Arderism

Arderism (from Latin word ardeo meaning “blaze”), also known as Arderist Christianity, sometimes simply Christianity, Neo-Christianity, New Cross or Distemporal Christianity) is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, a preacher supposedly living in the most ancient times of human race. Originating from Christianity as known by distemporal people of various homeworlds and by the remains of records from the first colony, Arderism serves as a wildly derivative and radically different branch that aims to answer the concerns regarding the lost origin of humanity, the state of the DT-people in the known world, and the eschatological relevance regarding all of these, among other questions.

Arderism is by far the largest human religion in the galaxy, practiced by believes on the scale of billions of people. The de facto state of the church of Arderism is the Free Heaven Movement.

Overview

For the most part, Arderism follows the fundamentals of Christianity as known from the Volada colony ship records; the most notable differences are the following:

While for the dominant majority of known Christianity used the latin cross (✝), the renowned symbol of Arderism is the candle - hence the name of the religion. For them, the candle represents the light of Jesus Christ, the influence that proceeds from God and gives life and light to all things. The cross is still used in the religion to a lesser extent, as a remembrance of the crucifixion.

The holy book of Arderism is the Holy Bible; it has a wildly different structure from the known editions, though. The first part of the Arderist Bible is the Covenant, discussing the teachings and person of Jesus, as well as events of the earliest proto-galactic Christianity. For most, it was known as the New Testament before.

The second and most important part of the Arderist Bible is called the Commencement: this part is what they have added to their Christian canon. The Commencement describes the story of the arrival of humanity to the galaxy and what happened to them ever since, in the context of God and the DT-people. Unlike many parts of the religious canon, the Commencement contains precise references to past historical events and people, but derives their decisions and actions from the will of God, and either the devotion or denial of this faith; this sparkled controversies among other human civilizations.

This religion considers the world a corner of purgatory and distemporal people either believers or lost souls, requiring cleansing before the opening of the Heavens or the condemnation of Hell for them. They consider the establishment of a livable society of both groups the ultimate will of God and the continuation of the divine determination for human. They venerate distemporal people for their role in this determination.

For the rest of aspects, Arderists are rarely distinguishable from baseline Christianity: in regards of holidays, they celebrate the born (Christmas) and the resurrection (Easter) of Jesus Christ as well as the Advent and All Saints’ Day - though some of these have been mixed up with widespread secular holidays. (most notably Christmas with the Thanksgiving for Volada; and All Saints’ Day with Halloween)

Arderists also accept and follow the values taught by Jesus Christ, up to and including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and self-control. They also accept most previously established Christian doctrines, such as the Holy Trinity, the uniqueness of Jesus, the Salvation, the Resurrection, and notably the uniqueness of humanity, as in God created people in His own image and likeness.

Unlike in Catholicism or Orthodoxy, the Arderist Church has no leader; they claim only God can have true authority over man, and refuse the acceptance of any other Christian authority. The leadership of the Free Heaven Movement fulfills a strictly secular role in Arderism.

Theologists largely conclude that aside of the spacefaring approprations noticeable in it, Arderism incorporates all the three major previously known consensus branches of Christianity: Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy.