Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | April 12, 2006

Jesus the (Jedi?) Master

You're referring to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. . . . You believe it's this boy? Bring him before us, then.
—Mace Windu, to Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace)

Yesterday's post touched on how Christianity should engage with popular culture such as major film events. For those of you who are fans of the Star Wars films, I thought you may be interested in the following book by Dick Staub.

Faith of the Jedi: Lost Wisdom of the Ancient Masters

From the write-up, it looks like a fascinating attempt to illustrate elements of Christianity through the Star Wars saga. Apparently it has also become a useful tool for youth programmes in a few US churches since it helps to communicate to those who may never pick up a Bible.

If you would like to read an extract from the book, an article here includes some of the material.

What other films do you think can be helpfully used to communicate Christian truth?

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Responses

  1. I’ve always thought the Godfather trilogy teaches the importance of family very well 😉 On a more serious note, The Lord Of The Rings are an excellent set of films whose original story is based around an underlying Christian belief. I think they act as much better films for use in evangelism as the story does not directly reference Christian beliefs like Narnia and The Passion. Instead it encourages us to be involved in using the themes and moral presented in the story to actively talk about them with Non-Christians.

    As you mentioned in yesterdays post, films like The Passion that directly reference scripture do leave us in danger of feeling the films speak for themselves and we can just sit back and allow them to do the work for us.

    Personally I have mixed feelings about The Passion. I felt it taught very little about what Jesus was about and focussed primarily on the suffering. My view is you could removed just 5 minutes of footage from the film and it would become a simply a film about a man being crucified not the story of God’s salvation for man. I think it’s a telling fact that the part of the film that moved me the most is when Mary runs over to support Jesus as he stumbles carrying the cross. Nothing wrong with the scene, but it does show that for me the most moving part of the film had nothing to do with scripture whatsoever.

  2. Hi Hugh

    The most likely candiates would be the Lord of the Rings Saga, It’s quite hard trying to find something appropriate.

    I did think about the Matrix.

    However, if you want to use something to speak about Fellowship and Friendship, something like Band of Brothers would be interesting, or Master & Commander, especially with Men


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