Is Jesus a Sith? by Eric Rauch (in Biblical Worldview vol 21, number 8 Aug 05)

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?

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4 thoughts on “Is Jesus a Sith? by Eric Rauch (in Biblical Worldview vol 21, number 8 Aug 05)

  1. I understand what you are saying however, i disagree with your view that lucas’s philosophy is very clear in the original three (4,5, & 6).

    Yes, Lucas does talk about good being in everyone and a power that ties us all together. Yet, lucas’s philosophy is hidden in his overall plot.

    Lucas does a couple of interesting things with his story. First of all, each of his characters comes from a well developed character type in literature. You have the maiden in distress. the coming of age character. the wise old man. the been-there-done-that charater. Next, he sets up a clear distinction of good verus evil (again from clearly sucessful literature). Notice the the black, white and grays of the Empire versus the earth-tones of the alliance.

    This is Lucas’s plot, which he then interweaves his philosphy that there is good in all evil and evil in all good. The movies 4,5,& 6 all deal with the good in evil, where the movies 1,2,& 3 deal with the evil in the good.

    But because Lucas needed to make money with his first film, he had to cut out a lot of his philosophy for the plot’s sake. If you notice, that even in 1,2,& 3 lucas still has the same character types. even his distinction of good verus evil is there, Although, not clearly defined because even lucas knows that not all evil is very clear defined.

    One thing you will notice as you watch lucas’s new films is that he spends more time on his philosophy then he did his first three films (4,5,& 6). this is because he can. He now has the fan base, the money and the time, whereas he didn’t in 4,5,& 6.

    I can understand how Mr. Rauch could be shocked or disillusioned. However, he all he ever did was watch the movies, I would expect this from someone. Yet, if he had ever read the books that contiune the saga. I would say the Mr. Rauch is not a very critical reader, because the books do exactly what Lucas does in movies 1,2,&3, which is spend more time on the philosophy.

  2. Some good points. I may have read to many books to have a clear view of Lucas’ philosophy in episodes 4-6. To me it is quite clear.

    I do not deny that he has used good-versus-evil successfully in the past. But it isn’t that clear cut. Never has been. The fact that Luke switched to black robes and jumpsuit in the ep6, demonstrates that. It gives him an identity with Vader.

    Lucas’ use of the maiden in distress and other themes does not prove anything. All good authors weave certain fundamental themes and devices into their plot (and Lucas is a great story teller). For what its worth, Lucas appears to have gotten much of his characters from Dune.

  3. Nice thought about the Dune Characters, But from what Lucas has said for himself, that is not what he was achieveing. (source from bouns disc of episodes 4,5,& 6)

    what i meant by the maiden in distress was that lucas spent much of his time working on the plot on the first three films (4,5,& 6) then he did on the last three films. hence, Mr. Rauch’s sudden supprise of lucas’s philosophy. (which Lucas also discuss this in the Bonus Disc, but i am doing some infering)

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