I realize that this is a book review site, but I wanted to repsond to this article and to get some feedback from our readers. In the latest issue of Biblical Worldview, which is published by American Vision, Eric Rauch writes that “Revenge of the Sith” ruined his view of Star Wars. He states that Lucas is no longer pushing a “good versus evil” concept, but is instead pushing a “no-absolutes” ideology. (Just a side note, I am a Star Wars fan and a fairly knowledgable one at that – so I do like the series immensely).
Rauch starts by describing a scene (which I have not yet seen because I do not attend the theater) in which Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting. When Anakin states that “whoever is not with me is my enemy” Obi-Wan responds “Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” Rauch accurately ascertains that Lucas is preaching against any absolutes, but he fails in that he just realized it. In every movie, this philosophy is predominant. Whether it is Obi-Wan teaching that truth depends on your point of view or the philosophy that everyone is good and bad (see the ying/yang concept), this idea permeates the storyline.
This happens because the post-modern concepts that truth is unknowable is the same as the New Age/Eastern idea that every man makes their own rules. Both teach the same thing, but from different perspectives. What Lucas has done is to teach it in the form of eastern mysticism in the first three releases and now in the last three, he has switched to presenting it in the post-modern and less philosophical approach.
What is the point, you ask? Well, Mr. Rauch comments that he had grown up with Star Wars and that this has suddenly caused him turned him off (the previous five hadn’t done this). This makes me wonder (again) just how dangerous philisophical problems are for readers/viewers. Because he began watching these movies in elementary school, how conditioned has he become to the philisophical problems? Has he been blind all of these years to the dangerous ideas in these movies? I am not critizing him, because I suspect we all are blind in one area or another. What pagan ideas are we conditioned to accept since we were subjected to them as children? What have we accepted uncritically?
Let me know what you think? Am I too extreme in my thoughts on this? Am I blowing this out of proportion?