The Jedi Temple may have been destroyed in the Great Jedi Purge, but that hasn’t deterred some people from worshipping The Force.
According to CzechPosition.com, the results of the Czech Republic’s new census that were unveiled this month reveal that 15,070 citizens of the country listed their religion as Knights of the Jedi. While that may pale in comparison to the 1.08 million people who self-identified as Catholics and over four million who declined to list their faith, it’s still a sizable portion of people who believe — or jokingly claim to, in reaction to an intrusive census — in the intangible energy made famous by the “Star Wars” films.
Though the Czech Knights of the Jedi wrote in their choice, other nations, such as New Zealand and Great Britain, already list the Jedi Church amongst the formal religion options. According to Time Magazine, over 390,000 Britons said that they practiced the religion in 2001.
The Church of the Jedi’s website pitches their faith as less bizarre than it may seem. The Force, they say, is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together,” and “is a concept that most religions of the world concur with. Some refer to it as their deity, some refer to it as a life force, but the one thing nearly all religions agree with, is that there exists a single unifying force.”
“Star Wars,” the Church says, helped create the religion’s terminology, but it did not create the faith itself.
“The force has always existed and always will,” their website reads. “Often references are made to the movies by our members, as a conceptual demonstration of how some might ascribe to the higher levels of a Jedi faith, in a far away land, a long time ago. The fact remains, that these concepts merely reflect a deep held innate morality, that we all have inside us… This morality existed prior to the movies. The movies do not in any way legitimize nor negate the legitimacy of the Jedi Church. They are merely a discussion point.”
Given the sustained phenomenon of the “Star Wars” films, it would figure that millions of other people are having those conversations, as well.
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Daydreaming on the job again over some dough
Wishing I could fight with swords that can glow
Travel across foreign lands and through thick snow
Ride through the sky on a giant black crow
Manipulate time and space fast forward and slow
Take away Sloth’s chocolate bar to watch rage grow
Ride a yeti and have snow balls ready to throw
Fight for our freedom alongside G.I. Joe
Sail the seas with Miss Fortune to and fro
Slash and Dash Mileena then snort some blow
Drink so much that I start a fight with some bros
Explore a dungeon looking for Zelda then run into Poe
Find out DOOM is my father and pretend I have flow
Try to find the director behind the galactic show
I own this!
Han shot first.