Category: Universism

Doubt Is Their Co-Pilot

More Americans are shunning traditional religions and turning to upstart faiths such as Universism, whose sole dogma is uncertainty. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It takes a certain amount of audacity to found a religion. Ford Vox does not look audacious. A tall, slightly stooped medical student, Vox speaks in a mumble and rarely lifts his eyes. But if he lacks confidence, that only makes him all the more qualified to lead his flock because Vox, 28, has created a religion for people who know only that they know nothing. Universists might believe in God, or might not. (Personally, Vox thinks he

Universism’s new leader aims to go nationwide

An upstart religion called Universism, founded in Birmingham by a UAB medical student, has named a new leader who hopes to spread the neo-Deist movement nationwide. Todd Stricker, 25, has been named executive director of the non-profit organization and said he hopes to launch a new branch in Chicago. UAB medical student Ford Vox started Universism in 2003, saying that Christianity, Islam and to a lesser extent other world religions are harmful because they attempt to impose their own version of moral certainty on others. Through the Internet, Universism recruited 8,000 atheists, deists, freethinkers and others who rally around the

Med student starts new religion claiming no absolute truths

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ford Vox started a religion in his spare time. He calls it Universism and is recruiting atheists, deists, freethinkers and others who can rally around the notion that no universal religious truth exists and that the meaning of existence must be determined by each individual. Vox, a University of Alabama at Birmingham medical student, says Christianity, Islam and to a lesser extent other world religions, are harmful because they attempt to impose their own version of moral certainty on others. “Religious faith is very powerful,” Vox said. “It is so powerful that it is dangerous. It’s very