International conventions coincide with the May 19
release. Huge Web sites cater to fans.
Pundits compare it to the Second Coming. Yet director
and producer George Lucas, in an interview
with CNN, insists that it's just a movie and
cannot live up to the hype.
However, it's not just an enchanting movie to many. The
Dallas Morning News quoted
one Star Wars faithful, "[the saga is] chock-full of
archetypal goodness." Another said, "It
impressed on me many values and morals." But, under
the surface, are these morals
anchored in truth? A CNN Interactive article highlights
the passing on of
Star Wars rites of passage from fathers to sons.
Diehard fan and divorced dad, Michael
Wistock testifies that, "Star Wars is the glue that holds
us [my son and me] together." He,
like many, feels that Star Wars is simply the retelling
of "ancient myth or lessons from the
But do these futuristic tales of good and evil, relational
struggles and a fuzzy spiritual
"force" belong in the same basket as Biblical truth?
What drives this craze? What are the
roots of these philosophies? Our special focus explores
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
George Lucas, the Force and God
"Some Christians hail Star Wars as evidence of a cultural search for moral
absolutes. On the World Wide Web, others use the films as glowing icons that
teach Eastern philosophy. Welcome to the theological mall."
The New Age Movement
"The New Age Movement is not a conspiracy or a cult. It is a loose collection of
very diverse people and groups. It is a religious trend, not a religious
organization. There are several beliefs that are distinctively 'New Age.' One of
these beliefs is monism, the idea that all of reality is essentially one." The
Star Wars philosophy includes this tenet.
New Age Mush
The author reviews the book, Belonging To The Universe.
Christ In a New Age
The author explains the rise of New Age thinking and its implications, among them
that man is not responsible to a Person and "that [God] is an energy that is in
all things; therefore, you are divine, along with the rest of creation." Wise
then guides the reader through a Christian response, including evangelism tips.
Truth and Finite Limitations
H. D. Lewis
Philosopher H. D. Lewis, renowned for his defense of anthropological dualism,
discusses this concept of humankind's distinct body and spirit, which contrasts
with the philosophy of elevated consciousness.
With the Divine
Many Star Wars enthusiasts (and others) are asking how they can connect with the
divine force of the universe. This is a brief overview of various religions'
views on how, starting with the two that are most woven into the Star Wars
themes: Hinduism and, especially, New Age.
World Religions Index
A corresponding bottom line definition of the beliefs of Scriptural Christian
doctrine on God, etc.
These Related Resources are part of the World
Religions Index, a
site for equipping Christians to understand other world faiths and
Go here to see our past Special Focus features.