IN SHORT, JOSHUANISM IS ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
To fully understand Joshuanism, the best thing to do is read the book:
Joshuanism: A Path Beyond Christianity
by Michael Vito Tosto
Knowing God can sometimes be the most difficult thing we as humans can do. Many obstacles stand in our way: societal distractions, the expectations of others, temptations, even ourselves. However, have you ever considered that the very religion you practice can be the greatest obstacle? Is it possible that the institutions, conventions, and accepted norms of your religion are so fraught with baggage, human distortion, and misconceptions that your religious pursuits are actually hurting you rather than helping you? If the answer is "yes", then perhaps you stumble in your pursuit of God because the road you're walking no longer truly leads to him.
This book suggests that the answer is indeed "yes," and within this book is a road map back to the basics, back to the original intent. Yes, to go forward, we must go back. But by going back, we are thus compelled to go forward in a new direction with open minds and fresh ideas. You are therefore invited into an intriguing conversation, a journey of thought and theology, a path beyond that which you are currently experiencing.
What is this path? It's called Joshuanism, and it is rooted in the same son of God Christianity worships: Jesus. Yet in this case, we are approaching him with a fresh, unencumbered perspective, preferring to call on him by his Hebrew name: Joshua.
If you indeed feel that what you've been doing has just not worked, or if you've never attempted to know God but feel you have the desire to do so, then you have been beckoned to evolve. So, come. Evolve. Be a part of the conversation...
A short introductory video to the book:
Two excerpts from Joshuanism: A Path Beyond Christianity:
“Joshuanism is a new avenue for people who are perhaps a little disillusioned with institutional, organized Christianity. It seeks to bring a new conversation to the table; it endeavors to open the mind to new possibilities. Joshuanism is a lifestyle, or an alternate approach to “living daily life” as a believer (one we will discuss in great detail later). Joshuanism is a way of thought, a deliberate, stubborn refusal to allow the dynamic of our faith and our experiences with God to be extinguished by institutionalism, legalism, dogmatic zealotry, or merely a diffused, deadened irrelevancy. Joshuanism paints a new picture of the Savior, not by taking away or adding to who our Savior is, but by revitalizing our vision of him, furthering our perceptions of him, relentlessly renewing our passion for him, asking new questions about him, seeking new answers, and daring to believe that God still has much to reveal to us. Joshuanism offers everything Christianity offers, just in a different way. That is what I mean when I say it’s a path beyond Christianity."
"Consider this question: how many millions, if not billions, of dollars a year go toward keeping the Christian churches up and running? How many millions go toward paying the salaries of those running them? What would happen if that money suddenly went into Africa, or even the ghettos of America? What would happen if you stopped giving a hundred dollars a week to your church and instead went to the local deli each Sunday, purchased as many sandwiches as a hundred dollars could buy, and spent the rest of the day passing them out to all the homeless people you could find? What would happen to the world if the believers sacrificed the incubating comforts of their swanky churches and turned their finances instead toward those in real need? What would happen if the Vatican suddenly decided to sell all the art, artifacts, and whatever other treasures might be found in its archives, and used the billions of dollars that such a sale would generate to once and for all eradicate poverty? After all, didn’t the Son of God clearly tell us not to store up treasures on Earth?
Do you think that will ever happen? Neither do I.
Unfortunately, the Christian Church is a system, a financial system—a multi-billion dollar a year system. Can you deny this? And if you truly asked yourself where those multiple billions of dollars are going, can you really sleep with a clear conscious? I cannot. I’ll be honest, I cannot sleep soundly at night knowing that 1) God’s believers are collectively moving billions of dollars around in the course of a year; and 2) very little of it is reaching the starving, homeless, hopeless, wretched, desperate, sick, dying, crying people of this world. That alone was a compelling reason why I ultimately had to leave Christianity. I simply could no longer be part of that system. I did not want that kind of blood on my hands.
And I specifically created Joshuanism to exist outside of that system, so that whatever financial resources might be available can be freely directed toward those people who have real needs."
The creator* of Joshuanism: Michael Vito Tosto
Michael Vito Tosto, at home, in 2012
Michael Vito Tosto is a theological and spiritual writer, and a former leader in the Christian church.
A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in history and an ongoing student of the human condition, Michael has spent the last ten years researching the history and evolution of humanity's theological consciousness, the fruits of which have culminated in the creation of Joshuanism, which he says covers every aspect of spiritual need.
A self-proclaimed polymath, a voracious reader and an avid fan of both baseball (St. Louis Cardinals all the way!!) and the films of the 1940s and 50s, his other interests and pursuits include music production, poetry, photography, art, sociology, and geology. As a progressive rock musician, Michael has also released several concept albums containing original songs (but good luck finding them).
Michael says he wants to be an explorer when he grows up. He lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, with his wife, Valerie...but they have not given up hope of eventually residing permanently in the city of Seattle, which they both love very, very much.
Oh, and he smokes a pipe.
* "Creator" is a very egotistical word. The usage of such a word implies that the created thing is all about the creator. As such, it seems quite exclusive. Joshuanism does not belong to Michael Vito Tosto, it belongs to anyone and everyone who walks the Joshuan path. To say that he "created" it is merely a vehicle to communicate that he is the one who sat down to assemble these ideas, organize them, and construct something useful out of them. All he did was take some very old ideas and repackage them in a new and potentially relevant way. That's all.
Looking for The Joshuan Pages?
"Ambient Sonata" by Michael Vito Tosto