A United Church of Christ Pastor who also teaches comparative religion divides up her class into teams and has them invent new religions. She tells them all religions had to start somewhere.
What her students come up with reflects, one would guess, comtemporary thinking about what they want from a religion. It differs from conventional wisdom of older generations.
One characteristic of the religions they design is the lack of preachers/preists. Since their teacher is also a preacher, I can imgine a little disappointment on this. Students don’t see a need for instruction on something they can decide for themselves.
Along with that, as one would expect, the “new” religions do not meet every week. Time is better spent elsewhere apparently.
Then, there is the matter of hell. The see the concept of hell as too judgemental, the very thing they want to avoid in the religions they design.
Their religions sound encouraging, not discouraging. They focus on eastern concepts of meditation and self fulfillment.
The professor asked them what would happen to a person who did not follow their religion’s principles, would not there be some consequences? The answer is there would would not, the wayward would simply move on to another religion. If they were unhappy there, they would be welcomed back.
The invented religions students come up with no doubt reflect values that are comtemporary. One has to think established religions reflect the values of a previous time.