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Discordianism as Liquid Religion - Mäkelä & Petsche, Cult. & Rel., 14(4):411-423

Started by Zenpatista, May 11, 2021, 09:08:56 PM

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"Serious parody: Discordianism as liquid religion" by Mäkelä & Petsche, Cult. & Rel., 14(4):411-423

The second link has a better chance of having the full text. The first may work better for people with library access.

It's a short article. It does a good job of describing my experience as a Discordian. The whole business of this "religion" - it's a parody - or is it? No, seriously, it's a joke.

But the more you look into it, the more there is to seriously laugh about. Horrormirth, GRINs and all.

Liquid Religion refers to the infusing of sacred concepts and actions into the behavior of otherwise non-religious people. The concept of 'liquid religion' is enticing. The idea seems to be that religiosity seeps through the cracks or that elements of worship or gathering in faith are useful and enlightening for atheists or people from different faiths.


I'm friends with her on Facebook but haven't had a chance to read her paper. Neat, thanks.
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I had never heard the term "Liquid Religion" prior to reading this topic.

Upon reading the article/paper, I found the following ideas interesting:

1.) "Solid Religion versus Liquid Religion"

2.) "Religious authority has shifted from institutions and religious leaders to personal experience. In solid modernity the ideal is centred on belonging to an institution. This solid notion has been transformed in liquid religion, where consumption behaviours (or believing without belonging), are central."

3.) "People are now aware of a range of religious options, and thus abandon certain options knowingly. This results in eclecticism, here understood as reluctance to commit oneself to a specific tradition. Taira argues that the choices an individual makes within liquid religion are based on affectivity: if something gives a person good 'vibes', it is accepted as a part of their identity. Taira argues that affective relations are at the core of liquid religiosity (Taira 2006, 45–47). Authority has been transferred from religious leaders and institutions to the individual, where one's own experiences and needs shape one's religious life and beliefs."

4.) "It would also be valuable to build on this study by conducting qualitative interviews with Discordians on a much larger scale, in order to expand the data base for scholarly analysis of 'parody religions' (Chidester 2005) and their relationship with traditional religions."

I agree it would be great to expand this study to a larger, international group of Discordians, as the sample size utilized was small, and restricted to one country.  Still, I found this article/paper to be insightful, and a worthwhile read.


In the past, and for many countries in the present, the State determined the religion of the masses, using threats of death or force to maintain Order. 

In Confucianism, there is this idea of Public Rites and Private Rites.  Something decentralized like Discordianism is balanced almost entirely to Private Rites.  In contrast, the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church are balanced towards Public Rites with some admonishing towards Private Rites.