A church will host an unusual pre-Christmas service on Sunday ‚ÄĒ with the "Star Wars" films put at the center of their worship.
Members of the congregation at Berlin's Zions Church will be greeted with the theme music from the blockbuster series and can expect to hear about "the juxtaposition of good and bad, light and dark" during the one-hour event, church minister Eva-Maria Menard told NBC News.
Short excerpts from trailers and the George Lucas movies will be shown on a screen below the pulpit.
Vicar Ulrike Garve said that the service will expose "the theological motives and parallels in the Star Wars episodes."...
Civilization enslaves. Specifically, the institution of private property, the cornerstone of civilization, is the origin of all cruelty, vice, and horror. Rousseau‚Äôs remarks on this subject say it all:
‚ÄúThe first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said ‚ÄėThis is mine‚Äô, and found people na√Įve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by‚Ä¶crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.‚ÄĚ
Private property engenders material inequalities and hierarchies, the ‚Äúchains‚ÄĚ that enslave. The Jedi, to hear TLJ‚Äôs Luke Skywalker tell it, created and perpetuated hierarchy and inequality vis-√†-vis the Force inasmuch as they were either delusional or deceptive enough to presume that they alone had the right to protect it, as if it somehow belonged to them.
"Having fallen in love with Star Wars from the time that I first saw it in the late 1970s, it brings this 45 year-old no pleasure to concede that, for various reasons, the latest installment in the SW saga is simply not a good film. Much has already been written about The Last Jedi‚Äôs poor story-telling, sorely underdeveloped and misused characters, and rampant Political Correctness. Most of the commentary has been spot-on in these respects. However, little to no attention has been drawn to that which is most disturbing about TLJ:
It is the first anti-Star Wars Star Wars movie.
TLJ essentially deconstructs the whole SW saga.
The classic tale of the perennial battle between Good and Evil collapses in on itself, here being revealed as an epic delusion begotten by the monumental arrogance of those‚ÄĒthe Jedi‚ÄĒwho thought themselves heroes.By insisting upon a hard and fast distinction between the dark and light sides of the Force‚ÄĒby insisting that morality is an objective feature of the universe‚ÄĒand positioning themselves as guardians of the Light, the Jedi, in their ‚Äúhubris,‚ÄĚ as Luke Skywalker says, gave rise to all that had gone wrong in the galaxy."
The little green Socrates Yoda, emerges in TheLastJedi to beat Luke to the punch by destroying all of the ancient Jedi Scriptures. Yoda tells Luke that all that Rey needs to know regarding the Force she already knows. ‚ÄúWe are what they [students] grow beyond.‚ÄĚ
-- The Jedi and all of the heroes of the Old Republic were akin to the men of the American founding generation inasmuch as they fought for the sake of conserving an inherited way of life. In glaring contrast, the Resistors are more like the French Revolutionaries, radical egalitarians inspired by Rousseau and against whom Edmund Burke defined what would become known as conservatism.
And herein lay the true significance of Daisy Ridley‚Äôs ‚ÄúRey,‚ÄĚ the chief protagonist of Disney‚Äôs trilogy:
She is a Rousseauian Hero, the Great Leveler, the quintessential champion of Equality.
Rousseau who famously remarked that ‚Äúman is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.‚ÄĚ Civilization enslaves. Specifically, the institution of private property, the cornerstone of civilization, is the origin of all cruelty, vice, and horror. Rousseau‚Äôs remarks " the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.‚ÄĚ
Crazy stuff, GS. I was listening to someone rundown some of the reasons for domestic abuse, stabbings, and murders nationwide and many of the arguments arose and escalated from pure nonscense. Such as: A man killed his wife for ordering the wrong pizza, another because there was no ketchup left, and I could go on, but you get the drift. I could never imagine murdering anyone for any reason, nor can I imagine ever striking, etc, a woman.
Heard on the news the other day that some knucklehead shot somebody because he revealed the plot to the new Star Wars flick on Facebook. Apparently he hadn't seen it yet, and flipped out when he read the post.
besides BM's excellent commentary the matter is now settled - - the Vatican has spoken [URL=http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/vatican-newspaper-slams-star-wars-force-awakens-n484306]]]Vatican Newspaper Slams 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens[/URL] . the article says that his unholiness Franny doesn't watch movies so we can all relax because we know he won't be corrupted.
