. So, I have a story set a few hundred years in the future, where there’s a planet, colonized by humans, that endures a few decades of fundamentalist religious government. I don’t want to use any current religion for that — I don’t want to pick out fundamentalist Christians or Hindus or Muslims or whatever.
I’m sort of envisioning that some new religion / sect that started on Earth gets a real foothold on this colony planet (Solvida) and takes over. I could build something from scratch, but I’m tempted to create something that’s more of a mash-up of a couple different religions, at least as a start, because historically, religions often evolve, I think, with sects breaking off, etc.
I’m not religious myself, but was raised Catholic. I’m trying to figure out if I can do this in a way that’s reasonably respectful. Like, if I make up a new religion that borrows elements from Christianity and Hinduism, is that going to piss people off? (I’m not necessarily opposed to pissing some people off, but I want to do it consciously, not casually, if that makes sense.)
Thoughts? (Esp. interested in thoughts from religious people.)