I'm posting here because I think that the other religious thread is getting close to completion, and I didn't want to clutter it up with my own opinions.
It's ironic that for years many players have neglected the religious aspects of their characters, some to the point where they've gotten wild ideas, including that their character is not religious.
It's nice that religious discussion is finally coming to the forefront.
I think that for many players, they don't play religious characters because they don't understand what sort of dialog two Worshippers of Muk Utep would engage in when having a religious chat.
One fact about religions is that no matter how extensive the canonical religious documentation is, they invariably fail to address every possible situation and so this invites non-heretical speculation about what the proper orthodox attitude is.
An example would be the Bhudda and pretzels. While historians have written down quite a lot of stuff that Sidhartha probably said, he didn't say anything about pretzels, for the simple reason that they didn't have pretzels in dynastic China. So it's easy to imagine a couple of Bhuddists having a discussion about whether or not pretzels are in accordance with the teachings of the Bhudda or not.
Sound silly? Well keep in mind that fairly intense religious debate has centered around some fairly minor points:
*Whether or not good works should accompany faith.
*The succession line of Mohammet.
*Icons, good thing or bad thing?
*Whether or not some guy who died two thousand years before the advent of stem cell research would have approved of stem cell research.
*Eating pork, good thing or bad thing?
*Circumcision, good thing or bad thing?
And so I project that Zalanthan religious discussion proceeds along similar routes. The Templarate push their own particular teachings about religion, but they don't have the time or motive to expound Tektolnes' opinions on every potential subject. Imagine how confusing it would be to try to preserve religious doctrine among a culture that doesn't use writing?
So basically, no one would openly contradict the teachings of the templarate because they wouldn't want to be accused of spreading heresy, but speculating on any topic that's not covered by the Templarate would be entirely fair game.
Here are some examples of things that I believe that Allanaki would discuss religiously:
*Should a statue of Lord Tektolnes have black hair, the color of ethnic Allanaki or should he have purple hair because he was royalty?
*Lord Tektolnes was divine. Should the rest of his bloodline be considered divine, and be worshipped as well?
*Should foreign slaves be converted to Tekism, or is the Great Lord Tektolnes disinterested in their prayers?
This is the kind of crap that people talk about all day.