The epic film series “Star Wars” is filled with many typical movie myths: evil villains, a wise elder, a princess, dashing heroes, and for the age of technology, lovable, quirky robots. But there’s more, and it’s worth our attention. The series also evokes a sense of deep meaning that is typically identified with the Sacred. Indeed, the series proposes an alternative to traditional Western understanding of the Sacred. After all, it’s “May the Force be with you,” not “May God be with you.” This shift of a single word signals a new sense of reality and a different idea about what it means to be human. It also sets the stage for a new relationship between science and religion. Professor Garrett asks us to examine the implications of this transition, both positive and negative. Is the Force with you?
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This lecture will take place at Lake Park, 1850 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94612.