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18-07-2006, 03:50
I was just thinking about it, does the religion of the Imperium have a name besides besides the Imperial Cult?


Born Again
18-07-2006, 04:26
Possibly something like "The Cult of The Immortal Emperor", although what I do know for certain is they have a name for all other religions: DIE!

Indrid Khold
18-07-2006, 06:51
According to something I read a while back, it was called the "Temple of the Savior Emperor." Apparently there were a few different religious ideals in the days after the Horus Heresy (the cult of the Machine God, obviously, but probably other Imperial cults) that were beat out when somebody got around to choosing the official religion of the Imperium.

Inq. Veltane
18-07-2006, 10:05
Yep, 'The Temple of the Saviour Emperor' is what became the Ecclesiarchy/Adeptus Ministorium. Lots about it in Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition). I think it may also be mentioned in much less detail in C:WH.

18-07-2006, 17:05
The Cult Imperialis. There are so many factions, sects and different beliefs on lone worlds that giving it a single name is to grossly mislead.

Inq. Veltane
18-07-2006, 17:10
The Temple of the Saviour Emperor is dominant however and is the Ecclesiarchy. Whilst it certainly is heterodox in belief it was still the TotSE which became dominant and which formed the Ecclesiarchy and which Thor reformed following the Age of Apostasy...

Inq. Veltane
18-07-2006, 17:26
Ok, page 5 of Codex: Sisters of Battle...

"...The Temple of the Saviour Emperor's power grew and grew. This process of integration and merging continued into the start of the 32nd millenium, until almost two-thirds of the Imperium was united behind the order. On terra the only non-followers were the Adepts of the Cult Mechanicus and the Space Marines..."

"Early in the 32nd Millenium, the Temple of the Saviour Emperor was recognised as the official religion of the Imperium and was given the title of Adeptus Ministorum. A couple of centuries later the head of the Ministorum, Ecclesiarch Veneris II, became a High Lord..."

It goes on to talk about the Confederation of Light's destruction in the first War of Faith and how now every Imperial world has its own Ministorum Cathedral.

Diverse belief? Yes, but there is a core. In that respect it is very much like the Catholic Church upon which the Ministorum is rather obviously based. A certain amount of deviation is tolerated, especially upon less civilised worlds, but heresy is prosecuted with the force of the Emperor's own wrath.

19-07-2006, 00:25
Indeed so. It is also of note that there is no symbol of the Imperial faith as a whole other than the Imperial Eagle. Whilst the symbol of the Ecclesiarchy exists, it is a symbol of the church, not the faith. Therefore belief in the God-Emperor is tied yet again to faith in the institutions of the Imperium.

Born Again
19-07-2006, 05:12
would it be viable to get it recognised as an official religion, like people did with the Jedi? Or would the absence of the Emperor (or he's still hiding in Anatolia, at least) prevent that?

19-07-2006, 07:16
The Jedi religion being recognised is a myth. It did not occur, despite getting rather a lot of census responses.


Inq. Veltane
19-07-2006, 09:47
How can you have face in the Imperium and in the Ecclesiarchy when those things don't exist? The best you could do is to treat 40k as prophetic and form a sect who are awaiting the arrival of the Emperor... but that would obviously be far from the beliefs of the Temple of the Saviour Emperor. Alternatively the beliefs of the Confederation of Light make more sense (essentially emulate the Emperor in service to humanity and self-sacrifice) but they are heresy you know...