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The Gospel according to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force epub ebook

by John C. McDowell

The Gospel according to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force epub ebook

Author: John C. McDowell
Category: Christian Living
Language: English
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; First Edition edition (March 2, 2007)
Pages: 224 pages
ISBN: 066423142X
ISBN13: 978-0664231422
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 936
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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 has been added to your Cart.

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 has been added to your Cart.

McDowell clearly knows his Star Wars, so I think the problem he has is that there isn’t essentially any Gospel .

McDowell clearly knows his Star Wars, so I think the problem he has is that there isn’t essentially any Gospel to be found in Star Wars.

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not intend for his films to be mere entertainment, McDowell argues

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. This new version has been thoroughly revised to include discussion of The Force Awakens and other new developments in the Star Wars universe.

In a new and updated version of this best-selling book, John McDowell explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the Star Wars films.

Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. Once the connotative lens is established, McDowell traces the Force through the myriad religions it seemingly resembles. McDowell, in the book The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force, takes the reader through not only the origins of the entire Star Wars epic, but also into the minds of Anakin, Palapatine (Darth Sidious), and Luke. McDowell's argument seems to take aim at some critics' belief that Star Wars is nothing more than a popcorn movie, a childish, morally black-and-white tale with big special effects and lots of cathartic violence.

McDowell’s book is nevertheless a fascinating mashup of Star Wars fandom and scholarly study

Star Wars" is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book John McDowell explores the many spiritual . Series Title Publisher. Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

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.

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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 hoped his films would be used as a vehicle for moral education.
Reviews (7)
Legend 33
Looking at all six Star Wars movies, McDowell investigates the spiritual dimensions of Lucas' famous films, as well as their compatibility with the Christian faith and American culture. Readers may find the work to be surprisingly and refreshingly academic in its orientation, in spite of its obvious slant for the popular interest. McDowell does a good job offering a spiritual, political, and cultural commentary on the Star Wars movies, and how they might be in many ways compatible with the Christian faith. The only negative point I could offer is that his style tends to ramble and wander a bit - jumping form film to film and theme to theme in his rich analysis. Readers will want to be well versed in the Star Wars films, but will find their connection to theology and political culture quite intriguing.

Ghile
A number of "Gospel according to..." books use a cultural iconic book/movie to slap around some genteel Godly ideas. Not this book. McDowell lets the Force be with those who understand the essential connectedness and the dark side shadow the self-centered power of evil. Here is the theological depth underlying the reason Star Wars became the American Saga of the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Mozel
Bought for my son who was deployed to Afghanistan. He and his fellow officers really enjoyed it, not only as a bible study, but also they were all Star Wars fans.

Querlaca
Got the book. And it looks great.

Enone
Love the book.

Iphonedivorced
"The Gospel According to Star Wars" would seem to be broad enough in scope to have wealth of discussions in its pages. The first problem is that the author only uses 170 pages to hash out these discussions. The main problem is the author's approach to his thesis. The author contends that elements of Star Wars run parallel to Christianity. Even if I believe the thesis to be true, the author does not support his point.

While their is Christianity contained in the pages of this book, the text runs more like a literary analysis of Star Wars. I believe it may be too watered down for even the most liberal branches of the faith. Scripture is rarely cited compared with literary analysis and social analysis. It would seem world history is referenced more than the bible. While the author does seem knowledgeable on the topic of Star Wars, proving this knowledge seems to be his primary purpose.

I became worried about the contents of this book when the author spent the first two chapters justifying his ability to draw parallels between Star Wars and Christianity. With this build up and no follow through, the book can only be labeled a disappointment.

Hasirri
Star Wars is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book the author explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the six films. From the Force to the dark side, there is a moral and spiritual complexity to the films 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, the author argues. Rather, he hoped his films would be used as a vehicle for moral education.

Rather than exploring the parallels of Orthodox Christianity and the Star Wars saga, the author seems more intent on pushing his own social and political agenda on the material. What little actual discussion of Christianity there is is of the tired "social gospel/social justice" far-left variety. The book is also badly organized with the chapter titles having little to do with the content actually found in the chapter. Very disappointing.

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