The Effect of Fictional Religions in Literature
~ Jediism and Other Religious Movements
According to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi- 1983), 'truth' is simply a state of mind. With this in mind, is religion of any sort meaningless unless it has some personal resonance? Can religions therefore be based on fictional constructs?
How Science and Science Fiction
Forge New Religious Beliefs
Davidsen compares the opinions of Jean Baudrillard and Adam Possami concerning 'hyper-real religions' in order to explore what it says about contemporary religion that many believers are now more comfortable basing their religious activity on fiction rather than on conventional and 'historical' religious narratives.
This article is a fascinating insight into the significance of invented religions in everyday reality. To read the abstract or download the complete report of the study, click here:
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Story Source: Markus Altena Davidsen. Fiction-based religion: Conceptualising a new category against history-based religion and fandom. Culture and Religion, 2013