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Gustav Kuriga

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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #15: February 12, 2014, 09:39:47 PM »

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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #16: February 12, 2014, 09:57:16 PM »
Really? You really want to make that statement? Well let's just turn the clock back to the Protestant Reformation... not exactly middle-ages, but definitely closer to it than you talking about the modern church. Oh what's this? Hey, many churches splitting off of the Catholic church and forming their own independent protestant church! How about that.

Chenier, please, think about what you say before you say it... I beg of you.

Even then. The protestant reforms wasn't about all individual pastor changing their church's vocation like they would change what kind of bread they feel like eating that morning.

Religions aren't just a sum of local congregations. And pastors aren't people with absolute moral authority. If all change from the top down was supposed to be 100% accepted by the followers, then there wouldn't have been so much violence between the anglicans and the catholics. Even during the protestant reforms, temples didn't just opt out on a whim, just because.

When anyone tells their followers, whether they be kings, priests, or anything else, that their old practices were wrong and that new practices are justified, they will not be considered to be legitimate by 100% of the following and as such will not have automatic 100% adhesion.

The notion that was being proposed is essentially the opposite of how things are, yet both extremes are poor choices for religion on the long term. Either 1) with the status quo, religions are at the mercy of whoever holds the top rank and thus this scares people away from investing themselves in religion or 2) religions are at the mercy of each unit that makes it up, too easy to dismember and thus scaring people away from investing in things that could too easily be taken away by a seditious unit (be that unit a priest,  a lord, or anything else).

Religions need mechanics that are more akin to realms than guilds, with built-in mechanics for governance (like elections), an option to protest out top positions (albeit it being extremely hard to protest out someone who has been leading it for a long time or the founder as opposed to someone who just took power and isn't even a priest), more complex religion definitions (drop-down menu for a variety of traits that categorize religions), heavier realm-religion interactions (national sponsored religions, prohibited religions, tithes, etc.), and so on, priest activities having more bite, and so on.

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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #17: February 12, 2014, 11:00:44 PM »
After all it's a roleplaying game.

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« Reply #18: February 12, 2014, 11:03:17 PM »
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #19: February 12, 2014, 11:06:42 PM »
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #20: February 12, 2014, 11:31:26 PM »
About the only thing united in that church is the name.

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« Reply #21: February 12, 2014, 11:40:11 PM »
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #22: February 13, 2014, 12:27:59 AM »
I didn't mean to derail the thread into a Christianity thread . I just meant that people are followed even if a group of old rich men don't like it. Religion is full of unlikely circumstances that led to crazy outcomes. Everyone seems intent on applying logic to the situation....but is that appropriate with religion? SA seemed more rational than a lot of real and BM religions, but it is still a faith-framework built on belief.

That is part of why I RP'd the peasants following the church regardless of 50 or 60 nobles. How many worshippers does SA have? If you imagine a percentage of total worshippers (character and peasant), how much do you think would give a fig about the charter? Is there one mention of the peasantry in there? Why would they care? The church treated them as cattle....do the cattle really notice shift-change at the slaughter house?

Probably because even in RL history there is scant evidence of 90% of the "lower" faithful going against the hierarchy. If the charter is a significant part of the faith, you better believe they would give a fig about it, since there would be rites/sermons whatever that enshrine its importance to the faithful.

The upheaval of the founding of the Church of England is the closest thing I can think of to what should probably be occurring within SA right now. The difference being so far as I can work out Jonsu has none of the power or support that the King of England needed to force that down the faithful's throats.
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #23: February 13, 2014, 01:20:22 AM »
You are a expert about my Church now?

Presbyterianism was a lot about focusing the moral authority into the local pastors, and it's now a part of the United Church. No, I'm not an expert on the United Church, but from what I gather, it rallies a number of protestant denominations and is characterized by decentralized moral authority.

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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #24: February 13, 2014, 01:43:30 AM »
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« Reply #25: February 13, 2014, 01:56:57 AM »
Which is why only part of the Presbyterian church joined the united movement. United does not need to infer a single moral authority. Part of the entire point of the Uniting Church was to demonstrate that groups which had previously felt the need to identify as separate denominations could indeed function as a single church while still maintaining the separate articles of faith and interpretations important to them. The National Assembly is the centralised moral Authority, however unlike some other denominations it does not seek to make rulings on every facet of the faith. There are central articles that are deemed important, outside of that there is considerable leeway and discussion and debate is a central part of the church.

When article 52 was approved, allowing for gay and lesbian ministers it had an important restriction. It was left to each congregation to decide if they consent to allowing a gay minister to be assigned to their church. In this case the Assembly has the power and moral authority to declare that the larger church and the colleges that train ministers are allowed to ordain gay and lesbian ministers, but since the community is not of "one mind" in this matter it did not have the authority to decree their acceptance throughout the church. This should come as no surprise, decision making within the Church requires a unanimous consensus among those gathered.

Yea, well, in my eyes, there's little "United" about a Church were member denominations come and go as they please.

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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #26: February 13, 2014, 02:13:49 AM »
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #27: February 13, 2014, 05:00:02 AM »
This is getting way off topic. SA, remember?
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Re: Church schisms
« Reply #28: February 13, 2014, 07:05:34 PM »