Philosophy and religion in Star Wars

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George Lucas' creation of the Star Wars saga was influenced by certain elements widespread in mythology, philosophy and religion.

Elements of Star Wars have been compared to practices and beliefs in many major religions, including Christianity, such as the themes of redemption, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam .[1] Conversely, concepts from the films have also been used to highlight philosophical issues in the areas of ethics, metaphysics, truth, and faith. For example, The Dharma of Star Wars (2005) uses tropes from the Star Wars franchise to explain Buddhism.

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  1. ^ Steven J. Rosen, Jonathan Young (2010). The Jedi in the Lotus: Star Wars and the Hindu Tradition. Arktos Media Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-907166-11-2. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bortolin, Matthew (2005). The Dharma of Star Wars. London: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 978-0-86171-497-1. 
  • Decker, Kevin (2005). Star Wars and Philosophy. La Salle: Open Court. ISBN 978-0-8126-9583-0. 
  • Grimes, Caleb (2007). Star Wars Jesus: a Spiritual Commentary on the Reality of the Force. City: Winepress. ISBN 978-1-57921-884-3. 
  • Hanson, Michael (2002). Star Wars: the New Myth. S.L.: Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-4010-3989-9. 
  • Jones, Timothy (2005). Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Portland: Multnomah. ISBN 978-1-59052-577-7. 
  • Mcdowell, John (2007). The Gospel According to Star Wars. Louisville: Westminster John Knox. ISBN 978-0-664-23142-2. 
  • Staub, Dick (2005). Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0-7879-7894-5. 
  • Wetmore, Kevin (2005). The Empire Triumphant. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-2219-7.