Recursivitism.
Version of Tuesday 1 January 2019.

§1. Many people observe our universe and deem it complicated and intricate beyond human understanding. They ask an obvious question: "How did the universe get created?".

• To answer this, many religions posit a deity of great (perhaps infinite) intelligence and power; sometimes multiple deities. Implicit in this context are not only the assumption that the universe has not always existed, thereby necessitating a creative event for it to come into being; but also the assumption that the universe could not have created itself.

• Skeptics might counter as follows: If the complexity of the universe requires a creator, then surely that creator is no less complex than the universe it created. Therefore, the creator must need a higher-level creator.

• A frequently-heard religious rebuttal to this point is that the first-level creator has always existed — or perhaps it self-created — and therefore it requires no higher-level creator.

• At this stage, however, the skeptics will likely contest that if the creator can have always existed, why must we dismiss the possibility that the universe has always existed?

… and the debate will continue back and forth without end.


Such exchanges, although they have occured countless times, have arguably never led to a solid resolution of the matter; if they had, the participants would have discontinued re-enacting this script, moving on to other issues.

There is a second concern: If the purpose of the mortal life is to prepare us for some sort of afterlife, then what might be the purpose of the afterlife?

Fortunately, the religion known as Recursivitism provides a comprehensive and fully satisfying answer to these age-old conundra.


§2. Here is an introductory oversimplification:

Superscripts provide a convenient generalized notation for many divine terms. Examples:

nouns  adjectives
capitalized when substantivized
superscriptnon-superscript superscriptnon-superscript
Über0godGodall1mighty almighty
Über1godÜber-godall2mighty all-almighty
Über2godÜber-über-godall3mighty all-all-almighty
Über3godÜber-über-über-godall4mighty all-all-all-almighty
et sequens

Notes:

It now becomes clear why the founding documents of Recursivitism are sometimes called the "Holy Superscriptures".

Expansive as this theology may seem thus far, what we have seen so far is only a glimpse into a single "chain of command"; far greater breadth awaits the true believer. It turns out that there are multiple gods on every level.


§3. The reader may be familiar with the multiverse theory in science, which says that every universe that can exist does exist. This leads to infinitely many universes, which meshes perfectly with Recursivitism. Every universe has its own God, at the Über0god level to be specific.

Here is the general structure of the hierarchy:

Creations are as follows:

Each Überngod rules over what It created:

Recursivitism demonstrates that it is a genuine religion by wanting money; upholding the finest tradition of capitalism, it is a multi-level marketing scheme. Here is the schedule of explicit payments:

The following calculations reveal the net throughput of the explicit payments; these are not additional payments:

Here are the new terms from this section tabulated:

superscriptnon-superscript  superscriptnon-superscript
100verseuniverseevery1thing everything
101versedecaverseevery2thing every-everything
102versehectoverseevery3thing every-every-everything
103versekiloverseevery4thing every-every-every-everything
et sequens


§4. Some additional vocabulary is helpful in describing what happens after a mortal dies. Here are some destinations a soul might visit:

superscriptnon-superscript  superscriptnon-superscript
ultra0heavenheaven  infra0hell hell
ultra1heavenultra-heaven infra1hell infra-hell
ultra2heavenultra-ultra-heaven infra2hell infra-infra-hell
ultra3heavenultra-ultra-ultra-heaven infra3hell infra-infra-infra-hell
et sequens

Each ultranheaven has an Überngod in charge, while each infranhell has an Unternsatan in charge. There is a one-to-one correspondence between ultranheavens and infranhells; and between Überngods and Unternsatans.

superscriptnon-superscript  superscriptnon-superscript
after0life mortal lifehyper−1eternityfinite time
after1life afterlifehyper0eternityeternity
after2life after-afterlifehyper1eternityhyper-eternity
after3life after-after-afterlifehyper2eternityhyper-hyper-eternity
et sequens

The purpose of the mortal life is to prepare the soul for the after1life. The purpose of any afternlife is to prepare the soul for the aftern+1life.

A hyperneternity lasts for a inn+1finite amount of time. On the other hand, the duration of mortal life is finite (in0finite). These inn+1finities need a more precise description; they are based on the sequence of aleph numbers, each an infinity that is "larger" than the previous.

aleph duration eternity
0 in1finite time hyper0eternity
1 in2finite time hyper1eternity
2 in3finite time hyper2eternity
3 in4finite time hyper3eternity
et sequens


§5. Every religion has rules and regulations, and Recursivitism is no different. On the one hand, there are infinitely many commandments; on the other hand, each God has issued only one commandment, helping to simplify things:

Rigorous orthographers might apply superscription to the verbs, as "Each Überngod ren+1quires …".


§6. This section explains how a soul can move around.

§6A. At the end of their earthly life, a mortal goes to heaven if their God deems their behavior satisfactory according to Its com1mandment as described in §5 above; hell otherwise.

§6B. At the end of a soul's eternal afterlife, their Über1god evaluates the soul's compliance to Its com2mandment:

A soul whose behavior is erratic might bounce between a heaven and a hell several times.

§6C. At the end of a soul's hyper-eternal after-afterlife, their Über2god evaluates the soul's compliance to Its com3mandment:

A soul whose behavior is erratic might bounce between an ultra-heaven and an infra-hell several times.

§6D. At the end of a soul's hyperneternal aftern+1life, their Übern+1god evaluates the soul's compliance to Its comn+2mandment:

A soul whose behavior is erratic might bounce between an ultranheaven and an infranhell several times.

§6E. To summarize:

current
location
next location
satisfactory
behavior
unsatisfactory
behavior
mortal lifeheavenhell
heavenultra-heavenhell
hellheaveninfra-hell
ultra-heavenultra2heaveninfra-hell
ultra-hellultra-heaveninfra2hell
ultra2heavenultra3heaveninfra2hell
ultra2hellultra2heaveninfra3hell
ultranheavenultran+1heaveninfranhell
ultranhellultranheaveninfran+1hell


§7. How was the information in this document obtained?

A pron+1phet is also a pronphet, with ren+1velations similarly subsumptive. However, a pronphet is not necessarily a pron+1phet.


§8. In the terminology, variations in the use of hyphens are not regarded as heretical. This is because languages differ in their use of that mark of punctuation, and because within any one language authors might hold diverse opinions. Hence no rigorous policy will be promulgated.

"Afterlife" is a widely-used word, so this report inserts no hyphen. By contrast, "Über-god" is hyphenated because "Übergod" is scarcely attested (although the German equivalent "Übergott" does enjoy some currency).

Contrast that "infra-infra-infra-hell" would be very difficult to figure out without hyphens ("infrainfrainfrahell"), while the hyphenless "everyeveryeverything" is moderately readable.