UK: “Jedi” Religion most popular alternative faith
Question: Has LCMS world mission looked into how we can make worship services more “Jedi-Friendly”?
My guess is that Confessional Lutheranism is one of the least attractive forms of Christianity to Jedis. Why? Are there any Christians more likely to be angry than confessional Lutherans? Maybe Westboro Baptist. Maybe some Calvinists or ultra-traditional Catholics.
“Anger leads to the dark side!” –Yoda
The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer.
Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed.
Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the previous 10 years, they are still the most selected “alternative” faith on the Census, and constitute 0.31% of all people’s stated religious affiliation in England and Wales.
The latest official population survey also revealed 6,242 people subscribe to the Heavy Metal religion, which was set up in 2010 by the Rock magazine, Metal Hammer.
The number of people specifically identifying as Atheists was 29,267, while over 13.8 million refused to identify with a faith at all, ticking the “No religion” box on the census form…
- ‘Jedi’ religion most popular alternative faith – Telegraph [del.icio.us] (telegraph.co.uk)
- Census 2011 data on religion reveals Jedi Knights are in decline (guardian.co.uk)
- Most atheists in Norwich and Jedis on the decline: The weird and wonderful findings of the 2011 census (mirror.co.uk)
- British Census Data: 73% of Write-ins for Religion Were ‘Jedi Knight’ (theatlanticwire.com)
- No longer the default religion: is being a Christian now a political statement? (newstatesman.com)
- The census: diverging into diversity | Editorial (guardian.co.uk)