I like this arguement.
Spode, Spodism and Spodists are the most popular religious icons in Spore. My theory is that the word of Spode is spread by Zealots to new empires or pre-space civs, converting them and growing the religion. But anyway...
First, there are other religions in Spore. In the Civ stage, religious civs worship something called The Source (they mention it a lot in the comms), which is guessed by a lot of people to be either:
1. The meteorite that brought your cell to the planet.
2. A crashed spaceship on every homeworld that probably gives you the technology headstart.
There are other theories, but this shows there are more than one religion.
Shamans DO have a 'religion', but it is very similar to Buddism, so they don't mention a God as such. Just achieving Harmony with the universe.
Zealots (worshippers of Spode) talk about 'The False God That Will Come'. I now quote from Spore Wiki (this one I agree with entirely):
"The God That Will Come is the less prominent deity in the Space Stage. Followers of Spode despise this deity, and will immediately attack any of its followers. The only thing Zealots hate more than the "False" God That Will Come and its followers are the Grox. Shaman empires have made references to this god, mentioning that at least some of them worship it, and also suggest that the two religions are in conflict. "
See? There's another god other than Spode. You hear about this God in comms with Shamans and Zealots. Some missions with these two Archetypes will revolve around this, I now quote again:
"Very little is known about the God That Will Come and the religion surrounding it, other than that some members of Shaman empires follow it (as they mention in certain eradication missions). Zealot empires also mention the worship of the God That Will Come in their own eradication missions. In the latter case, the God's followers are violent extremists who try to kill the followers of Spode, although in the former case the roles are reversed. "
Shamans also talk about two other religions, I quote one final time:
"Shamans also mention two other religious orders that they seem to be on good terms with - the Savvy Zxxon Monks (whom they call if the player refuses to participate in an eradication mission) and the Teachers Who Are Still Loitering Around (to whom you may be asked to give various Treasured Items). It is not clear whether these are religious orders worshipping the God That Will Come, or ones following different belief systems entirely. "
To answer the question, Spore has more than one religion, but Spodeism is the most prominent, like Christianity in the real world.
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