In mid-2001, 124,224 Australians and New Zealanders told their national censuses that their religion was "Jedi," which reflected both their love of the Star Wars movies and their rejection of "organized religion." "It was a way of saying to traditional churches, 'You're not providing what we want,'" Chris Brennan, director of the Star Wars Appreciation Society of Australia, told Wired News. But, Wired reported, Star Wars proved a false religion. Fan clubs have dried up, and sites like JediFaith.com and JediReligion.com have disappeared. "The latest Lucas film has put a muffle on many people who might want to pursue the Jedi religion," says Jedi Faith's Peter Rohr.
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This summer, Douglas LeBlanc reviewed the most recent movie and looked at how the Jedi confront evil. For CT movie reviews, see our Film archive and also our Film Forum area, a weekly roundup of what Christian critics are saying about new and noteworthy movies.
In the March/April issue of Christianity Today sister publication Books & Culture, professor and writer Telford Work examined the reactions of fans to Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
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