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13th Mar '17 11:36:39 PM Scabbard
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* ''Film/TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]

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* ''Film/TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]sacrifice]].
23rd Jan '17 1:27:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* The syncretic mishmash of world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith that becomes the official one-world religion during the first half of the Tribulation period in the LeftBehind books, believing that all religions are true and have valid paths leading to God, yet denouncing biblical Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters) and its message of Jesus Christ being the only true way to God as heretical. In following with the interpretation of Mystery Babylon in Revelation chapter 17, this "anti-church" was merely set up to serve the Antichrist for a time and then would be destroyed, only to be replaced by the single-deity worshipping religion of Carpathianism.

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* The syncretic mishmash of world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith that becomes the official one-world religion during the first half of the Tribulation period in the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind books, believing that all religions are true and have valid paths leading to God, yet denouncing biblical Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters) and its message of Jesus Christ being the only true way to God as heretical. In following with the interpretation of Mystery Babylon in Revelation chapter 17, this "anti-church" was merely set up to serve the Antichrist for a time and then would be destroyed, only to be replaced by the single-deity worshipping religion of Carpathianism.
5th Jan '17 12:01:55 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Bajorans who worship the [[GodOfEvil Pah Wraiths]] believe that they're not evil, merely that the and the Prophets had some falling-out long ago; after the Cardassian Occupation devastated Bajor for fifty years, many turn to the Pah Wraith cult as an alternate spiritual path. The thing is, as the series goes on it's apparent that the Pah Wraiths are both real and ''very'' unfriendly. There's also a throwaway line about cult members having to get permission before they're allowed to have children.
4th Jan '17 6:40:11 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', the disciples of Beruga believe that he will create for them an earthly paradise in which they shall no longer fear death. When the hero descends into Beruga's castle, he discovers a laboratory where robots experiment with biological agents, supposedly for the purpose of prolonging life and curing diseases. This sounds like a justification for WithholdingTheCure, but the ''cure'' is never really mentioned again.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', the disciples of Beruga believe that he will create for them an earthly paradise in which they shall no longer fear death. When the hero descends into Beruga's castle, he discovers a laboratory where robots experiment with biological agents, supposedly for the purpose of prolonging life and curing diseases. This sounds like a justification for WithholdingTheCure, but the ''cure'' is never really mentioned again.again, though the disease is successfully weaponized.
31st Dec '16 12:04:56 PM Xtifr
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* In Charles Stross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Apocalypse Codex]]'' Bob Schiller's Golden Promise Ministry appears to be another American fundamentalist Christian sect, with maybe a few odd doctrines. This being a book in the Laundry series, Schiller and his inner circle actually serve a powerful EldritchAbomination, not entirely willingly. Once Schiller completes a human sacrifice of nearly unprecedented scale the entity will escape its prison under alien stars, and humanity will end. It's a comedy.
** That said, it's clear that Schiller actively believes that what he's doing is in Christ's name, even if the whole thing is clearly a front for Nyarlathotep and comes with all the attendant crimes against humanity you'd imagine it would. That makes it ''even more frightening''.
** ''The Fuller Memorandum'' also features a mention of the Free Church of the Universal Kingdom, another Nyarlathotep cult disguising itself as a premillenialist dispensationalism branch of evangelical Christianity.

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* In ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Charles Stross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Apocalypse Codex]]'' Stross:
** In ''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex'',
Bob Schiller's Golden Promise Ministry appears to be another American fundamentalist Christian sect, with maybe a few odd doctrines. This being a book in the Laundry series, book, Schiller and his inner circle actually serve a powerful EldritchAbomination, not entirely willingly. Once Schiller completes a human sacrifice of nearly unprecedented scale the entity will escape its prison under alien stars, and humanity will end. It's a comedy.
** That said, it's
clear that Schiller actively believes that what he's doing is in Christ's name, even if the whole thing is clearly a front for Nyarlathotep and comes with all the attendant crimes against humanity you'd imagine it would. That makes it ''even more frightening''.
** ''The Fuller Memorandum'' ''Literature/TheFullerMemorandum'' also features a mention of the Free Church of the Universal Kingdom, another Nyarlathotep cult disguising itself as a premillenialist dispensationalism branch of evangelical Christianity.
29th Dec '16 12:41:49 AM Yozzy
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* Most chaos cults in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' appear to be legitimate on the surface and both settings have a lot of people who are worshipping or aiding the Ruinous Powers without being aware of it. For those in the inner circles, however, it's plain ReligionOfEvil.

