The beliefs to be held by members of “truth groups”

Required beliefs

  • A belief that all religious esotericism must therefore be opposed without exception.
  • A belief that almost all, if not all, of the world’s traditional religions—including Christianity—are fundamentally esoteric in nature.
  • A belief that, through the creation of networks of “truth groups,” a broad “honesty culture” must be created that would be open to everyone who renounced unjustifiable lying and the toleration of unjustifiable lying, including religious esotericism.
  • A belief that, within this broad “honesty culture,” a large variety of real-world “practical philosophical communities” (i.e., “non-esoteric religious communities”) must be built up in place of Christianity and other esoteric religions. Beyond this basic belief, no particular set of religious beliefs—or even any religious belief at all—would be required.  Communities could be either “religious” or “non-religious” (in the more conventional sense of the word “religious”); and, moreover, no individual would be required to join any such community.

 

Desirable (but not required) beliefs

  • A belief that this resemblance should be taken into account when interpreting the Bible in an anti-esotericist manner, so that anti-esotericist interpreters would be approaching the Bible as a kind of schizophrenic communication in need of deciphering.
  • A belief that religious esotericism ought to be viewed as promoting schizophrenic or psychotic ways of thinking in individuals and societies, and ought to be opposed for that reason.