blackeyedbutch wrote:...it still teaches basic principals which, while very loose, are still guidlines for life, making it a real religious lifestyle.
Except that, central to Pastafarian belief, the religion is recognized as a joke. We treat it as real when we are competing with Intelligent Design, for the purpose of demonstrating that cause and correlation are not always practical, and that religious considerations in lieu of science are arbitrary and useless. And the religion remains a protest of ID through lampoon. Actually embracing the FSM negates the entire concept behind Pastafarianism.
blackeyedbutch wrote:and Wiccan started long before 1920 but the name wiccan came into existance around than it is a branch from druidism, but states that the goddess isn't the mother nature herself and is a being above worldly conprehension, or something like that. I hear this from one of my firends everyday who comes from a wiccan family
Again, this is not the case of Wicca. Wicca is the specific religion as promoted by Gardner, which came into existence in the 20th century. It fed off the principles of pagan worship and witchcraft.
Wicca is the name that was given to the belief system and the methodology of magick and worship. The beliefs are nothing new, and were central to worshiping before the advent of Christianity. Wicca was created to make pagan worship more valid. And, yes, the claim goes that it is an 'olde religion,' but the work of one Philip Heselton, a Wiccan himself, provides for Wicca is a rehash of rituals practiced as an 'olde religion.' Other Wiccans prefer to state that it is such a religion in order to suggest a timelessness of belief, as is suggested by most other established religions.
The situation is synonymous with the Unitarian Universalists. UUism is not an old religion, and we'll admit this at any point in time. It's true: UUism was produced by a merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church in America in 1961. It's ridiculous to pretend otherwise. However, our ministers make the point that our foundations lie in the actions of Martin Luther, since the essential premises of unitarianism did actually arise soon following the church schism. So our ideas are old, but our religion is new.