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* Most chaos cults in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' appear to be legitimate on the surface surface, not even as a religion, and both settings have a lot of people who are worshipping worshiping or aiding the Ruinous Powers without being aware of it. Recently joined an academic circle specializing in recovering lost knowledge? There a reasonable chance you're now working for a cult dedicated to Tzeentch. Are you an aristocrat who regularly attends the [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy "social functions"]] of a new upper class club? Chances are that you're now part of a pleasure cult. Joined an abnormally secretive and bloodthirsty iteration of the official church? Your might now be in a Khornate blood cult. For those in the inner circles, however, it's plain ReligionOfEvil.ReligionOfEvil.
** Straight up averted with the [[TheTheocracy state church]] in both settings. Some denominations are more moderate, in that they emphasize things such as humility, hard work, and the like as being more foundational in their understanding of righteousness. But these denominations are rarer in that the mainstream of the churches in both [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} the Empire]] and [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperium]] are a naked ChurchMilitant with a xenophobic and puritanical bent, and martyrdom and eliminating the physical, political, and especially spiritual enemies of the state and of Humanity are some of the most important tenants.
** The [[TheFederation Tau Empire]]'s guiding principle of "the Greater Good" [[ShrugOfGod may or may not]] fall into this. The Greater Good is a secular philosophy, on its surface perceivable as either not-quite-Confucianism or a form of [[TheNeedsOfTheMany philosophical utilitarianism]]. The Ethereals, the spiritual and highest ranking political leaders of the Tau Empire, guide them to make sure that deviate as little as possible and make sure that the Empire is always on the right side of history. Of course, [[DependingOnTheWriter some sources]] interpret the Ethereals and the Greater Good in a not-so-kind-light (with [[BroadStrokes the blessing of the IP originator to do so]]). Ethereals may just be a bunch of hypocrites who gladly use indoctrination, reeducation, genocide, a surveillance state, and pheromonal influence to cover up the cracks in the Greater Good or where action departs from ideology, and that they may be in some ways be just as bad as the "barbarians" they need to defend themselves against or bring enlightenment to. While Tau generally prefer to use diplomacy and propaganda to bring new worlds and species into the fold without firing a shot, they have occasionally used military conquest or extermination not as a mean of last resort, and have employed commanders who would go to war with enthusiasm.
12th Nov '16 2:22:20 PM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/RatQueens'' has a really bizarre inverted example. [[spoiler:The cult of N'Rygoth started out as apparently a ReligionOfEvil worshipping an EldritchAbomination and drawing dark power from it. In reality, however, the rituals were actually designed to slowly '''kill''' the chained Abomination by draining its energy, with only the High Priest knowing the truth. The problem is that over the years the cult has become much less evil and more of a standard religion who just happen to have a weird god... which means that the Abomination isn't getting drained any more.]]
28th Sep '16 10:33:15 PM kome360
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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the Pope of Zakarum, and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.

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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto power to the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the [[TreacherousAdvisor Pope of Zakarum, Zakarum]], and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' ''[[RefugeInAudacity openly]]'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.
28th Sep '16 10:31:31 PM kome360
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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the Pope of Zakarum, and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.
26th Sep '16 2:35:09 PM SantosLHalper
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*** C.S. Lewis caught considerable flak for writing "The Last Battle," including accusations of being racist, with the claim that the Calomene's were thinly veiled parodies of Arabs. C.S. Lewis's real point has nothing to do with race at all. Rather, the "Tashlan" bit seems to be a TakeThat against religious syncretism as a means of forming a super-religion.
*** This is a little dubious as C.S. Lewis drew on Far Eastern influences like Daoism and the like in is own theological works and so it would be rather hypocritical to damn syncretic religion out of hand, though it might work if it was specifically aimed at taking appealing elements of religion to win people over without really trying to create a coherent whole.
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