Open Source Religion

Imagine painting for years and never considering yourself an artist. At some point around the 1960’s people consciously began to cobble together their beliefs via numerous cultures, authorities, and religions instead of just the one they grew up with – rarely acknowledging the fact that they had become the architects of their beliefs. This was the beginning of Open Source Religion.

What is Open Source Religion?

Open Source Religion is when a Christian smudges a house with sage to drive away negative energy. It’s when an Atheist warns “karma can come back around to get ya.”. It’s when a child believes that red is the most powerful color. It is the idea that all beliefs (religious and non-religious) can be utilized to create a customized belief system for each person. It is also the idea that ‘proprietary’ belief systems such as popular religions can be utilized for specific beliefs instead of being forced to believe the entirety.

Because of this approach, OSR can be easily applied to both religious and non-religious people. 


Open Source Religion Manifesto

In a world where people unquestioningly accept the beliefs they are handed, conflict is inevitable. By accepting that we design our belief systems, we can accept that others do as well, and thus foster empathy, and understanding of others. The intention of Open Source Religion is to empower people across the world with the tools to change their own lives and their relationships with others.

Open Source Religion has but one tenet

Solum Axiom – “The Only Lesson”

You are the architect of your belief system.

One of the most significant findings in Psychology, in the last 20 years,

is that individuals can choose the way they think.

– Martin Seligman

With this tenet comes the acceptance that, given the proper experience or information, you can or will change your beliefs.

Open Source Religion therefor operates as a “belief system framework” which boasts no particular beliefs, and yet in which all beliefs are supported. It should be as transparent as possible, existing solely to provide users with better decision making. A skeleton to build whatever animal you desire. If religions were represented by colors, Open Source Religion would be transparent. only provides tools, in the form of philosophical theory, for people to use or discard as needed; and a hub for socializing.

With Open Source Religion you don’t need to change what you believe,

you need only to believe that you can change. 


What Has Been Built With Open Source Religion?

MyMythos is a fork of Open Source Religion. Meaning that it carries the same principal (the code) such as Solum Axiom but has also had other tools and features baked in, such as: Inner Space, archetypal anchors, personas, and others. The finished version will be like the Pinterest for beliefs in which users can create, share, discuss, and collect beliefs to their profile. This will foster community across every possible belief system, religious and non-religious.

Features of Open Source Religion

Belief System Editing

Belief systems may be changed at any time, given appropriate new information or experiences.

Belief Modularity

 Beliefs are viewed as modules to be adopted, edited, or deleted – building blocks of belief systems. Beliefs may be adopted from any source, religious and non-religious. Beliefs have parent/child relationships to one another.

Truth & Alignment

Open Source Religion is a method in which users may find more truth and alignment with their beliefs because of the flexibility of an OSR based belief system that can adjust to the user’s needs.

Polytheism Support

An open framework means that a single belief system may house beliefs from across religions. For example, person who believes in both Jesus and karma.

Preservation of Ancient Belief Systems

When a spiritual authority makes a mistake, millions may adopt it. By remaining flexible, you can remain true to your truth, your Christianity, your Atheism, your anything. By open sourcing your religion you are better equipped to maintain the integrity and preservation of your religion.

Belief System/Religion Creation

Belief systems both religious and non-religious may be designed and used. They may even be designed for specific purposes or facets of a person’s life as can be seen in the Multi-Layered Belief System Installation theory. 

Questions & Concerns


Doesn’t choosing what to believe destroy the power of belief?

First I’d like to address the other side of this coin: by NOT choosing what to believe, aren’t you subjecting yourself to the agendas of outside influence? By NOT choosing what to believe, aren’t you compromised by your own unchallenged beliefs? So this presents a choice with tradeoffs on either side – either do not conscientiously choose your beliefs in which case they may be a little stronger (for now) yet uncontrolled; or go ahead and choose your beliefs in which case they will begin weak but become strong later on and you will have great control over them.

