You’ve probably heard of a lot of other “isms” when it comes to beliefs. There’s agnosticism (not sure if there is a God), theism (belief in one or more Gods), monotheism (one God), polytheism (many gods), deism (belief that there is a God, but he’s not personally involved), and even atheism (belief in no God). Get ready to add a new ism to your vocabulary: omnism.

It’s actually not new; the term was coined back in 1839 by Philip J. Bailey in his poem “Festus.” But in the new millennium, the time seems to be ripe for the concept to catch on.

 “Religion is all true in part but none in totality.”


Omni means ‘all’; in turn, omnism is the belief in all.
All of what, exactly? It’s the belief that all religions have a point everything has a “single, transcendent purpose or cause uniting all things or people.”


Like all other isms, monism is a position; not a religion in itself. There are no specific teachings, no rituals and no particular sets of beliefs that omnists follow. It’s more of a way of thinking and a way of approaching religious teachings. Omnists beliefs generally fall into two main trains of thought.

The first is that all religions and belief systems have some truth– like life, the universe and everything (even God) is part of some grand cosmic puzzle, and each religion has a few of its own pieces. When people focus too intently on their few pieces, they’re missing the bigger picture– the grand scheme of things.

The other train of thought is that omnism is the complete opposite of dogmatism. Dogmatic religions have virtually ruled the planet for centuries now, laying down principles and beliefs from holy scriptures that were held up as unquestionable and inerrant truths. In this day and age, it gets harder and harder for people to force themselves to stick to the writings in ancient texts as literal and infallible– we want to respect their wisdom but many people can no longer take them as incontrovertible fact.

The Omnist, being the opposite of dogmatic, holds an open mind when it comes to spirituality and religion. They’re open to that wisdom, to the truths found within the different systems, without holding one as more valuable or superior.

The funny thing is, a lot of people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious, who feel they are spiritually eclectic and progressive, are often omnists who never even heard the word.


In this particular era, omnism seems to work for a lot of people. We live in the information age and more diverse times. We get to meet people of other religions and see they aren’t lunatics or monsters. We bust the stereotypes so that we can live together peacefully and learn to appreciate what we can about each other’s beliefs. We have the internet, we can download volumes of books in minutes and learn about different beliefs. We can share experiences and respect that we all have had the kinds of experiences to which we can relate.

On top of that, we can no longer ignore facts in favor of scripture. We have come too far in our studies of science, history, psychology, culture, etc. to ignore facts or take things on assumption of scriptural accuracy. Religions that require us to abandon that knowledge and reason are illogical to us, yet many human beings still find they have faith in something greater than themselves. Omnism works because the very root of it is to have an open mind, to think, to explore and to make sense of it all using multiple sources.

This could be the new way many spiritual people learn to express themselves, and is likely something we’ll see people of all faiths moving toward more and more in the coming decades.



  1. Excellent post. I actually forgot about the term, and I agree that many spiritual people not committed to any one religion are really Ominists. In today’s world the ease of fact-finding (and also falsehoods), science, and the disillusionment that many feel towards ‘church’ and religion as a whole–Catholicism and Islam for example–due to humans’ ability to desecrate and destroy certain aspects for their own gain and pleasure, omnism has seen a resurgence of sorts. Thank you for this post! Happy Saturday. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  2. That there is truth in almost everything, there can be no doubt; but I’ve always found the modern “open-minded” notion about spirituality a bit nonsensical. As one clever person said, “And open mind is nonsense: it’s an excuse to believe in anything, and commit to nothing.” I’m all for tolerance and kindness – humans should and can live in peace with differing views – whoever teaches the opposite of social peace is the worst of humans. But it is equally ridiculous to suggest that spiritual truth is essentially unknowable and relativistic. If our conscience dictates to us that living in peace is better than being at war, that’s a clue right there that the metaphysical world is not as relativistic as modern omnists would like to suppose. Omnism in my opinion is for a dying collective conscience that hasn’t the intellectual fortitude to discriminate between good and bad ideas…, or good and better ideas, nor to the intestinal fortitude to learn and to study and to compare ideas.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree but …I think my job to clear all the doubt which we have about religion …I’m a seeker of truth and its not about discrimination but bring the truth up front which people are still unknown of 🙂


  3. Omnists, should they investigate Baha’i for themselves, will be surprised to find that this Unity of all spiritual systems is exactly what Baha’u’llah brought to human consciousness. We do not hold to dogma, which is itself a man-devised add-on to spiritual truth.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Baha’i believe in one God and the spiritual unity of all humans.  They have three primary beliefs. 

      The unity of God, and that there is only one God.

      The unity of religion, and religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God.

      The unity of humans, and all humans are created equal and diverse cultures and people are one.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I would like to ask a question. Do you believe in God or truth? Because truth is a two way street. Those who make their own truth because unable to accept the real truth, or just the Truth…God’s Truth. I’m not going to assume, because while you’re posts are interesting you seem to be skeptic, even if you don’t think you are coming off that way, which if you are, I am totally cool and would be happy to give you some advice.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s