Midi-Chlorians and Cognitive Science of Religion

Midi-Chlorians. I know a lot of people who hate the introduction of midi-chlorians in the Star Wars cannon in The Phantom Menace. There’s that famous scene where Qui-Gon Jinn takes Anakin’s count: Qui-Gon: I need a midi-chlorian count. Obi-Wan: The readings are off the chart. Over 20,000. Even Master Yoda doesn’t have a midi-chlorian countContinue reading “Midi-Chlorians and Cognitive Science of Religion”

Rogue One and the Return of Reverence (Spoilers)

This morning over at First Things, Marc Barnes published a wonderful article on “reverence” and the Force in the Star Wars movies. Here he argues that Episodes 4-6 display a sort of religious reverence for the Force. But in the prequels, the Force loses its sacred status and becomes a magic weapon. He connects this to theContinue reading “Rogue One and the Return of Reverence (Spoilers)”