Religion at One with Science
‘Deiwos’ [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊], a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word, is the world’s oldest identifiable word for ‘god’. Being plural as well, ‘Deiwos’ is the name given to the collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped in the modern Pagan religion called Perístanom [pɛrˈistɑnɔm 🔊].
Perístanom is a spiritual path offering naturalistic explanations to support traditionally supernatural beliefs. It provides a basis for religious faith without invoking any hidden plane of existence. Rather, it endeavors to be a religion compatible with science, a metaphysics in accord with physics. The assertions herein made about physical reality will seem fantastic, yet they are everywhere consonant with established fact.
Perístanom 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.
Perístanom asserts that a multitude of gods exists (polytheism), that these gods communicate with each one of us through our dreams and visions (revelation), and that they will in the distant future assume physical form (incarnation).
Perístanom insists that every physical entity possesses a spiritual essence (animism), regarding consciousness as a primordial feature of all things (panpsychism). It proposes that the final state of the universe shapes its evolution (teleology), and that the divine pervades and transcends the cosmos (panentheism).
Perístanom, meaning ‘the religion’, 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.
Perístanom 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 repudiated.
In keeping with its primeval origins and progressive aspirations, Perístanom 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.
A follower of Perístanom is called a Soqjós [sɔkwˈjos 🔊, m.], a Soqjá [sɔkwˈja 🔊, f.], or a Soqjóm [sɔkwˈjom 🔊, n.]. The words mean ‘follower’ or ‘ally’, (cf. comrade).
Perístanom 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.
“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)
“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)
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