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Heretical Poetry

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My favorite quote is, "The heretic is the savior of religion from itself." I made it. It's one of those things that you come up with and it seems so profound you are amazed you were able to think of it at all.


Interesting story ideas are always popping into my head. This one came in odd little fragments, so it seemed that it may be best in the form of verse instead of prose. I have my doubts about that, but alas, here we are. Let's take a look at a first version. (I was looking through various myths along with the insane poetry of E. E. Cummings and Bukowski when I thought of this.)

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One day
God went to see his father,
"Why am I?" he asked.
"You are
to make sense of the world." said the man.

Two day
Man went to see his father,
"Why am I?" he asked.
"You are
to make sense of the world." said God.

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It's pretty good. I think it will probably blow some people's current models of the world. It's…

Creating a Creation Myth

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Good religions usually have a good creation myth.


Let's look at what I've written today, then we'll look at some of my thoughts and edits.

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In the beginning there was God, and God alone.

Desiring more than self, God created a seed, and planted the seed of existence in the vast soil of chaos.

The seed grew and blossomed. More seeds came forth. More growth, more blossoms.

As God looked upon creation sadness arose, and a single tear fell.

The tear was both the seed and soil of life.

From life more life emerged.

Each time life emerged into a new blossom, and so was changed by existence, and changed existence.

From this change emerged Other, made from change, and made to change.

Other saw God, and God was not alone.

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I wanted to cover the creation of the universe and the creation of mankind, and the awakening of consciousness.

I wanted the growth to be organic rather than some type of mechanical creation.

I wanted to show the idea of figure and ground,…

God, the Other, and the Self; Or, The Emergent Concept of God; Or, The Re-Creation of the Self Through the Discovery and Conceptualization of God; Or, The God Without and the God Within

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Where does the basic idea of God emerge from? And why?


First, let's look at God without.

Philosopher George Herbert Mead came up with the idea of the generalized other. It's the idea that humans develop a unified concept about what other people expect of them. It's the feeling that you are being watched and judged by the values in your social system.

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky came up with the idea of the more knowing other. The basic idea is that another person knows more than you and can therefore help you to learn more than you would be able to learn without their help. This area of learning is called the zone of proximal development.

Psychologist Harry Stack Sullivan came up with the idea of the significant other. The basic idea is that the people that are most important to you are necessary for your survival. Therefore, their approval or disapproval is extremely important, and you are sensitive to it.

What would happen if we combined these into a generalized, more know…

Theoconceptualism's Next Step - Canon and Ritual

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This is an exploration. How do we pull the idea of Theoconceptualism together into a concrete form?


Once a canon has been selected then it can be built off from, expanded and adapted. It's important that the local congregation would have control over it, but most likely a new location would pull from an existing one to begin with. The distributed power structure is important because it allows the whole system to adapt and change according to local needs of the society and culture. We also want to avoid extreme change, so there would be limits on this. Such as a representational board needing a majority vote to add a text and a super-majority vote to remove a text, and only allowing 1 change a year. Or something like that.

Joseph Campbell talks about the four functions of mythology: to decide an affirming or withdrawing attitude toward the mystery of life, to represent the cosmos, to integrate the individual into society, and to teach one how to live life. Some things to keep in mi…

Theoconceptualist Theology

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My approach to theology is a little different than my approach to religion because it deals with a different domain of philosophy. Whereas religion deals with ethics and social structure, theology deals with epistemology (the theory of knowledge).


This is quite a different view than most people take. Most think of theology (the study of God) from a metaphysical perspective (the fundamental nature of reality) and therefore try to solve ontological problems (the nature of being). This is why debates about whether God is immanent (present throughout the universe) or transcendent (outside of the universe) are so pervasive and perceived of as so important. Neither of these can be shown or not shown, nor will they ever be able to be shown or not shown. We don't need to worry about this. When we look at both ideas from an epistemological perspective we can see that either way God is a real conceptual entity. If we are willing to admit that we don't know the answer to the metaphysical…

The Impetus for Theoconceptualism

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Why propose a new structure for theological philosophy and religion? Well, I see some problems and I think there are better solutions than the ones being used.


I think the primary problem could be classified under the term fundamentalism. By this I mean a few things. 1 - It's usually a fully literal view of everything. Humans just don't work well that way. 2 - It's a system that doesn't update. 3 - It's intolerant. 4 - It's strict in a tyrannical way. 5 - These strict rules have to be issued from a source, that source means there is a lot of centralized power and authority. 6 - Power, such as wherever this authority rests, attracts the worst people and corrupts the best.

These are huge problems that all societies, civilizations, and cultures have to deal with. I think if you focus on one though, then it would mostly solve the other problems. If a system was designed so that it could update, peacefully and with limited conflict, then you would need to not have a…

Further Notes on Theoconceptualism - Towards a New Religion and Philosophy

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Theoconceptualism is a new theological philosophy. Today, we shall cover a lot. Later we will need to filter and expand, but today is just about getting some of the notes initially articulated. Hold on to your hats, because this is going to go quickly, and in an order that has not been worked out.


The Nature of God
God is a conceptual reality. Rather than placing God under metaphysics, God comes under the study of epistemology, and then that effects ethics. Rather than material, God is spiritual. A good way to understand this truth might be to think of dragons and/or monsters. Dragons are real. They are real conceptual entities. They are the ultimate small mammal predator. The great mouth and head of a reptilian snake/alligator, that breathes fire, with the wings of a great bird of prey, and the claws of a great predatory cat. This concept is a real concept. We have pictures and toys of dragons. We know how dragons act, and we know how to act when we encounter a dragon. And, we do. Th…

Notes on Theoconceptualism; Or, Towards a New Religion and Philosophy

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Theoconceptualism is a theological philosophy that I'm creating. I have a document where I keep notes. I'm sharing some of those notes here.


- I have longer definitions in my notes, but here are the short versions of three important words. -


phi·los·o·phy
the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience.

the·ol·o·gy
the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

re·li·gion
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.


- Now the notes will get really chaotic, so hold on to your mind. -

Nature of God, nature of salvation
God concept, God as concept, God is concept
All Life is Problem Solving - Karl Popper
12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson
Maps of Meaning - Jordan Peterson
Vision, articulation, create, …

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