Interestingly put on the whole affair Bob; made me realise that I've been agnostic my entire life without really putting a label on my beliefs. Which is rather ironic, as that alone, (not putting a label on it) basically IS agnostic belief.
Dam it! You had such a good thing going and then... Reality set in
Mediclorians are lame, but they're still better than thetons
Catholic school? My (non-denominational, existential deity) Man!
You've still got quite a few points left on the deviant meter if you ask me.
You know who else went to Catholic School?
<spoiler= THIS GUY>
The reason I refuse to recognise Jedi as a religion personally is that I'm not convinced that those did it do so out of genuine belief in the concept of Jedi as a religion instead of just doing it to say "look at us! we made Jedi our religion! aren't we clever!" and as such I refuse to indulge them.
Actually the philosophers have had a pretty static perception of what the term 'God' means (refering to Bobs comment on humans perception of gods changing over the course of history). The premises is actually more than 2000 years old.
Why do I mention this? Because philsophers or people with a certain degree of philosophical knowledge seem to be the only people who work on the question on higher metaphysical entities on a rational level. I rarely see anyone from any church do it and amny of the atheist community that writes books on the subject lacks knowledge on metaphysical analysis.
And about the latter half of the episode, although many younger philosophers would probably find the ideas cool, but if one where to show up everyone would sigh: "another scientolgy-church!"
I don't think the modern world could accept a new religion in massive numbers unless it was founded on a modern day miracle. For example, if someone claimed to be a healer and then suddenly made good on his claim by healing a dozen cancer patients, there would be thousands of people that would rush to worship his patron.