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Author Topic: Omnism  (Read 1211 times)

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Re: Omnism
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2019, 02:16:39 pm »
I think "Omnism" is a great term to use! And I think I subscribe to this belief as well.

The trouble with using the term "Universalism" to describe this concept is that it's already used to refer to the subset of Christians who believe that all humans go to heaven - "Universalism" being shorthand for "universal salvation".

I belong to a Unitarian Universalist congregatation, and it's interesting that modern-day UU theology is very Omnist. Our guiding principles explicitly say that we draw wisdom and inspiration from *all* the world's religions. But the UU name comes from the merging of two explicitly Christian sects - Unitarians, who rejected the idea of the Trinity, and Universalists, who rejected the idea of hell. There's one older guy who grew up in a Universalist church, before the merger, who keeps having to explain to people that the "Universalist" part of the name is a Christian concept. At this point, I'd say there's only a small minority of our congregation that identifies as Christian at all.

Yes, it is a good point. For me, I use the term Universalist both ways. I use it for the idea of Universal Religion, Omnism, etc. I also use it in the sense of Christian Universal Salvation. I am a Christian Pagan, and I believe in Universal Salvation. I also believe that there is wisdom to be found in many religions, so a sort of global Universalist that recognizes multiple religions. I also have an affinity for the Unitarian Universalist view. I do not go to services at a UU Church, but jokingly refer to myself as a Universalist Monk. I incorporate Universalist values into my private practice- Faith, Freedom, and Reason.
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Re: Omnism
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2019, 02:49:31 pm »
We don't have an alternate word for the abusive religious group thing, but I think as a pagan that it's worth being aware of the way the word is often relevant to our practices as either devotional polytheists or as mystery religion practitioners in a basic anthropological language sense, and not get too enthusiastic about the pejorative usage.

It's a very fair point and I shall from now on remember it, thanks.
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Re: Omnism
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2019, 05:36:21 pm »
And what about non-christian background?

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