From A New Hope's transcript:

LUKE: (sighing) Oh, God, my uncle. How am I ever going to explain this?

This is most-likely a form of Early Installment Weirdness (Warning, yadda yadda) given that as far as I know, none of the other films ever mention a "Capital G-God," either religiously or through slang and either the Force or various minor gods are generally believed in.

Similarly, "Hell" was mentioned a few times in the films. Eventually, it was explained that Hell was another name for Chaos, so I'm wondering if a similar retcon was ever made to explain this.

My question is, did the EU ever explain which God Luke was referencing?

  • Probably not an answer to the question, but a fun related fact: the Corellian religion was described as having Hell, so Han could say things like "what the Hell was that?" and have it not be an anachronism Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 23:13
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    – Au101
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 23:14
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    I'm going to go with Translation Convention. Caution - TVTropes! Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 1:02
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    Probably just a generic swear word held over from a time when religion was more prevalent.
    – Boelabaal
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 6:08
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    @DVK - the Jedi Order is a religion - I'd say that counts! Both in universe and out of universe :) - it's even called a religion in Episode 4
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 19:56

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In the film he does not say "God", he sighs and mumbles something unintelligible (possibly "oh boy, my uncle")

listen closely at 3:56

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    There's a version with somewhat better sound quality here, the line happens at 3:56 in this version: youtube.com/watch?v=pUaxXsqGeFI ...I think it's definitely "oh, boy". That's also how it's written in this book.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 20:13

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