But to answer the original question, It depends how good you are at belief. It’s an art form. Imagine someone who has chosen the bear as a spirit animal and who lives in a cabin, hunts their own food, lives off the land. This person has invested a great deal into their belief. It took them years to dive as deep into it as they have, and years more to master it. Furthermore, the brain is a malleable thing. If you show or tell it something long enough, it will begin to change. Immerse yourself in your new beliefs, see what happens. Change your mind, change your life.

The Idea That People Edit Their Own Belief Systems Is Nothing New.

True, even Thomas Jefferson heavily and famously edited his Bible 200 years ago. But the biggest ‘wave’ of this phenomena seemed to appear in the 1960’s.

The Ideas In OSR Are Obvious, Everyday Knowledge.

Some people know and utilize the ideas expressed here without ever knowing about Open Source Religion, this is true. However most people probably do not know about these principals, and for many people the ideas that we have such freedom of choice in our beliefs and can even purposefully create belief systems are very useful and can even change lives.

Master craftsmen are capable of incredible things, and even though almost anyone is capable of learning and doing these things, 99% of us would never know it was an option until we were shown or told we could.

Self help books have told people things they could have discovered themselves for hundreds of years, but they are still valuable because no single person can think of everything.

How do I practice Open Source Religion?

1. Accept the Solum Axiom.

2. Be watchful of your beliefs.

3. Edit your beliefs as you see fit.

Is Open Source Religion actually a religion?

Yes and no. Mostly no.

Religion is a belief system that is practiced, well, religiously. That can, more often than not, mean unquestioningly or inflexibly. OSR is quite different in that it encourages questioning and flexibility.

On the other hand it can utilized in deeply religious ways. One can always choose to adhere to their designed belief system with any amount of religiosity they choose.

Those who choose their beliefs using the Open Source Religion framework (be they from Abrahamic religions or not) do so because they have great conviction for believing them OR seeing the need for believing in them, and not just because those beliefs were handed down to them. These people have actively chosen their religion knowing fully well they are the architects of their beliefs.

Why is Open Source Religion Important?

Open Source Religion provides an opportunity to clarify, organize, and evolve our belief systems. We’ve spent centuries cataloging people, in primarily about a dozen popular labels (Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish, Wiccan, Spiritual, etc), all the while ignoring the far more accurate fact that people’s belief systems are customized, especially when you take into account non-religious beliefs (e.g. red represents power). This is a gross oversight of one the most important aspects of the human experience – our innate uniqueness.

We even see this trend within Proprietary Religions themselves. Saying someone is a Christian these days is like saying a dog is just a dog and neglecting the fact that there are thousands of breeds with different temperaments and builds. At some distant time in history perhaps anyone called “Christian” truly believed 99% the same things as the next Christian. That time has passed, and that level of homogeneity may never be seen again. It is through this lens that you will begin to see how long OSR has existed, how it has been evolving through time, and how far it has come.

How can it change the world?

Empathy is perhaps one of the only binding human experiences based in emotion that can bring two very different people together. When you approach someone from the perspective of OSR; you stop seeing them as someone who just is some stereotypical amalgamation of their culture and labels and you start seeing them as someone who has chosen, like you, a unique compilation of beliefs for very personal reasons, or as someone sadly uninformed of their power to choose. It’s very difficult not to have understanding and empathy for someone once you see this.

A community of Open Source Religion users helps you to self reflect on your belief system, module by module. Which modules create separation? Which create empathy? Which could be edited? Which contradict one another? Which create negativity?

It gives religious and non-religious people a single common ground on which to communicate.

The Future

Open Source Religion is the future of religion because its adoption has already come to pass. Billions today practice the art of OSR and will continue to interact with belief in ever more unique ways; we will continue to forge new, better belief systems, and the grindstone of time will continue to cleave new facets into the spiritual experience, giving old gems interesting new reflections.

The use of OSR is old, but addressing and utilizing it is quite new. It is the awareness and conscious use of OSR that will make a difference in the world.


Open Source Religion Theory

These are articles dedicated to theoretical ideas based on Open Source Religion principles stated in the Open Source Religion Manifesto.