Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (right) and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, as portrayed by Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was a Children’s minister, seeing all the different kinds of worship services, it made me to joke about having a “Star Wars” church service complete with cosplay and everything for the kids. And then I read this quote by fellow Nicene Creed geek Father Dwight Longnecker:
“Disenchanted clergymen looking for a new idea might install wide screens in their churches and beckon more of the Star Wars faithful to participate in the clash between good versus evil each Sunday morning. With a bit of musical ingenuity, the Star Wars theme music could be developed into a very stirring processional hymn. Acolytes could be dressed in Obi Wan Kenobi monastic robes and carry light sabers instead of candles. The liturgy could begin with “May the Force be with you.” To which all reply, “And with your spirit.” For the communion hymn, each Han could sing a solo.”
I read this book as a CredoBaptist: Nicene Creedal Faith + Free Church baptist. This work is a series of geeky reflections on the Nicene Creed, with quite a bit of a personal touch. Longnecker believes that it is the scandal of paradox that is the best way to confront our modern/post-modern society with it’s “Men from Missouri.” Missouri, you see, is the Show-Me-State, that it has a reputation of having people who need to see it before they believe it. In one trip to a museum, Longenecker meets a POC who acts as a Man From Missouri, and Longnecker writes on the importance of being culturally inclusive based “Beauty is in the eye of the beheld” and how beautiful the “scandal” of particularity is as a reflection on the Incarnation and Miraculous Conception.
By completing this work written by a Catholic clergyperson, it has made me a better Christian, and Baptist. I only wish that Longenecker would take more seriously the problem of sin and its impact on humanity socially. That, and I feel that his enthusiasm for the Jedi side of Star Wars was a tad bit much for this Sith warlord. Overall, I would recommend this book to laypersons and persons who would like an introduction to the history of Christian faith.