Posted by Dan

Innatheism is a belief system founded in 2005 by D. Haycock, the first Bishop of Innatheism. The name is a portmanteau comprised of the words atheism and innatism, which embodies the central doctrine of the philosophy – that there is no higher power, or god in the traditional sense of the word, but that this statement contains the implication that what religions have traditionally referred to as the divine must be an innate part of the human mind.

The doctrine of Innatheism is outlined in their holy scriptures with one rule, the first and last commandment, and five statements. It should be noted here that Innatheism conceives of the mind as basically having four levels, the conscious, preconscious, subconscious and unconscious. The word nonconscious is used in the fourth statement to refer to the lowest three levels; those which have traditionally been called divine and examined by religion.

The First and Last Commandment

Do not accept anything on blind faith, as to do so is to stumble in the darkness of ignorance – only the light of reason can illuminate the truth.

Any further dogma would run contrary to this commandment. However, the five statements are necessary to set out the central tenets of Innatheism.

The Five Statements of Innatheism

1 – There is no god, and thus any perception of a god must be a perception of an innate, transcendent aspect of the self.

2 – There is no soul, only body and mind, and thus no part of our selves can be immortal or reincarnated.

3 – There can be no afterlife, no heaven or hell, and thus the other side can only be the human mind
4 – Spiritual insight and communication with the spirit world are thus insight into the mind and communication with the nonconscious mind.

5 – You make your own heaven and hell, and hold you own deities and demons inside yourself, thus to face god is to face your self.

The rest of the holy scriptures contain the Innatheist conception of the mind, its relation to physical reality, and a process for actualising the innate divine – although Innatheists are encouraged to question these scriptures and make up their own minds on all subjects, in accordance with the one commandment.

The Church of Innatheism, also founded by the Bishop of Innatheism, is controlled by a small council of Bishops, who are responsible for appointing members of the clergy, keeping the holy scriptures and deciding on church policy. You do not have to be a member of the church to call yourself an Innatheist; it is only necessary that you follow the first and last commandment, and believe the five statements to be true.