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The Difference Between the Church of the SubGenius and Discordianism

Greg Hill's note on the difference between the Church of the Subgenius and Discordianism. Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.

While wading through the Discordian Archives the other day, I came across a hand-written note by Greg Hill commenting on the difference between Discordianism and the Church of the SubGenius.

Sayeth The Polyfather:

“The SubGenius is more DADA, while Discordianism tends to be more Surrealist. It is like having two different delicious flavors of the same revolting ice cream.”

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I actually complied a list of all the differences between Discordianism and SubGeniism for a pamphlet I wrote to try and get SubGs to join up.

I got to hand it out at 7:05 Am on July 5th, 1998, while Rev Stang was being covered in motor-oil and feathers and tossed in the pond. Good times.

Anyway, the important part:

COMPARATIVE RELIGION MADE EASY
Discordianism: Mainly rips off Zen Buddhism and the Catholic Church.
SubGenius: Mainly rips off Fundamentalist Christians and UFO cults.
Discordianism: Eris, Goddess of Chaos.
SubGenius: JHVH-1, God of Wrath.
Discordianism: Preoccupied with accepting the world, as screwed up as it is.
SubGenius: Preoccupied with hating the Pinks, as screwed up as they are.
Discordianism: Pointlessly complicated mystical rituals.
SubGenius: Pointlessly complicated pseudo-scientific explanations.
Discordianism: One Goddess, entirely too many Saints.
SubGenius: One Saint of Sales, entirely too many Gods.
Discordianism: Founded in, like, California, dude.
SubGenius: Founded in TEXAS, Dammit!
Discordianism: Blames the Illuminati for everything bad.
SubGenius: Blames the Conspiracy for everything bad.
Discordianism: Dedicated to Chaos, Discord, Confusion, and Things We Know Not Of.
SubGenius: Dedicated to Slack.
Discordianism: No hierarchy or central headquarters.
SubGenius: PO Box 140306, Dallas, TX 75214.
Discordianism: The Principia Discordia, and the Illuminatus! Trilogy.
SubGenius: The Book of the SubGenius, and Revelation X.
Discordianism: Some lame-os, and a lot of good material.
SubGenius: Some ‘Bobbies’, and a lot of good material.
Discordianism: Predicted Impending Doom in their Holey Book, but didn’t say exactly when.
SubGenius: Oops!

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