What Religion Will Replace Religion

I often watch YouTube videos by a national celebrity among people who live in their vehicles. He often alludes to his own “spirituality” . It turns out he shares to one degree or another the views of Governor Jerry Brown and former VP Al Gore. It is called a form of neo-druidism. This was discussed recently in the Orange County Register. A 20 minute video that expands on druidism is here.

I bit of neo-druidism I have picked up is about balance between bad times in one’s life and good times. There is a balance that is sought by the nature of things. Bad events are the source of good events. There are spiritual forces that bring these two into balance. They do not, however, involve a sky god.

Druidism is a nature-based faith not so unlike paganism and other earth religions. Because weather and nature have cycles the concept of cycles is applied to all of life. The earth experiences drought and massive rain and snow. Then it reverses and as we would say today, returns to the mean.

Indigenous peoples’ religions were earth based. It only makes sense because humans stay alive today from food produced by the earth. Druidism takes the cycles of nature and tells us our bad times are laying the foundation for good times ahead.

To me the messages of earth religions seems to have more staying power than those of sky gods. Only time will tell if they return to their former prominence.

10 Responses

  1. Call it what you wish, Jon, but everyone has their own religion, in a very real sense. Your religion is on display daily in this blog. Since this blog offers no hope for an explanation of our earthly existence or of an afterlife, I truly do feel sorry for you.

    1. Matt 9:26 Since this blog offers no hope for an explanation of our earthly existence or of an afterlife, I truly do feel sorry for you.

      It is true I do not make up fictional explanations as to our earthly existence and I offer no hope for an afterlife. This is because no one has come up with any reason to believe in such fantasy. Those of us who do not believe in the fictional tales of religion seem quite happy, though it is impossible to prove non believers are happier than believers.

      I don’t believe in earth religions any more than I believe in sky religions. It just seems like the earth religions are older and have at their base something that brings together the observable and the unobservable in a more attractive way than do sky religions.

      Earth religions have plants and animals people can see and harvest. Sky religions, such as yours, have only invisible gods and places.

      1. Chuck Z

        “It is true I do not make up fictional explanations as to our earthly existence”

        Do you have an explanation? Fictional or not?

    2. unregenerate

      Matt 1.7.2018 @ 9:26 pm

      “Call it what you wish, Jon, but everyone has their own religion, in a very real sense.”

      So a multiplicity of religions may unify under one god. Let us take it further and imagine there is at least one god for every believer. A personal god at hand in “a very real sense” if one chooses. A return to a robust polytheism where each individual has the power to create and tailor their deity(s) to meet their own unique spiritual needs. I think it occurs surreptitiously under the noses of organized religions anyway. Why not break free of worn out specious covenants. It’s time.

      1. unregenerate 5:17 I think it occurs surreptitiously under the noses of organized religion anyway.

        I agree. The Bible allows an almost unending variations in interpretation. The average believe says, “God believes pretty much the same things I believe.”

        1. Juan Ruiz

          “The Bible allows an almost unending variations in interpretation. ”

          The interpretations begin right at the get-go, with the translation. Which is nothing more than an opinion of what the text says.

  2. Dennis

    It seems as though the next religion and god has already been selected. It seems the new god is money, The pursuit is similar to that of hermits seeking the ultimate truth. Fewer people concern themselves with civilization as a whole than they do for their “tribe.” Wealthy people are given more credibility than educated people. The new god and religion has already been established.

    1. Dennis 10:19 According to this link, the Bible refers to money 800 times directly and 2,000 time indirectly. Yet, denominations are splitting over what? No, not money. Sex.

      People of faith like money. It’s better to condemn people about their sex lives than about their money.

  3. Juan Ruiz

    ” the Bible refers to money 800 times directly and 2,000 time indirectly.”

    And generally in a negative light. But you prepare your sermon based on the choir you are preaching to. And when the bulk of proto-Christianity is made up of the dregs of society without a drachma in their pocket, poverty is going to be a virtue.

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