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‘May the farce be with you’ – Star Wars meets Christianity

‘May the farce be with you’ – Star Wars meets Christianity

In an attempt to put more bottoms on pews, a Berlin church invited Star Wars fans to attend a special Sunday service themed on the sci-fi blockbuster.

According to this report, the silly caper worked. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the Zion Church service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to the church on a Sunday.

Said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig, 30, said after the service:

We were very happy to see so many people in the church today. It’s great that there are subjects that people are interested in. They trust us to make them part of the church service without making it too Christian or too Star Wars, but to find a good compromise.

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With the film’s theme song – played on the church’s organ – still echoing around the rafters, Ludewig said he came up with the idea of the Star Wars service while talking with fellow pastor Ulrike Garve, 29, about how much they were looking forward to the seventh instalment in the franchise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened last Friday.

The service was reportedly based on the Bible passage Romans 12:21:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Ludewig added:

Star Wars’ picks up religious images, including Christian images and maybe some from other religions. In doing so, it shows that the Bible and the church are part of our culture that keeps being reworked and reinterpreted.

Churchgoer Jonathan Wonneberger, dressed as a Jawa trader, described the service as a welcome change from tradition.

You don’t have to take everything that’s religious too seriously. Of course you have to treat it with respect, but when there’s a global event like Star Wars, it’s ok to jump on the bandwagon.

Hat tip: Stephen Mynett and BarrieJohn

23 responses to “‘May the farce be with you’ – Star Wars meets Christianity”

  1. Brian Jordan says:

    “Of course you have to treat it with respect, but when there’s a global event like Star Wars, it’s ok to jump on the bandwagon.”
    Who made the best jump onto the Star Wars waggon – these guys or the Church of England? I’d guess the CofE’s publicity stunt was the winner.

  2. Gindy51 says:

    Good grief how pathetic.

  3. ZombieHunter says:

    It’s always hilarious when Christianity tries to act cool 😀

  4. Broga says:

    Latest desperate plan from C. of E. is to open churches only at Xmas, Easter and for weddings as the flock no longer attend on Sundays. I heard one vicar say that church buildings were not needed to save souls. I wonder what criteria there is for a soul being saved? These statements are made with no challenge as if there was a practical means of saving the fantastical souls.

  5. Angela_K says:

    Perhaps Ludewig doesn’t like competition from the “Jedi religion”. This is just another in a long line of tacky stunts to foist christianinsanity on people.

  6. Gerald says:

    Desperation sets in … The irresistible force of secularism is sweeping the pious into the margins.

  7. Old Nick says:

    Loud sound of barrel being scraped there!

  8. Peterat says:

    Might go to church more often if the woman in the background was any indicator!

  9. Gerald says:

    Christianity took over the winter solstice celebrations … But I doubt the Force will be cynically exploited for as long … Give it about a week.

  10. Gerald says:

    Peterat … She has more than her share of christian uplift .. Or is the force defying gravity?

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    The brazen hussy: has she not read 1 Corinthians 11:1-15?
    Other questions:
    What was Paul on when he wrote that?
    He does seem to get carried away. Is it trichophilia?

  12. Laura Roberts says:

    SO ripe for nerdy humor…

    “Help us, Star Wars fans; you’re our only hope.”
    “These aren’t the parishoners you’re looking for…”
    “Welcome to our church. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
    “Is that your light-sabre or did you spot an altar boy?”

  13. Peterat says:

    Vanity Unfair: my bad, wasn’t looking at her head.

  14. Robert Stovold says:

    A long time ago, in a Galilee far, far away…
    (Sorry)

  15. barriejohn says:

    It’s always hilarious when Christianity tries to act cool.

    So true, but although we all know by now that the stories that C S Lewis wrote were meant to be allegories that illustrated the Christian faith, do others get as pissed off as I do that EVERY TIME a fantasy like Star Wars or Harry Potter comes along, with a conflict between “Good” and “Evil”, they just HAVE to assert that this is symbolic of the Christian message, as if the church had actually invented these ideas, as they also claim about marriage? It’s that arrogance and conceit that gets under my skin, together with the sub-text that says: “They’re all Christians but they don’t realize it yet.”

  16. 1859 says:

    What caught my attention in this German church was the helmet – suggestive of anything???

    I did see the boobs, but at 65 I’ve had all the boobs I can handle – no more , please.

  17. Robster says:

    Years ago, the Presbyterian and Methodist churches joined forces and became something called the Uniting church. It seemed to work so why not get the Jedi’s and the Berlin church to join forces to fight evil together? After getting rid of all the clergy, water blasting the church and church like facilities, they’ll have a clean canvas for their new, amalgamated faith. Darth can be the new Devil, Luke would make a nice Jesus, The princess the new Mary and so it goes. Certainly be more attractive than the current, rather poor offer.

  18. Laura Roberts says:

    @Robert Stovold: Ha! — why didn’t I think of that??

    @BarrieJohn: I did find it annoying when J.K. Rowling suggested that Harry Potter was a Christian allegory, though it always seemed to me that Death Eaters must have been modeled from religious fundamentalists. Saying that Star Wars or Harry Potter were modeled after Christianity is a bit like saying the Smart car was modeled after the VW Beetle: both share a heritage that started many years before either of them were conceived.

  19. Stephen Mynett says:

    It is not difficult to find links between any Star Wars, adventure type film and Homer (the Greek bloke not Simpson 🙂 The big difference is we do it for fun or some sort of academic exercise, while the church lays claim to everything and tries to copyright it.
    Merry Paganismus everyone.

  20. barriejohn says:

    Laura/Stephen: Precisely. Any conflict between “good”and “bad”; any victory of love over hatred: “That’s what Jesus came to teach us”. But isn’t it strange how fictional stories, obviously made up to entertain, eventually came to be considered the truth? I’ve never been able to work that one out!

  21. Cali Ron says:

    As with all things religious, it is essential to use the Farce. “Moses,use the force and part that sea”. Darth the father, Darth the son, and Darth the Holy Spirit, or at least the father, as in Luke 6:66, “Luke, I am your father”.

    I ‘m afraid even light sabers would not make going to church any less boring or bull shit.