How Can One Begin a Religion?

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How Can One Begin a Religion?

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Hello friends! A couple of months ago, I had a very strange dream which I have interpreted to be a religious revelation. Recently it has been on my mind again. I believe I should begin a religion. Are there anythings I should set out to write down/think about before I begin telling my friends about this? Thank you for reading.
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I just want to clarify that I am being 100% serious.
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To be frank, I don't know that the CBB is the proper forum for this kind of question. We'd prefer to keep discussions of religion within the context of concultures.
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read up on the history of cults, and try not to start one. that is to say, no lovebombing, no shady financial stuff, no utopian camps were people are terrorized into staying, no requirements to cut off ties with family and friends, and so on. I don't know what healthy religions do, since all I see of them are trying to take away people's rights, to regress social progress and to shame people into having less control over their lives, and coopt important moments in people's lives -such as death of loved ones- into opportunities for indoctrination (which I find apalling), but I hear good religious people give each other community, sing nice songs and give poor people clothes or whatever. I'd aim to focus on that.
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If you want to start a religion, this wikibook may be a good place to start:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Conreligion
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Torco wrote: 09 Mar 2021 16:11 read up on the history of cults, and try not to start one. that is to say, no lovebombing, no shady financial stuff, no utopian camps were people are terrorized into staying, no requirements to cut off ties with family and friends, and so on. I don't know what healthy religions do, since all I see of them are trying to take away people's rights, to regress social progress and to shame people into having less control over their lives, and coopt important moments in people's lives -such as death of loved ones- into opportunities for indoctrination (which I find apalling), but I hear good religious people give each other community, sing nice songs and give poor people clothes or whatever. I'd aim to focus on that.
Pretty strange religions, those. But I do agree about the cult bit.

Khemehekis wrote: 09 Mar 2021 16:40 If you want to start a religion, this wikibook may be a good place to start:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Conreligion
I didn't read it (yet). Is that about making a real world religion, which is what I gather the OP is contemplating; or is that about making a fictional religion, which is actually on topic here!
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elemtilas wrote: 10 Mar 2021 05:15 I didn't read it (yet). Is that about making a real world religion, which is what I gather the OP is contemplating; or is that about making a fictional religion, which is actually on topic here!
It's mainly about creating conreligions. It does, however, provide a good introduction to the basics of religion, so it would be useful to GoshDiggityDangit. Speaking of which, I think I'll believe in Gosh instead of God. If you don't believe in Gosh as well, you'll be Danged to the Hot Diggity Place.
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