Academic Sources on Religion and Star Wars

Bortolin, Matthew. The Dharma of Star Wars. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2005, 2015.


Eberl, Jason T. and Kevin S. Decker, eds. The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned. The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series.  Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2016.


Gordon, Andrew. “Star Wars: A Myth for Our Time.”  In Screening the Sacred: Religion, Myth, and Ideology in Popular American Film. Edited by New York: Routledge, 1995.


Lyden, John C. “Whose Film Is It, Anyway? Canonicity and Authority in ‘Star Wars’ Fandom.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 80, No. 3 (SEPTEMBER 2012): 775-786.


_____. (2000). “The Apocalyptic Cosmology of Star Wars,” Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 4: Issue 1, Article 2. Accessed from


McDowell, John C. The Gospel According to Star Wars, Second Edition: Faith, Hope, and the Force.  Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.


_____. “‘Unlearn what you have learned’ (yoda): The critical study of the myth of Star Wars.”  In Understanding Religion and Popular Culture: Theories, Themes, Products, and Practices.  Edited by Terry Ray Clark and Dan W. Clanton Jr., 104-117.  New York: Routledge, 2012.


Schultes, John S. (2003).  “Any Gods Out There? Perceptions of Religion from Star Wars and Star Trek,” Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 7: Issue 2, Article 3. Accessed from


Stone, Bryan. (1999). “Religion and Violence in Popular Film,” Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 3: Issue 1, Article 5.


Wetmore, Kevin J. The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films. McFarlane, 2005.