I can't remember the name of an obscure religion
November 22, 2009 7:19 PM   Subscribe

Can't remember the name of a particular obscure religion. Or maybe it is just a philosophy? I know it ends with "ism" and includes the name of the founder, perhaps? Can't remember any other details. :(

Any ideas?
posted by ascetic to Religion & Philosophy (25 answers total)
 
Many religions fall into that category. Maybe if you scan the list on The Ross Institute's site you'll find the religion you're asking about?
posted by necessitas at 7:22 PM on November 22, 2009


Zoroastrianism?
posted by pinky at 7:22 PM on November 22, 2009


Jainism? Sufism? Zoroastrianism?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:22 PM on November 22, 2009


I believe the first name of the founder is 'John'.
posted by ascetic at 7:23 PM on November 22, 2009


Uh, that's like totally vague, man.

Try these lists.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:24 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is it one of these?
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:24 PM on November 22, 2009


I'm suspecting Jainism, but you can look at Wikipedia's list of religions and do a find for "John." I did, and only came up with two cults.
posted by wackybrit at 7:24 PM on November 22, 2009


the Raelians, maybe?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:25 PM on November 22, 2009


Calvinism? Not a religion, but his name was John.
posted by hattifattener at 7:27 PM on November 22, 2009


John Frum-ism?
posted by infinitewindow at 7:37 PM on November 22, 2009


Discordianism?
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:48 PM on November 22, 2009


Confucianism?
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:48 PM on November 22, 2009


Dudeism?
posted by Theloupgarou at 7:50 PM on November 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Can you tell us anything at all about the religion? "I'm looking for a religion that's a name plus ism" is not a query that anybody can respond to other than by guessing random faiths.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:11 PM on November 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


Bokononism?
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 8:19 PM on November 22, 2009 [3 favorites]


Gurdjieffism?
posted by cosmac at 8:19 PM on November 22, 2009


Swedenborgianism?
posted by silby at 8:22 PM on November 22, 2009


Ahem.

Asceticism?

Is... is your name John?
posted by aparrish at 8:23 PM on November 22, 2009 [4 favorites]


The Mandeans follow John the Baptist...
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 8:25 PM on November 22, 2009


Are you thinking of the John Frum cargo cult?
posted by piro at 8:38 PM on November 22, 2009


Muggletonianism? Not that it's very likely (Lodowicke not likely to be misremembered as John), but a snippet of info you rarely get to chuck in there with any relevance.
posted by Abiezer at 8:45 PM on November 22, 2009


Calvinism?
posted by WCityMike at 9:04 PM on November 22, 2009


Yeah, I'm guessing you mean Calvinism, which is more on the fence between philosophy and religion than your run of the mill Christianity - well, it's basically your run of the mill Christianity + determinism.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:07 PM on November 22, 2009


Asceticism?

Otherwise this seems like a troll.
posted by proj at 9:19 PM on November 22, 2009


You're looking for the Glasites; known as the Sandemanians in the United States. The sect was founded by John Glas in 1730. Glasitism was kind of like Calvinism, but more extreme.

They disapprove of all lotteries and games of chance. Michael Faraday is an example of a prominent Glasite.
posted by mr_roboto at 9:43 PM on November 22, 2009


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