DaCostaBR: So you want to talk about Primordia?
Sorry to dig up this thread but I just finished the game and have being going through the game's forum, and I got curious about your opinion regarding one of the characters, the evil one, you mentioned a similar view in another topic.
I wish he and I had more contact, I'd love to learn more about the religion in the game and how he saw it, but as it was I felt like I learned so very little about him (at least in my playthrough), which made me wonder why you see him as evil. I doubt this should be a spoiler for the OP by now so I hope you'd be able to elaborate.
Okay, first we need to have a workable definition of Good. I propose this:
Let's make a wild and crazy assumption about Good: being Good means that you're making the world a nicer place. People live longer, have more fun, are less afraid, enjoy their surroundings, and their company a little more. That's Good. Sounds like a pretty valid assumption, neh? It's unprovable, and that's why it's an assumption, but as assumptions go it isn't bad.
While we don't actually meet Steeple in-game, we have some pretty reliable sources on the opinions he held, namely, the Gospel of Man and EFL. Of particular version is the test of faith and EFL's reaction to Horatio's possible interpretations of the Gospel: EFL's replies are as close to the official interpretation as we can get. Let's go over them.
"Why are we here?"
The correct answer is "because Man created us". Every other answer is trying to bridge the is-ought gap - so, err, good job, Steeple?
"What is Man?"
Again, it's good that "God" is recognized as an essentially meaningless tag, and "our lord and master" is a logical consequence of Man's presumed awesomeness.
"With what duty did Man charge us?"
And here's the most important question: what should we do? And if you try answering "To build machines in his image", EFL emphatically disagrees. "Thou speakest heresy, wanderer." Meanwhile, it's made very clear that machines are indeed worthy successors of humanity, that even a bulk-produced floating lamplet who talks in beeps can possess charm and personality. Crispin and Clarity are not deficient because they've been built by other robots, and 318 is only awesome because she flat out ignores Man's directive (I'm talking around spoilers here). In light of this, "to maintain the world" is nothing more than a meaningless applause light (a nice-sounding phrase that you're supposed to approve of with no actual plan of action behind it).
Now, EFL is not to blame - he's programmed to "keep the faith" as it is. But Steeple
could have designed the religion of Humanism any way he wanted. And, apparently, the "future robots will suck more and more" meme was so important that MetroMind saw it as an existential threat. Remember, MetroMind does not actually care whether a belief is true or not; "Man was supersparklingperfect" is not functionally different from "Man is a myth" - you can put a Progressive spin on either. Every other tenet of Humanism is in line with MM's ideology, but that one was so poisonous that it actually warranted a coup and all the associated risks.
(Note that while neuropsychology allows for a distinction between evil and stupidity when humans are concerned, this distinction does not exist for robots, so instead of "evil" you can also say "stupid" or "badly designed". I choose the words by how specific actions of robots are most likely to map to human behavior).