What becomes of religion in Copiosis?
The answer: “Nothing.”
People continue practicing their faiths, attending rituals and ceremonies at places of worship as they always have.
Furthermore, the Separation of Church and State becomes irrelevant, because there won’t be a state. If a religious group forms its own community where members agree to live according to holy books and behavior codes, they can.
They can even evangelize.
These things may or may not generate NBR. The determining factors are whether evangelism and living in a largely spiritually-governed community produces more benefit than harm.
Copiosis focuses on Individuals
At this point, it is worth remembering that in Copiosis, only individuals receive NBR. Organizations aren’t eligible for NBR as NBR goes to human beings. Not organizations, legally personified or otherwise.
Within religious organizations, officers and hierarchies (popes, imams, bishops, etc) likely still exist. These people have some authority in matters of doctrine.
But they will have no power or influence over others, because there will be no rewards or punishments they can leverage. Even their followers can decide themselves whether they believe how these leaders believe. This may cause problems for certain religious leaders.
For example, a religious Association may send its missionaries out to win converts, but unless a convert experiences some type of Net Benefit — a community to belong to, for example, or some kind of psychological or emotional peace, chances are missionaries and those who trained them will receive no NBR.
On the other hand, someone who converts for those reasons may receive NBR, if their behavior enhances community and emotional peace of others, as will the missionary who converted them, those who trained the missionary and the Association leaders. The Association gets nothing.
Likewise, a religious Association dedicated to embracing society’s “outcasts” may very well benefit the community. But from the Copiosis algorithm perspective, individuals contributing to the Association’s dedication own results produced. So they get NBR. not the Association.
Universal Values are common to all
We at Copiosis expect the world’s religions, as well as their leaders, will happily embrace this innovation. The entire system rests on one fundamental principle underlying the core of every major faith:
Copiosis didn’t spawn from a particular spiritual creed. Isn’t it ironic though that every spiritual approach accords with it?
In Copiosis, you treat others as you want to be treated. When you do, you get rich. It’s as simple as that.