Star Wars and Religion

Feeling The Force

This blog post was contributed by Kate Daley-Bailey who lives in Athens, Georgia, with her hilarious husband, Josh, and her fur baby, Bodhi. Kate taught university level courses in Religious Studies for over ten years and is currently an academic advisor at the University of Georgia. She has written brief pieces forReligion Nerd, the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, and book reviews for Reflective Teaching. Her relationship with Star Wars has been inextricably linked with her childhood Catholicism. As she describes in her piece Recovering Catholic: Ethos and Practice, when her family went to see Star Wars there was “at least one nun in tow.”

“May the Force be with you.”

“And also with you.”

If you were to catch the end of any conversation I have with my family, you would hear the above dialogue. Various Christians will recognize the basic structure…

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