Feel the force has become a rather tired cliche. But behind it is a New Age mysticism similar to many of the holistic ideas that emerged in the 1960s and 70s. The Force is what gives a Jedi his power, says Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Alec Guinness, who initiates young men into Jedi tradition. Its an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. Jediism permits people to have more than one religion. But Day-Childs having spent time looking at other faiths found Jediism was the only one that fitted him. Its an actual religion, not just about fandom. At its absolute core its about helping people. Unlike many older faiths, there is no divine being. He feels that the ancient religions are losing relevance. But because Jediism embraces technology and science it appeals to a new audience. The Anglican Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker, says Jediism is another way that people look to give meaning to their lives. Unlike the metaphysical religions, which have an element of God and speak to something beyond others look to a code for living, like Jediism. Like a lot of codes for living, he suspects that Jediism aims for people to live happier, more fulfilling lives - and also contain an element of altruism. The Jedi belief system is a patchwork quilt of Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism and Samurai, says Singler. Often the ideas offer a simple dualism of good and evil, light and dark. Fear is the path to the dark side, Yoda tells Anakin Skywalker. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you. 2011 England and Wales census: 176,632 people answered Jediism to the question, What is your religion?
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