The Monachal Creed is, by far, the most adhered to among Sanctified, comprising more than half of the Lancea Sanctum worldwide. It is extremely similar to Catholicism.
Departures from Catholicism: The Creed forbids Priests from willingly participating in sexual intercourse with other vampires, but allows the use of seduction with Kine. It makes no distinction between gender or sexual orientation when appointing members to office.
The Westminster Creed arose almost simultaneously with the Protestant Reformation, and deeply resembles Protestantism. They believe the Monachal Creed to be oppressively ritualistic and, as such, have rewritten the last four canons.
Departures from the Monachal Creed: Similar offices in clerical hierarchy might have different titles. Priests are not forbidden from sexual or romantic relationships with other vampires. Their Apostolica and Ecclesia is substantially rewritten to remove excessive ceremonialism.
The Tollison Creed traces its roots to the American South, much after the tradition of Pentecostalism. They believe the Monachal Creed to be oppressive, the Westminster Creed to be lax.
Departures from the Monachal Creed: Rather than an academic understanding of Holy Scripture, creed members believe in the infusion of the Holy Spirit for understanding, demonstrable by faith healing, speaking in tongues, serpent handling, or other dangerous and miraculous feats. They only perform two ceremonies: the Rite of the Serpent and the Fire Dance. They require conservative dress and conduct. Vampires may not feed on members of the opposite sex. There is no clerical hierarchy. All members are referred to as Brother or Sister.
The Iblic Creed governs the faith of the Banu Shaitan sect, which is derived from Islamic Theology. It is predominantly found in countries which are predominantly Muslim.
Departures from Islam: Individual Ibn-Shaitan follow an inversion of the Five Pillars of Islam, which claims that Allah chose all vamires to challenge the faiths of mortal men.
The Dammitic Creed rejects large portions of The Testament of Longinus as well as the divinity of Christ. The group's theological focus lies in studying the numerologies of the Book of Eschaton for clues about future and apocalyptic events. The sect closely resembles Judaism in many ways, sometimes taking members from Hasidic Kine and incorporating the study of the Kabbalah. Some denominations only select males for embrace. It is said that the best Theban Sorcerors in the world come from the Dammitic Creed, and that the knowledge to them is less a well-guarded secret, more a valuable commodity for trade.
Exotheists are more akin to modern philosophers than religious observers, interpreting The Testament of Longinus not as a religious text, but a philosophical work. They believe that adapting the superstitious traditions of Kine is backwards and demeaning, and thus develop their own philosophies, which vary from domain to domain. Exotheists are often the subjects of Inquisition. Many Carthians see them as the religious wing of their movement.
The Unified sect of the covenant reaches for an encompassing spirituality, though each places their own restrictions on universal tolerance. They might try to amalgamate various elements of many creeds, or simply try to foster an environment of religious harmony where members of different sects can worship side by side, each in their own way. Some see them as progressive, others as compromised.
The Livian Heresy
The Livian Heresy is the most widespread and persistent, named after Livia, the harlot who gave birth to Longinus. They interpret passages from The Testament of Longinus to mean that Longinus had no mortal father, making Livia role similar to that of Mary, mother of Jesus. As such, they venerate her as the Mother of Vampires. Some go so far as to say that Mary and Livia are aspects of a single archetypal goddess. Some go farther still, to equate the Lancea Sanctum to the Circle of the Crone. Members of this heresy sometimes know both Cruac and Theban Sorcery. Faithful Sanctified and Acolytes alike regard this heresy as a vile attempt to marry truth with heresy.
The Crimson Calvary
The Crimson Calvary is a relatively young offshoot of the Lancea Sanctum, incorporating survivalist mentalities, apocalyptic attitudes, and a racist worldview. The primary unit of the Sect is the isolated terrorist cell, which strikes even at more traditional Sanctified. They have four core beliefs:
1. The "True Church of Longinus" consists of white, Christian Kindred who must prepare for the End Times by waging war against the "mud people": non-whites, non-Christians, gays, and liberals among the Kine, as well as certain clans and bloodlines among the Kindred.
2. Human suffering must be maximized, to include the destruction of social and political order.
3. Theban Sorcery is "papist witchcraft" which must be stamped out.
4. The prophecies in The Book of Eschaton must be made