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This question is inspired by What were Hitler's religious beliefs?

So they have well documented records on how Hitler actually tried to change/replace christianity.

What other similar records that are like that but for other leaders or other religions?

Basically records where:

  1. The religious leaders pretend to have one position
  2. His position is actually significantly different
  3. He wanted to change things not based on actual metaphysical belief (Hitler seems to be an atheist) but based on political consideration

I think I've heard that King of England established Anglican church so he can divorce his wife. I've heard filiolog is added to justify attacking constantinople. Then Shiah develops out of hatred of Yazid that slaughtered Muhammad's decendants. The last one was at least partially honest. So what's the rest? And how well documented the records are?

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This is a bit tangential, which is why I'm not giving it as an answer, but I couldn't help but think of North Korea and political religion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_religion –  Erik Schmidt Feb 10 '12 at 18:09
    
That's a good answer. Can you make that as an answer. I am hoping for answers like history.stackexchange.com/questions/445/… –  Jim Thio Feb 13 '12 at 8:10
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Some people believe that the Great Mughal ruler Akbar tried creating a new religion called Dīn-i Ilāhī, even though it has been refuted by many others. His idea was to instill in people of all religions a tolerance for each other, but it was not successful and had less of a following, even though it had the doctrines of all the religions.

Some say that this was probably his administrative policy for religious tolerance.

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one good answer. I wonder if all religions are just like that. Made up by people that want to do something like all atheists say. –  Jim Thio Feb 10 '12 at 6:44
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Here is the wiki link for the same.Wiki –  kartshan Feb 10 '12 at 6:46
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+1. Actually it doesn't have to be the creation of a new religion. It can be a severe interpretation or misinterpretation of religion in favor of the interest of ruling classes. –  Jim Thio Feb 10 '12 at 6:52
    
Or perhaps all religions are really like this? Then we forget what all this about? –  Jim Thio May 28 '12 at 8:36
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