Pantheonism

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History

Beliefs

  • Mankind has a collective, racial consciousness evidenced by universal mythologies manifesting in every culture
  • Through this consciousness, all men are natural compulsion to seek the Truth, though they may deny it
  • This awareness manifests itself in all cultures, though interpretation differs due to the prevailing spiritual conditions of mankind
  • These differing interpretations represent the most authentic method to reach apotheosis for each culture
  • Therefore, Pantheonism has the means to elevate the entirety of mankind and must be adopted by all.

On Man

  • Mankind was created, and has a destiny.
  • Mankind has a universal, collective consciousness which is one and the same as the consciousness of the Overgod.
  • This collective consciousness has an overarching will, manifested at the individual and societal levels by a natural and universal compulsion toward the Truth
  • Mankind can and must evolve to achieve greater awareness and understanding of this consciousness

On the Gods

  • The Gods are the natural laws of the universe as we know them, and are the small fraction of the Overgod’s consciousness that we may behold. Man does not yet behold all of the Gods, though he may and must eventually.
  • The Gods, though universal, manifest themselves differently depending upon local spiritual condition.
    • Gods manifesting across many cultures are one and the same.
    • Though traditions on these Gods differ, they all ultimately lead to the Truth
  • The Gods are Man’s conduit to the Overgod
  • Thus, to honor the Gods is to obey the natural laws of the universe, and to obey the natural laws of the universe is to honor the Gods- through this, Man becomes closer to the Overgod and thus Apotheosis

Duties

Mankind has duties to fulfill to his place in the natural universe, and the overarching duty of man is to achieve Apotheosis. Apotheosis is the Awakening of Mankind’s collective consciousness to that of the the Overgod

The duties that must be fulfilled to achieve the ultimate duty of Apotheosis are as follows:

  • Uphold the natural laws of the universe by honoring the Gods.
  • Mankind as a whole must come to honor the Gods, or Apotheosis will be unachievable.
  • Improve the species mentally and physically to elevate man, that he may behold more of the universe, that he may ultimately beseech even Gods presently unknown
  • Knowledge is good; ignorance is evil. Willing ignorance is the greatest evil.
  • The strong must prevail, for the weak will stunt Apotheosis.
  • Man must therefore strive to become increasingly strong in body, mind, and belief to advance the species toward Apotheosis.
  • The Stars belong to Mankind, and he must claim them

Creed

There is one, supreme deity, who is vast but ultimately knowable, and is the sum of all knowledge, past, present, and future. It exists in all places, and through all time.

Though His consciousness is vast and universe-spanning, mankind beholds but a small fraction of His being through the Gods.

The Gods are the natural laws of the universe as we know them.

Mankind is obligated to honor the Gods, and in this he lives by the natural laws of the universe

Through this, Man achieves his ultimate duty: Apotheosis

This is the Truth, and only Truth.

Schools

Anaksarxism

Anaksarxism takes its name from Emperor Anaksarxos II, who proposed reforms to the Pantheonist movement which would place the imperial title at its center as a sort of religious leader for Pantheonists everywhere. Anaksarxos posited that a view of Pantheonism which does not recognize the living divinity of the Autokrator was incomplete and possibly even therefore corrupted intentionally to subvert the will of the gods. This came as a harsh rebuke of the policies of his predecessor, Anaksarxos I, who aligned with fellow Pantheonist powers in Wolohannia and Dumanum. While Traditionalists and Antarteran supremacists in Sukaria were galvanized by Anaksarxos' actions, the reaction elsewhere ranged from bad to horrified, especially given the context of the so-called "Basiloktonia", by which he took the throne.

Ergatism

Ergatism refers to the left-wing, anti-authoritarian ideology posited by Gregorios Tetarton. Tetarton, an Ephor, personally worshiped the God of Labor, Ergas, and espoused his virtues in energetic speeches to his followers in the Ergas Cult. Tetarton believed that laboring toward one's goals, struggle, and hardship were the ultimate forms of worship. Later Ergatists, who came into contact with Pantheonism during the Wolohannic Civil War, associated Ergas with the Over-God, seeing the God-King archetype as more of a bureaucrat. Ergatists originally desired to replace the Autokratoria with a so-called "Demokratika", a proposed direct democratic successor to the ancient Dumani Republic from which the Antarteran Imperium originated. This ideology became much less oriented toward Antarterans as it grew internationally, but the idea of a direct-democratic world union remained.

During the Sukarian Civil War, Tetarton and his Ergas Cultists attempted to overthrow the empire, but were ultimately defeated by Emperor Timotheos. Veterans of his movement, as well as their ideological descendants, would go on to fight in the Wolohannic Civil War, the Invasion of Huran, and participate in many Crataean insurgencies. While the god Ergas is still recognized, his followers are closely monitored by imperial authorities because of their propensity for radicalization.

Seppäläism

Ultorism

Spread

Demographics

Pantheonist state entities