First off, please note that nothing below is referencing anything specific in the conversations above, but the conversation got complicated quickly, and triggered this post to state why we have tried to generally avoid any major religion references and religious discussions in GoH.
It is reasonable to think there would be religions throughout Historica, as religions have been very prevalent in history, fantasy and literature. Many builders, like myself, draw from real world architecture and concepts when building, so it is reasonable to expect that when builders incorporate religion, similarities to actual religions will crop up. Given that Religion is a topic that people have varying opinions and beliefs about, it is very easy for different people to have different interpretations about builds and stories, regardless of what the original builder intended. When you start having in-depth discussions about the religious aspects of builds, people will read different things into comments, or post things saying one thing, that can easily be interpreted another way.
Things get complicated very quickly when talking religion, so the following general guidelines apply:
1. Religion and religious symbols can be incorporated into builds, but please try to build within the fantasy of Historica, not to extend an existing religion into Historica (which has not been an issue in GoH thus far). Cathedrals, Mosques, Temples, Churches, Priest, Monks, Crosses, Saints, Prophets - all fine, just keep it within the context of Historica. Religion was a driver behind a lot of the buildings, styles and symbols historically, and builders should continue to incorporate these elements into their builds as they see fit.
2. Religion will never play a major role in major storylines or Challenges in GoH. It can and has played a major role in the builds and storylines of GoH builders, and that is just fine, and has led to some great results.
3. There will never be "Guild Religions" or a "Historica Religion", etc. What has worked well is when a builder establishes a religion or church, and then invites other builders to incorporate it into their own communities and builds, but the religion still 'belongs' to one builder.
4. As always, the goal of GoH is to provide a welcoming, open and positive environment for builders to construct their own fantasy world and builds, and our rules and guidelines are in place to promote this at all times.
I myself have built a temple, a shrine, and a chapel in Historica thus far, and will continue to incorporate religion into my builds as they fit into my realms.