Top 5 Modern Religions

KuyaManzano By KuyaManzano, 18th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Since some atheists find other religions that got founded on shaky ground, other free-spirited individuals found themselves establishing their own religions. For what reason? Because they can. Constantine remodeled Christianity in the mold of Mithraism, what can stop the rest of us from establishing religions.

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Since some atheists find other religions that got founded on shaky ground, other free-spirited individuals found themselves establishing their own religions. For what reason? Because they can. Constantine remodeled Christianity in the mold of Mithraism, what can stop the rest of us from establishing religions.

- Church of the Subgenius
Before you think that this is an unauthorized religion established under the ideals of 4chan, please be informed that the Church of the Subgenius was founded way back in the 50’s. In other words it predates even Scientology itself. As to the purpose behind it, it usually focuses on luxury, money, humor and freedom. So hilarious holidays like Hate for the Sake of Hating Day and the Feast of Weird Al Yankovic exist. That’s where you can see where the freedom got applied. They celebrate feast days of great people like Weird Al despite being still alive. At least he gets to enjoy the tributes in case they need to seek the audience of the great parodist.

- Iglesia Maradoniana
If there is one religion today that has no particular founder, it would be Iglesia Maradoniana. Why? Because in Argentina, their idea of god is Diego Maradona. Football is one of the most beloved sports there to the point of becoming a religion in itself. Football players like Maradona has a fanbase rabid enough to establish their own religion. Again I am referring to a living person that still enjoys god-status despite being still alive. And since for his rabid fanbase, he can do no wrong, they eventually came up with this religion complete with rituals and iconography that makes you forget that Pope Francis is the first Argentinian pope.

- Campus Crusade for Cthulhu
Inspired (?) by that monster created by the best-selling author H.P. Lovecraft, this religion promotes worshiping Cthulhu because doing otherwise would get you eaten by Cthulhu himself. That is if ever he existed for real. For those scared enough to believe the book in which he was found (read: not the Bible), they worship him. They don’t want to be caught worshiping another god simply because they did not believe the existence of Cthulhu. It’s basically “Worship him or be eaten by him”. No wonder their tagline is “Why settle for the lesser evil?” It’s an obvious dib at modern Christianity - the kind that would condemn you to hell if you worship someone else.

- The Church of Google
If God is the answer then Google must be God since it’s where you go to find all the answers. Just to be clear though, this establishment is not really connected to Google itself but is that enough reason to even think about putting this Church up? If you would check their FAQ page regarding beliefs on the afterlife, it makes sense. With Google Chrome that can store thoughts and opinions despite clearing your browsing history, there is a chance that you’re already dead but your information is still hanging around the recesses of Google in case they need some customer info. So it’s like a second life with a purpose for existing, just like Google’s existence itself.

- Raelianism
Combining science-based solutions with belief in extraterrestrial beings, Raelianism was founded in the 70’s by Claude Vorilhon. He changed his name to Rael Maitreya after getting abducted by these extraterrestrial beings (because they don’t like being called aliens), sharing to humanity the message left behind by his captors. But this religion is more known for attracting controversy both deliberate and inadvertent.

They promoted the swastika as a symbol of peace and prosperity as opposed to how it became known as the symbol of Nazism. But what really got them on the headlines was the Pleasure Hospital, a medical facility they put up in Africa to repair clitorises that were damaged. They are that serious in promoting sexuality that through the hospital, they executed the Adopt-A-Clitoris program. If a religion’s funding is routed through correcting certain body parts to ensure that you improve your sex life, it would really get a lot of converts in no time. More at http://rael.org

Modern religions use their freethinking capabilities to challenge the status quo, to promote freedom of expression and provide solutions that previous religions failed to provide. It’s usually the reason why some folks end up switching from religion to another. But as long as you keep an open mind to everything, at the end of the day, it is still you that decides the kind of future that you see fit for your own life.

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