Open source religion

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Open source religions attempt to employ open source methodologies in the creation of religious belief systems. (LATimes) As such, their systems of beliefs are created through a continuous process of refinement and dialogue among the believers themselves. In comparison to traditional religions - which are considered authoritarian, hierarchical, and change-resistant - they emphasize participation, self-determination, decentralization, and evolution. Followers see themselves as part of a more generalized |open source movement, which does not limit itself to software, but applies the same principles to other organized, group efforts to create human artifacts. (LATimes see: [1] Divine Inspiration From the Masses by Charles Piller).

Among the first examples of this movement, Yoans (followers of a religion called Yoism [2]) claim that their version of open source religion does not have allegiance to any spiritual guide, rather the sense of authority emerges from the group via consensus. [3] Taking 'yo' off the street and into church

Another early example, in 2001, Douglas Rushko organized the first Reboot Summit that took place in "The object of the game, for me, was to recontextualize Judaism as an entirely Open Source proposition." Open Source religionThe publication of Rushkoff's book, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, [4] in 2003 spawned the creation of the Open Source Judaism movement. Open Source Judaism, in turn, has spawned other open source projects, such as the Open Source Haggadah.Open Source Haggadah

By 2005, a number of other attempts to form open source religions began to take form, for example, The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, [5] and Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis.


  • [6] Open Source Everywhere on the explosion of open source collaboration notes the existence of "open source projects in law and religion."
  • [7] on the relationship between human liberation and Internet-based open source innovations, with a specific reference to open source religions