Thursday, September 24, 2009


It has been called the "slowest-growing religion in the world", but what is Dudeism?

Dudeism is a religion whose primary objective is to promote a philosophy and lifestyle represented by the character of "the Dude" in the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski.
An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness and practices as little as possible, the Dudeist belief system is essentially a modernized form of Taoism.

The Church of the Latter-Day Dude was founded in 2005 by Oliver Benjamin, a journalist based in Los Angeles, California and Chiang Mai, Thailand and launched its official publication, The Dudespaper, in the fall of 2008.
The Dudeist holy book, The Tao Dude Ching went online in July 2009. It is a reinterpretation of the Tao Te Ching using dialogue and story elements from The Big Lebowski.
The Dudeist worldview has existed since the beginnings of civilization, primarily to correct societal tendencies towards aggression and excess.

I, myself, am an ordained Dudeist priest.

Below is a short film exploring the "religion". The 60 second clip was made as a part of Volkswagen's continued support of independent cinema.


Jimmy said...

Is this like Peter Griffin's curch of the fonz?

alfred said...

Pretty much.
Let us Aaaayyy.

Kinda funny tho,the toughest guy in their city was a 135-pound, 5'6" Jewish Yale grad... Happy Days indeed.