Выпуск 21 – Let’s talk religions!

Religions are systems of belief that have developed and evolved over time in response to different eternal mysteries, driven by the feeling that some questions can only be answered by faith and based on the intuition that there is something greater than ourselves. We are all familiar with Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism to some extent. However, this is only the top of the iceberg. 

 

1. Jediism

    • Jediism is based on the observance of the Force, described as “the ubiquitous and metaphysical power” that a Jedi believes to be the underlying, fundamental nature of the universe
    • Jedi don’t believe in a god, having faith instead “in the Force, and in the inherent worth of all life within it” 
    • The definition of Jediism states the religion is an “inspiration and a way of life” 

2. Pastafarianism

    • They believe that Pirates were the original Pastafarians and that they were peaceful explorers (the lack of them right now is the reason for the global warming)
    • There’s a Beer Volcano and Stripper Factory in Heaven
    • Their “God” is a Flying Spaghetti Monster who is a “complex carbohydrate based entity” consisting of willowy eye stalks, 2 Lange meatballs and pasta

3. Scientology

    • Scientology addresses the spirit – not the body or mind – and believes that Man is far more than a product of his environment, or his genes
    • Fundamental truths:
      • Man is an immortal spiritual being
      • His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime
      • His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized
    • Scientology further holds Man to be basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe

The examples listed above are just a few out of hundreds and there’s no end of ideas and people forming entirely new movements. 

 

Written by: The Youth English Club team: Artem, Andrei, Greta, Violetta, Zhenya

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