Omegism, or Omega Point Theology
Omega Point theology has evolved over the millennia. Originally it was proposed in the 20th century c.e. that God would be the result of the evolution of all (or some) intelligent life; "It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God but to create him." as Arthur C. Clarke put it. The original Omega theories of Teilhard de Chardin and Frank J. Tipler have long been superseded by new discoveries in evolution and cosmology.
The greatest voice in Omegism was Mahara Benisol. When she posted the first section of her classic virch The Bridged Abyss, dealing with the Omega Point and the manifest destiny of intelligence in growing into omniscience, omnipotence and closure. It became the core of much of modern eschatology.
Benisol's omegism influenced and continues to influence Omegism. The basic belief presumes a ladder of life, a chain of being from less to greater, form more basal to more ultimate, subsapient to transapient, alpha to omega.
In omegism the cosmos is moving towards a perfect state of omega. For many of these memes, existence can be seen to progress tree-wise through a series of distinct stages, even allowing for many dead-ends and rambling branches. The central axis, if indeed there is a single central axis, is from inorganic and unconscious matter to simple life to developed sentience and finally intelligence. Critics point out that it is absurd to postulate a single ladder of evolution. Not only are the countless lower lifeforms - both biological and alife - that show no tendencies towards increasing intelligence, but also there are many forms of sentience, even more forms of sapience, each going off in their own particular direction.
Periodically radical new forms of omegism emerge. These include
- Orthomegism claiming that while the exact nature of Omega remains highly conjectural, there can only exist one possible and consistent Omega and omegism and all others will eventually be revealed by their internal contradictions; also, by the unique nature of Omega all physical laws and in fact the entire history of the universe can be derived as a logical corollary
- Paramegism that the Omega already exists as the attractor in hypospace all advanced AIs merge with - it is not time but size which is the spiritual progression
- Omnimegism that all possible worlds already exist, forming a perfect timeless unity which is Omega. Our own universe and history is just an insignificant part of Omega - striving to evolve to an Omega Point is just a way of becoming isomorphic with the all
- Technomegism using spacetime engineering it is possible to set up one's own baby universe where total philosophical and theological closure is possible
Benefit: Omegism which functions as Religion and Philosophy at +2, which can be improved as a normal profession.
Core Value: Omegism — That the universe is evolving from less complex to more complex, a ladder of life, a chain of being from less to greater, form more basal to more ultimate, subsapient to transapient, alpha to omega.