Rysky wrote:Anyone can explicitly be a priest. A Barbarbain can even be a head priest of a religion. Priest is a title/occupation, different than a Class.
Priesthood is and has been heavily associated with divine casting to the point of synonymity in both Pathfinder and its preceding systems. If you'd like to dig me up some examples of priests that aren't divine casters or False Priests I'm all ears but in the meantime I'm decently certain no precedent supports your viewpoint.
Of the three 'high priests' of Pharasma in the temple in Inner Sea Temples, one of them is a diviner.
That's just from products that came out this month. I'm pretty sure some older references exist, such as in Gods & Magic, where priests of Asmodeus can be diabolist wizards, priests of Calistria, Cayden and Desna can be bards, etc. Irori's a special case in that his priesthood is about 50/50 split between clerics and *monks,* who are not only not divine spellcasters, but not spellcasters at all! For Nethys, *any* wielder of magic can be a priest, including sorcerers. Norgorber also allows non-spellcasters to be priests, specifically rogues and shadowdancers, but also non-divine casters like assassins, bards, enchanters and illusionists.
And I have to go to work now, so I'll stop at N. :)
Inner Sea Gods, a much more recent book than Gods & Magic (which could be considered a shoddy reference, being so old), seems to hold up at least some of this, as it refers to priests of Irori as including both clerics and monks.