The Virgin Birth of Star Wars

Okay! This is my favorite connection in Sci-Fi. Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) was a virgin birth!!

I'm pretty sure I saw Star Wards in the womb. I'm pretty sure that the first time I heard the trumpet blast of the score of A New Hope, I was encased in amniotic fluid. I have loved Star Wars for almost as long as I've known God. It is such sweet satisfaction to know that Star Wars, too, knew God from the beginning.

The Jedis speak of the ancient prophesy that is fulfilled by the birth and life of Anakin Skywalker. Clearly, this guy represents a Messiah figure. This is made blatantly obvious when we discover that he is the seed of woman (Gen 3:15) alone, that he was conceived by the Force, that Shmi gave birth as a virgin. Hello, McFly! This is one of the most obvious connections in all the galaxies of Sci-Fi. Why isn't every Star Wars fan a martyr-bleeding Christian??? Why do we love the movie so much? Because we love God.

There's more, though. I'm not sure when George Lucas developed the idea of a virgin birth, much less when he developed its Pelagian back story. Did you catch that conversation between Palpatine and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith? Palpatine was telling Anakin of his own Sith master, Darth Plagueis. Palpatine was telling Anakin about the origin of the prophesy, about HIS OWN BIRTH!!

This Darth Plagueis twist is fantastic storytelling. I love this. Listen. Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine's Sith master, whom he killed, never died ... it is said. Instead, he took himself bodily into the Force. He subsumed himself into it, by his own hand, by his own power over life and death. Darth Plagueis had not only learned how to keep people from dying, but how to prevent himself from dying. Doesn't this all sound like a dark, twisted version of the Bread of Life and the Resurrection?

There's more! Darth Plagueis raised himself into the Force, so that he could be born again, conceived by the Force, itself--and he was born by the Virgin Shmi. Anakin was born purely from the midi-chlorians, the living source of the Force. Just in case you missed that: Anakin was conceived by the Power of the Force in the Virgin Shmi; Jesus was conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. whoa.

Isn't it ironic--and proof of the Palpatine's terrible cunning rhetoric--that Anakin was finally taken over to the Dark Side by his belief that Palpatine could teach Anakin to save Padmé's life? Stupid Anakin, you're the one who taught Palpatine in your previous Incarnation as Plagueis!

I doubt that the Star Wars prophesy goes so far as to support the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is too bad, but you have to ask the question: why and how did Darth Plagueis pick and prepare Shmi, on sandy, desolate, nowhere Tatooine (read "Nazareth"), to be his mother?

One last thing ... there is an ancient Christian heresy which was begun by Pelagius (doesn't that name sound familiar?). Isn't the resemblance funny? It looks like he's wearing Sith robes:

The Pelagian heresy, opposed by Saint Augustine, held that man, by his own power, could perfect himself. Man, without the grace of God, the heresy held, could make himself sinless. Taking the power of life and death, of sin and death, into one's own hands sounds remarkably like what Darth Plagueis taught ... so I remarked on it.

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  1. Awesome artcile. There are a lot of theories out there that say darth sidious did the virgin birth through midiclorians because he felt anakin's power on the force. You should check it out