Earthseed: a new religion inspired by Octavia Butler’s “Parable” series

God is Change.
Shape God.
The Destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars.

Click here to visit the Earthseed website, home of one of several new religions inspired by speculative fiction author Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998):

Most religions are ultimately cargo cults. Adherents perform required rituals, follow specific rules, and expect to be supernaturally gifted with desired rewards—long life, honor, wisdom, children, good health, wealth, victory over opponents, immortality after death, any desired rewards. Earthseed offers its own rewards—room for small groups of people to begin new ways of life with new opportunities, new concepts of wealth, new challenges to grow and to learn and to decide what to become. Earthseed is the dawning adulthood of the human species. It offers the only true immortality. It enables the seeds of the Earth to become the seeds of new life, new communities on new earths. The Destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars, and there, again, to grow, to learn, and to fly.

In addition to inspiring the creation of Earthseed, Octavia Butler’s Parable series helped inspire other religious movements, including the Solseed Movement and the Terasem Faith.

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