Religion In New Britain

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Religion In New Britain

Although there is no established religion in New Britain and freedom of worship is guaranteed by law, the vast bulk of the citizenry are Christian, with around 70% belonging to one of several denominations. The Northern mainland Shires have a majority of Puritan worshipers while the Southern mainland and Caribbean Shires are mostly Episcopalian. Other denominations common include the Awakening members – Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists – Mennonites, Quakers and Catholics. Non-Christian faiths include Deist, Jewish, Iroquois and Hoodoo, the latter being a fusion of Christianity, Native American and African beliefs.

The cataclysm which befell the Old World has obviously challenged every religion to come up with an explanation – and the usual one is that it was a punishment for sin. However, the efforts of the Royal College to describe magic as a new, incompletely understood, form of natural science have mostly succeeded in cutting off any tendency among the New British to see magic as inherently evil. Although there are dissenters among every Christian denomination who see technology as part of the reason for the disaster and magic as inextricably sinful, most New British differentiate easily between those who wield magic or technology with good intent and those who do not. The accepted explanation for the Gomorrah Event is that it was divine punishment for greed, corruption and hypocrisy and sermons tend to emphasize that these should be avoided by the righteous.

Politics and religion can never be kept apart, and New Britain is no exception. The powerful and moneyed elite tend to either Episcopalian or Protestant if they are Christian, although many are Deists. The latter group also make up much of the membership of the secretive but still influential Masonic Grand Lodges of the kingdom, one for each Shire. These factions are part of the weave of competing interests that can make politics in the Kingdom particularly Byzantine at times.

Religion In New Britain

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