Monday, December 21, 2009

Our 'Open-Source' Religion

Paganism as an open-source religion. (That approach works for some Jews too.)

Douglas Cowen, in his book Cyberhenge, goes even further, making an explicit analogy to computer coding: “Pagans are ‘hacking’ their own religious traditions out of the ‘source codes’ provided by pantheons, faith practices, liturgies, rituals, and divinatory practices drawn from a variety of cultures worldwide.” Given all that “hacking,” it’s no wonder that, as Webster says, “There are a huge number of pagan people in the high-tech space.”

Hat tip: Gus diZerega.



Anonymous anne hill said...

Thanks for the link to Kean's article, Chas (or maybe I should thank Gus). It was a day spent at an open-source software conference that gave me the framework I used in my blog critiquing of Reclaiming a few years ago.

Personally, I am all for open source religions. It's when it becomes a wiki-religion that I head for the hills...

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