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.
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
John C. McDowell is Professor of Philosophy, Systematic Theology and Ethics, and is Academic Dean at St Athanasius College. Formerly Morpeth Professor at the University of Newcastle NSW and the Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh, he was Cambridge and Aberdeen educated. A prolific writer, John has published 7 monographs, edited 8 collections, and contributed over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research interests coalesce on the issue of hope, and cover disciplinary interests in theology (particularly Karl Barth), ethical philosophy and theology, popular culture and critical theory.