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 offering 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, in all of its vital diversity. The web of life will continue to evolve into the far future, when mortals will become gods, when the creation will become the creator, when the cosmos will causally generate 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:
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 — formally called Perístanom [pɛrˈistɑnɔm 🔊] (the religion) — 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.
“It seems as though something much greater than us is trying to come into being, trying to grow toward perfection. Something greater than us, but also something of which we are part. Perhaps this ‘something’ is God.”
— Andrew Bard Schmookler, from ‘The Strength of Weakness’, in Out of Weakness: Healing the Wounds that Drive Us to War, (Andrew Bard Schmookler, Bantam, 1988, pp. 84-85)
“As nearly as I can concentrate on the question today, I believe I am God; certainly you are; I think we intelligent beings on this planet are all a piece of God, are becoming God. In some sort of cyclical non-time thing we have to become God, so that we can end up creating ourselves, so that we can be in the first place.”
— Gene Roddenberry, from ‘God & Roddenberry’, in God &, (Terrance A. Sweeney, Winston Press, 1985, p. 11)
“I don’t see any conflict between science and religion. Religion has to accept the science of the day and penetrate it to the mystery. The conflict is between the science of 2000 B.C. and the science of 2000 A.D.”
— Joseph Campbell, from The Hero’s Journey, (Joseph Campbell, New World Library, 1990, p. 43)
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