Written by Metal Team

On July 2, 2018

🙏 Oh God, There’s a Blockchain Religion

You might have that friend who’s so into crypto it seems like they’re already in a religion, but there is now an actual blockchain-based religion. Matt Liston, the former CEO of Augur, and a self-proclaimed atheist, has started a blockchain religion 0xΩ, pronounced Zero Ex Omega, according to Liston in a Forbes article.

Holy moly? What is a blockchain religion? Is it just the great prophet… uh, Matt saying, “Let there be religion on the blockchain!” And so it was done and verified nine times because the blockchain Gods must be appeased more than once. Well, kind of.

Stocksy_txp55a4f0acvT0200_Small_188485

A blockchain-based religion is not easy to wrap your head around, but we’ll work to figure it out together. Liston distributed 40 copies of what he calls the ‘flame paper,’ the religion’s closest thing to a holy book and also a nod to a white paper used to describe the purpose of new coins in Initial Coin Offerings.

Is it a joke? No, apparently. That doesn’t mean there aren’t jokes to be made. “And now, a reading from the book of Satoshi,” but it appears that Liston is serious about this.

“We want to bring in new types of thinking and push the boundaries for what the technologies can be used for,” said Liston. “The idea is you can take an existing religion, say Judaism, and you could place the scripture in a blockchain,” Liston told Forbes.

Stocksy_txpf0c7743ewT0200_Small_1181474

With religion currently being highly centralized, meaning the power to change the beliefs or implement any major changes within the organization lies within a handful of leaders at the top. The parishioners themselves don’t have much power, if any. A decentralized religion on the blockchain could change all that.

Blockchain religions could allow for parishioners or members to have voting power. They could vote on the blockchain for new leaders, changes in the religions main beliefs, which charitable projects to undertake and more. It could potentially disrupt another multi-billion dollar business, the business of faith.

Zero Ex Omega isn’t the first to mix religion with blockchain technology. Biblepay, is a cryptocurrency where according to their website, 10% of their funds are donated to charity. There’s also JesusCoin, the winner for best name. And it quickly resurrects after a price drop.

A blockchain-based religion may have some drawbacks. Especially if your sins remain forever publicly available on the blockchain. The big question remains, will people flock to a blockchain-based religion?

Would you join a blockchain religion? Let us know on Twitter.

Other Metal Pay posts:

SEC sues Ripple – XRP trading halted, and our response

SEC sues Ripple – XRP trading halted, and our response

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against  Ripple has captured the attention of the cryptocurrency industry. The accusations against Ripple are serious and the potential consequences significant. As a result, a number of exchanges have halted the...

Metal 2020 – Year in Review

Metal 2020 – Year in Review

The past year has been a shock for billions of people around the world. It seemed like no other year in recent memory had such a mix of good news and bad news, hardship and excitement, opportunities and closed doors. 2020 has been hard, but it has also been an...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking Crypto over the Holidays

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking Crypto over the Holidays

This holiday season, we know it will be a little awkward navigating conversations with your family whenever cryptocurrency comes up. After all, these are the people who probably rolled their eyes at you whenever you talked about “going to the Moon” all of those years...

Marshall’s AMA with WazirX – MTL, Proton, and more!

Marshall’s AMA with WazirX – MTL, Proton, and more!

Our CEO, Marshall Hayner, recently sat down with the team from WazirX to celebrate them listing our first cryptocurrency, Metal (MTL), on their exchange! WazirX is one of the largest and most trusted exchanges in India; adding MTL to this exchange gives over a billion...

Metal Heads-up – November 2020

Metal Heads-up – November 2020

It’s pretty ironic that just as the seasons change and winter inches closer, the cryptocurrency winter is beginning to fade. The price of Bitcoin is climbing, altcoins are following close behind, and whispers about cryptocurrency are spreading throughout the media. It...