True Myth"—Christianity

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Overview

Spiritual Themes in Star Wars That Reflect the "One True Myth"—Christianity

"Dick Staub's tour through the spirituality of Star Wars is inspiring and fun. Anyone like me, who grew up lionizing Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, should read this book. It will both carry you back to your childhood and support your spirit as you make your way through adulthood."
—Lauren Winner, author, Girl Meets God and Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity

"For years Dick Staub has been digging into popular culture to expose the threads of spiritual gold that run through it. Star Wars is his mother lode, and with eloquence he echoes Master Yoda announcing to young seekers, 'Already know you that which you need.'"
—Jeffrey Overstreet, film columnist/critic, Christianity Today and Paste Magazine

"Dick Staub is a Christian warrior sage who unashamedly trains and equips the present generation for this one true mythic battle."
—Marty O'Donnell, audio director, Bungie Studios; winner, Rolling Stone Magazine's 2003 "Best Game Soundtrack" of the Year (for HALO)

"Star Wars seems to have stolen our message, wrapped it in science fiction, and changed entertainment. Dick Staub challenges us to take it back, wrap it around our everyday reality, and change people's lives."
—Rand Miller, CEO, Cyan Worlds; cocreator, Myst, Riven, URU

"Like a Jedi master, Dick Staub delivers sharp, counterintuitive insights that the next generation seeks. Prepare to discover a force far greater than any you've ever imagined."
—Craig Detweiler, author, A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture

"Few public figures have as much experience brokering the conversation between media culture and Christianity as Dick Staub. Both pop culture artists and inquisitive Christians know that his reputation rests on his ability to speak to both audiences, to keep it real."
—Tom Beaudoin, author, Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X and Consuming Faith

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Biblically literate Star Wars fans have long recognized similarities between Jedi teachings and biblical wisdom. Staub, a broadcaster and director of the Center for Faith and Culture in Seattle, artfully lays out many similarities for Christians who want to claim Jedi wisdom as their own. After seeing a Star Wars prequel, Staub realized that a young man he was mentoring wanted "to be a 'Jedi Christian,' " but Staub's generation had not produced a Yoda. To correct that, Staub takes on the role of a modern-day Yoda (the wise sage) by speaking directly to readers as aspiring Jedi Christians and doling out his understanding of Christian theology. Thankfully, Staub resists the urge to fit all-things-Jedi into a Christian framework, but instead picks and chooses from Jedi (as well as Buddhist, Jewish, Taoist and mystical) teachings, comparing what he finds with biblical wisdom. Because the book is so biblically oriented, it seems to be reaching out to young evangelical Christians, asking them to consider a more progressive tradition of Christian faith—one that embraces liberal Christian philosophers, theologians and mystics, and social and environmental activism. Using Jedi culture as a draw, Staub builds a number of bridges with this book that will keep coffeehouse theological discussions going at least as long as Star Wars films are popular. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, February 28, 2005)

“…details spiritual themes in Star Wars that echo Christian theological truths.” (Publishers Weekly, February 14, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978945
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Staub is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, and speaker whose work focuses on interpreting faith and culture. The director of the Center for Faith and Culture and adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University, he is also the radio personality behind the Dick Staub Show, an award-winning, nationally syndicated daily broadcast he hosted for fifteen years. Dick's interviews are a popular feature on Christianity Today 's website, and his daily blog (www.dickstaub.com) draws thousands of visitors each month. He serves on the board of Image: A Journal of Religion & the Arts and plays a strategic role in the C.S. Lewis Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART ONE: THE LORD OF THE FORCE.

Chapter 1: Lord of the Force.

Chapter 2: The Lost Sayings.

PART TWO: SEEKING.

Chapter 3: Believe.

Chapter 4: "Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try."

Chapter 5: Wake Up. Be Healed. Be Saved.

Chapter 6: Seek First.

Chapter 7: Will One Thing.

Chapter 8: The Seeker Is Sought.

PART THREE: KNOWING.

Chapter 9: Enter the Cloud of Unknowing.

Chapter 10: Don’t Miss the Big Reveal.

Chapter 11: Meditate.

Chapter 12: Go Deep in a Shallow Age.

Chapter 13: Aim High and Let Grace Fill the Gap.

Chapter 14: Trust the Lord of the Force.

Chapter 15: Know and Love the Word.

Chapter 16: Obey the Word.

Chapter 17: Believe to See.

Chapter 18: The Lord of the Force You Are Not.

PART FOUR: FIGHTING.

Chapter 19: Changed.

Chapter 20: "Always Two There Are, a Master and an Apprentice".

Chapter 21: Renounce the Dark Side.

Chapter 22: Prepare for War, Live for Peace.

Chapter 23: These Weapons Are Your Life.

Chapter 24: Use All Your Weapons.

Chapter 25: Be Strong! The Battle Is the Lord's!

Chapter 26: Receive the Power.

Chapter 27: Power in the Blood.

Chapter 28: Flee the Dark Path.

Chapter 29: Love Your Father.

PART FIVE: SERVING.

Chapter 30: Make Your Masterpiece by Living It.

Chapter 31: Loving, Transforming Presence.

Chapter 32: Counter Culture Like an Alien.

Chapter 33: Better World, Better Way.

Chapter 34: Preserve, Repair, and Make Beautiful.

Chapter 35: Live Simply, Pack Light, Hold Loose.

Chapter 36: The Least of These.

Chapter 37: Pursue God in the Company of Friends.

Chapter 38: Forgive, Forgive, and Again Forgive.

Chapter 39: In Age Is Opportunity.

Chapter 40: Another Chance.

Chapter 41: Touch the Sky.

Notes.

The Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Jedi Beliefs Based on Eastern Religions!!

    I recently purchased and began reading a copy of the book. As a Christian I was excited to find some connections to my favorite movie and my faith. I believe there are a few interesting, insightful, and inspiring points throughout the book made my Staub. However, I will say that I do not believe that as a whole this book accurately reflects a connection between a religion derived from an eastern philosophy with that from the west. It would be much more fitting to see Jedi beliefs compared to Buddhism or Zen. There are similarities between every religion, but the link to Christianity and Jedi beliefs are too much of a stretch. Staub even states himself that the main difference between Jedi and Christianity are the balancing of the light and dark forces on page five. Christianity focuses, too much in my opinion, on overcoming darkness and defeating Original Sin, meaning that all people are born sinners and need to learn not to sin. From what I¿ve gathered from the movies and books I¿ve read, Jedi believe all force-adepts are born good and must learn to harness their goodness to fulfill their duty as servants of the galaxy. Meditation and mindful prayer regarding the fluidity of man and nature, a Jedi philosophy, as opposed to being messengers of God¿s word, a Christian philosophy, is so much more similar to Buddhism or Zen that I believe that a match between the two is just too much of a stretch. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is seriously thinking about using Staub¿s writings as a guide to understanding Christianity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Dick Staub's book is Outstanding!

    Dick Staub introduces a new term into the Christian Lexicon, through his book, Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. The term 'Jedi Christian', in my opinion, seeks to recapture the aspect of Christianity that has been lost among the masses of a Popular and increasingly Technological Culture - that of awe, power and mysticism. The term becomes a lens by which we can view the truths of our Christian walk, and those truths are a lens by which we can view the world of the Jedi - making correlations and distinctions between fact and fiction, fantasy and reality and ultimate issues of eternal weights and measures - the prime issue being illuminated through aspects of Jedi lore... that the life of a genuine follower of Jesus Christ should be filled with awe, power and love. Then it is even in the mundane that miracles take place on a daily basis and when we encounter those situations and circumstances beyond human control... it is through Christ that we are no longer powerless. Dick Staub calls us back to an authentic faith: one filled with Love, Power, Awe and a Sound Mind. And it is only through this vibrant relationship with Christ do we, as believers of The Way discover that we can truly be changed, impact society and the world in ways others cannot. The character Yoda, makes reference to the fact that we are not what we see, these crude bodies of flesh, but underneath we are beings of light. The person, Jesus, made it plain and yet mysterious when he stated the reality of our lives in him, 'You are the light of the World.' This is truly a challenging book which propels the serious reader - or rather draws upon the heart and mind of the serious reader - to delve into the ancient streams of wisdom and truth to discover the deeper meaning and purpose for living. And it is living from within this purpose that others will be drawn to the Light. I am at once humbled and proud to say that I am a Jedi Christian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    wonderfully profound

    i admit i was a little skeptical about the book and how the author could reconcile star wars and christianity, but as i read, i realized this not a new theology, but a challenge to dig deeper into the word of God, if you look at the core theme we are to live by the fruits of the spirit(light) rather than the works of the flesh(darkside)as a devoted christian who is on a quest for a deeper relationship with God and reviving what we lost in previous generations i wholeheartedly recommend this book, because if we are unable to learn and pass on the word of God in this generation the next generation will be without a guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Made a Jedi out of me

    I got the book because I like finding spiritual themes in movies, but I wasn't prepared for just how cool it is. The book is thoroughly Christian, despite the words of another reviewer. It is just reflective of the living Spiritual faith of Christianity's founders, instead of the dead routines of those living in faded glory. This book has made a Christian Jedi out of me, and I will gladly be a Padwin of Staub anytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Christian Fans of Jedi Rejoyce

    Being a Pastor at a Roman Catholic Church here in America, I believe that our youth have yet to truely find a way to connect with Christ in a way that can show them how much he really did for each and every one of us. Being a Star Wars fan myself, I was amazed at how Staub was able to bring the theological aspects of these great movies into a religious perspective. While it is not to be interpreted as the 'new word,' the book can be a guide for less fimiliar people and die hard fans alike. Star Wars is considered the greatest myth of our time, and the message throughout the movies is simple: Good will triumph over evil. How very similar the message of the bible is as well. I highly recommend this book, Star Wars fan or not, religious advocate or not. It is an insightful look at faith, and is essential for religious scholars and casual readers alike.

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