Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

Living Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Mock Religions

  • Carole M. Cusack
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_559-1

Definition

A mock or parody religion usually takes one of two forms. The first is a fictional religion that highlights the deficiencies of existing religions, like Bokononism in the novel Cat’s Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut. The second form of mock religion is a deliberately created institution and belief that mimics in structure and content traditional religions such as Christianity. An example is the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, founded by Bobby Henderson to protest the teaching of “Intelligent Design” (creationism) in Kansas schools. The existence of mock religions is linked to the rise of secularism and atheism in modernity.

Introduction

Since the colonization of Latin America by Europeans in the sixteenth century, Catholicism has been the dominant, and only legitimate, form of religion. Until 1960, approximately 90% of the population was Catholic; the Pew Research Centre’s survey of November 2014 indicates that figure has fallen to 69%, with 19% now identifying as...

Keywords

Atheism Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Iglesia Maradoniana Mock religions Popular culture Secularism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia