In Possamai (2005), I write about the interrelation between religion and popular culture. Different cases are explored. [...] The Star Wars movies have led to the creation of an Internet Spirituality; Jediism. The same applied to the Matrix trilogy and Matrixism.
2006, Matthew Kapell, John Shelton Lawrence, Finding the force of the Star wars franchise: fans, merchandise, & critics, illustrated edition, Peter Lang, ISBN9780820463339, page 106:
We embrace Jediism as a real living, breathing way of life, and sincerely strive to seek out and emulate real life examples of Jediism in the long rich history of mankind.
2008, Basia Spalek, Religion, spirituality and the social sciences: challenging marginalisation, The Policy Press, ISBN9781847420411, page 31:
The 'spiritual' revolution outside of an organized religion has been strong in Australia. Cases in point are [...] hyper-real religions (that is, religions such as Jediism and Matrixism created from popular culture by individuals)[...]
2009, Adam Possamai, Sociology of Religion for Generations X and Y, Equinox Publishing (Indonesia), ISBN9781845533045:
It also addresses new religious phenomena such as the mixing of religion and popular culture on the Internet as found in new groups such as Jediism and Matrixism.
Except for five-year-olds and certain adults with the mental capacity of five-year-olds, you will not meet many people who believe that the movie Star Wars is an accurate depiction of our universe. [...] Nonetheless, George Lucas fans have campaigned repeatedly for Jediism to be accepted as an official religion.
Jediism and Matrixism embrace the notion that the values depicted in cinematic science fiction are more ‘real’ and can provide a more meaningful basis for life than existing ‘real life’ religions, and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster protests against the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to allow the teaching of Intelligent Design (repackaged creationism) as an alternative to Darwinian evolutionary theory in high schools.