Open Source Religion is a platform to help you define and refine your collected and created beliefs. Everyone’s set of beliefs are unique while the Open Source Religion platform itself carries no doctrine, no pre-embedded beliefs. The nature of OSR is to be completely customized using both religious and non-religious Belief Modules. Open Source Religion can operate from a horizontal authority model in which you are the center of your belief related decisions and responsibilities, or vertically as many traditional religions do. Try not to think of OSR as a new religion, so much as a new tool or perspective in helping you define your own.
Instead of looking at religious doctrine as something that must either be wholly accepted or wholly rejected, those practicing open source religion may adopt just portions of other religions. A person may consider themselves as Christian, but also believe in Karma.
Beliefs are the building blocks of religions, yet not all beliefs are religious in nature (e.g. love at first sight, red represents passion and power, life is unfair, etc). The sources of your beliefs include life experiences, childhood rearing, religions, charismatic leaders, advertising, cultural traditions; practically everything in your life affects your beliefs.
This term aims to explain how beliefs are treated within the open source religion environment. Individual beliefs within religions or philosophies are encouraged to be accepted or rejected as well as editing of singular beliefs. This promotes belief quantification and the concept that beliefs may be individually analyzed, tracked, updated, evolved, compared, or even deleted.
Generally the establishment of an open source religion project involves collaborative relationships as opposed to authoritative relationships. Once initiated, the issue of authority is mitigated by measures that are taken to assure collaborators that they can take their work with them and create new branches (fork) without losing the value obtained from the effort put into the relationship.
Working with beliefs collaboratively is of great benefit to individuals, as refining your beliefs becomes much easier when allowed to have exposure to multiple perspectives.
The Belief Genome is an open source web app which aims to map all human beliefs and their relationships. Your beliefs create the genome.
Beliefs are the often hidden yet underlying subtext for all human decisions, actions, and behavior. The intent of this project is to provide a platform for both personal discovery and a living database of information for scientific research. And since beliefs can be both religious and non-religious in origin, the possibilities are endless.
- What beliefs are predominant across specific ages, genders, or geographies?
- What spikes in particular beliefs occur after major world events?
- Which religions have largely adopted "non-religious" beliefs like 'love at first sight'?
- How do beliefs of candidates from differing political parties compare or contrast?
- How do people's beliefs change over time?