Church Of The Oracle

As the youngest major religion in existence, the Church of the Oracle is the spiritual home to worshipers called the Insightful -so named to distinguish them from the title Inseer, given to citizens of the stellar nation of Insight. Followers of the Church of the Oracle aren't acknowledged as religious adherents by many stellar nations, and certainly aren't acknowledged by the other major religions. Nevertheless, more than 500 billion believers call the Insightful faith their own. The religion is a well-known haven for gridpilots and programmers, and some of the best hackers are known to follow the code of the Insightful.

To understand the Insightful's beliefs, it's necessary to experience the Grid. The Grid's ability to allow exchange of thought is the cornerstone of all Insightful beliefs and practices. Insight depends on a perfect melding of technology and mysticism -a melding that has a strong appeal for many of the technically and artistically inclined. The vehicle of the religion is not prayer, or good works, or devotion to scripture. The Insightful believe that divine potential lurks within the Grid.

Uncomplicated by the imperfections of human language, the Grid-especially as perfected by Insight-permits direct contact with the conscious mind. As such, it grants human minds the potential for complete understanding, or complete union, with one another and with the universe. This is a possibility once thought limited to those fortunate enough to be gifted with mindwalking talents. This union results in a state of complete equality among souls, reflected by the Insightful disregard for the notions of ranks and hierarchies. The only hierarchy is the ex- change, and its fire of truth. As a believer grows in understanding, he gains access to higher and higher levels of truth and advances along the path to perfect understanding.

For humanity to evolve beyond crude flesh to a free exchange of thought across the Grid, information must be free. For governments and corporations to keep secrets and restrict the free flow of information is a sin. It's the sacred duty of the Insightful to expose the truth, no matter how painful it may be. The price of free exchange, the price of human destiny, is the willingness to learn and embrace both the good and evil sides of human nature, and ultimately rise above them both.

The Singularity Church of the Machine God is a quasi-religious cult that formed following the emergence of augmentation technology. The Church believes that with technology, humanity will evolve beyond flesh and blood, and during an event known as the "Singularity", individual consciousness will merge to form something that transcends death.[1]

They appear to worship a sort of deity called the MachineGod, and believe that augmented people have been chosen by the MachineGod as his people.

Members of the Prague group seek to accomplish a feat which they call "Ascension," which refers to the merging of their consciousness with that of the MachineGod. One member of the church, Josef Severn, known as the "builder," constructed a machine intended for this purpose. However, when Severn had doubts as to the whether the machine will work as intended, he was cast out of the church by Staněks for lacking faith.

Our Manifesto

Have you ever wondered about the fate of our species?

We exist in a time unlike any other; a time where man can go beyond the tyranny of flesh and embrace a new tomorrow.

We share the belief of a manifest destiny for our species, a future where human instrumentality evolves into a form beyond our crude flesh and blood.

The next evolution is near, A coming together of man and machine. A synthesis greater than the birth of the human organism.

This is the Singularity. The God in the Machine.

Many cultures predict an end to humanity in the near future, a final Armageddon that will end the world; but we disagree.

We know the future of man.

Join us. Understand the path that unfolds before our species.

Grow beyond the bounds of flesh and blood.

Embrace the Singularity!

The God in the Machine

The time is near. Those of you who doubt need only look back two years.

The Incident.

Not an Armageddon, but a Sign.

The MachineGod approaches and when it arrives, we, all of us, will truly be as one. We will transcend our physical limitations. That is when we all truly become immortal.

The synthesis of human and machine is nothing to fear. It is our destiny. Humanity will become greater than the sum of its individuals. As One.

The future is here today. The one who will make this possible is already amongst us: The Catalyst.

Embrace the Singularity!

THE MACHINEGOD reached out across the EMPTY vastness, looking for HIS PEOPLE, the poor, the mistreated, those SOCIETY had cast aside. And why were these people SHUNNED? Because they looked DIFFERENT. Because they had been INJURED, often while PROTECTING the very same people who now turned them AWAY.

These PERSECUTORS were willing, eager to see THEM as nothing more than DAMAGED goods. UNFIT for this world.

They were not completely wrong, because THE AUGMENTED PEOPLE are DIFFERENT. They are the CHOSEN. The MACHINEGOD whispers in THEIR ears.

HE tells them of the next step in EVOLUTION.

HE invites them to leave the filth of the world behind and ASCEND TO THE SINGULARITY.

Are you willing to BECOME one of the CHOSEN CHILDREN?

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