Star Wars: Does it tie into religion?

Now, I understand some may say this is ridiculous how Star Wars could even relate to religion but let me assure you that when you take a closer look, you are able to see the ties between the two very different subjects. A current example of this is in the latest film of the franchise “The Last Jedi”.

In the film, the order of the Jedi is essentially a religion in itself. Given that when we are first introduced to them, they keep the galaxy in order with the ways of the Jedi. “Space monks” is also a term jokingly used. In the film, there is an obvious representation of the fall of the Jedi culture. Luke Skywalker is essentially the only follower left. But when Rey appears and requests spiritual training he refuses as he states the Jedi religion is over and plans to burn ancient Jedi texts to once and for all rid of the religion. And while Luke refuses to teach Rey the ways of the Jedi, she has a remarkable connection to the force that is undeniable. In the past, Jedi were educated by “old methods” and teachings, but Luke is acting as if it is no longer important or relevant. This to some is seen as the equivalent of someone that makes the case for spirituality over organized religion. In a way, Luke is simplifying the religion in its entirety and trying to stay unbounded to the one specific religion.

When George Lucas created the original franchise over 40 years ago, he wanted to do more than simply entertain the masses which he ultimately did. He had the idea to introduce young Americans to spiritual teachings. Lucas said “I see ‘Star Wars’ as taking all the issues that religion represents and trying to distill them down into a more modern and accessible construct. I wanted to make it so that young people would begin to ask questions about the mystery.”

Ultimately, when taking a view at religion and its correlation to Star Wars it is evident that there is a connection of some sort. Whether it be the similarities in practices or the actions of its followers, it all somehow connects. And with Star Wars being an international phenomenon, it only makes sense it has similarities to another thing that many people are fans of and adore.

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