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What is Omnism?
Omnism is a spiritual philosophy, people who practice this philosophy are called omnists.
Spirituality and Religion
Omnism also includes the impartial recognition of spirituality and all religions. It is a system of spiritual relativization, acknowledging that there are certain truths incorporated in all forms of spirituality and religion but that none of the spiritual or religious concepts and doctrines are absolute. Omnism transcends spiritual and religious boundaries or limitations but does not inherently demote spiritual or religious practices and deities.
Practitioners of omnism can be theistic and non-theistic: Theistic omnists and non-theistic omnists – those who do believe in “god” or “the gods” and those who do not.
Theistic omnists can also include: Christian Omnists, Pagan Omnists, Muslim Omnists, Buddhist Omnist etc.
Non-theistic omnists can also include: Atheist Omnists, Agnostic Omnists etc.
Beyond Spirituality and Religion
20th and 21st-century practicing of the omnist philosophy, omnism, expands beyond spirituality and religion, into an advanced and broad societal quest for knowledge, truth and purpose.
Contemporary symbolism for omnism, here at the OCPS, includes the “omnist circle” or the “cupitle”.
The cupitle is a circle-shaped symbol/character that has on its right-hand side a question mark incorporated.
The cupitle has two openings in the circumference of the incorporated circle, signifying the status of unanswered questions. The circle signifies the circle of life and the continuing quest for knowledge, philosophic and spiritual enlightenment.
The word “cupitle” is a combination of the words “cupitor” (Latin for “seeker”) and “circle”.
Based on the above, the following are, thus, misconceptions about omnism.
- “Omnism is the belief in all religions”: This may be true on an individual level only. Not collectively to any extent. Omnism is after all the impartial recognition of spirituality and religions, not the practicing of all. In addition, omnists can be either theistic or non-theistic. Non-theistic omnists do not “believe” in any religion at all.
- “An omnist believes in a single transcendent purpose or cause uniting all things or people”: This claim may hold truth only on a certain personal level, individually. Not all omnists “believe” in the same. An atheist omnist, for example, may not be convinced at all of there being a “transcendent purpose”, “cause” or force that unites everything.
- “Omnism is a form of syncretism taken to logical extremes”: Syncretism refers to the fusing or merging of various, often unrelated, spiritual or religious beliefs, practices and doctrines, into a new system or concept. That is not what omnism does, nor what it stands for. Omnism, as a spiritual philosophy, simply recognizes the existence of the various spiritual paths and religions, and to a certain extent acknowledges their purpose. Omnism is not a new set of beliefs or a new doctrine, recognizing and relativizing are not novel practices.
- “Omnism is a false belief system”: Omnism is not a “belief system”, its essence is in the continuous questioning and relativization of the world around us, society, the universe, spirituality, religion and one’s self.
- “Omnism fails to recognize where religions differ, when two religious faiths make competing claims, one or both of them must be wrong”: Omnism does not fail to recognize the differences between different religions. It does exactly that, it recognizes the religions as they are, different. If they were the same they would not be different religions to begin with and then omnism would only have to recognize the existence of one religion. Indeed, in the above example, one or both can be wrong. Nothing about omnism denies that possibility or makes that possibility impossible. On the contrary, omnism encourages to define the differences and the extents of truths and to study it.