Friday, 14 June 2013

2 Funky new religions for you to check out

Whether or not you have a religion, we are aware of them, and of the many variants out there. In an age where the development of society, is greatly due to secular thinking, people are gradually becoming more accepting of the religions of others while still practicing their own., or none at all.

Even now, there are some new options popping up, giving those whose thinking, fall not within the realms of traditional religion, but still desire to be part of a modern religious movement.

The majority of western civilisation are aware of Scientology, mainly due to it's exposure to the public by celebrities, that's all I'll mention on Scientology here.

There are lesser known unorthodox religions however such as,

1. Pastafarianism

Pastafarinism, also known as the 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster' started back in 2005, when a young physics graduate, sent a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. This was because the board still promoted the teaching of intelligent design and creation over evolution in Biology classes, and he proposed that if the former was true, then it could also be said that a 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' could have created the universe. Logical no?

He then posted the letter on his website, and its popularity grew exponentially from there.

You can read the letter on his website here.

Back in 2011, an Austrian Athiest, was allowed the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver's license photo, claiming the headgear was part of his religion. This caused major uproar worldwide, amongst religious extremists, who claimed it mocked traditional religious use of headwear.

So if you're pro-evolution and want to debunk theories of intelligent design and creationism, this may be the religion for you.

2. Jediism

Jediism began in New Zealand back in 2001, where more than 10,000 New Zealanders put 'Jedi' as their religion, during the national census. This made it eligible for status as an official religion. However because it came about this way, there was no official founder, or order, and in 2008 the 'International Church of Jediism' was founded in the UK by a 23 year old man.

The religion follows the philosophy and teachings of the Jedi, from the world renowned Star Wars universe.

Their teachings are that of one powerful 'force' binding everything and everyone in the universe together.

However, Mr. Founder over there got a bit of a bad reputation for himself when he was thrown out of a Tesco(Supermarket)  in the UK, as he refused to remove his brown hood. Read more on that hilarious incident here. He claimed it as bias, but I think it may have had something more to do with hiding his face than bias. Not so logical of Mr. Jedi Founder eh?

Well there you have it. I hope I've given you some insight, and exposed your mind to a whole world of other religions out there, that you may not have known about. Don't like yours? Try an unorthodox one why don't you.

May the force be with you, padawans.


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