The much-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) hit movie theaters in 2016. It is the eighth movie in the film franchise, and, as with other Star Wars movies, creator George Lucas spotlights a variety of worldviews.
“I wanted to try to explain in a different way the religions that have already existed,” Lucas told interviewer Bill Moyers in 1999. “[T]here’s a mixture of all kinds of mythology and religious beliefs that have been amalgamated into the movie, and I’ve tried to take the ideas that seem to cut across the most cultures.”
Apologist Patrick Zukeran told SCENES that the Star Wars series mostly promotes pantheism — the belief that equates God with the universe, thus, making them identical. That stands in contrast to Christian monotheism, which holds that God created the universe and is separate from it.
Even though pantheism is the basis for Hinduism and parts of Buddhism, Zukeran believes the Star Wars universe can be used to teach Christian kids about worldviews.
Zukeran, the founder and executive director of Evidence and Answers and the host of a radio show of the same name, spoke with SCENES about how parents can use Star Wars as an apologetics tool.