Given the growing corruption in two dominant Abrahamic faiths, there is a possibility that both disgruntled Muslims and Christians as well as some Jews (the ones most skeptical of religious conversion due to negative experiences over the years) could unite under what’s called the Neo-Abrahamic Movement.
A back to basics revival movement that unites all three in response to growing corruption. Islam has Isis but Christianity’s going to be wrecked with not only the merger of Catholicism with Protestantism but growing apostasy in evangelical, Charismatic and Pentecostal movements.
Neo-Abrahamism would incorporate and adapt the practises of Sufism (itself already an adaptive version of Islam influenced by Christianity) to Orthodox, Catholic, Apostolic and Evangelical Protestant traditions and a strict adherence to traditional Jewish beliefs.
Just as Sufism is considered heretical by mainstream Muslims, Neo-Abrahamism is heretical by Evangelicals. The latter due to its eager adoption of Orthodox and Sufi/Islamic beliefs implementing varying degrees of Catholic and Protestant belief.
Neo-Abrahamism is a revival movement focusing more on spirituality, commonality between the three faiths and adherence to the main texts (Quran, Philokalia, Torah, Talmud and Bible). Like the old Jews as well as Muslims and Orthodox Christians, they could frown a lot on dogs for being unholy which is in opposition to churches that allow them in.
Not that there’s anything wrong with dogs but they’re often suspected in the Bible as well. They’ll also frown on immodesty and anything that’s worldly and unholy. In fact, they’d even make contemporary Christians look hypocritical. Neo-Abrahamism is detached from politics, which makes it all the more a target of the political Evangelicals and Pentecostals who are now in communion with the Catholic Church.
While Neo-Abrahamism is a renewal of Abrahamic monotheism built on Sufism and contemporary Christian mysticism as well as the Orthodox church (oldest Christian branch), Evangelicalism at that point could readily accept the Catholic Pope as its leader but that’s saved for another post.
He wanted to be an athlete
But ended up doing something
Greater than joining a team.
The big fight between him
And them, defending his
Family against them no
Matter what and who.
He’s going to fight against
Corruption when he grows
Up, so don’t you worry.
Can’t find a car, wasn’t able
To go for today, maybe we
Can go with them to church.
Fandoms based around fictional characters in comics and novels aren’t anything new, what should be alarming is the possibility of those morphing into a proper religious cult if Jedism (spinoff of Star Wars fandom) and the Rescue Rangers Gadget cult are any indication. While society’s becoming secularism, the expression of religion isn’t it’s just diverted through secular stuff and alarmingly close to proper idolatry.
In 20 years time, people will research on these cartoon cults where fandoms dedicated to fictional characters are increasingly resembling ancient cults complete with ordained priests and ‘mysticism’. These cults will aggressively assimilate other cults just like they did a millennia ago or so. Roman animism assimilated both its Greek counterpart and that of more obscure ones like the Etruscans.
Watch out if a Tim Drake cult emerges and swallows up the Donald Duck cult. It sounds silly but that could happen anytime soon and preachers will call out on it.
A Japanese anime professional could start sounding the alarm about both the Japanese animation industry and its Western counterparts. Already the latter’s starting to catch up with the former in delivering graphic content and being aimed at adult audiences.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that but what was once the preserve of anime has now spread to Western animation outside of allusions and fanart. In my lifetime, an animated adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s stories will see the light of its day. It could be 120 Days of Sodom and would put many hentai to shame.
120 Days of Sodom is a really graphic work and should it be animated, it’ll make Legends of the Overfiend look tame and all the more astonishing as it’s a Western work adapted in a Western cartoon. There were already fears over violent productions such as Castlevania.
Japan’s ‘Midori’ animation has come close to actualising Sade’s vision in animation but 120 Days of Sodom the Cartoon would be worse than Salo is in terms of reputation and the content being shown. Because it’s animated, animators will think they can get away with it.
Even though it’s going to be just as banned as Salo was. They wanted adult animation but outside of Japanese productions and Salo nobody expected 120 Days of Sodom to be adapted, let alone twice. If a Japanese animator said that, it’ll cause controversy but will be an omen to come for Western animation.