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Is Jediism a real religion?...

Discussion in 'Religion' started by AGXStarseed, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    I was reading through Rich's discussion about putting himself down as a Jedi on the Census where it would ask "what religion are you?"

    Initially, I remembered seeing a post from 2001 about people across the UK putting themselves down as Jedi. According to what's written on Wikipedia, it's not just the UK either; Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Turkey and many other places also have individuals who refer to their religious belief as "Jedi" or "Jedi Knight".
    Here's the Jedi Religion Census for 2001 when it started for England and Wales.

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    Since looking into it a bit more, I've actually found that being a Jedi (or 'Jediism') is actually a religion. It even has two websites:
    The Church of Jediism: Home | The Church of Jediism
    The Temple of the Jedi Order: Home

    There's more information about it at these links:
    Wikipedia: Jediism - Wikipedia
    ThoughtCo.: What You Should Know About the Jedi Religion
    Dailypost: Jediism religion goes from Anglesey beginnings to HALF A MILLION followers

    Furthermore, here's some videos on the subject.




    So, what do you guys think?
     
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  2. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is".

    -William Jefferson Clinton

    :p
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Starfire Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    The guy in the first video link is an aspie and has quite a popular YouTube channel.

     
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  5. Mr Allen

    Mr Allen Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Nope.

    However, on Census forms, when they ask about my Religion I almost always put "Jedi", meh, I'm an atheist anyway, not Religious even though I was Christened in a Church.
     
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  6. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    It's all relative to one's beliefs.

    Imagine it's 2 A.D., and two Roman Centurions are processing Judeans to be taxed.

    Muttus: "You think any of these guys are Christians?"
    Jeffus: "Gods, No. Besides, there's no such thing. We nailed that guy Jesus and that's that."
    Muttus:"Let's ask that old Jew over there. See what he thinks."
    Old Jew: "Christians? God no, no such thing. The Messiah has yet to arrive."
    Muttus:"Hmmm. Guess you're right, Jeffus."
    Jeffus: "Hell yes, I'm right!"
    Muttus: "There's a hell?"
    Jeffus: "Never mind."
     
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  7. Joshua Aaron

    Joshua Aaron Just a Professional Weirdo w/Autism and ADHD

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    Since it originated from a fictional series, I do not recognize it as an actual religion, and I view people who do recognize it as so and those who also practice it as over-invested fanboys and fangirls who have taken role-playing a bit too far. So, no, it is NOT a real religion, and I would die of laughter when I see a headline saying that some nation (probably somewhere in Europe, TBH) has actually officially recognized it as a religion. I only like looking at posts on social media by people who claim to be Jedis for the meme, TBH. "Jediism" isn't something I'd hear about and actually take seriously. Sounds lame, TBH.

    For example, I like AR-15s, but I just don't say, "I worship in the church of Eugene Stoner." That would make people look at me weird and like I was an insane gun nut. And there is a HUGE difference between being recognized as a gun nut and being recognized as one who is mentally deranged.
     
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  8. ScottyLambertJediKnight

    ScottyLambertJediKnight Active Member

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    I am a big Star Wars fan have been my whole life but I don't consider jediism a religion
     
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    GrownupGirl Tempermental artist

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    Personally, I don't think any religion is real. Except maybe Felinism, where we worship the superior gods and goddesses more commonly known as cats.:smilecat:
     
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  10. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    Well, when people get cats they do usually take over your house. :D
     
  11. Joshua Aaron

    Joshua Aaron Just a Professional Weirdo w/Autism and ADHD

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    Just a quick correction here, but I believe you meant "baptized." Christened is a completely different thing. Either that, or your parents did a baby dedication for you.

    Also, baby baptisms aren't actually real baptisms, anyways, so if your parents did that, then you weren't really "christened." Baptism is only real if it is a full-submersion baptism, and the person being baptized fully understands what it means to be Christian and has a personal relationship with Jesus.

    Or, in shorter terms, consent, understanding, and a lot of water are important for baptism.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Christening and Baptism do differ.
    And in some churches "baby dedication" is a term used and in some it isn't.

    Baptism vs Christening - Difference and Comparison | Diffen

    The form of baptism (sprinkle or immersion) differs, as
    well as the age typically done. Not all congregations are in
    favor of infant baptism as they believe the participants should
    be capable of making the choice.
     
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