Dodekatheism circumvents many of the pitfalls of modern religions. There is no centralized power structure, no ‘sacred book’, no coercive notions of ‘salvation’ and ‘sin’ and no arbitrary rules governing behavior or ethics. Instead, Dodekatheism incorporates all of life and is a broad framework with a huge number of points of reference; it is the responsibility of the individual to make the connections that are meaningful to them.
We live in an age of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ spirituality, in which the individual must glean not only their spiritual needs, but how best to meet them. If this did not offer enough challenges, spirituality has been covertly colonized by capitalism. Increasingly, people are trying to fill the religious void in their lives with seminars, workshops, books and trinkets.
Dodekatheism is an ‘organised religion’ that promotes a fertile inner life, without the dogma and coercion that we have come to associate with religion. It also eschews the need for ‘self-creation through consumption’ that has come to characterize modern spirituality. Dodekatheism provides the ‘first principles’ for a stable spirituality, but it is the responsibility of each individual to incorporate and build from there. Luckily, Elaion offers a spiritual community who can support you through that process.