Spirituality & Future Gods | Perístanom

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Overview

Welcome to Perístanom [pɛrˈistɑnɔm 🔊], a modern Pagan mythology.

Perístanom is a spiritual path that offers naturalistic explanations to support traditionally supernatural beliefs. It endeavors to be a religion compatible with science, a metaphysics in accord with physics. It provides a rational basis for faith without invoking any hidden plane of existence. The assertions about physical reality found herein will seem fantastic, yet they are nevertheless consonant with current scientific understanding. It is hoped that the perspective of Perístanom may foster emotional comfort, reassurance, and solace during challenging times.

Lone Tree amid Starry Night

Perístanom encourages respect and reverence for all living creatures, however humble, in all of their vital diversity. The web of life will continue to evolve into the far future, when mortals will become gods, when living systems will propagate throughout the universe and multiverse, when the creation will become the creator, when ascendant life will finally generate the cosmos itself in an eternal cycle of rebirth. The collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped within Perístanom is called Deiwos [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊], a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word and the world’s oldest known word for ‘deity’.

Perístanom asserts that this multitude of gods truly exists (polytheism), that these divine beings communicate with each one of us through our dreams and visions (revelation), that they will in the distant future assume physical form (incarnation), and that they will eventually regenerate from each individual’s pattern (soul) every mortal creature to have ever lived. The gods will essentially raise all of us from death into a rejuvenated life within a perfected universe (universal resurrection).

Perístanom affirms that every physical entity possesses a spiritual essence (animism), regarding consciousness as a primordial feature of all things (panpsychism). It proclaims that the final state of the universe shapes its evolution (teleology), and that the divine pervades and transcends the cosmos (panentheism).

Cosmic Goddess Creating Life in Her Hands

Meaning simply ‘the religion’ in the ritual language of Modern Indo-European, Perístanom embraces all spiritual traditions of the world (interfaith), while it draws particular inspiration from three essential sources:



1. The Proto-Indo-European mythology, a tradition of Pagan beliefs flourishing six millennia ago on Asia’s Pontic-Caspian steppe, and tentatively reconstructed by scholars through the shared provenance of deities, rituals, and mythic stories of the descendant cultures.

Tree Diagram of Indo-European Languages



2. The analytical psychology of Carl Jung, describing a shared psychic anatomy of symbols and archetypes — a collective unconscious — common to all human beings, around the world and throughout history.

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch



3. The Omega Point of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a metaphysical model proposing that the cosmos is guided by its creator through blind evolutionary processes to ever greater states of complexity and consciousness into the remote future, being drawn forward and ultimately joining with the divine.

Birth of a Black Hole



By combining these three elements as never before, a unique theology emerges that is at once both ancient and modern, both traditional and transbiological.

Perístanom strives to be congruous with contemporary science, yet not unduly limited by it. In our pursuit of sacred knowledge, rationalism and empiricism are embraced, while skepticism need not be. Indeed, because metaphysical belief is evidently natural and healthy for the human animal, positivism and falsifiability are relegated solely to the laboratory. Physical reality is hyperdimensionally deterministic, however, and so superstition is repudiated.

In keeping with its primeval origins and progressive aspirations, Perístanom promotes democracy, equality, community, pluralism, interdependence, diversity, sustainability, and the universal spirituality of humankind — as well as the simple values of life, love, truth, peace, and faith.

A follower of Perístanom is known as a Soqjá [sɔkwˈja 🔊, feminine], a Soqjós [sɔkwˈjos 🔊, masculine], or a Soqjóm [sɔkwˈjom 🔊, neuter]. The word means ‘comrade’, ‘follower’, ‘ally’, ‘associate’, or ‘companion’.

Perístanom adopts the obscure language of the Proto-Indo-Europeans of the prehistoric past, applies that language (wherever possible) to the key archetypal symbols of modern depth psychology, and in turn applies those symbols to the speculative physics and cosmology of the far distant future.

Perístanom Flag Hoisted





Quotations

Shermer’s Last Law (a modification of Clarke’s Third Law): Any sufficiently advanced... intelligence is indistinguishable from God.”

Michael Shermer, from ‘Skeptic’, in Scientific American, (January 2002)

Atomic Atheism Symbol



“I don’t see any conflict between science and religion. Religion has to accept the science of the day and penetrate it to the mystery. The conflict is between the science of 2000 BC and the science of 2000 AD”

Joseph Campbell, from The Hero’s Journey, (Joseph Campbell, New World Library, 1990, p. 43)

Duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader



“It seems as though something much greater than us is trying to come into being, trying to grow toward perfection. Something greater than us, but also something of which we are part. Perhaps this ‘something’ is God.”

Andrew Bard Schmookler, from ‘The Strength of Weakness’, in Out of Weakness: Healing the Wounds that Drive Us to War, (Andrew Bard Schmookler, Bantam, 1988, pp. 84-85)

Pictograph of Tribal War



“As nearly as I can concentrate on the question today, I believe I am God; certainly you are; I think we intelligent beings on this planet are all a piece of God, are becoming God. In some sort of cyclical non-time thing we have to become God, so that we can end up creating ourselves, so that we can be in the first place.”

Gene Roddenberry, from ‘God & Roddenberry’, in God &, (Terrance A. Sweeney, Winston Press, 1985, p. 11)

Starship Enterprise in Deep Space



“Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God — but to create Him.

“And then our work will be done. It will be time to play.”

Arthur C. Clarke, from ‘The Mind of the Machine’, in Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations, (Arthur Charles Clarke, Harper & Row, 1972, p. 137)

Space Station V



“Thirst proves the certain existence of water.” (“Der Durst beweist die sichere Existenz von Wasser.”)

Franz Werfel, from Embezzled Heaven, (Franz Werfel, trans. Moray Firth, Viking Press, 1940, p. 426, Der veruntreute Himmel, 1939)

Mountain Stream over Moss-Covered Rocks



“As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.”

Lorenzo Snow, from ‘Unchangeable Love of God’, (18 September, 1898), quoted in ‘I Have a Question: Is President Lorenzo Snow’s oft-repeated statement... accepted as official doctrine by the Church?’, in Ensign, Vol. 12, No. 2, (Gerald N. Lund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, February, 1982)

Battlestar Galactica



“Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature....”

Michael Faraday, from laboratory journal entry number 10,040, (19 March, 1849); published in The Life and Letters of Faraday, Vol. II, (Ed. Henry Bence Jones, Spottiswoode & Co., 1870, p. 253)

Jewelled Moth Fractal



“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” (“Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.”)

Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), from Épître à l’Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs, (1770, Œuvres complètes de Voltaire, Tome 10, Garnier Frères, 1877, p. 403)

Timepiece Fractal



“I will be what I will be.” (“.אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה”, “ʾehyeh ʾašer ʾehyeh.”)

Yahweh, from Exodus 3:14 (ESV), (thirteenth century, BCE)

Moses Encounters Burning Bush




Supernova Animated





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