Religion
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Basic Information

A religion is a set of beliefs and practices often revolving around morality or supernatural elements.

This article is mostly about religious beliefs and practices. See the separate entries for religious organizations and religious texts.

For aspects of non-real world religions see fantasy religions.

Categories of Religion

(Indicative list, by approximate number of entities venerated)

  • Atheism - "There are no gods, nothing supernatural."
  • Agnosticism - "I am unsure as to whether there are any gods or not"
  • Monism - "The divine is everywhere and in everything - the idea of seperation from the divine is an illusion"
  • Antitheism - "The gods exist, but that doesn't mean I'm going to worship them"
  • Maltheism - "There are gods, and they are evil. I may, or may not, still need to worship them."
  • Monotheism - "There is only one God - all others are imposters at most"
  • Dualism - "There are two gods, one good, the other evil"
  • Monolatry - "There are multiple gods, only one should be worshipped"
  • Henotheism - "There are many gods, I choose this one to worship"
  • Polytheism - "There are many gods, I worship some or all of them" (possibly a Pantheon of closely associated gods)
  • Animism - "There are divine, or at least supernatural, beings everywhere that can be worshipped or otherwise related to as required - some may, or may not, be more significant than others" (Most forms of Shamanism cleave to this)

Specific Religious Beliefs

Specific religious practices

See Also

Sources

Bibliography

Game and Story Use

  • Religion is a seemingly intrinsic part of human existence, and has shaped even avowedly non-religious societies and cultures. Thus, world-builders should pay serious attention to religious beliefs in their settings.
  • Furthermore, role-playing can be greatly enhanced if a player character follows a codified set of beliefs.
    • A religion will probably require the character to adhere to a set of moral teachings.
    • And observe certain rituals associated with the religion
    • And perhaps have certain views about people outside his religion.
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