In most matters “of this world,” it’s all about “winners and losers.” “Winners” are lauded and celebrated. At best, “losers” are lamented and, at worst, forgotten.
Consider the state of religion in the United Kingdom.
When it comes to the battle of faith in the British Isles, the Anglican Communion is surely a big-time loser.
But, if the Anglican Communion is losing, who’s winning?
Yes, indeed, it’s the Jedi Knights!
The Jedi’s “Star Wars Credo” is on the rise…making it the seventh most popular religion on the British Isles.
According to an article in The Telegraph, the 2011 census indicates that 176, 632 citizens of England and Wales self-identified as Jedi Knights. The Jedi now constitute 0.31% of all people’s stated religious affiliation in England and Wales. Excluding non-religious people and those who did not answer, only Christianity (in aggregate), Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism rank higher.
However, it looks like even the Jedi’s are losers, too. In the 2001 census, 390,127 people self-identified as followers of the fiction. That’s a 54% decline in only one decade.
One potential future winner may be the religion of Heavy Metal. The 2011 census indicates that 6,242 people on the British Isles subscribe to its credo, roughly 21% of the total number of people self-identifying as Atheists. Then, too, it may be those who checked the “No Religion” box will end up being the really big winners in the future. 13.8 million citizens of the British Isles professed no credo in 2011.
Jedi’s. Heavy Metal. Atheists. Agnostics. “Religions” of this world.
Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31).
Now, there’s the all-time winner because his words are not of this world.
To read the article in The Telegraph, click on the following link: