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We need a new religion which is credible and meaningful to 21st century man. Since all gods have been created by man, man is free to create further gods who are far more credible to him now and into the future than the dysfunctional transcendent characters which Abrahamism, New Age etc. produced in the past. God is the sacred occurrence of humans gathering to create and co-create something bigger than themselves, beyond egotistic and narcissistic motives, where of course the Internet and participatory cultural manifestations such as Burning Man are perfect candidates.

Just walk into cathedrals, sit down and just ask yourself why you and your friends cannot build a building like this today.

THE INTERNET AGE IS SO NEW, SO VAST, SO UNLIKE THE PAST THAT A NEW SPIRITUALITY MUST BE CREATED FOR IT.

I think God is always something much bigger than we are and I want to create — together with other people who share that belief with me — I want to create a road out of individualism. Because individualism is exactly what is now killing the planet. It makes us exploit everything that’s laying ahead of us because — if we’re gonna die soon anyway — we might as well exploit as much as we can before we die. And so we end up with a Cartesian worldview. It was no better than Christianity.

In Christianity, one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples was “I will always be with you,” meaning that the Holy Ghost is the manifestation of God when the believers are together. The Internet is 3 billion people connected together in real time, and if that isn’t the holy spirit then I don’t know what is.

— Adapted from Swedish cyberphilosopher Alexander Bard’s Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet.[cherry_banner image=”6260″ title=”Adbusters #118″ url=”http://subscribe.adbusters.org/collections/back-issues/products/ab118″ template=”issue.tmpl”]Field Guide to Virtual Warfare [/cherry_banner]