'Star Wars' religion rises in Czech Republic
December 20th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

'Star Wars' religion rises in Czech Republic

A “Star Wars” faith, Knights of the Jedi, seems to be gaining traction.

According to CzechPosition.com, the results of the Czech Republic's new census show that 15,070 citizens claim Knights of the Jedi as their religion.

Another 1.08 million people identified as Catholics on the survey, while 4.8 million respondents didn’t list a faith.

According to the Knights of the Jedi website, its adherents believe in the intangible energy made famous by the "Star Wars" films. The Force, they explain, is "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together."

Additionally, the site points out that the idea behind The Force "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."

The Czech Republic isn’t the only country to boast followers of the “Star Wars” faith. According to Time, Great Britain and New Zealand also list the Jedi Church on formal surveys. Over 390,000 Britons said that they practiced the religion in 2001.

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  1. Aldrickj Gundwigr

    Thanks for this glorious article. One other thing is that most digital cameras arrive equipped with any zoom lens that permits more or less of your scene for being included by simply 'zooming' in and out. These changes in target length are reflected within the viewfinder and on huge display screen at the back of the particular camera.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Sixpack

    Nerd alert

    January 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johnny 5

    I love Star Wars but the facts of evolution will crush this new faith as it has the others. We are the fifth ape in the animal kingdom. It's nice to think we happen to be something greater, but that's just not fact of reality. Ignorance is the darkside of force.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sara

    I can dig the universal energy thing. But folks are saying it's as plausible as any other religion....and I'd have to disagree, simply because the ancient, somewhat mysterious origins of a lot of religions are what bring about the concept of faith and all that fun stuff. It's hard to find mystery or faith in a modern movie made by a still-living man who acknolwedges it as fiction....hmmmm.

    But I know ya'll are just insecure and resentful toward religion, so keep the barage of clone comments coming. Trolllllin' on!

    January 2, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. OrangeW3dge

    Dark Energy ?
    Who would've thought it?
    George Lucas?
    Goes to show, some people never learn from lectures...

    January 2, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Funbuns

    Funny as it is, it actually does make more sense then half the religions going. May the Force be with you!

    December 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christanky

    I llove it... At least there's no crazy book *cough* of lies *cough* to read, no door-to-door Watchtower sales people, and no crazy tie wearing bike riders in the Jedi Church!

    December 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    Well, it's no dumber than any other religion.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Folly Finder

    As the great jedi Obiwan said, "Only siths deal in absolutes." Problem; that statement is an absolute. A dirty dealer that jedi he is.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JeffinIL

    I'll buy it as a religion just as soon as someone completes the basic Jedi task of building a light saber. You do NOT get to become a Jedi without doing that.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Big whoop. I filled out "Jedi" on my Canadian census in 2006. By the way, what is with the losers who constantly bash religions? Are you that insecure about your own beliefs?

    December 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leaf on the Wind

    I believe in duct tape. It, too, has a dark side and a light side, and binds the galaxy together. I'll stick with that. 😉

    December 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donovan

    I like Landoism better.

    Mmmmm ... Colt 45.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saopaco

    Why not? It makes as much sense as christianity.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    It is amazing that anyone who can take a powerful X-Wing starfighters and destroy the colossal Death Star.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Todd

    Fact is, the Jedi religion has just as much basis in reality and is based on as muhc fact as Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and every religion...so why not?

    December 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Anomic Office Drone

    People did this on the Canadian census about 7 or 8 years ago. It's nothing new.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. holdem

    honor thy mother and sith.

    December 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. derp

    Star wars is just as believable as any other religion.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  20. mouse

    LoJenk is yuuuuuuuucky.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. mouse

    BOOOOOO. LoJenk is back. They post the lamest videos ever.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. Thorski

    Physicists would also agree with the Jedi religion: the Unified Field Theory.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  23. lojenk


    December 20, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. Boof

    It's probably just another way for Lucas to make more money off of his tired, worn out movie.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |

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