The religions of the world, every one of them, had a historical origin. Every religion was, at one time, a "new" religion. Even in a godless world, even in a world where any sense of a transcendent sacred is absent, new religions are aborning. Try Harry Potter religion, or wellness (self-care) religion, or technology-can-save-us Silican Valley religion, or right wing alt religion. Often they are remixes of elements of older religions but adding something new: the remix itself. The novelty is not always beautiful, or good, or loving, or truthful. Sometimes it is only about personal fulfillment and private experience, lacking any sense of responsbility to a greater good or something more. But it is new. As Whitehead put it, the many become one and are increased by one.
- Jay McDaniel, June 25, 2021