The spiritual message hidden in ‘Star Wars’

( CNN) “Star Wars” has always kept its thumbs close to America’s spiritual heartbeat.

At the turn of the millennium, “Star Wars” caught the McMindfulness craze. “The Phantom Menace” opens with two Jedis talking about the added benefit of meditation. Riveting, it was not.

But the most recent cinema in the tale, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ” touches on trends in American religion life in some surprising ways, especially for a franchise that’s so nakedly commercial.( “The Last Jedi” was the highest-grossing movie in the United States last year and raked in nearly $1.3 billion worldwide .)

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