Belief System Generator

animism: Non-human entities (animals, plants, things, natural forces) possess a spiritual essence, separate from (and the equal of) humanity.

deism: A single creator-god who is separate/distinct from creation, and is not presently active in the created universe.

henotheism: A single creator-god is worshipped, but adherents acknowledge/accept the existence of other/outsider gods.

monotheism: A single creator-god who is separate/distinct from creation, but is active within the created world.

nontheism: A model of moral living not based on a worship of divine/supernatural; real-world examples include Buddhism and Jainism.

pandeism: The creator of the universe became the universe, and no longer exists as a separate, conscious entity.

pantheism: The divine is the sum total of all there is; everything in creation is a manifestation of that single divine.

panentheism: The divine interpenetrates every part of nature, but is nevertheless fully distinct from nature; the divine is part of nature while retaining an independent identity.

polytheism: A plurality of gods is recognized and worshipped.

polytheistic pantheism: The divine is the sum total of all, but it presents itself as a variety of divine individuals/beings.

Clergy with specialized roles will have one thing they are trained and/or allowed to do (teach, perform rituals, counsel, etc); generalized roles means the clergy may perform a variety of roles as needed.

The stronger a heirarchy, the less it is able to flex for an outlier situation or extenuating circumstances. A flat, weak heirarchy, in an outlier situation, may allow one or two individuals to temporarily introduce a more vertical heirarchy. An overlapping strong heirarchy may condemn/blame leadership who are unable to reconcile conflicting orders from multiple superiors.

  • linear: each person has exactly one superior and one subordinate.
  • branching: each person has exactly one superior, and multiple subordinates.
  • flat: each person has exactly one superior, and no subordinates.
  • overlapping: each person has multiple superiors, and one subordinate.

English is somewhat inadequate at the gender-neutral, so here are the intended words for divine beings. Use or change or whatever as you like, of course.

  • God: a masculine or male-identified divine being.
  • Goddess: a feminine or female-identified divine being.
  • Deities: gender-neutral, androgynous, hermaphroditic, or even paired/dual divine being(s).

For minor deities, different religions have different ways of casting these. A minor deity might be a demi-god, or simply a less-influential god, or an agent or messenger (ie angels). It might also be a former human, elevated to godhood by some means, or the spirit of a concept, in nontheistic or pantheistic religions. For ease here, I've used 'patron' to indicate the minor deity has a specific area of interest or influence.

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