On May 25, 1977, a young filmmaker named George Lucas released a space fantasy that he had simply titled Star Wars. Three years later, Lucas expanded the title to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and it became clear that this movie was one small segment of a far larger story. Over the past four decades, this story has developed into one of the most influential cultural phenomena of the modern era. Now, with the release of Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the saga that began In 1977 has drawn to a end—and what an ending it is!
In this special episode of Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast, Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones take a theological look at the latest and the last installment in the Skywalker saga that George Lucas launched more than four decades ago.
Questions to Discuss about Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
1. How does redemption take place within the worldview of Star Wars?
2. Characters in Star Wars frequently describe their ideal as “balance” between the dark and light sides of the Force. Yet, in the end, victory is not achieved through balance but through a victory of light over darkness. What does this tell you about the inadequacy of Eastern views of salvation? How might this suggest that a Christian worldview provides precisely what the human soul knows that it needs?
3. What does the change in Rey’s perception of her own identity reveal about humanity’s awareness of our need for redemption through adoption?
4. Why do stormtroopers aim their blasters so poorly? How could sandpeople possibly be worse shots than stormtroopers?
Links to Click about Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Finding God in a Galaxy Far Far Away: book by Timothy Paul Jones
Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary: visual guide to Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Complete Saga: movie series originally by George Lucas
Star Wars Party: album by Meco
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The Closing Credits
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