Sci-Fi Bible: Science of monotheism

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Why Does Science Fiction Invent New Religions?

Start your review of Sci-Fi Bible: Science of monotheism. Nath marked it as to-read Jul 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Following the Iranian Revolution and the arrival of the Islamic theocracy in Iran, Zoroastrianism is having a strong revival amongst many Iranians who want to express discontent towards the dictatorial theocratic regime. Zoroastrianism was suppressed from the 7th century onwards following the Muslim conquest of Persia of — Jethro of Midian is considered an ancestor of all people from the Mountain of Druze region, who revere him as their spiritual founder and chief prophet.

The Epistles of Wisdom is the foundational text of the Druze faith. The Druze faith incorporates elements of Islam's Ismailism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Pythagoreanism, Hinduism and other philosophies and beliefs, creating a distinct and secretive theology known to interpret esoterically religious scriptures, and to highlight the role of the mind and truthfulness. HelperBot v1. Counter: Maybe your single deity isn't a benevolent, all-loving, and all-knowing being.

Maybe in your world's religion, God is apathetic to the struggles of their ant-like creation and your religion is all about trying to get the God's attention, even if for just a split second.

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Just think about details in the Abrahamic religions and turn those ideas on their head or twist them in different ways. Maybe instead of sending a savior back to die for your people's sins, God hates mortals and wants to destroy them and life is just a cosmic struggle to ensure that God doesn't try them again.

I think the more basic question would be, what role does religion play in your world? What need does religion address? Is this an early human society needing to explain things that defy explanation to their low-science understanding? Is it a tool used by strong political forces to unite people that would otherwise be internally divided?

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Is it the result of a single, indescribable moment that eventually built up a mythos a volcano, earthquake, tsunami, or even a hero in a war that developed a cult following? Is it developed by the people or preached by a selected few? Is it written centrally, or reproduced orally? There are dozens of questions you can answer here, and each answer will lead you in a given direction. As you develop the world around the religion, the religion itself will be different simply because the world is different.

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But a Fictional Monotheistic religion could differentiate itself by what they worship, or what their god says, or has said, and what rules the god has established for them. For example, Christianity has nightly prayers and Sunday church, while a fictional one could have daily or bi-weekly services, or could have nightly meditations. Look into various forms of spiritual guidance or communing with gods.

Some methods of prayer from Pantheistic religions would also be viable for some monotheistic ones, I think. Muslim here, you're off base. We submit ourselves to God, Muhammad is just our final prophet. The unchanging nature of the Quran memorized by scholars and many other complex customs make us separate from Christianity and Judaism. Regardless, we share a god and prophets, so we are an Abrahamic religion. I just don't want people thinking we worship Muhammad SWT , sorry for being all "hi i'm vegan". You can start with a polytheistic religion, create some myths involving several gods and then decide that all the gods are different aspects of the same god dess.

It would also be more organic because it could have evolved from a polytheistic religion that had those legends or similar ones. Cool idea; it starts to remind me of all the weirdness with "triple Hecate" in later Greek myth, collecting up the names and roles of other goddesses. To be fair, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism are also incredibly historically-important religions that are also monotheistic.

I have been thinking about a god of science and knowledge. This god created the rules in which the universe is set, and chained itself to them, so that there couldn't be nothing that the mortals couldn't understand if they put their backs into it, with the goal of the church to be to discover as many things to get closer to their god.

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You could also make a god of war and victories, who is waiting in the afterlife for a worthy opponent. No one can beat the god, of course, but if anyone is able to impress it, either by acts on their life or on the afterlife, they will obtain the god's blessings. Maybe your monothiestic ideology evolved from polithiesm? In Norse mythology in the story of baldrs death it is said that after Ragnarok he will rule over a new universe as it's sole god.

You could play with a similar idea. Christianity, Islam and Judaism are connected by their shared mythology so if you stay away from ripping off Adam and Eva or Noah's flood there will already be a big difference.

Also take a look at Azande religion, they have a single supreme being but it isn't that central in their lives, as witchcraft is considered more important. Also giving your god a concrete shape, maybe an animal or a fusion of animals will give your religion a non Judaic vibe. What kind of purpose do you want your religion to serve?

Is it hopeful? There are many non-Abrahamic monotheistic faiths, and the Abrahamic faiths have many many different ideas of what monotheism is. Perhaps yours is a dreaming god like Brahma, and everything in the universe is a part of him.

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Perhaps he has many distinct aspects, enough to function as a sort of pantheon on his own. Is he a creator god? Is he simply the most powerful being in a universe not of his own design? If he is a creator, was creation a good thing?

Were there other gods at any point? Is he a reincarnation? The last survivor?