When filmmaker George Lucas was asked in 1999 about the religious aspects of the Star Wars story, he didn’t deny that the legendary films borrowed elements from the world’s faiths. In fact, he said it was intentional.
“I didn’t want to invent a religion,” he told Bill Moyers. “I wanted to try to explain in a different way the religions that have already existed.”
This meant it wasn’t easy for Christians to use the films as a parallel to biblical beliefs. In the midst of the good-vs.-evil story were elements borrowed from Hinduism, Eastern mysticism and even Greek mythology.
“When I was 10 years old, I asked my mother, I said, ‘Well, if there’s only one God, why are there so many religions?’ … I’ve been pondering that question ever since,” Lucas said. “And it would seem to me that the conclusion that I’ve come to is that all the religions are true, they just see a different part of the elephant.”
When Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this weekend, it will become the 10th live-action Star Wars film and the second “stand-alone” movie in the saga.
Crosswalk asked seminary professor and author Timothy Paul Jones – himself a Star Wars fan – to explain the differences between a Christian worldview and the Star Wars universe. Jones is C. Edwin Gheens professor of Christian family ministry and associate vice president for the global campus at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He also is the author of the 2005 book, Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Spiritual Exploration of the Star Wars Saga.
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