Location: Psychology Building, Room 226
Cost: Free of charge
Announcing the Defense of Thesis of Darryl B. Hunter for Honors in the Major, Religious Studies.
When the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, was interviewed nearly twenty years ago, he stated that it was not his intent to use Star Wars to create a new religion or ideology. However, regardless of his intent, the movie series has raised questions regarding its ability to attain such a devoted following, as well as the religious effects that it has on said following. Consequently, this thesis will investigate the religious themes and mythological elements of the Star Wars series and use this analysis to corroborate the position that Star Wars functions as religion for the fans. It will analyze the religious elements and myths that are embedded in the general story, as well as those that are unique to the individual movies, by highlighting a functionalist approach to religion that focuses on the religious effects that Star Wars has on its fans and society; namely, moral issues and the sense of meaning and belonging it inculcates among the fan base.