Spirituality & Future Gods | Perístanom




Sparkling Sphere


Perístanom [pɛrˈistɑnɔm 🔊] is a modern Pagan religion, a spiritual path offering naturalistic explanations to support traditionally supernatural beliefs. It provides a basis for religious faith without invoking any hidden plane of existence. Rather, it endeavors to be a spirituality compatible with science, a metaphysics in accord with physics. The assertions herein made about physical reality will seem fantastic, yet they are everywhere consonant with established fact.

Lone Tree amid Starry Night

Perístanom celebrates and reveres all of life, however humble, in all of its vital diversity. The web of life will continue to evolve into the far future, when mortals will become gods, when the creation will become the creator, when the cosmos will causally generate itself in an eternal cycle of rebirth.

Perístanom asserts that a multitude of gods exists (polytheism), that these gods communicate with each one of us through our dreams and visions (revelation), and that they will in the distant future assume physical form (incarnation). The collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped within Perístanom is called Deiwos [ˈdeɪwɔs 🔊], a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word and the world’s oldest identifiable word for ‘god’.

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 religion, 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 religious faith emerges that is at once both ancient and modern, both traditional and transbiological.

Perístanom strives to be congruous with contemporary science, although not unduly limited by it. In our pursuit of spiritual knowledge, rationalism and empiricism are embraced, yet skepticism is not. Indeed, because metaphysical belief is evidently natural and healthy for the human animal, positivism and Occam’s razor are relegated solely to the laboratory. Physical reality is ultimately deterministic, however, and so superstition is repudiated as well.

In keeping with its primeval origins and progressive aspirations, Perístanom promotes democracy, equality, diversity, pluralism, interdependence, community, sustainability, and the natural and 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 🔊, f.], a Soqjós [sɔkwˈjos 🔊, m.], or a Soqjóm [sɔkwˈjom 🔊, n.]. 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


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 B.C. and the science of 2000 A.D.”

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 Departing Earth

“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)

Starchild Encounters Earth

“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

“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

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