Organized religion serves as a major source of authority figures. Fiction can build on this by attributing to TheChurch an absurd amount of power, [[TheTheocracy official]] or [[NGOSuperpower not]], and organization, or go the other direction and portray its members as [[TheVicar harmless old men sipping tea]].

Subtropes include SaintlyChurch, CorruptChurch, ScamReligion, PathOfInspiration, and ReligionOfEvil.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Saint Church in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise.
* The futuristic "Catholic" Church in ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Faith of the Seven in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* The Churches of the Redeemer and of the Sister in ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky''.
* The Sole and Unified Church of the [[{{God}} Triune]] in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles''.
* The Esperatian and Ollarian Churches in ''Literature/ReflectionsOfEterna''.
* The Church of the Creators in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords''.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', the priesthood of Hananja essentially rules the city-state of Gujaareh, with most of the city's power centered in the Hetawa, where the priests live, rather than with the palace and the Prince. Hananja's priests also serve as the gatekeepers of Hananja's magic.
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* Podcast/DiceFunk: The religious center of Stoneroot is powerful enough to challenge the lord and important enough that the populace simply refers to it as "The Church."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Ecclesiarchy in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
* The Holy Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Chantry of Andraste in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. Also, the Imperial Chantry.
* The Holy Church from {{Franchise/Nasuverse}}.
* The Church of Granas from ''GrandiaII''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, the Aedra-worshiping Temple of the Nine Divines is the primary religious sect of most of Tamriel and is the official religion of each incarnation of the Cyrodiilic Empire. It is treated as a SaintlyChurch in every facet, with it being uniformly benevolent in every series' appearance to date.
** As primarily seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri (Dark Elf)]] Tribunal Temple is another. They worship ALMSIVI, or simply "the Tribunal," a trio of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin formerly mortal]] {{Physical God}}s. Though thought of by most non-Dunmer as a ScamReligion, in ages past, when the Tribunal deities themselves lived and worked among their people, the Temple was an undeniable force of good. However, [[spoiler:when the Tribunal were cut off from the source of their divine power, they were forced to withdraw from the day-to-day affairs of the Dunmer in order to conserve power]]. When mortal leaders took over the Temple, it quickly became a CorruptChurch (though individual worshipers could still fall anywhere on the scale). As a result of the events of the game and its ''Tribunal'' expansion, [[spoiler:the Tribunal are permanently cut off from the source of their power and two wind up dead]]. As revealed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' expansion, the "New Temple" has been formed in the two centuries since ''Morrowind'' took place, and it is quite a bit less corrupt. The [[OurGodsAreDifferent "Good Daedra" Anticipations]] of the Tribunal (Azura, Boethiah, and Mephala) are slotted back in as the Temple's chief deities known as "Reclamations", while the Tribunal themselves have been demoted to Saints.
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