Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

With this toot I'm starting to collect personal considerations about the spiritual dimension(s) of using and writing Free Software and of participating in the FLOSS communities.
I'm going to start with a disclaimer: These are my personal thoughts and feelings. It's neither meant to instruct anyone else how to think or feel about these topics nor do I want to dictate any concepts to communities.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

I'm highly aware most tech folks out there are not religious. I'm writing this for people who want to relate. And I'm writing this in English because I know targeting a world wide audience there are higher chances Christians using and writing Free Sofware are going to read and enjoy this thread. 😉

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Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

@letterus I do feel that Protestant Christians should relate very well to Free Software. It's one characteristic of the church back in the time that Martin Luther guaranteed the murder of many people over silly things. Coming out of the Middle Ages, I'm fairly sure the church taught that it was immoral for peasants to learn how to read.

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Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

The average man would be misled, they said, and misinterpret the words of the bible (the only book in existence, they said). Nobody was given any time or training on how to read, except the priesthood and maybe noblery. Literacy was to be left up to the professionals, they said, who would tell us how to live our lives, since we can't trust in ourselves.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

Similarly, promoters of closed source software say that it's okay that we don't have any time or training to learn how to compile our software. Source code is to be left up to the professionals, who tell us how to use our computer by providing handy binaries for download.

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So that was one big "push" of Protestantism if I recall. There was a huge controversy in the 17th century over the creation of the King James Bible, the first ever written in English, because of the fear that people would be able to read it. People were murdered by the state over this, trying to stop distribution of a readable bible. But like Gutenberg it couldn't be repressed, so they started claiming they intended all along for English peasants to read the bible, and that was that.

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