Paganism at One with Science
‘Deiwos’ [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊], a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word, is the world’s oldest identifiable word for ‘god’.
Deiwism is a modern pagan religion, a spiritual path for those seeking naturalistic explanations to support traditionally supernatural beliefs. It endeavors to be a faith consistent with science, a metaphysics in accord with physics. The assertions herein made about physical reality may seem fantastical, yet they are everywhere compatible with established fact.
Deiwism celebrates and reveres all of life, however humble, as it continues to evolve into the far future, when mortals will become gods, when the creation will become the creator, when the cosmos will causally give rise to itself in an eternal cycle of rebirth.
Deiwism asserts that a multitude of gods exists (polytheism), and that these gods communicate with each one of us through our dreams and visions (revelation). It assumes that every physical entity possesses a spiritual essence (animism), regarding consciousness as a primordial feature of all things (panpsychism). It further asserts that the final state of the universe shapes its earlier evolution (teleology), and that the divine pervades and transcends the cosmos (panentheism).
Deiwism embraces all spiritual traditions of the world (interfaith), while it draws particular inspiration from three essential sources:
1. The Proto-Indo-European religion, a tradition of pagan beliefs flourishing six millennia ago on Asia’s Pontic-Caspian steppe, and tentatively reconstructed by scholars through the shared provenance of deities, rituals, and mythic stories of the descendant cultures.
2. The analytical psychology of Carl Jung, which describes a shared psychic anatomy of symbols and archetypes — a collective unconscious — common to all human beings, around the world and throughout history.
3. The Omega Point of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a metaphysical model proposing that the cosmos is guided by its creator through blind evolutionary processes to ever greater states of complexity and consciousness into the remote future, being drawn forward and ultimately joining with the divine.
By combining these three elements as never before, a unique religious faith emerges that is at once both old and new, both traditional and transbiological.
Deiwism strives to be congruous with contemporary science, yet not unduly limited by it. In our pursuit of knowledge, then, rationalism and empiricism are embraced, although skepticism is not. Indeed, because metaphysical belief is evidently natural to, and healthy for, the human animal, positivism and Occam’s razor are expressly rejected. Physical reality is ultimately deterministic, however, and so superstition is also rejected.
In keeping with its primeval origins and progressive aspirations, Deiwism promotes democracy, equality, diversity, pluralism, interdependence, community, mutuality, sustainability, and the natural and universal spirituality of humankind — as well as the simple values of life, love, truth, peace, and faith.
Deiwism adopts the obscure language of the Proto-Indo-Europeans of the ancient past, applies that language (wherever possible) to the key archetypal symbols of modern depth psychology, and in turn applies those symbols to the speculative physics and cosmology of the far distant future.
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