Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Christianity Mexico 2055 Dick, Philip K. Now Wait for Last Year. New York: Manor Books (1976); pg. 36. "Himmel saw a shape bearing down on hi, a tangle-haired Anglo-Saxon wearing a leather jacket, jeans, boots, and gloves, an altogether obsoletely attired individual seemingly from some other era entirely. This was Christian Plout, who drove an ancient turbine-powered taxi in Tijuana... " ['Christian' here is simply a name. Other refs. to this character, referred to by his last name, 'Plout.' Other refs. to him by his first name include pg. 43.]
Christianity Michigan: Two Rivers 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 181. "The clergy of Two Rivers had responded to the events of the summer by putting together what they called the Ad Hoc Ecumenical Council, a group of pastors representing the town's seven Christian churches and two synagogues. The group met in Brad Congreve's basement twice a month.

Congreve, an ordained Lutheran minister, was proud of his work. He had assembled a delegation from every religious group in town except for the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Vedanta Buddhist Temple, which in any case was only Annie Stoller and some of her New Age friends... The churches had not always been on friendly terms, and it was still a chore to keep the Baptists talking to the Unitarians, for instance, but they all faced a common danger in this peculiar new world. "

Christianity Middle East 1366 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon and the Djinn. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 123. Pg. 123: "'...Only a few of these would need to wander into Episcopi, before word would reach the Christian knights who are my friends, telling them who these men are...' "; Pg. 123: "'...would be put to the same fate. There are those in Episcopi, Christians and Musselmen [Muslims] both, who do business with me...' "
Christianity Middle East 2012 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 360. "And all over the world, old scores were being settled... Some people were turning to religion. Others were turning against it: there had been several assassination attempts on the pope, and something like a jihad seemed to be raging in Algeria. In the Middle East, a major Islam-Christianity conflict was looming, with some Muslim commentators arguing that the Christians were trying to accelerate the apocalypse of their Gospels. "
Christianity Minnesota 1998 Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife. New York: HarperCollins (1998); pg. 166. "'For throwing.'

'Oh come on. We're not going to throw that old white rice.'

'It's a custom.'


'Well, I don't know exactly,' said Cecille in irritation, 'where it came from. But I'd venture to say it's fairly meaningful, if you examined it and all. I would be surprised if there weren't some tradition involved, going way back into the medieval Christian times.'

'They didn't have white rice then.' " [Also pg. 218.]

Christianity Minnesota: Minneapolis 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 26. "This was followed by a two-week appearance at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar... "
Christianity Mississippi 1980 Waldrop, Howard. "Ugly Chickens " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1980); pg. 477. "I'd traveled for miles and seen nothing but dirt banks red as Billy Carter's neck and an occasional church. "
Christianity Missouri 1990 Simmons, Dan. "The Death of the Centaur " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1990); pg. 335. "He had planned to leave very early Sunday morning, but it was almost ten before the car was loaded... His landlord was not home--in church probably--so Kennan dropped the keys in his mailbox. "
Christianity Missouri: Kansas City 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 7. "'...The signs are in the sky.'

Signs in the sky?'

'These UFOs. They aren't spaceships. That's just the modern man's way out. In the Old Testament it would have been angels. You ever seen one?'

'A spaceship?'

'Spaceship, angel--same thing. That's my point. It's just terminology. I've seen them, and they're real. Take my word for it.' "

