I'm about half way through Perelandra, so please don't spoil the end for me, but I've read the entire conversation between Ransom and Weston were talking
" Why did I do physics? Why did I discover the Weston rays? Why did I go to Malacandra? It-the Force — has pushed me on all the time. I’m being guided. I know now that I am the greatest scientist the world has yet produced. I’ve been made so for a purpose. It is through me that Spirit itself is at this moment pushing on to its goal.”
“Look here,” said Ransom, “one wants to be careful about this sort of thing. There are spirits and spirits, you know.”
“Eh?” said Weston. “What are you talking about?”
“I mean a thing might be a spirit and not good for you.”
C.S. Lewis - Perelandra - Chapter 7
And when I saw the words "The Force" in here, I conjured up every prejudice against the Manichean mysticism imbued in Star Wars about opposing philosophies balancing each other out.
It seemed nuts that George Lucas would want to run with this if he read it, but I don't know where he was spiritually in the 1970's. The Force in Perelandra and Star Wars don't only have the same name, they obviously describe the same idea, an invisible Force that works described as having a good (light) and bad (dark) side.
What I want to know is A: Do any "star wars scholars" recognize that C.S. Lewis' work may have impacted Star Wars the way other works added up to the story underlying Star Wars (i.e. Dune, Galactic Patrol, A Princess of Mars) and if so, why would Lucas choose something that was antagonistic and false as the prime mover of his universe?