Before I write further there is a question I must ask: What color is your sippy cup?
It seems entirely appropriate on the day that George Lucas gives us the Star Wars on DVD to mention a little free faith-based periodical I found over the weekend. Mrs. Geek and I were in a small town about two hours north of where we live for her step-sister's wedding. I was walking down the main street on my way from breakfast back to the charming B&B where we were staying, when something in a newspaper vending machine caught my eye. It was two glowing figures in sandals and tunics dueling with lightsabers in front of a background of stars and planets.
Upon closer inspection, I discovered that this was a free Christian publication and the dueling foes on the cover were God/Jesus and Satan. A quick turn to page 8 of the periodical provided more details. The article recounted (with supporting quotes from the Old and New Testament) how Satan was once one of God's angels, who was created pure and without blame but fell away from God because of pride. Jesus, the article relates, was broken up over this but fought valiantly against Satan in the first war in Heaven that precipitated the Fall. He evidently did it using a lightsaber that he otherwise kept turned on, leaning against the cloudy white but oh-so-substantial Heavenly Throne of the Lord of Hosts (at least that was what an interior illustration showed.)
What is this? Comic book theology? Comic book faith? To be fair to the article, I think there were nuggets of an interesting idea or two in the article, but, I can't quite take how the whole thing was coated. I think the Bible is a work of great subtlety as is much of the thought that has gone into interpreting it. To reduce all of that subtle thought into a pen and ink drawing of Jesus with a lightsaber seems almost a crime.
on 2004-09-21 at 10:48 a.m.
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