Christianity Missouri: St. Louis 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 63. "The sound tech was more than a little surprised at the familiar melody of J. S. Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' which flowed gently... "
Christianity Monaco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 25. "There, it was unmistakable . . . WWW. Inverted, it was the sign of the Antichrist of the Matrix--the '666' of the World Wide Web. "
Christianity Monaco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 43. "My God, no, Count Trobolsky restrained his overactive imagination. He had heard of such things, but this was still a Christian world, and pets were meant to be pets, not necessarily petted in that way . . . Did the count detect an unholy relationship there? "
Christianity Nebraska 1977 Ing, Dean. "Devil You Don't Know " in Anasazi. New York: Tor (1987; c. 1977); pg. 108. "She made a note to tell Chris Maffei: Blessed are the easily pleased, for theirs is the kingdom of Earth. "
Christianity Nebraska 2059 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 4. "In the born-again Shintoism of Y-S [Yakamura-Stichen, a corporation], they were both marranos, a term borrowed from the Spanish Jews under the Inquisition who had pretended to be Christian to survive. Y-S followed a form of revivalist Shinto, Shinto grafted with Christian practices such as baptism and confession. " [Many references to Christianity throughout book, most not in DB.]
Christianity Nebraska 2060 Collins, Ron. "Out of the Blue " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 211. [Year is estimated.] Pg. 211: "She grew up in Crawford, Nebraska, a town of some five hundred farmers... a community that still sang 'Amazing Grace' at church and went to neighbors' houses for lunch afterward, a place where her scholarship to Stanford made the front page... "; Pg. 224: "Without thinking, she started to hum a familiar tune, a song her mother had sung so often back in Nebraska, letting the melody carry her focus. There on the surface of Europa, Sara hummed the melody of 'Amazing Grace.' "
Christianity Netherlands 2117 Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 33. "To God, however, all things were possible. Did he not say that the weak would be made strong, and the strong weak? Was Jesus no born to a humble carpenter and his bride in the country province of Galilee? " [Many Christian refs. in novel, most not in DB, most in reference to Sister Carlotta, a Catholic nun and one of the novel's main characters.]
Christianity Netherlands 2117 Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 55. "'No, Sister Carlotta, you don't... there isn't time to find another...'

'You frighten me when you say there isn't time.'

'I don't see why. Christians have been expecting the imminent end of the world for millennia.'

'But it keeps not ending.'

'So far, so good.' "

Christianity Nevada 1991 Barber, Phyllis. "At the Talent Show " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1991); pg. 228. "Sister Floyd had six children who never sat still at church. The youngest threw themselves onto the floor in tantrums when they couldn't drink every cup in the sacrament tray. They grabbed handfuls of bread when they were only supposed to take one piece of the Saviour's flesh. " [Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Christianity Nevada 1994 Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 13-14. "'I've decided,' Willy said. 'That I ain't human. I ain't like you.'

Dizziness struck Tana, and she wondered if she should call the police, have Willy picked up. She recalled something about angels. 'If you aren't human, what do you think you are?'

She expected him to say 'the Son of God.'

'Oh, just a transient.' Willy sounded embarrassed by the admission... "

Christianity Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "He unlocked the desk and took from it a handful of gold coins and a polished wooden box the size of a Bible. "
Christianity Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 43. Pg. 43: "...and Crane could tell he was serious, for he used his Christian name. 'Scott,' Mavranos said clearly, 'this is no joke...' "; Pg. 182: Easter; Pg. 385: Bible
Christianity Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 258. "He thought he might wet his pants, right here and now. God, he thought, make him not find me. Please, God! I'll go to church, I'll make the protagonist of the screenplay a Christian, I'll marry Diana, just let him come back with no news so the world can go on being like it was. "
Christianity Nevada: Las Vegas 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 8. "They had been dating for only six months when Leon and Vanessa decided to get married, both equally certain that they had found the person they wanted to share their life with. A few weeks later they were married at one of the many twenty-four-hour wedding chapels in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leon's mother had been upset that they didn't have a formal church wedding, but she quickly forgave them when he flew her and his father out to California for a visit. One year and three months after the wedding, give or take a few days, Vanessa gave birth to Anita Luanne Cane... "
Christianity New Hampshire 1846 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 29. "In 1846 Saturn was beaten by a United States senator from Massachusetts, who was actually a native of New Hampshire. Because of the senator's brilliant oratory, a jury comprised of vermin summoned from the bowels of the Netherworld was convinced to free the soul of a hapless farmer Saturn had trapped. In return, Senator Daniel Webster won freedom for all of New Hampshire until the end of time. "
Christianity New Jersey 1944 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 13. "When Murray Jacob Katz was ten years old, he'd begun wondering whether he was permitted to believe in heaven, as were his various Christian friends. "
Christianity New Jersey 1953 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 16. "'Pardon my simplicity,' the old man [Albert Einstein] said, 'but have I the honor of addressing God?'

The machine resumed its announcements as if in answer. 'My name is Jor-El and I am speaking to you through the use of a device which relays spoken information directly into the mind of the individual it contacts...' " [This scene, in which Jor-El's machine tells Einstein about the upcoming arrival of his baby son Kal-El (Superman), intentionally echoes the Annunciation from the New Testament. Einstein's background, however, is Jewish, not Christian. He mentions God here as an ethnic Jew.]

