The Jedi Knights were peacemakers; that was the nature of their order and the dictate of their creed. For thousands of years they had served the Republic, a constant source of stability and order in a changing universe. Founded as a theological and philosophical study group so far back that its origins were the stuff of myth, the Jedi had only gradually become aware of the presence of the Force. Years had been spent in its study, in contemplation of its meaning, in mastery of its power. Slowly the order had evolved, abandoning its practice of and belief in a life of isolated meditation in favor of a more outward-looking commitment to social responsibility. Understanding the Force sufficiently to master its power required more than private study. It required service to the greater community and implementation of a system of laws that would guarantee equal justice for all. That battle was not yet won. It probably never would be. But the Jedi Knights would not see it lost for lack of trying.
In the time of Qui-Gon Jinn, ten thousand Jedi Knights in service to the Republic carried on the struggle each day of their lives in a hundred thousand different worlds spread across a galaxy so vast it could hardly be comprehended.
This reads almost like a list of what the church could look like in its best application:
...peacemakers; that was the nature of their order and the dictate of their creed...Founded as a theological and philosophical study group...a more outward-looking commitment to social responsibility...service to the greater community and implementation of a system of laws that would guarantee equal justice for all...carried on the struggle each day of their lives in a hundred thousand different worlds...It should come as little surprise that there are is a discussion about Jedi as a faith on Beliefnet, a leading religion community website. It is interesting to note that, while probably not that seriously, 390,000 people listed Jedi as their religion on the 2001 UK census.
All joking aside, I find a lot of legitimacy in the truths of the Jedi order. That is not to say we should all pick up lightsabers and start flying around in spaceships (though that would be pretty awesome!). I recognize that it is fiction, and that it's not Christianity, but it's pretty amazing, or at least fascinating, when art collides with faith in ways that make us think anew about what is going on in the real world. I wonder if George Lucas is trying to tell us religious folks something...
If you're still curious about people taking it to the extreme, check out Jedi Church, which says on their doctrine page:
The basic concepts and ideals of the Jedi religion were introduced by the fictional Star Wars movies. However, these concepts were quickly and readily recognized by many people throughout the world as being a religion that they could more readily ascribe to than traditional religions.There is also the Jediism Way, and the Jedi Sanctuary.