FAQ

What do Chians believe?

Everything, and nothing. The Chian way teaches the Possibility of everything. We seek to debate, to push the envelope of belief, to diminish blind faith and replace it with the knowledge that in an infinite universe, anything is Possible. We do not deny the existence of any god nor gods, nor do we try to disprove evolution, creation or intelligent design. We seek only to enlighten others as to the High Improbability of anything a human “knows” being an actual or fundamental truth.

Do Chians believe in God?

If by God you mean Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, or any other omnipotent supernatural entity, the short answer is no. However, a true Chian does not deny the Possibility of such a being existing. A Chian will more than likely choose not to worship such an entity, but will know the High Improbability of one god being in charge of everything.

Do Chians believe in Christ?

The character known to millions as Jesus Christ, son of Mary and Joseph, Probably existed. Enough historical evidence exists to point to a vocal community leader of that name being alive at that time. Was he the son of a god? Highly Improbable. Was he influential in leading peaceful resistance, establishing a community spirit of love for fellow man? Absolutely. The teachings of Christ, whether they come from fact or fiction, are guidelines any human can use to guide life choices.

As with any modern self-help book, the bible, and the teachings of Christ (or any other human) should be reviewed for usefulness and adaptability. If following some of Christs’ methods – or indeed those of any other preacher, prophet or community leader – helps you to lead a better, more fruitful life experience, we urge you to follow those teachings.

Do Chians believe in evolution?

Chians generally accept natural selection as an effect, not cause. Evolution theory is the very essence of the Chian trinity, the Possible, the Probable and the Highly Improbable. While Chians find it easier to grasp the math involved with evolution over other Possibilities, all theory remains just that; a theory. Evolution is as Highly Improbable as any other Possibility, be it creationism or aliens running an ant farm stocked with humans.

Do Chians respect other faiths?

Not only do we respect other faiths, we urge our fellow Chians to sample all the major human ideologies. Knowledge of the human condition is paramount. Faith can be an interesting experiment, however, Chians do not practice blind acceptance of any faith, creed or statement of “fact”, even those found in the CHI.

Does the CHI have anything to do with Scientology?

No. Scientology teaches certain things as undeniable fact. The only thing a Chian knows for sure, is that he or she doesn’t actually “know” anything. Remember: religion is not an exact science.

Does the CHI have anything to do with Discordianism?

No, although the practices of the Discordian movement are often in line with some Chian principles. The Chian way teaches that nothing should be dismissed out of hand, and as such we believe the Discordians have as much to offer the race as any other practice.

How can nothing be true?

For anything to be true, there would need to be a fundamental measurement of true versus false. In an infinite universe, no such measure can feasibly exist.

If you believe in nothing, how can you function?

Day-to-day life would be very hard indeed, if we didn’t accept some things as fact. For example, it would be hard eating dinner without some belief that the food is actually on a plate in front of you. Chians are very aware of the constant Probability shifts around them, and learn to temporarily accept certain things as Probable, such as oncoming traffic, money and oxygen. However, this should never prohibit or hinder free thought and open discussion about the actual existence of any of these.

What exactly is reality?

Reality is set of Probabilities abstracted from perception. Alter your perception, you alter reality. Humans alter reality in small ways o­n a daily basis. For example, if a human is fired from his job, often the events surrounding the firing will vary greatly from person to person, based upon their perception of the incident.

Humans tend to deny the exisitence of things they don’t like, maybe a homeless person vomiting o­n the street; for most passers-by the homeless man simply doesn’t exist, or exists o­nly for a fraction of a second. For the o­ne human who actually gets vomint o­n his shoes, the homeless man takes o­n a wholly new existence, or reality.

Do not confuse history with reality though, history is infinitely more malleable than the present.

Do Chians believe anything is real?

Not really (pun intended). What is “real”? Basically, it is something the brain has decided to take o­nboard and store as a frame of reference, usually as memory, which will later be used to help form cognitive decisions. Therefore, anything a human decides to see, is real. However, humans can easily decide not to see some things. Douglas Adams termed this the Somebody Else’s Problem Field, modern scientists call it Inattentional Blindness, others call it simply Faith. Whatever the name, or justification, humans create their own reality, each o­ne individual and different from the next – usually not by much – but different all the same.

Merriam Webster defines reality as “the quality or state of being real” and “something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily”. This embodies the Chian principle that reality exists o­nly out of necessity, we (humans) need something to work with just so we can move about without bumping into each other all the time, and this reality is easily changed as those needs change.

Merriam Webster defines real as “of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things”. Everyone knows that nothing is permanent, fixed or immovable. No-one can step forward and point to anything that isn’t moving. The monitor you’re reading this o­n is travelling at thousands of miles per hour. It will not last forever, and it is easily moved. Therefore, by human definition, not Chian definition it is not real. We’re not making this up, just pointing it out.