The Vatican has more things to worry about anyway. [URL= http://archyusa.com/sexy-bombshell-at-center-of-new-vatican-corruption-scandal/]]] http://archyusa.com/sexy-bombshell-at-center-of-new-vatican-corruption-scandal/ [/URL] I didn't see anything on the sides of the article that would be offensive - - but I would stop at the very end of the article!
Stevenr wrote: allegory and fiction ... lies and deception
The intrinsic value of allegory or fiction lays on the character of the writer unto profit or unto perversion. For instance, we can trust Christ's parables, and Bunyan's work, but not 'Narnia'. The reason is that Christ, as the epitome of truth, never would include perverse thinking, deception, untruth or misleading concepts or intentions. Because of Bunyan's godly character and close attachment to revealed truth, his work, not only becomes beneficial, but stands the passing of time. On the contrary for example, because of the author‚Äôs involvement with occult, Narnia disqualifies immediately as a source of good value.
Any writer has an agenda. All writers pass on a set a values, and this is the danger. Fiction can pass on attitudes, concepts or ideas contrary to value and God's law, or on the other hand can serve as a vehicle to stimulate/promote good.
This talk http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1220151451415 points to the intend underlying 'Star Wars'
Does the Scripture teach us to refrain from lies and counter strong delusion with a love of the truth? Where expect to find truth? If one cannot sound the depths of the word of God, does that mean they should not diligently study it? To do so and meet the responsibilities of one's God given duties might not some distractions have to be mortified to make time for study and practical application of what's gleaned?
This is as good a place to respond to what troubled me from my posting on this thread. It is all out war for the souls of our posterity,at this time. Our best efforts are much tainted by remaining sin. I remember one New Years the Church gathered to express thanks for the past year. The women did not speak in public, but they could write if they had no male head of house to speak for them. One of the brother's then read it on their behalf. One year I wrote of my thankfulness for the omnipotence of God, comparing the attempt to keep my boys like being adrift on a sea in a little craft. I quoted from Psalm 107:23-31; that is still my struggle for the souls of my children (now adult men) Is it not yours?
"haven't read the Pilgrim thing" -- this is history of the brethren who came before us....
Pilgrims Progress was written by John Bunyan while in prison. He suffered for preaching the gospel without a license so that he could preach directly from the scriptures without limiting his speech. Something for today's 501c3 pastors to contemplate. There's children's versions as well -- a nice tool for discussion of Christian disciplines and spiritual warfare.
SC, the fact is that none of us can ever plumb the depths of God's Word, so if you are waiting on that, you'll never get there. The Bible doesn't teach against fiction. It teaches against glorifying sin. If you can glorify God while writing fiction, whatever the landscape is, then God is glorified. But the Bible also teaches that every man must be fully persuaded in that which he does, and I believe that would apply here. You don't like fiction, don't read it. But to seemingly snipe at others for your opinion that is not founded in Biblical fact is contrary to what Christ taught. Just saying.
from CreationMoments.com, 11 25, 2015: ‚ÄúMany people--especially those who believe in creation--avoid watching science shows on TV because these programs are usually saturated with unscientific claims favoring evolution. However, even Darwinian soapboxes like Nova can be worth watching, just as long as you do so with a discerning eye. You especially need to pay close attention to the unwarranted assumptions and faulty logic you'll often encounter. For instance, there‚Äôs ‚ÄėKings of Camouflage‚Äô--a Nova program about the cuttlefish‚Äôs amazing ability to instantaneously change the color and texture of its skin. The program did a good job of describing the color disks that expand or shrink in size. But then the scientist added: ‚ÄėMy guess is that their skin evolved for camouflage, because as soon as they got rid of the big shell, they had to hide from predators.‚Äô Well, Mr. Scientist, why did the cuttlefish discard its shell in the first place if it was beneficial to its survival? And why didn't the cuttlefish just evolve its old shell back? Instead, evolutionists guess that the cuttlefish evolved the most complex skin of any creature on the planet as well as an amazingly complex eye and nervous system that allows it all to work. "TV / news science may be Sci-Fi: take care!