Open Source Religion
Open Source Religion Manifesto
Open Source Religion is a framework on which belief systems are built or preserved by power of Belief Modularity.
Belief Modularity is the understanding that beliefs may be adopted from all sources, edited by the right information, or deleted when in disservice to your core values.
Open Source Religion supports all beliefs and no beliefs. It should operate as a framework, as transparent as possible, and existing solely to provide users with better decision making.
Users of Open Source Religion have found the following to be valuable:
Beliefs may be adopted from any source. Beliefs may be adopted, edited, or deleted when presented with the right information.
Truth & Alignment
Open Source Religion is a method in which belief systems find more truth and alignment with the user.
Purposeful Belief System Creation
Beliefs can be either religious or non-religious. The belief that the color red represents love is a non-religious belief.
Preservation of Ancient Belief Systems
It is important to gain Belief Modularity because when an authority figure makes a mistake, millions can 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 fight for the integrity and preservation of your religion.
More important than it may sound. An open framework means that a single belief system may house beliefs from across religions (eg: salvation and karma).
Customization and experimentation is encouraged in order to give the user the freedom to better themselves.
A mindset ready to integrate new beliefs as needed (religious or non-religious) without compromising Core Beliefs.
Non Open Source
Straying from principles, practice, or even wording can result in negative feedback from peers within same religion.
Why is Open Source Religion Important?
Open Source Religion provides an opportunity to clarify, organize, and evolve the natural human habit of culminating beliefs inside and outside a religious context. 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. This is a gross oversight of one the most important aspects of the human experience – the very way we individually experience life.
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 OSR has been evolving through time and how far it has come.
Empathy and Unification
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 labels and you start seeing them as someone who has chosen, like you, a unique compilation of Belief Modules for very personal reasons. It’s very difficult not to have understanding and empathy for someone once you see this.
With Open Source Religion you don’t need to change what you believe, you need only to believe that you can change. If religions were represented by colors, Open Source Religion would be transparent.
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.
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 religions, 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.
Jefferson Bible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible Considered blasphemous by most people at the time. Jefferson felt that the current homogenous “bubble” of Christianity did not suit his own beliefs. In religious heterogeneity you’ll notice a number of different abilities added to the spiritual toolbox such as belief adoption, belief evolution, cross-religious adoption, and in the case of Jefferson, deletion. Without the Open Source Religion approach, Jefferson would be confined only to the beliefs presented to him, no more no less.