Courellian Religions

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Religion in Courelli is diverse, with Dalinism (specifically Holy Dalinism) being the majority religion;[1] however, various religious faiths have flourished within Courelli, as freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution. Since the 1990s, the religious share of Dalinists has decreased, while Onaronism, Ārameyāra, Astralism, Appointmentism, and other religions have spread, mainly from immigration.[2]

Group 2000
Number of adults
2020
Number of adults
2000
Share of adults
2020
Share of adults
Change in share of adults
2000 – 2020
Change in number of adults
2000 – 2020
Adult population 115,426,814 165,034,513 N/A N/A N/A Increase.svg 42.98%
Total Dalinist 70756636 88623533 61.3% 53.7% Decrease.svg -7.6% Increase.svg 25.25%
Holy Dalinist Church 36821153 44889387 31.9% 27.2% Decrease.svg -4.7% Increase.svg 21.91%
Non-HDC Dalinist 33935483 43734145 29.4% 26.5% Decrease.svg -2.9% Increase.svg 28.87%
Orthodox Dalinist Church 15351766 15348209 13.3% 9.3% Decrease.svg -4% Decrease.svg -0.02%
Reformate Dalinism 9464998 13037726 8.2% 7.9% Decrease.svg -0.3% Increase.svg 37.75%
United Dalinist Church 6694755 10067105 5.8% 6.1% Increase.svg 0.3% Increase.svg 50.37%
Other 2423963 5281104 2.1% 3.2% Increase.svg 1.1% Increase.svg 117.87%
Total non-Dalinist religions 30588105 45879594 26.5% 27.8% Increase.svg 1.3% Increase.svg 49.99%
Onaronism 10157559 13697864 8.8% 8.3% Decrease.svg -0.5% Increase.svg 34.85%
Ārameyāra 9580425 14853106 8.3% 9.0% Increase.svg 0.7% Increase.svg 55.04%
Astralism 7964450 10562208 6.9% 6.4% Decrease.svg -0.5% Increase.svg 32.62%
Appointmentism 1846829 2310483 1.6% 1.4% Decrease.svg -0.2% Increase.svg 25.11%
Other 1038841 1155241 0.9% 0.7% Decrease.svg -0.2% Increase.svg 11.2%
Non-religious 13043229 28716005 11.3% 17.4% Increase.svg 6.1% Increase.svg 120.16%
Refused to answer 1038841 1815379 0.9% 1.1% Increase.svg 0.2% Increase.svg 74.75%

Ārameyāra

Astralism

Astralism is a monotheistic religion originating from the nation of An-Astral, supposedly formed by the prophet Astral. Astralism is characterized by its belief in a feminine God-creator (often of a pantheistic nature) as well as an "inner spirit" inhabiting and guiding all individual humans. The main religious organization of Astralism is the Church of Astral centered in An-Astral, headed by the "Parriarch" (traditionally a male "Patriarch," yet the title now belongs to the non-binary Eryn Iassier) and the Astralist Council. There are three branches of Astralism; the conservative Orthodox, the liberal Reformed, and the mystical-pantheist Broad Astralism.

Appointmentism

Appointmentism is a Leysan faith founded in 601 CE which venerates a conscious will of the universe known as the Schedule, which is said to preordain a subset of events; however, in contrast to most forms of fate, much of the detail of these events is left up to the will and decisions of human-kind. Thus, Appointmentists believe that it is their duty to predict and work with the Schedule to achieve the most beneficial form of the events laid out and the consequences from them. To this end, Appointmentists seek to ensure that people with diverse skills, understandings, and mindsets are present wherever and whenever a Scheduled event may occur, and that such people seek to understand the Schedule, and to benefit the universe as a whole.

To aid in the interpretation of the Schedule, and the dissemination of skills and attributes, believers in Appointmentism have organized themselves into two orders. The first of these orders, the Fate Dancers, are a loosely organized group which utilizes a variety of secret mixtures of hallucinogenic, mind-expanding, and otherwise mind-altering substances, combined with ritualistic freeform dances in a never-ending quest to learn more of the Schedule, its will, and the nature and limitations of good within said will. Subservient to the Fate Dancers, a second, more formal order exists, the Order of Secretaries, who record premonitions and insights for the Dancers, and aid in the organization of dissemination activity, and planning relief for negative consequences of ordained events.

Dalinism

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Dalinism is a monotheistic (sometimes pantheistic) religion based upon the teachings of the Great Prophet Dalin. It is centered on the belief of a single divine entity, called God or the One God, that created the world and oversees the operation of the universe through human Intercessors. The basic tenets and beliefs of Dalinism are expressed through a series of Creeds, which express belief in the One God, and in his servants, who have lived, served and died in service of the will of the One God. Belief, service, and dedication to the teachings of Dalin is said to allow for salvation. The teachings of Dalin and the revelations given to him by God are expressed in the Dalinist Scrolls, although there have been many other Addendatory texts since Dalin's death. The religion arose in the late 1st century CE, but today, Dalinism is the largest religion in Courelli.

Sects

Dalinism can be taxonomically divided into 5 main groups: Holy Dalinism, Orthodoxy, Reformate Dalinism, Servilism, and Nonsectarianism.

