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Carpathianism
Type Monotheistic
Founder Nicolae Carpathia
Created Midpoint of Tribulation
Dissolved Day of Glorious Appearing


Carpathianism is a religion established by the character Nicolae Carpathia in the Left Behind series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

The official and only legal religion of Earth during the latter half of the Tribulation, Carpathianism is established by the Antichrist figure and leader of the global government in the Left Behind series of books. The religion lasts for three and a half years before meeting its downfall at the hands of Jesus Christ.

Formation

Carpathianism is founded by Global Community Supreme Potentate and Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia in book eight of the series, The Mark, replacing Enigma Babylon One World Faith. Having been "indwelt" by Satan and raised from the dead after being slain by Chaim Rosenzweig, Carpathia is quick to proclaim himself as the one true God. Promoting his Supreme Commander and False Prophet Leon Fortunato to the rank of Most High Reverend Father of Carpathianism, he outlaws all existing religions and declares that swift and brutal punishment will come to those who refuse to adopt this religion and, in turn, worship him as God.

Worship

Acceptance of this religion requires the participant to bear the "mark of loyalty" on his right hand or his forehead and to bow down before the image of Carpathia three times a day, with failure to do so punishable by death. It is also mandatory for followers of the religion to sing "Hail Carpathia" whenever it is played live before the Potentate's appearances, or, in the case of New Babylon being blanketed by the plague of darkness from the fifth Bowl Judgment, when the image of Carpathia is no longer visible.

Carpathianism seems to be enforced like Islam is in countries like Saudi Arabia that have the religious police such as the mutaween. While Judd Thompson Jr. was in Petra, he saw a Global Community Cable News Network broadcast that showed people who had not worshiped the image of Carpathia being beaten in the streets. The Global Community somehow was able to figure out who had not worshiped that day (or they acted on the basis of tenuous suspicions). The Morale Monitors with clubs and electric batons moved through lines of supplicants who seemed tired of genuflecting and praying to the statue of Carpathia.

Known Carpathianists