Christianity New Jersey 1958 Knight, Damon. "Idiot Stick " in Far Out. New York: Simon and Schuster (1961; c. 1958); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "One of the aliens, who said his name was Pendrath go Pendrath, showed up frequently in the pleasant little town of Riverdale, New Jersey. He poked his nose into church bazaars, Little League baseball games, soda fountains, summer camps, chamber of commerce meetings. "; Pg. 16: "'Your liquor gave me a headache, and so I took an asprirn--aspirin--and your aspirin is wonderful... To think, no more aspirin. No more church bazaar. No more baseball.' "
Christianity New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 13. "Decades later... relocated to Atlantic City... When the place became too crowded, Murray simply built an addition, a kind of circular cottage surrounding the lighthouse much as three hundred noisy, unraged, and well-dressed Christians were now surrounding the Preservation Institute.

Three hundred, no exaggeration, brandishing placards and chanting 'It's a sin!' Even the seaward side was covered; a flotilla of yachts lay at anchor just offshore, protest banners fluttering from their masts: PROCREATION IS SACRED . . . SATAN WAS A TEST-TUBE BABY . . . A GOOD PARENT IS A MARRIED PARENT. Murray crossed the sandy lawn using the cautious, inoffensive gain any prudent Jew might adopt under the circumstances. AND THE LORD STRUCK DOWN ONAN, declared the placard of a gaunt old gentleman... GOD LOVES LESBIANS, GOD HATES LESBIANISM, proclaimed a large-eared adolescent... "

Christianity New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 36. "'A virgin conception--sensational! Ever see The Greatest Story Ever Told? Jewish people probably didn't catch it. John Wayne's the centurion, right, and he gets up on the Mount of Skulls and he says, 'Truly this man was the son of God.' The son--and now the other shoe has dropped. Just sensational!' " [Christianity is a central theme of the novel, about a single celibate Jewish man who becomes the father of the 'only begotten', miraculously conceived (?) daughter of God. Some of the central thematic topics include evolution vs. creation, and the nature of God. Many refs. throughout novel, only a few examples in DB.]
Christianity New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 43. "'This remind me. Er, I don't want to presume, but . . .' She grew uncharacteristically shy. 'You sure you're educating Julie properly?'


'Well, it seems only logical to me that Jesus Christ's sister should be brought up Catholic.'


'Catholic. It served me well enough in my early years. I'll probably enroll Phoebe in catechism class.'

Murray snorted. 'She's not Jesus' sister.'

'That remains to be seen. Anyway, Julie would probably do best being brought up Catholic. Either that or Protestant--I'm not prejudiced, though it's a duller religion. Get her in touch with her roots, know what I mean? Put up a Christmas tree. Hide Easter eggs. Kids need roots.' "

Christianity New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 43. "'Are you one of those Jews?'

'One of what Jews?'

'Reverend Milk says that, as the Second Coming gets nearer... all you people will start converting to Christianity.'

'That remains to be seen... Listen, should I buy an entire Bible, or can I purchase the Jesus material separately?'

'The entire Bible is Jesus.'

'Not the Torah, no.'

'Oh, yes.'

Jesus was everywhere. Jesus books, Jesus tracts, Jesus posters, Jesus place mats, coffee mugs, board games, T-shirts, phonograph records, videocassettes. Murray pulled a New Testament from the shelf.

'A King James translation?' The clerk flashed The Good News for Modern Man. 'You'll have an easier time with this one.'

