Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Our cinematic view of monastic life

I mentioned in class today that our most common cultural reference to monastic life is that of the Jedi Knights of the Star Wars movies. While it is obviously not a Christian image, there is much in common with the monks of Benedictine life -- all the way down to the attire. In fact, think about how it is Anakin Skywalker's self-will that ultimately gets him into trouble and begins his descent into the dark side.

Anyway, tonight one of the students joked that he'd happily join the monastery if they just had light sabers...

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