Jediism–a religion?

16 Mar

Actor Gwendoline Christie at the world premiere of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9th, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.

Most Jedi beliefs are multi-cultural appropriations of older religious traditions. Leading a workshop on “Force Theory” at the Gathering, one Jedi called it equivalent of the Buddhist “Qi.” Another Jedi has translated the Tao Te Ching from Chinese into the language of Sci-Fi. The “Jedi Creed” is an adaptation of the Prayer of St. Francis Assisi where “Jedi” is substituted for every reference to the “divine master.” Other sect-specific beliefs, like those of the Temple of the Jedi Order, are tailored to their contemporary sociological climate: opposition to the death penalty and torture, and support for gay marriage and separation of church and state.

Read the rest of Ben Rowen’s report at Pacific Standard here.

2 Responses to “Jediism–a religion?”

  1. jhubers March 16, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    Among other problems with this, the person who compared this to the Buddhist “Qi” clearly doesn’t know Buddhism. “Qi” is a belief about an all pervading energy force (which Lucas did incorporate into his fictional universe) which is linked to Daoism, not Buddhism.
    Chinese Buddhists embraced it, but only as a syncretistic absorption of traditional Chinese beliefs.

    But that, of course, is the problem with people who dabble in religion like this. They kind of make it up as they go along.

  2. Douglas Firth Anderson March 16, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Yes, John–making it up is not new in American religious history …

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