Who in their right mind would produce an apologetics oriented series of podcasts on the Jedi religion called Jediism and the Jedi church movement? I’m sorry friends but during the end of the wicked October holiday season, people tend to expect strange things to happen. I have been yearning to study Jediism for a long time and suddenly saw the opportunity to publish such a strange series as this. Many of you will absolutely eat this series up as you have always wanted…or never knew you wanted to know what the Jedi’s believe. Others may think this series is a waste of time. Believe it or not, the Jedi faith raises some interesting subjects that once exposed can make for good apologetics podcasting. Nonetheless, we will have fun with this series and continue with the very important and serious Word of Faith series, late this week to early next week. I hope that everyone is ok with this as I have received many positive responses on the Word of Faith series.
Just in case you live under a rock…or really are that righteous of a Christian, the Jedi are a fictitious order of warrior/monks from the Starwars movies. In the films they are known for their mystical occult like powers where they utilize a cosmic energy called the force. We’ll talk more about the force as we progress.
Who believes in Jediism?
You may be shocked. The Jedi movement has been growing around the world in many cultures according to www.Jedichurch.com, mainly in the UK, Canada and the United States. These people fill many different roles in society, interestingly enough; one of the most common occupations amongst the Jedi is in education.
What are the Jedi?
First it must be stated that followers of the Jedi faith do not run around with light sabers getting in swashbuckling duels. They do not pretend to lift objects with their minds and they (as far as I know) don’t try Jedi mind tricks on the simple. Jediism attempts to take the philosophical worldview as presented in the Starwars movies and apply many of its concepts to daily life. As you explore the various Jedi websites you will find that there is no definitive faith statement. There is no ultimate authority that they look to and they have no official doctrine. They do however have ordained ministers and hold non-profit statuses on many of their ministry websites. Jedi ministers even preform Jedi marriages. The following Jedi Creed is probably the closest thing I could find to an official statement of faith.
The Jedi Creed
Jedi are the guardians of peace in the Galaxy.
Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.
Jedi respect all life, in any form.
Jedi serve others rather than rule over them, for the good of the Galaxy.
Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
The Jedi Creed, found in several different Starwars related products, is followed by many of the Jedi faith.
To the Jedi, the force is an impersonal energy that fills everything in the universe. The force has somewhat of a panentheistic feel to it as it fills everyone and everything and yet transcends everything. http://youthapologeticstraining.com/panentheism The force can be compared to the holy spirit of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim the Holy Spirit is a force like electricity that empowers the Witnesses to carry out God’s will. Like the Witnesses, Jedi feel that the force is an energy that permeates the universe and empowers them. To the Jedi, the force is so much more. Like in the movies, the force has a hand in your destiny.
Tomorrow on Youth Apologetics Training we will look at the deeper beliefs of Jediism.
Here’s the entire mp3 podcast series on Jediism, ready for download.
Or check out the Youth Apologetics Training Podcast Archive.