January 18, 2018
A spoiler-heavy case for The Last Jedi as a bridge between Star Wars' old and new testaments.
I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I do get what your saying, but I think you have it a little backwards. Lucas was successful with Star wars despite the fact that he made many unpopular decisions. All of Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson's Character defilement and assassination is done (to me) as a nod to millennials. Instead of teaching some new way of thought it is placating, and unlike Christ who became more inclusive, The last Jedi allianated. I like and don't have a problem with the new Charectars, I have a problem with how they treated the old ones. Particularly Luke and Yoda.
Excellent piece, Johnathan
The Star Wars franchise has always been open to various interpretations due to its ambiguous spirituality. I offered a perspective on the newest movie at the Christian Post:https://www.christianpost.com/voice/cgs-to-editstar-wars-spirituality-and-scripture.html
This film is rife with plot holes, progressive feminist and political propaganda, useless subplots and characters, and ultimately it undermines Christian themes. The latter means it "resists" the faith you think it promotes, as Luke went from being able to seek the goodness in a villian and redempively forgive him to plotting to kill his nephew in his sleep because he may (remember the future is "always in motion" in visions) grow to be evil. While he is still under Luke's own tutelage. The Yoda ghost summoning lighting you reference is the worst. All Jedi should commit ritual suicide to become an unstoppable ghost army. After all, as mortals they can't freeze blaster fire, a la the not fully trained Kylo, having instead to swat at it. That's dangerous, so it's best to cut to the chase.
Redemption in the Old Testament was communicated the same as the New. A sacrifice is necessary for the remission of sins. The major difference was the Jews had it wrong to begin with in their ministration reducing covenant to mere duty without sincere faith. I see your point and this is a principle all humanity lives by despite the belief they aspire to. (That statement begs for more) The Jewish would have gotten it correct if faith would have been the means versus works. Jesus fulfilled the law. Not only was he called to institute the New Covenant, He is the means by which we live the reality of the New Covenant. The problem with the Star Wars saga is dualism does not accord with the reality in which we live. Star Wars has always been pantheistic and will always fall short because the Force is impersonal. The closest thing to fulfillment would be the so-called balance they were speaking of. I cannot see the balance in what has been conveyed and every potential seems to be a greater distance.
As Christians we are not seeking an underlying harmony with what is natural. We know what is natural is at odds with its Creator. We Christians live out this seeming contradiction with the aspiration our hope is in Christ and we somehow will become like him. The Star Wars creators can't have it both ways without abandoning the Force. This is my take. If they abandon the Force, Star Wars is no longer Star Wars. Dualism just simply is and does not lend itself to a continuity-discontinuity paradigm. Resurrection and reincarnation are not the same. This is how pantheistic philosophy perpetuates itself.
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