Power of the Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Films

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Few can doubt the phenomenal impact of the Star Wars films. But why do so many fans feel that the films touch them on a deeper level than any of the other popular fantasy films? Why are there even people who say that they base their ideas of right and wrong on the Star Wars films? In his intriguing but light-hearted book, David Wilkinson investigates the cultural context into which the films were first released. He reveals how George Lucas's proposal was originally met with ridicule. He shows the films' profound impact on the market for film merchandise. And he demonstrates how Lucas has created a basis for a contemporary religion by incorporating many of the great themes of myth and religion: hope; evil and redemption; and the belief that there is more to the universe than just technology.

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The Star Wars films are among the great icons of late 20th-century culture, capturing the hearts and imaginations of audiences like no other stories. Millions discovered in them an unexpected sense of understanding and spirituality. David Wilkinson, the author of God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking and Alone in the Universe? The X-Files, Aliens and God, explores their remarkable appeal in terms of the great themes expressed in myth and religion throughout human existence. Has George Lucas, in investing his films with these elements ‹ hope, evil and redemption, and the belief that there is more to the universe than technology ‹ created the basis for a contemporary religion? A thought-provoking book for all seeking insight into this dazzling expression of spirituality.

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David Wilkinson is the author of When I Pray What Does God Do? and several other books. He has has earned doctorates in both astrophysics and theology. He is principal of St John's College Durham, England, a commentator on popular culture, and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

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