Virtual knights and synthetic worlds: Jediism in second life

Farley, Helen Sara (2017) Virtual knights and synthetic worlds: Jediism in second life. In: Fiction, invention, and hyper-reality: from popular culture to religion. Routledge Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abdingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 134-147. ISBN 978-1-4724-6302-9

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Almost every manifestation of religion finds expression in the virtual world of Second Life. Established religions have a presence; for example, Epiphany Cathedral is home to Anglicans in the virtual world (Hutchings, 2011). Geographically dispersed adherents gather for communion, Bible study and regular services. Those manifestations of the numinous bordering on religion, depending on the definition employed, can be found in every corner. Freemasonic temples abound and all the paraphernalia that go with those mysterious rituals can be bought from the Second Life Marketplace (Farley, 2010). There are some religions that only find expression in this virtual space. There are all manner of temples, churches, sacred grottoes, simulated stone circles and the opportunity for religious pilgrimage. Some of these expressions can be seen as virtual missionary activity, taking religion to a new frontier. Some religion in virtual worlds is just for fun: people trying a new religion on for a while and trying on the trappings for size.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version depsoted, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 07:04
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 07:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jediism, Star Wars, religion and popular culture, religion and society
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9781315582283

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