Gospel According To Star Wars

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Star Wars is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book John McDowell explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the six films. From the Force to the dark side, the issues discussed in the films have a moral and spiritual complexity that, if paid attention to, can help us better understand our place in the world and our relation to others and to God. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not intend for his films to be mere entertainment, McDowell argues. Rather, he ...
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Overview

Star Wars is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book John McDowell explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the six films. From the Force to the dark side, the issues discussed in the films have a moral and spiritual complexity that, if paid attention to, can help us better understand our place in the world and our relation to others and to God. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not intend for his films to be mere entertainment, McDowell argues. Rather, he hoped his films would be used as a vehicle for moral education.
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For many of us, it's seemingly irresistible to try to discern our pet truths in the products of popular culture that exert a terrible fascination for us, often for quite other and nonspiritual or nonphilosophical reasons. In the long wake of The Gospel According to Peanuts, we have seen gospel truths accorded to the Disney Corporation, the Simpsons, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, and many more. McDowell (theology, New Coll., Univ. of Edinburgh) finds a rich source for Christian theology in George Lucas's Star Wars film series. It comes as no surprise to find moral preachment in this series; the heavy handedness of the makers' intentions tended to weaken the later films. McDowell's efforts, while admirable in their doggedness, tend to diminish the films by burdening them with specifically Christian messages--they do preach, but is it Christ they preach? Still, some readers will enjoy McDowell's attempt to justify their guilty passion for Lucas's space operas. For many collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664231422
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2007
  • Series: The Gospel According To... Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 775,132
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


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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