Thoughts On Faith Building: Pillars Of The Revival Faith

In continuing my thoughts on building communities I want to next address the idea of having a set of held beliefs within a faith that solidifies the sense of belonging. For this, I have looked to Islam’s Five Pillars for inspiration:

The ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam are the foundation of Muslim life:

  • Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
  • Establishment of the daily prayers;
  • Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
  • Self-purification through fasting; and
  • The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

Islam 101

Before I go further, I am very aware that although all Muslims believe in the Five Pillars it has not stopped the bloodshed of Muslim on Muslim violence and that it has not been successful in creating an Utopian religious community. However, as I have witnessed, reverts to the faith are reminded that no matter how much they are policed by their zealots if they believe in the Five Pillars then they are Muslim. They are Muslim Enough.

This is what I would like to establish: that no matter how we see fit to carrying out our faith, if we agree on our Five Pillars then we are Revival Enough.

While making this list I tried to keep it as broad themed as possible so that each Revival culture and individuals within each sect may adapt it to fit their needs.

The Five Pillars of the Revival Faith:

  • Faith or belief in the pantheon of Gods as separate individuals and acceptance of Their influence in our lives.
  • Establishment of daily prayers.
  • Concern and involvement in community service and social justice.
  • Building a strong Hearth and Home.
  • Pilgrimage to holy sites.

Let’s break each one down:

  • Faith or belief in the pantheon of Gods and acceptance of Their influence in our lives:

Personally, I think this would be an acceptable Decree of Faith (Revival version of Shahada) as this is the at the very heart of what makes a Polytheist a Polytheist. We hold the belief in multiple Gods and that each One is a separate individual. We also have accepted that these Gods do, in fact, influence our lives.

What is important to establish is that this belief does not negate syncretism or that The Gods could be part of a Greater Whole. It is, however, establishing the belief that each God is a whole entity unto Themselves and not archetypes.

  • Establishment of daily prayers.

Communication with the Gods is key in any faith. There is no wrong or right way to preform daily prayers, what is important is that it is done.

  • Concern and involvement in community service and social justice. 

Giving back to our communities and being involved in creating a more just world is how we better serve the Gods.

  • Building a strong Hearth and Home.

Regardless of how Family looks (mother, father, children ;  single parent with children ; same sex parents with children ; childless couples, ect) the keystone to our faith is the Hearth and Home. By establishing a strong faith that involves the care of each family member’s relationship with the Gods, we create the keystone to stronger communities.

  • Pilgrimage to holy sites.

Not everyone will be able to make a pilgrimage to holy sites, I know this. However, I think it is important to have that one will attempt to do so at least once in their lives. There is no “official” list of holy sites as that is an individual assessment.

Please note that this is a general outline explaining each point. I left each topic as broad stroked as I can in order for people to inject their own thoughts and experiences. It’s not perfect but it’s a good start.