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Untangling the theology of Star Wars

Entertainment | The saga reflects its creator’s hodgepodge worldview
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/03/20, 05:49 pm

At age 10, future Star Wars creator George Lucas asked his mother, a Methodist, “If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?”

He described his lifelong fascination with world religions in a 1999 interview with journalist Bill Moyers. Lucas didn’t reveal his mom’s answer but told Moyers he had come up with his own theory as an adult: He believes all religions are true—they just describe different aspects of God.

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Long-expected sentence

Persecution | China’s imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi had prepared himself for governmental persecution
by June Cheng
Posted 1/02/20, 06:19 pm

After a closed-door trial the day after Christmas, a court in Chengdu, China, on Monday sentenced prominent house church Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church to nine years in prison. His crimes: inciting subversion of state power and operating an illegal business. The sentence comes more than a year after Chinese authorities cracked down on Early Rain Church on Dec. 9, 2018, breaking down the doors of church members’ and leaders’ homes and arresting more than 100 people. 

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Behind the Baghdad embassy attack

International | Iran stirs up trouble in Iraq
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/02/20, 04:15 pm

IRAQ: A top Iranian commander said the country was not planning on war, “but we are not afraid of any war,” after supporters of an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq pulled back from attacking the U.S.

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