I’m a relatively new fan of Stars Wars – I finally watched the movies three years ago. I find them entertaining, I want my own R2D2 and I have my ticket ready to go for this weekend. With the new movie coming out, this book came across my path, so thought I’d keep on the Jedi train!
The Star Wars films have maintained a tremendous following for almost forty years, attracting successive generations of audiences while sustaining their appeal for lifelong fans. As viewers return to these stories again and again, the movies exert tremendous influence on their perceptions of the world. Star Wars offers an accessible starting point for considering substantive issues of faith, philosophy, and ethics. In A True Hope, Joshua Hays explores some of these challenging ideas through the sayings of the Jedi Masters, encouraging Christians to reflect on them thoughtfully. In so doing, Hays examines the ways the worldview of the Jedi is at odds with that of the Bible. Readers who accompany Hays on this journey will continue to enjoy the entertainment of the Star Wars galaxy while strengthening the stability and coherence of their faith.
This is an in-depth look at the religious philosophies of Star Wars (Hays shares research of how there are folks who have put Jedi down as a religion on legal documents, so there’s that). Hays provides a comprehensive and well researched look not only of the Star Wars universe, but the historical and modern philosophies in comparison to Christianity. This could have been a book from a philosophy class. Not a quick or breezy read, but also strongly rooted in scripture.
While I didn’t realize there was such a discussion between Star Wars teachings and Christianity, I believe some of the beliefs are ones people think, even if they’ve never seen or read anything related to Star Wars. The discussions in the book serve to strengthen people’s faith and dive into various philosophies out there. It reminds readers that “Jesus is the new hope, the true hope in which we stand.”
Are you a Star Wars fan?
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)