Christianisme des Marins, or Sailors' Christianity, is the prevalent Christian Confession and Religion within Nouvelle-Dunkerque. With 95 percent of the population following this confession is
Their Bishop, the Bishop of Église de Saint-Pierre le Naufragé (Church of Saint Peter the Shipwrecked), is the Head of State of Nouvelle-Dunkerque. Currently, that is Son Excellence Roel Colaert.
In the center of the beliefs stands the soul, a genderless
Good God, Bad God
Theologically, the Christianisme des Marins differ between a Good God and a Bad God, the former from the New Testament, the latter from the Old Testament. The latter, also called Rex Mundi (King of the World), is identified as the God of Judaism, created all visible matter and is Satan's Father (see below for the relationship between Christianisme des Marins and Judaism) - therefore, all matter is tainted with sin and salvation can only come with the self-denial of the material world.
Veneration for Jesus and his Twelve Apostels and his True Teachings leads to them seeing other Christian Confessions, except for a few ascetic ones, with disdain and very sceptically, calling themselves Good Christians, compared to the other Christian Confessions, which, so far, put more worth into the Material World then into the spiritual world.
They are not trinitarian, but believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being three aspects of the same entity. However, the Resurrection of Jesus is seen as but one act amongst many, to drive the point home, and less as the culmination of his being - the culmination being his teachings, less in his miracles.
In general, the Christianisme des Marins does not have many sacraments. The Eucharist is refused due to there not possibly being a body of Christ, as it would have long been consumed and because the host is digested to meet a vile, stinking end, which cannot be, if God is in it. The Confession also does not need the Eucharist either, for, in the words of a Teacher, "[...] why should we eat a waffle, if God is already inside of us? In our hearts and souls, filling them with His Love?"
Baptism, however, is practiced, though not only with water, but with oil,
The Consolamentum and Sin
The highest sacrament of the Christianisme des Marins is the Consolamentum, a short ceremony to remove all sin from the believer and to reintroduce the sinner into the society. Worldly, but empty pleasures are seen as sinful, while seemly worldly pleasures are seen as virtuous.
An example for seemly worldly pleasures, which are pleasing to God, would be making music or exercising. Generally speaking, worldly pleasures, which create something new are seen as pleasing to God and thus seemly, as, while matter is tainted due to being made by Rex Mundi, a hand guided by God can still create pure art. A few other things come along with it as well, for example, indeed, exercising and sports in any form.
Unseemly and sinful pleasures start with abuses of substances and alcohol (although there is a large theological debate in Nouvelle-Dunkerque as to when the abuse of alcohol begins and when it ends) and end with vain intercourse. Depending on the gravity of the sin, the culprit might even be excluded from society and ostracised for a time, after which he can return and participate in the Consolamentum to remove it in the eyes of society, thus finishing the atonement.
While eating meat was and is frowned upon by the most ardent followers, the main deliverer of animal-proteins and a staple in the Cuisine of Nouvelle-Dunkerque is fish. However, their faith prohibits a capital punishment, even in the face of the vilest of crimes, the worst punishment thus being life-imprisonment.
Gender and sex
Gender and sex are, for the followers of Christianisme des Marins, meaningless as they believe into reincarnation until Judgement Day, unless one commits to the self-denial of the material world, a man possibly reincarnating as a woman and vice versa. As such, there are no limits to man or woman. There are even Priestesses, following the example of Madeleine, and amongst Bonhommes, as well as female bishops in the past.
On the topic of Calibacy, the followers of the Christianisme des Marins practice calibacy as a voluntary sign of devotion, not only by priests, but also by laypeople. It is increasingly uncommon these days, but the Oath of Calibacy is still taken by some men and women.
While there were a variety of military orders of knights, especially during the Bishops' Rule (see main article: Weapons, Armour and Tactics during the Bishops' Rule in Nouvelle-Dunkerque), the knights of the Military Order of Anne, Mère de Marie take a special position. Founded in 1329, the Military Order fought at the forefront in the Wars of the Orthodoxies, the War of the Heresy of the Stars and in several other conflicts during that time and beyond. Nowadays, they supply the ceremonial and personal bodyguards of the Bishop of the Église de Saint-Pierre le Naufragé. In total, there are currently 89 knights and 51 squires with the Order.
The Monastic Order of Madeleine
The Monastic Order of Saint Alexis
- mostly responsible for spiritual care of the ill
- long ago operated hospitals, nowadays take care of the spiritual care
One of the most well-known members of the Monastic Order of Saint Alexis is Frater Armand-Jean Romancon.
Choosing the ascetic life, a Bonhomme is a itinerant monk, a highly respected figure amongst the people of Nouvelle-Dunkerque.
Communal Homes, in which