Introduction to Holochrestianism

Zoroastrianism traces its origin back to the common pagan culture of Europe. Into this culture was born Zarathustra an enlightened philosopher and teacher who planted the seed of thought that has lead to our modern-day civilisation.

Yet today the religious culture of our society has decayed and is no longer serving its purpose of guiding good behaviour and promoting the life-supporting order.

Modern Holochrestians hope to help rejuvenate the religious culture of the western world by re-awakening its memory of its cultural origins and promoting good cultural forms of wisdom, wisdom-seeking, ethics and worship relevant to its needs.

The word Holochrestia derives from two Greek words: Holos meaning whole and Khrehstos meaning useful. Holochrestia is ‘usefulness to the whole’ or ‘service to the world’ or ‘working for the common good’.

Holochrestians work for the Best Order (Artista) of the world such that life flourishes (Eudaimonia) and living beings are happy (Ushta). They believe in the natural law – that the law of right-joining of things (Artalogos) is derived from the innate nature of the things themselves and not from the arbitrary command of any being. They work for Best-Order by developing their Good Mind (Humanah) so that they can understand the Whole (Holos) in all its intricacy and interconnection and have the ability and motivation to take the best action (Eudrama) accordingly.

This group may suit those on the edges of Jesuchristianity – perhaps both attracted and repelled – but looking for an ethical identity they can embrace wholeheartedly.

Humanah : Eudrama : Eutaxis : Hukasatra : Eudaimonia!
Good Mind : Good Deeds : Good World Order : Good Rule : Good life!

NB Holochrestianism is humanistic but linked to Mithraism which is more traditionally religious.

February 2013