I mentioned in another post that I felt that within society, a religon meme could eventually evolve into something more enlightened: what I have decided to call a "philosophical religon". This is a religon which does not dictate what you believe, but rather affects how you act and how you view the world. I am of the opinion that a truly symbiotic religon would have to be a philosophical religon: anything which dictates what you believe, on any subject, begats dogma and stifles inquiry. (I don't limit this statement to religion, by the way, but it is the primary culprit)
Although I identify as an agnostic atheist, I am also something else: A philosophical Taoist. Although I do not subscribe to the superstitious beliefs of Taoism (there's not many: Taoism is already very close to a philosophical religon), its view of reality, way of living and many other things are something that I accept wholeheartedly. The Yin and Yang is the most well known Taoist symbol. I'll elaborate further if anyone is interested in Taoism.
So I began to wonder: assuming Christianity evolved along the same lines, what would a "Philosophical Christianity" be like?
There are some things that would remain detrimental. "We're all wretched sinners" would be transmogrified into general low self-esteem, and the general deference and obedience to authority that is such a fundamental part of christianity would never go away.
And we'd have to do away with the first two commandments: "Worship me" and "No idols for you" are both gone. But, "Blasphemy" could be changed to a general 'refrain from swearing in polite conversation' way, and the "sabbath" becomes the weekend. All the rest are perfectly decent, although we should note that "adultery" means "adultery" and "kill" means "kill": lust and hatred don't get a mention.
Being more christ-like would mean being generous with your posessions, loving everyone no matter their flaws and always being willing to sacrifice for the sake of others.
Jesus's admonitions against hatred and lust would become simple distaste for these things: a preference to avoid them. And the morals and ethics behind most of his stories would come to the fore, rather than the miracles and magic tricks.
And so on...
I reckon that many modern christians already treat christianity like this, as a philosophical religon, which is a major part of the reason I am always careful to distinguish "creationism" from "christianity".
What do you think?