Religion: Taoism Why? It's the bad with the good inside following the good with the bad inside. It's just the cool guy of the symbols, for those with some aestethic taste! Desert Folklore Even if you have just 2 grams of sand. It's the boss. Even if sand is 15 tiles away and you will plop there your second city. Else there is always some meh pantheons; much like when you go out with a less-pretty girl because yours is on her period. Sad, but you're still thinking of the other. Be honest and just admit it: you look at the start ground and dream desert with folklore. I won't tell your girlfriend, don't worry. Tithe If King Midas had a concubine she would be named Tithe. This godly belief gave me 18 GPT in freaking Medieval. 100+ later. In BNW, your cursor automatically moves there. And the AI skips it Religious Community The highest Hammer return of any belief. No pesky condition/requirement, it just works. It works if you're tall but just as good if you're wide! No point in letting it there unless your religion is Masochism. Asceticism Now that Cerimonial Burial has been buried (one minute of silence) this is the obvious successor to the throne of happiness beliefs. Shrine is probably the fastest building to get, and by the time you get Asceticism most if not all your cities have a Shrine. If you're serious about religion that is. If you're not spamming Shrines you don't deserve Asceticism! Religious Texts No one expects the spanish inquisition. Best spreader ever imho, unless in very specific situation (mostly land map, clustered cities). Even nerfed it's still OP, which should tell you something Recap: - best faith per turn belief - best gold per turn belief - best production per turn belief - best smiles per turn belief - best religion spreader Any objection?