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During the Hierocracy, the ardentia assumed near absolute control of eastern Roshar.{{book ref|sa2|3}} The ultimate authority of the Hierocracy was the ardents themselves, rather than the Heralds or the Almighty, and the ardents used mysticism as one of their greatest tools.{{book ref|sa1|18}} Claiming their right to rule came from the Almighty,{{book ref|sa3|34}} ardents controlled what people learned, what religious paths they followed, and the overall doctrine, claiming that the common people could not understand theology. They justified this with visions and prophecies from the Almighty that they claimed to see. This flew in the face of traditional Vorin doctrine, which held that trying to divine the future was evil, and a part of the heart of [[Voidbinding]].
 
During the Hierocracy, the ardentia assumed near absolute control of eastern Roshar.{{book ref|sa2|3}} The ultimate authority of the Hierocracy was the ardents themselves, rather than the Heralds or the Almighty, and the ardents used mysticism as one of their greatest tools.{{book ref|sa1|18}} Claiming their right to rule came from the Almighty,{{book ref|sa3|34}} ardents controlled what people learned, what religious paths they followed, and the overall doctrine, claiming that the common people could not understand theology. They justified this with visions and prophecies from the Almighty that they claimed to see. This flew in the face of traditional Vorin doctrine, which held that trying to divine the future was evil, and a part of the heart of [[Voidbinding]].
   
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The Church derived much of its power by controlling knowledge.{{book ref|sa2|3}} They promoted beliefs that they knew were fabrications or lies to further their goals. The ardents also began to revise ancient texts in accordance with their own dogma, changing histories and other famous works of literature. For instance, the Church relied on the authority and connection to the Almighty that their relationship to the Radiants granted them. However, that associated them with the Recreance and failure of Vorinism as well. In order to remain consistent, the ancient Radiants of the shadowdays were celebrated, while those responsible for the betrayal were demonized. By the modern times of the Era of Solitude, few ancient records existed that had not been at one point or another passed through Vorin hands.
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The Church derived much of its power by controlling knowledge. They promoted beliefs that they knew were fabrications or lies to further their goals. The ardents also began to revise ancient texts in accordance with their own dogma, changing histories and other famous works of literature. For instance, the Church relied on the authority and connection to the Almighty that their relationship to the Radiants granted them. However, that associated them with the Recreance and failure of Vorinism as well. In order to remain consistent, the ancient Radiants of the shadowdays were celebrated, while those responsible for the betrayal were demonized. By the modern times of the Era of Solitude, few ancient records existed that had not been at one point or another passed through Vorin hands.
   
 
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