Archaic Dalinism

Archaic Dalinism is often divided into three different branches that differ in theology and traditions, all of which appeared in the 1st century CE. They include Prophescian Dalinism, Valentinian Dalinism, and Laurentian Dalinism. All modern Dalinist sects are said to have descended from the Prophescian and Valentinian sects, with Laurentian Dalinism dying or being hunted out of existence by the Holy Dalinist Church in the early 1st millennium CE.

Church of Dalin our God

The Church of Dalin our God, (also known as the Rameliae Revised Dalinist Church) is a Dalinist movement founded in Ramelia in the 4th century CE, widely considered to be heretical by more mainstream Dalinist sects, such as the Holy Dalinist Church and Orthodox Dalinist Church.

Holy Dalinist Church

The Holy Dalinist Church (Atlian: Santa Chiesa Dalinista) is the largest Dalinist sect. As Courelli's oldest and largest continuously-functioning institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Courellian culture. The Church, headquartered in Aleotti's Divine Cathedral of the Great Prophet, consists of almost 83,226 congregations around the world on every continent, each led by its Patrus. The Archon is the Church's spiritual leader, entrusted with the promotion and defense of the faith and its Four Corners. The Holy Dalinist Church teaches that it is the holy church founded by the Great Prophet Dalin, who is "first among God's chosen."

Orthodox Dalinist Church

The Atlian Orthodox Church, officially the Orthodox Dalinist Church, is the second-largest Dalinist sect. Formed in 381 CE, it operates as a communion of autocephalous churches, each governed by its Patrus in local congregations. The church has no central doctrinal or governmental authority analogous to the Holy Dalinist Archon, but the Patrus of Monte Gabrieli is recognized by all as "first among equals" of the Patri. As one of the oldest surviving religious institutions, the Atlian Orthodox Church has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Courelli.

Reformate Dalinism

Reformate Dalinism is one of the largest branches of Dalinism, formed in 1484 CE after a schism from the Holy Dalinist Church over what its followers perceived to be "numerous errors from Holy Dalinist Church leadership." The split between the Reformists and the Holy Dalinists was made public with the 1493 Picci Declaration: the Holy Dalinist Church condemned Reformists and banned discussion or defense of Reformist theology. The divide centered primarily on the proper source of authority in the church. Reformism advocates the doctrine that scripture is the final authority on all matters of faith, as opposed to church hierarchy.

Southern Servile Dalinism

Southern Servile Dalinism is a Dalinist movement which traces its origins to the Servile Schism of 1547. The movement is generally seen as an offshoot of Reformate Dalinism, although this view has been challenged by some Southern Servilists. Notably, they use the least number of holy texts in their canon, employing only the Dalinist Scrolls with no Addendatory. Their greatest difference from many other sects is their absolute rejection of Creeds as an element of the faith, seeing it as "contractual faith" as opposed to an internal, heartfelt devotion to God. The sect was given the name "Servile" by their more mainstream persecutors, referring to their "primitive" worship structure, featuring independent local churches with few – if any – ordained ministers, no sacred rituals, and a strict adherence to works of humble service as the preeminent virtue. The early members of this movement did not accept the derogatory name "Servile," claiming that opulent ritualism was not part of scripture and was therefore null and void. They said of such practices:

"Did the Great Prophet travel in gold-adorned robes? Did he conduct ornate sacred rituals? Did he concern himself with the Church's coffers? No; for him, and for us, a mud-stained tunic was enough."
— "The Cilea Confession," 1612

Western Servile Dalinism

Western Servile Dalinism is an off-branch of Southern Servile Dalinism. It differs from its cousin namely in its apocalyptic focus, which reflects that of Atlian Orthodoxy. Western Servile Dalinists are viewed as extremely conservative, also similar to Atlian Orthodoxy. They are generally viewed as the most intense hardliners of the faith.

United Dalinist Church

The United Dalinist Church (also known as the Ecumenians) is a Dalinist movement that began in the increasingly-urban Courelli of the late 19th century. The pioneers of this movement were seeking to reform the church from within and sought "the unification of all Dalinists in a single body striving towards holiness." Members of all Dalinist sects are welcome in United churches, and the United Church utilizes a "unified" holy library, based on the most widely accepted texts. Church services and the nature of their content vary widely, due to the United Church's decentralized nature.

Onaronism

Originally native to what is now the nation of Coryre before being banished and re-founded within the borders of Toonela, Onaronism is a temporal religion concerned chiefly with establishing the principles by which human beings can most fruitfully study, live within, and propagate knowledge of the Onaron (usually translated as something akin to ‘the universe’). It’s adherents, called Onaronists, strive to minimize the harm their lives do to other elements of their sacred environments according to the imperatives laid forth in the Concords, texts which flourish as the governing body of law within both the Toonelan polity and among most Onaronist followers abroad. Customary bodies of knowledge gathered in local tales, some forms of textual expert knowledge, and the wisdom of community elders round out many Onaronists often highly syncretic and localized approaches to balancing their obligations to learn more about the Onaron while seeking to create a balanced relationship with it which maximizes measured pleasures and minimal infliction of human-made destruction.

References

  1. "Census 2020: Religion and Other Beliefs". Courellian Bureau of Statistics and Information. 1 January 2021.
  2. "Religion and Republic: A Brief History of Religion in Courelli". Morella, Renato. Port Gray Press. 12 August 2004.