I am aware of how that sounds but I am curious to think that there is a connection to spirituality which is completely human, and yet at the same time it not be supernatural but rather a manifesting expression of our connection to the physical universe. Of all the ideas I can find on this, Jedism seems to be the closet to this. Granted atheists tend to be free from dogma but this particular religion seems to be more in line with the ideals of secular humanism. Your thoughts??

http://templeofthejediorder.org/content/view/21/35/

Here are just some of their beliefs...

16 Basic Teachings of the Jedi

1. As Jedi, we are in touch with the Living Force flowing through and around us, as well as being spiritually aware of the Force. Jedi are trained to become sensitive to the Force's energy, fluctuations, and disturbances.

2. Jedi live and focus on the present; we must neither dwell on the past nor be overly concerned about the future. As the mind wanders, focusing on the present is a task not easily attained, for the mind is not content with the eternal present moment. As Jedi, we must release our stress and ease our minds.


3. Jedi must maintain a clear mind; this is achieved through meditation and contemplation. Our minds can become cluttered and infected by forces and attitudes that we encounter every day, and must be purged of these unnecessary elements on a daily basis.


4. As Jedi, we are mindful of our thoughts... we focus our thoughts on the positive. The positive energy of the force is healthy for the mind, body and spirit.


5. As Jedi, we trust and use our feelings. We are intuitive, more so than others and with this heightened intuition we become more spiritually evolved as our minds become more harmonious with the Force and it's influences.


6. Jedi are patient. Patience is elusive but can be consciously developed over time.


7. Jedi are mindful of the negative emotions which lead to the Dark Side: Anger, Fear, Aggression, and Hate. If we sense these emotions manifesting within ourselves, we must meditate on the Jedi Code and focus on purging these destructive emotions.


8. Jedi understand that physical training is as important as training the mind and the spirit. We understand that all aspects of training are necessary to maintain the Jedi way of life and to perform the duties of a Jedi.


9. Jedi protect the peace. We are warriors of peace, and are not ones to use force to resolve a conflict; it is through peace, understanding and harmony that conflicts resolve.


10. Jedi believe in destiny and trust in the will of the Living Force. We accept the fact that what seems to be random events are not random at all, but the design of the Living Force of Creation. Each living creature has a purpose, understanding that purpose comes with a deep awareness of the Force. Even things that happen which seem negative have a purpose, though that purpose is not easy to see.


11. Jedi must let go of obsessive attachment, both material and personal. The obsession over possessions creates the fear of loosing those possessions, which can lead to the Dark Side.


12. Jedi believe in eternal life. We do not become obsessed in mourning those who pass. Grieve as you will but take heart, for the soul and spirit continue in the netherworld of the Living Force.

13. Jedi use the Force only when it is necessary. We do not apply our abilities or powers to boast or be prideful. We use the Force for knowledge, and exercise wisdom and humility in doing so, for humility is a trait all Jedi must embody.

14. We as Jedi believe that love and compassion are central to our lives. We must love each other as we love ourselves; by doing this, we envelope all life in the positive energy of the Force.


15. Jedi are guardians of peace and justice. We believe in finding peaceful solutions to problems, gifted as we are we remain negotiators of the utmost ability. We never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate. We embrace justice, protecting and preserving the fundamental rights of all living creatures. Empathy and compassion are vital to us; it allows us to comprehend the wounds caused by injustice.


16. We as Jedi make a commitment to, and are loyal to the Jedi cause. The ideals, philosophies, and practices of the Jedi define the belief of Jediism, and we take action on this path for self improvement, and to help others. We are both the witnesses and protectors of the Jedi way by the practice of our Faith


I think the (bolded) present the obvious hurdles of why an atheist by definition could never accept Jedism. But then again assuming or allowing for the possibility of there being something in the universe yet undiscovered, unexplained, to be out there for us to undertake.

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atheism is not a religion (as questioned in the title of this thread) but in fact, an absence of religion

Atheism is the absence of belief in a deity/deities. It is not the absence of religion.
However there is still the same kind of stupidity with no back up.

That kind of talk will quickly place you at the business end of a lightsaber.
Force is strong for Jedi police
Eight police officers serving with Scotland's largest force listed their official religion as Jedi in voluntary diversity forms, it has emerged.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/800306...

About 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi in the 2001 Census for England and Wales. In Scotland the figure was a reported 14,000.

The Office for National Statistics did not recognise it as a separate category, and incorporated followers of Jedi with atheists.

Last year, brothers Barney and Daniel Jones founded the UK Church of the Jedi - which offered sermons on the Force, light sabre training, and meditation techniques.


There is no death, there is only the Force.
"light sabre training"

ooh cool
Yeah, talk about awesome selling points. Where do I sign up.
No the Force would be a deity like construction, StarWars also has very christian undertones
Well technically, since Jedi don't worship any gods... yes?

But on principal I don't think so. Atheists usually stay way from any supernatural belief regaurdless of whether gods are invovled.
Too unscientific to be atheistic, but it could be considered humanist or secular. If you bring Midichlorians into the equation that helps with the science part.
I'm gonna start my own sect called "Jacenism", where we don't have to follow the narrow dogmatic views of fundamentalist Jedism. Watch out fundies, we'll go all invisible to the force on your asses.
It already is...it's called Buddhism.
If there was a Star Wars bible, there should be a public apology for the prequels in the beginning.
That would be tantamount to the papacy apologizing for atrocities it explicitly or implicitly caused.
We can't have that.

May the Force be with You, Jennifer.

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