“Fictional and Constructed Religions”

Blogger Yvonne Aburrow writes:

Constructed religions, whatever their origins, suggest that there is a need not filled by pre-existing religions, and offer new ideas, stories, and rituals. Many of them focus on environmental concerns. Parody religions perform the very important function of preventing religion from taking itself too seriously – but if they are well-constructed, they often put people in contact with the numinous and the sacred anyway.

If it looks like a religion, behaves like a religion, and performs all the functions of a religion, then it’s a religion, whether you approve of it or not.