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« on: October 05, 2019, 02:30:22 pm »
So I just recently came across the term "Omnism", which is essentially a belief that there is truth in all religions. I have used the term "Universalist" for my own similar views (that there is meaning in all religions; truth is more fact based and objective in my book, whereas meaning implies a certain amount of subjectivity). So I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on this term and the idea behind it. I am not saying that all religions are "true", but rather that all have "meaning". This can include non-belief also in my book.

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Re: Omnism
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2019, 02:34:15 pm »
So I just recently came across the term "Omnism", which is essentially a belief that there is truth in all religions. I have used the term "Universalist" for my own similar views (that there is meaning in all religions; truth is more fact based and objective in my book, whereas meaning implies a certain amount of subjectivity). So I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on this term and the idea behind it. I am not saying that all religions are "true", but rather that all have "meaning". This can include non-belief also in my book.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia page for anyone interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnism

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Re: Omnism
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2019, 03:41:19 pm »
So I just recently came across the term "Omnism", which is essentially a belief that there is truth in all religions. I have used the term "Universalist" for my own similar views (that there is meaning in all religions; truth is more fact based and objective in my book, whereas meaning implies a certain amount of subjectivity).

One of the founders of TC, Ann Wilson, was an Omnist. Unfortunately our original DelphiForums forum is impossible to usefully search unless you have a paid Delphiforums member or you could probably find a lot of discussion on Omnism there.
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Re: Omnism
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2019, 04:06:59 pm »
One of the founders of TC, Ann Wilson, was an Omnist. Unfortunately our original DelphiForums forum is impossible to usefully search unless you have a paid Delphiforums member or you could probably find a lot of discussion on Omnism there.

Yes, thanks for the comment. I am not too techie and am not a Delphiforums member. Too bad that those posts are not in an accessible archive. I have been using the term "universalist" for a long time, but lately the term "omnism" was brought to my attention.

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 01:47:38 am »
So I just recently came across the term "Omnism", which is essentially a belief that there is truth in all religions. I have used the term "Universalist" for my own similar views (that there is meaning in all religions; truth is more fact based and objective in my book, whereas meaning implies a certain amount of subjectivity). So I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on this term and the idea behind it. I am not saying that all religions are "true", but rather that all have "meaning". This can include non-belief also in my book.

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.

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