Much of the ideas found in the Church of Camwell are not original ideas. You will find that the Church of Camwell borrows from thousands of years of human philosophy and religion. So don't be surprised if you find yourself agreeing with some of the beliefs we espouse.
There is no ritual in this Church, nor is there any such thing as an ordained minister. There is no notion of evangelism because the Church of Camwell does not actively seek membership, nor is there any concept of conversion. We do not ask for your allegience, and we don't even ask that you renounce the religious heritage that you identify with.
All we ask is that you keep an open mind and engage in the discussion. The only ritual in this curch is discussion itself: rational discussion that is not interested in rivals trying to prove each other wrong, but rather men and women in fellowship together engaging in the discovery of Universal Truth. Since rational discussion is meant for all peoples in all times, that means everyone is able to partake in the ritual without special qualification or credential.
Should the Church of Camwell become a legitimate movement with me as its leader, I make my solemn vow that any moneys that are ever donated to the Church of Camwell will be given back to the community and donated to worthy charitable causes. I, Jack Camwell, will never keep even one single penny for myself. I will only consider taking donations if in the future we grow to a point where our members collectively can make a tangible contribution to society.
There are 5 basic beliefs that define the core of the Church of Camwell:
1. There is a Creator.
2. There is Universal Truth.
3. No single text has all the answers.
4. Doubt strengthens Faith.
5. We must be good and do good.
|L. Ron Hubbard|
This guy might be crazy, but I'm not.
This is a play on a verse found in Matthew's Gospel in the New Testament of the King James Version of the Bible. The verse reads "Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way" (Matthew 7:14). The notion is that there is only one way into heaven, and it's incredibly specific.
Here in the Church of Camwell, we believe that if indeed there is a heaven, an all-loving God would not have created humans to be so doubtful and thoughtful if he knew that 99% of them would never make it into heaven because of their "flawed" beliefs. So the idea is that the path to heaven, if such a place even exists, is pretty wide.
There is a lot of good found in rival religions. We don't believe that "anything goes." The gate is straight indeed, because being a good person is paramount. However, the road to Salvation is not based on the ideas of one single religion. So in the Church of Camwell, Jesus provides a route to Salvation that is just as legitimates as Mohammed's which is just as legitimate as Sidhartha Gautama's path.
This is not a rationalization to make ourselves feel better. This idea is based in logic. If God loves all of us dearly, and wants us all to be happy forever, then why would God make the path to Him so narrow? If you have a child, imagine that you have the chance to decide whether or not your child is allowed to spend eternity with you in paradise.
How would you make that decision? What sort of qualifications would you make? Would your child have to have refrained from alcohol all his life? Would you require that your child worship you? Would your child have to be heterosexual? Would your child have to do everything you say and completely submit to your will?
We all know your answer to each of those questions: no. You love your children, and you would never condemn them to an eternity of torture simply because they didn't listen to you, especially if they lived decent lives. You would allow them to spend eternity in bliss with you, because you love them and want them to be happy, regardless of their flaws. The Church of Camwell believes that this is how God feels about humanity. He loves us intensely, just as parents love their children.
So chew on that while you await the explication of our core beliefs.