This is a directory to the various religions in After The End. Heresies are in parenthesis.
Religions that are a mixture of traditional African and Christian beliefs:
Candomblé: The religion of the Brazilian invaders, a belief that focuses on worship through dance rituals.
Espiritista: A faith originating in old Venezuela as a syncretism between Catholicism and various other religions.
Rastafarianism: The primary religion of the Caribbean empire, based on the teachings of Marcus Garvey.
Santería: Translates roughly to "devotion of the saints", they worship three aspects of one god, with the saints acting as intermediaries.
Voodoo: Vodouists worship a creator god, Bondye, and pray to his servants, the Loa, who act as intermediaries.
Religions that are a continuation of pre-apocalypse Christianity:
Anabaptist: A branch of Protestant Christianity which includes the Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites. These groups banded together to survive in the post-Event world, where their pacifistic doctrine was put to the test.
Confederated: A blend of the two Canadian churches, formed by uniting key Canadian cities.
Catholic: A Catholic resurgence centered in the American Midwest, with a new Papacy in St. Louis.
- (Neo-Gnosticsm): A syncretic faith consisting of a mixture of Christian and Cetic teachings. It is considered a Catholic heresy due to its focus on the Christian part of its teachings.
- (Sedevacantism): Catholic heresy that does not recognize the Pope in St.Louis.
Evangelical: Protestants from multiple denominations which became a single religion. It is centered in the Southeast United States.
- (Antinomianism): Christian faith that believes one can reach salvation based on faith alone and that one does not need to follow Mosaic law. Considered an Evangelical heresy.
- (Charismaticism): Christian faith that believes God and the Holy Spirit speaks through miracles. Considered an Evangelical heresy.
Anglican: The largest Protestant region in Canada, largely followed in Ontario and the Maritimes. They are headed by the Archbishop of New Canterbury.
- (United Church): The largest pre-event Canadian religion, it has largely been displaced by Anglicans over the last two hundred years, who view the United Church as a threat to Canadian unity. It has a few holdings in Ontarian duchies and on the northern Coast of Lake Superior. It allows the ordination of women.
Falling Star: A Christian religion championed by the Moskito people of Central America in the aftermath of the Event.
Ursuline: A group consisting of Christians who submit to the Abbess-General in Quebec and a female priesthood. They were Catholics in the distant past but refuse to recognize the Pope in St.Louis.
- (Angeline): Ursuline heresy that believes in clerical cohabitation with the secular world and rejects cloistered monastic life.
Cult of Saints Edit
Religions that revere Christian saints as polytheistic gods:
Gracia Divina: Religion based in Colombia with key elements of Catholicism mixed with a pantheon of quasi-deities from South American folklore.
Sagrado Corazon: Religion in Mexico that is derived from Catholicism mixed with a pantheon of several quasi-deities from ancient Mexican folklore.
Hindu: A set of traditions and way of life that derive from the Vedas in ancient pre-Event India. Although Hindus once believed in a caste system, this has not continued in post-Event America, believing all humans to be spiritually equal. They have also started proselytizing to non-Hindus a lot more frequently. It has a fringe following in the Indian-descended populations in the Caribbean islands, but its heartland is in the Kingdom of Guyana.
Orthodox: Though the minority sect of Judaism before the Event, Orthodox Judaism is the most popular form in the Americas. Small Orthodox communities can be found in Long Island, Jersey, Upstate New York, and Quebec. Orthodox Jews do not have a head, but a powerful Orthodox ruler may create a Kohen Gadol.
- (Reform): The Reform branch of Judaism is mostly confined to Palm Beach, Florida, under the Caribbean Empress. They allow the ordination of women as rabbis, but cannot create the Kohen Gadol.
Latter-Day Saints Edit
Religions that are a continuation of the pre-apocalypse Mormon church:
Mormon: Religion founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 in the New England area. Based on Joseph Smith's direct visitation by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the translating of an additional religious text to complement the Bible. Even before the Event, the Mormons were heavily persecuted and developed a self-sustaining culture in Deseret.
- (Bickertonite): Belief in a sacred duty to share salvation, and refusal in the practice of polygamy. Essentially the Latter Day Saints movement prior to 'The Event'.
- (Godbeite): A more mystical form of Mormonism, with belief in religious reform and monogamy.
- (Strangite): Followers of James Strang, believing him to be the successor to Joseph Smith. Practices include the ordination of women into the priesthood and animal sacrifice.
Religions derived from the traditional beliefs of the people of Central America:
Mictlantec: An Aztec-derived belief system that is the most similar faith to the classical Aztec religion.
Neomaya: A syncretic Mayan religion formed from a mix of Mayan beliefs and an assortment of outside influences.
Sol Invicta: An Aztec-derived belief system that revolves around the worship of a powerful sun goddess.
Uahomche: A Mayan-derived religion that carries on traditional Mayan beliefs with very little outside influences.
Native American Edit
Religions derived from the traditional beliefs of the natives of North America:
Nanissáanah: Translating to "Ghost Dance", this is the traditional faith of the Plains Indians of the American Heartland.
Xhúuyee K'iigaang: Translating to "Raven Tales", the traditional faith of the Haida and Natives of the Pacific Northwest.
Old World Cultists Edit
Religions that worship particular aspects of the pre-apocalypse United States:
Americanism: This religion believes that a group known as the "founding fathers" were gods.
- (Hamiltonian): Americanist heresy that believes that the founding fathers had implied powers not stated in their holy texts.
- (Jeffersonian): Americanist heresy that believes the common people and soldiers of Old America should be revered in addition to the Founding Fathers.
- (Libertarian): Americanist heresy that believes in superiority of Lady Liberty in the Americanist pantheon.
Atomicism: This religion believes in a godlike power known as "the Atom".
Religions that have no centralised authority or official belief system:
Druidic: A revival of the Celtic ways, it is worshipped in Newfoundland and Labrador by the Newfies and the Native Innu and Mi'kmaq alike.
Norse: A revival of the old norse ways centered around Minnesota and Wisconsin that believes that the Christian god failed Old America, and that their old gods can protect them where the Christian god could not.
Occultism: A system of beliefs based around the writings of pre-apocalypse novelists such as H.P. Lovecraft.
Rust Cultism: A religion centered around the veneration of pre-apocalypse machinery and factories.
Revelationism: This religion is vaguely Christian, but highly distorted and having extreme emphasis on the miraculous.
Thelema: A religion inspired by the writings of Aleister Crowley and centered around the veneration of the Queen of England.
Religions based around the West Coast of the former United States:
Ceticism: A faith centered around the reverence of the Emperor of California that is closer to a spiritual lifestyle than a true religion and derives from several different philosophies and historical teachings.
Gaia: The worship of the spirits of all things in nature with a pervasive belief in female superiority.
Shinto: The faith of the Japanese "colonists" is a blend of traditional Japanese and Buddhist religions and Emperor worship.
Religions based around piracy:
Brethren: The followers of this religion worship various gods of the sea, believing it to be the source of all things, from sustenance to wealth.