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Sidian Jones

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After 8 years I believe I've cracked the code for Open Source Religion.

Hi everyone, I run a website called OpenSourceReligion.net and recently published my Discourse on Open Source Religion here: http://www.opensourcereligion.net/profiles/blogs/a-discourse-on-open-source-religion

I started evolving this idea years ago and didn't do much with it at that time except to talk to people about it and post in a lot of forums for critique. There were a lot of issues with the idea back then, hurdles that kept it from entirely making sense to me. But after many years of polish I do believe I have the working prototype for Open Source Religion.

The working definition:
Open Source Religion is the global phenomena in which multiple beliefs (eg: salvation and karma) from both religions and personal beliefs are utilized within an individual.

I'm aiming to create a website that allows people to explore their own OSR. I've got some very well thought out ideas on this but don't have the skillset (coding) or funding to get it done. I do save money time to time and hire a coder here and there but the process has been taking forever.

Anyway, take a look if you like and feel free to ask me anything about it.

EDIT: For some reason, it seems the TED forums are glitched for me, as I am unable to respond to anything in this discussion anymore! I can sometimes reply in other discussions but not this one. Beats me but I'll keep trying. :(


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    Dec 1 2011: This is something that I have never come across and find the idea fascinating. I have always called (or rather labelled) myself an agonistic with a mix of Buddhist Christian and Jewish beliefs. This is largely due to the distorted image most people have of religion nowadays, where if you are a Christian then that means you fit in this category or a Jew in this box and so on.

    This is something I will have to think about more and is definitely an idea worth spreading!
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      Dec 1 2011: Ben you are exactly the kind of person I wish to connect with. There are an innumerable amount of people in your same situation. And you are forced to say well I'm part this, some of that, and this one thing from over here. Really you are a practitioner of something we've all been experiencing for quite a while - Open Source Religion.

      Glad to meet you. :)
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        Dec 1 2011: This is something I will have to bring to the dinner table and the workplace because it is an idea that fascinates me. However, there is only one point I would make that a lot of this is true of all religions and has simply been lost through fundamentalism.

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