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Church of Jesus Christ

Classification

Christian

Theology

Nontrinitarian

Governance

Hierarchical

Leader

Thomas S. Manson

Region

Primarily former Newellian State

Founder

Joseph Smitt

Origin

6 April 1830
Reuben, Newellia

Members

800,000 (estimate)

The Church of Jesus Christ or, informally the Church of Newellia, is a Christian restorationist church that is considered by its followers to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. Today, the church is fragmented and does not have a single headquarters, which was formerly located in Newell before the Great War.

Adherents, who are often called "Mormons", view faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement in the central tenet of their religion. The church theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ.

Many academic critics of the church cite the historical inauthenticity of the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham, both being major scriptures in the church, as reasons for the invalidity of the church. Criticism has expanded to include claims of historical revisionism, homophobia, racism, and sexist policies.

Practice of the faith was outlawed in Arveyres in 1928 due to rising tensions between Arveyran Lutherans and Arveyran Catholics against the Newellian Church, with the Lutherans and Catholics citing their long-lived establishments as being "more correct" than the relatively young Newellian Church. Most Arveyran adherents practice their religion in secrecy.

The religion has also been banned in Aloia since 1835. The Church of Aloia, the Lutheran state church, was the main proponent of the ban and publicly flexed their political muscle. This put the Church of Newellia in a difficult situation after the Second Partition of Newellia, when much of former Newellia came under Aloian control. Most Mormons moved to other countries or converted to one of the legal Christian religions.

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