Look at what L. Ron Hubbard did. People will line up to read the most obviously specious crap. I understand why Americans become Christian. They grow up with it and simply absorb it. But why in the world does someone decide to become a Scientologist. This is a religion whose innermost secrets are rather obviously the invention of a sci fi author. And guess who that might be?
I'm sure Scientology made LRH a bundle and right now I'd like to get off my Top Ramen and chili dog diet and ride around in a stretch limo with a champagne bar and a cadre of bodyguards and a bevy (whatever that is) of 20 year old porn actresses. That would be when I'm not in international waters in my 400 ft yacht.
To get there, I need to invent a religion even more outrageous than Scientology.
What should its core beliefs be? Is it possible to outdo LRH?
"In Europe and other Western cultures since the Catholic Inquisition, the big theistic religions have been losing influence." - again, this is my point. It's because we have strong secular institutions which do the job of policing society.
"you're finding it difficult to let go of the moralistic religion you once accepted." - I've been an atheist since the age of 5. Independent thinker, man and boy.
Simon, you're giving the word "independent" a new meaning.
I don't know, it seems like the traditional meaning. Unorthodox.