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Does the Pokemon universe have a religion?

#1Defender31415Posted 6/18/2013 1:28:21 PM
See topic title for the question. If so, is it one of the following:
1. Atheistic- denying the existence of a god, and substituting something else (e.g., money, power, fame?)
2. Agnostic- do the characters say they do not know if their universe has a god? If so, is this a personal belief for some characters, while others think no one can know for certain? Do they agree on whether the god/gods is/are knowable?
3. Polytheistic- are there multiple gods in the Pokemon world? If so, are they restricted to specific areas (like a god of the sky, of the sea, of war, etc) or can they meddle with each other's domains?
4. Pantheistic- does everything in the Pokemon world have a divine force inhabiting it (like the Force in Star Wars)?
5. Deistic- Does the Pokemon universe have one god who created the world, and left it to run on its own, without interference from the god?
6. Panentheistic- Does the Pokemon universe have a god who is physically united with the world, in such a way that the world is the body of this god?
7. Finitistic- is the god (or are the gods) of the Pokemon universe entirely separate from it, and limited in its (their) ability to interfere?
8. Monotheistic- does the Pokemon universe have only one god? If so, is this deity personally involved with his creations or not?

A note on how to answer: Do NOT compare the religion of the Pokemon universe to any religion actually practiced on Earth. Also, base your answers on in-game information. You may now respond.
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#2Capitan_KidPosted 6/18/2013 1:29:31 PM
The Church of Arceus is the name of the religious group that all Pokehumans follow.
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#3MyNameIsNotJenPosted 6/18/2013 1:30:38 PM
Yes, they have a religion. It's called Arceist, the belief of the great Arceus.
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#4AysanderPosted 6/18/2013 1:32:16 PM
Think it might be the Pathenistic one.

Arceus is basically the world...I mean, he sits atop the world waiting for a world's trainer, and every time a pokemon egg is created, Arceus re-creates the world 0.o
#5jayman7Posted 6/18/2013 1:32:30 PM
Really, though, the legendary Pokémon are the closest things to any gods mentioned in the games, Arceus especially, so it's kind of like a pantheon with Arceus playing Zeus.
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#6LexifoxPosted 6/18/2013 1:36:37 PM
The game has a church/temple (Foreign Building), and there's an obvious sense of spirituality in certain areas (like the shrine for Landorus) and NPCs specifically stated that Pokemon have been worshiped or revered as deities. There's also the legend that Arceus created the universe and the Pokemon responsible for time, space, and human spirit.

It'd say option 4 is the best choice, particularly since this sort of thing is more or less what you'd expect from a game with so much Japanese culture behind it.
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#7Capitan_KidPosted 6/18/2013 1:38:54 PM
Didn't it turn out the force is just a biological thing?
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#8Defender31415(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2013 1:41:00 PM
Capitan_Kid posted...
Didn't it turn out the force is just a biological thing?


*facepalm* not the best example... think Eywa in Avatar (the spirit that guides the Na'vi)
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#9LexifoxPosted 6/18/2013 1:42:59 PM
Capitan_Kid posted...
Didn't it turn out the force is just a biological thing?


Midi-chlorians are an intelligent lifeform that live within the bodies of other lifeforms and allow them to sense the Force.
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#10SgtCashmerePosted 6/18/2013 1:45:07 PM
If you name your PC "O Godly One," then the Pokémon world worships YOU.
Word.