Become An Inventor

Some of you may have seen this challenge, but just in case …

If You Could Invent A Religion, What Would It Look Like?

The lead line is: “If you could start a new religion that would change the world for the better, what would it look like?”

From my perspective, the problem with this question is the word “religion.” To many (most?) people, religion is associated with Christianity. Although the article uses the words “new” religion, I tend to think most Christians would simply try to offer what they might consider a “better” version of their faith.

Further, the word religion itself is defined as “A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; An institution to express belief in a divine power.”

However, I will concede the sponsors of the contest did expand the question thus:

Imagine a religion or philosophy that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force of good. Design a new philosophy to live our lives, a framework for a new belief system — or a reimagining of an existing one.

(Emphasis mine)

So, using the more expanded version — and just for fun (sorry, I can’t match the reported $5000 being offered for the “winning” suggestion) — what would your invention look like?

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29 thoughts on “Become An Inventor

  1. It has to be built on Scott Adams’ God’s Debris idea. From a social/political/scientific/cultural perspective it has the capacity to produce quite wonderful results, and importantly, would be self-disciplining.

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      • Of course… not, Nan. 🙂

        In the realm of new religions / cults, Scientology is an unparalleled success:

        “As religious zealots, Scientologists exceed any that have gone before. They have not simply a deep faith that theirs is The Way. They can present a comprehensible whole; an all-embracing answer to many of the problems that beset humanity (Vosper, 1997).”

        http://www.strippingthegurus.com/stgsamplechapters/scientology.html

        If I were a bats*** crazy narcissistic sociopath with a penchant for sci-fi and New Age claptrap and/or any religiously-flavored power trips, Scientology would be my template, for sure. Too bad Ronnie Hubbard beat me to it. (Also: I don’t fit the personality profile.)

        Though, in all seriousness, should there be a Hubbard 2.0, or anyone similar — and I suspect there are “qualified” candidates out there, and maybe even closer than we think — he (because it would most likely be a he) would have no trouble finding scores of eager followers.

        Human gullibility — particularly in spiritual matters, but not only — is bottomless. One only needs to lack a conscience to exploit it to one’s full satisfaction, including financial and sexual, and everlasting glory.

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        • Now in total seriousness (because the first one was indeed a flippant response):

          I do not believe religion of any sort — and that includes any and all cultish belief systems that indoctrinate humans to specific ideologies which require them to suspend their own thinking and judgment — can make the world a better place. On the contrary, as evidence shows.

          That said, zealotry-free secular humanism gets my nod of approval.

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        • Nan doesn’t know you as some of the rest of us who’ve known you from other sites, and know not to take your Scientology comment seriously.

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        • Yes, Arch, I do think I know her. At least somewhat, as I’ve been reading several of her comments here and there. I like her outlook!

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        • I agree! That’s why I pointed out they did include a “philosophy.” If it had just been “religion,” there is absolutely NO … I repeat, NO … religion that can make this world a better place.

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        • I agree, of course.

          What do you think of spiritual beliefs as such? (I’ve not read your book, so I don’t know where you’ve ended up in your quest away from Christianity.)

          Even though I am against organized religion, I cannot deny the psychological and social benefits of *some* spiritual and religious beliefs in individual people’s lives. There are instances where such beliefs genuinely and undeniably help some folks become better people and live happier and/or more productive lives.

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        • It’s complicated. I explain it in the last chapter of my book and I’ve also talked about it a little in at least one of my posts. I don’t believe in god but I’m not quite an atheist. Like I said …it’s complicated. 😕

          I’m not sure I can see ANY benefit in religion, but some do gain benefits from the general aspects of spirituality. Of course it depends on one’s definition of the word.

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        • I think, Nan, the reason for that is that to qualify as a religion, there is required the quality of the supernatural, otherwise it’s just a philosophy, and that takes things out of our hands. If the world is ever improved, it’s up to us, not some ethereal boogy-man/woman/thing.

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  2. Well, like most theists, I like my religion best, after all that’s why I thought it up! Let’s see, major principles include a concept of Divinity as being both female and male, although there are a few branches that don’t consider Divine as including men, but most of us are more tolerant than that. Evenly spaced out holidays so that you don’t have to go nuts trying to celebrate too many too close together, ours are about 6 weeks give or take a little apart and instead of being based on some “great man’s” life story, they are based on solid astronomy, the Solstices and Equinoxes and the 4 cross quarter days in between each of them. Oh, and there’s also a very important 9th holiday that you can celebrate whenever you need a holiday called Moosemas. It celebrates the Horned God in His aspect as Bullwinkle. Sex is limited to consenting adults. Marriages are usually started off with a year and a day handfasting at the end of which the members of the marriage can decide how they want to continue. Any adult can become clergy usually by study, there is no central administration although there is a very loose national group called Covenant of the Goddess. Morality is based on the concept of non-harm: “An it harm none, do as thou wilt” No heaven or hell (except what we make for ourselves here in this life). After death a time of reflection, greeting those who have gone on first, and new life planning in what is referred to as the Summerland. (Easy to see that many of these ideas came from peoples who lived about 40 deg. north or more). Note the inclusion of the idea of reincarnation (Christians don’t get to, Hindus and Buddhists have to and Witches get to… come back) By the way, that non-harm clause is a lot tougher to live with than you might imagine, think about it for a minute or two.
    Since the May First holiday is definitely one concerning returning life and great sex, one of my favorite customs is the April Pre-Beltane Ladies’ Lingerie Party (usually co-ed inspite of the name).
    As for morality, each of us is responsible for what we do in life, no vicarious atonements, no saviors and no salvation. You can’t save what wasn’t wasted in the first place.

    It’s fun, has lots of room for both silliness and deep thinking. No fear, no threats, no angry gods, and no need to try and legislate anything into public law — well, maybe a nice stiff anti-littering law. Lots of room for love not just for your immediate family but for everybody.

    You can easily see why the mainstream religions don’t like us at all…..

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