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Old 07-03-2010, 01:49 PM
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This idea has probably been brought up, but isn't pantheism a major theme in the Star Wars universe? The whole "forces that binds us together" thing seems to have some pretty pantheist undertones. If it isn't strictly pantheism, would it fall under another category better?
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:07 PM
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I vaguely remember reading once that George Lucus was influenced by the idea of “Chi” (or Qi) in Taoist philosophy.
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I think it's more of a Tao theme, but there are also other ideologies that the Jedi are based on. There is also a good deal of Bushido and Buddhism blended into a Jedi.
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Lucas said:
"The Force evolved out of various developments of character and plot. I wanted a concept of religion based on the premise that there is a God and there is good and evil. I began to distill the essence of all religions into what I thought was a basic idea common to all religions and common to primitive thinking. I wanted to develop something that was nondenominational but still had a kind of religious reality. I believe in God and I believe in right and wrong. I also believe that there are basic tenets which through history have developed into certainties, such as 'thou shalt not kill.' I don't want to hurt other people. 'Do unto others...' is the philosophy that permeates my work."
[Source: Ryder Windham. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Scrapbook. Random House (1999), pg. 11.]
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Star Wars draws a lot from Eastern religions, especially Toaism, Buddha Dharma, Confucianism, and maybe from other traditions as well.
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This idea has probably been brought up, but isn't pantheism a major theme in the Star Wars universe? The whole "forces that binds us together" thing seems to have some pretty pantheist undertones. If it isn't strictly pantheism, would it fall under another category better?
I wouldn't argue with the theology of Star Wars being pantheistic in nature. I would say with the "apparent Will of the Force (Universe)" being Tao-istic in nature. While the code action of the Jedi being Bushido (a fusion of Zen, Buddhism and Shinto with a warrior/martial arts/Confucian-like code).

...or maybe panentheistic if the Force is "alive" (conscious/active).

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I think he just ripped off everyone other myth in the world where there is a hero in a good/evil situation because everyone loves it so much and the potential to make money is ridiculous there of.
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According to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars film, the Force is an energy field created by all living things, which surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together. Throughout the series, characters exhibit various powers that rely on the Force. So it isn't pantheism.

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I don't know what religion Lucas used as basis for the force in starwars.

I do know that Lucas considered Joseph Campbell as his mentor, and used the book Hero with a Thousand Faces as the basis of Starwars. So the movie was made in the style of a Myth . Lucas did a whole interview with Bill Moyers on this subject.

Cinema: Of Myth And Men - TIME
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I don't know what religion Lucas used as basis for the force in starwars.

I do know that Lucas considered Joseph Campbell as his mentor, and used the book Hero with a Thousand Faces as the basis of Starwars. So the movie was made in the style of a Myth . Lucas did a whole interview with Bill Moyers on this subject.

Cinema: Of Myth And Men - TIME
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