The Marcionite Catholic Church is considered to be one of the "Big Five" religions alongside Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Marcionism started off as a sect of Judaism roughly 2000 years ago. It is more or less the same as the Roman Catholic Church of our world but with one major difference: They believe in two Gods.
The God of the Spirit, a transcendent being with no physical form is their higher Deity. His name is Elohim
The God of the Material, a being on Earth who was the one to create man in their image is their lesser Deity. Their name is Adonai.
Elohim is associated with the Christian God, a being that is all knowing, all powerful, and righteous. Adonai is associated with the Jewish YHWH, whom Marcion saw as a vengeful being.
||The head of the church, a Bishop elected into office
||Members of the College of Cardinals, head Bishops of the church
||Heads of the Archdiocese, a region of smaller diocese
||Religious leaders, they uphold the Sacrament of the Holy Order
||Baptized preacher, receiver of the Sacrament of the Holy Order
||Ordained minister, assistant to Priests. Typically a Seminarian who is studying to become a priest.
||The Congregation, the people who follow the religion
Sect of Judaism, started in the early 1st century with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Jesus and his apostles spread the word
Until Jesus was crucified
Later sources say that he was ressurrected, but that was not common knowledge at first
Adonai made sure that no one but the Mother Mary knew about that
After Jesus' death, the apostles separated and started creating churches where they could spread the Word of the Lord
There was much contention in the churches, particularly between Paul and Peter, about whether they should allow Gentiles to convert without following Jewish Law
Peter was willing to allow Paul's gentile converts to disregard Jewish Food Law until missionaries from the Roman church came to visit
Paul confronted Peter only to have all of his allies, including his travel partner and closest friend Barnabas, side with Peter
Paul left his church then
He left to spread word to gentile converts about how they were accepted, left to start speaking of apocrypha, left to spread what he believed the true Word of God to be
This culminated in Pauline teachings and letters
Enter: Marcion of Sinope
Marcion believed in a mix of Gnostic and Pauline teachings
Believed that Jesus Christ was a new, alien deity that was sent to Earth by the Lord his God
Believed that this new Jesus deity was separate from the Vengeful God that created the world
Believed that Paul was the only apostle
Created the first New Testament Canon
As far as we can tell, at least. We do not have evidence of an earlier collection of canon scriptures
Believed in a higher God, on of the Spirit, and a lower God, one of the Earth
For my purposes, these will be Elohim and Adonai respectively
Believed that the Christian Church was completely disconnected from Judaism and went so far as to say that the two were incompatible
Marcion spread his teachings through the Gospel According to Marcion
Believed to be an edited version of the Gospel According to Luke
This is where the history of Desecrate separates from our world
Marcion was not shunned for his beliefs, as heretical as they were
Instead he was believed, the Laity of the proto-orthodox church saw what he was speaking about
Of course there were two Gods, how could God go to the Garden of Eden and ask where Adam was if He did not have a corporeal form and knew all?
His church and teaching quickly spread through what few members of the proto-orthodox church there was
Eventually, his teaching reached the church in Rome, from which he was excommunicated years prior
The Roman Church put up quite a fight in adopting Marcion's teaching, but eventually adopted them
By this time, Adonai had already been captured and imprisoned
Marcion strived to create a 'Universal' church
Lead to the name: καθολικός (katholikos) means universal in Attic and Modern Greek
Now we are back to the history of our world, but the Marcionite Catholic Church has replaced the Roman Catholic Church
This is very interesting. I enjoy the blending of real world history and alternate history.