10 Post Modern Religions ( I got this article from:
is a modern religion centered on the idea that chaos is as important as order. It was founded circa 1958–1959 by Malaclypse the Younger.
Definition/main doctrine: “The Discordian Society has no definition.”
Symbol: The Sacred Chao, symbol of the hodge and podge
they are so post-modern that their only tenet is “You are allowed.”
Wikipedia lists Kibology as a religion satirizing Scientology
they satirize all religions
Founded by: Matt MacPherson
Info: Google.com, the world renowned search engine, has a following. These people believe that Google, being omniscient and omnipresent, is the closest Mankind will come to knowing and facing a god. Google can solve all their problems through knowledge, and knowledge is power. They even have nine proofs of Google’s godliness.
All I can say is Wow…this is worse than Scientology! Read this article and this definition.
Church of the Subgenius
From the religion’s website… “Pity the poor human Earth Pink who comes looking for a SIMPLE, SHORT EXPLANATION of The Church of the SubGenius™, one that he or she can UNDERSTAND QUICKLY. If the Church could provide THAT, it would be bigger than Islam or Christianity by now — and probably much, much worse.”
“REPENT! QUIT YOUR JOB! SLACK OFF!”
Campus Crusade for Cthulhu
Definition/main doctrine: Why settle for a lesser evil?
CCC-Is a Religious parodies and satires of Campus Crusade for Christ. They believe in mythical things based off the work of H.P. Lovecraft.
Church of Emacs (and the Church of Vi)
The Church of Emacs, formed by Richard Stallman, is a joke, and while it refers to vi as the “editor of the beast” (vi-vi-vi being 6-6-6 in Roman numerals) , it does not oppose the use of vi; rather, it calls proprietary software an anathema. (“Using a free-software version of vi is not a sin; it is a penance.”) It has its own newsgroup, alt.religion.emacs, that has posts purporting to support this parody religion.
was created by fans of the retired Argentine football player Diego Maradona, who they believe to be the best player of all time.
Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
This is worse than post-modern – simply witchcraft: Three Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY)
exists to promote a system ov functional, demystified magick, utilising both pagan and modern techniques.
Founded by/in: Bobby Henderson in 2005
That is just finny!
I read an interesting article online today from Journal of Student Ministries Magazine/EMagazine I want to bring up a few points, summarize the article, add my own commentary, and ask you what you think.
Grant English brings up some great points but I think it is important to keep in mind that this issue does not have to be a false dichotomy. The issue: using tracks in evangelism.
The more I think about this article, the more think it more about evangelism theory and relational sharing vs initiative sharing.( although it is not what the author intended).
Grant says that “Most of our evangelism methods are filled with assumptions about our culture that are no longer true. Further exacerbating the problem is the manner in which these dated assumptions are trotted out. “
I agree that our culture is changing rapidly and the assumptions that cannot be applied the same way to the culture today, say like the language, questions, and style of tracks. But the tracks present the gospel message, and that message of The Word of God is always the same no matter what the culture thinks.
To every culture, any time, any place, the “assumptions” within the Gospel presentations are truth. All men are sinners, looking for true fulfillment. And the relationship with Jesus Christ, because of His sacrifice for our sins, is the answer for the void.
I will agree with Grant again, that our culture is desiring more authentic relational experiences. And as Christians we should engage the culture for Christ’s sake and share the Gospel.
I’ll go back to what I started with, “I think the article is more about the difference between relationship vs. initiative evangelism. “
I think that both of these types of evangelism are important. I really admire Campus Crusade for Christ and their emphasis on both and the balance between the two types of evangelism in their ministry. But I could talk about this a lot more. A great resource for this topic is a book called Witnessing Without Fear by Bill Bright.
Reclaiming the Mind Ministries has an awesome resource online:
They call it “263 Theology Questions and Answers on Videos.”
This part of the ministry is basically free online theology classes. It comes with a free PDFs (like this one) file and powerpoints (like this one) and other vocabulary quiz/activities (like this one) that you can follow along with. I try to go to this website once a week and watch two or three videos. It is great! I am learning a lot of stuff here and thought you might like it too.
Reclaiming the mind also has several other cool ministries:
1. Conversing with Scholars – live chat/audio conferences with top scholars/theologians
2. Parchment and Pen blog – this blog has a lot of great deep stuff, I get articles from them a lot
3. Online Theology Classes (that you pay for) for certification and credit
4. Theological papers and article archive
I encourage you to check out Reclaiming the Mind