King James. Last month, at Herb Melchior's yard sale, Murray had unearthed a biography of England's most literary monarch since Alfred the Great. King James I of England was solid ground. 'No, I'll take James...' "

Christianity New Jersey 1996 Bova, Ben. "The Great Moon Hoax or A Princess of Mars " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 86. "The average Martian has an ethical quotient about equal to St. Francis of Assisi. They're the average Martian. While they're only a century or two ahead of us technologically, they're light-years ahead of us morally, socially, ethically. There hasn't been a war on Mars in more than a thousand years. There hasn't been been a case of petty theft in centuries... If our brawling, battling human nations discovered the fragile, gentle Martian culture, there would be a catastrophe. The Martians would be swarmed under, shattered, dissolved by a tide of politicians, industrialists, real-estate developers, evangelists wanting to save their souls, drifters, grifters... "
Christianity New Jersey 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 181. "...salt water flooding Jersey City... 'I been watching churches going under. I never knew there were so many. Saint Pat's Epiphany and Christ and Saint Bartholemew's and Grace and Actors' Temple and Saint Mary the Virgin, and Calvary, where they started AA, and All Souls and Saint Mark's in the Bouwerie and B'nai Jeshurun and the Little Church around the Corner--'...

'Hey, have you finished my Noah's Ark song?' "

Christianity New Jersey 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 197. "Sally stood up, weaving a little, and sang loudly and qute clearly:

Oh, I am the Girl in Noah's Ark
And you are my old Flood King
Our love's not just big as the ocean free,
As Mount Ararat or a beanstalk tree--
You found me a penthouse in the sea!
Our love is a very big thing " [An additional verse repeats the first line, but has no other Biblical references. Another verse, similar first line, on page 276.]

Christianity New Mexico 1965 Ing, Dean. The Big Lifters. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 4. Pg. 4. Other refs., e.g. pg. 35, 39, 182-183.
Christianity New Mexico 1991 Ing, Dean. Butcher Bird. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1993); pg. 126. "The three of them had their equipment ranged in neat piles beside the Cessna when Ashraf ran to the multipaned window. 'A strange vehicle,' he cried. 'I knew it! you have trapped us all, you lying Christian fool!' " [Also pg. 338.]
Christianity New Mexico 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 88. "'...Knives and guns; nothing like this.'


...'What kind of cults you want, Mulder? We have New Age swamis communing in the desert. We have the Second Coming believers who wander around the mountains and then use their cellulars when they get lost...' "

Christianity New Mexico 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 34. "'...Mr. Aragon spoke only in Spanish, mostly obscenities, for most of the first three days. Then he asked for and received a Bible. He apologized for his behavior and has spent the rest of the time reading the Bible. Ms. Caslon has wept quite a bit, not over her condition, but over her family. She also has spent much time praying and reading the Book of Mormon.' " [Many other refs., not all in DB.]
Christianity New Mexico 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 37. "'Of course it's the last days, honey, it's in the Bible.' The obese woman had sat on a tiny chair, knitting, folds of dress draped over her like a collapsed tent.

'The Bible doesn't say anything about visits from extraterrestrials.'

'It does if they're devils.'

'Or angels.' That from a thin woman stepping through a curtain. 'Soon the Holn will throw off their disguises and reveal their true selves as radiant angels. Gabriel might even blow his trumpet from right on top of that space ship.'

'I see.'

'Devils or angels, we will soon know,' the knitter said without looking up. 'The end of the world is near and the Thousand-year Reign of Christ beings. Those who believe, who have always believed, will be taken up in the Rapture.' " [Many other refs. to Christianity, only some in DB.]

Christianity New Mexico 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 54. [News conference.] Pg. 54: "'Are they human?' She didn't see the questioner on that one, either, but she didn't need to: Allan Goth, commentator/reporter for one of the Christian networks whose voice was heard by ten million daily (he said). "; Pg. 57: "'Are they human?' Goth again. 'Please answer the question. You have been talking like you believe these . . . these children are--have been the people who are missing. Will you state now, before God and all these witnesses and the witnesses across America and the world, that you believe those people now inhabit childlike bodies?' "
Christianity New Mexico 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 29-31. [The seventeen adults who have been regressed to childhood by the alien Holn introduce themselves to each other.] Pg. 29: "'Myra Caslon, Salt Lake City.' Short brown hair, round face, receding chin. 'I had come out representing a church committee studying the Holn for ourselves.' She grimaced. 'Bad timing.' "; Pg. 31: "'A-Alisa Bardnoth, I work as a secretary in a church in Stratford, Texas. My husband was fishing. I didn't go.' She rubbed her cheek, looked away. "
Christianity New Mexico 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 117. Pg. 117: "'For the sake of the pueblo--to make the rain come and the corn grow. And to please Pookong and Jesus...' "; Pg. 130: "...of Jesus and Pookong; of Mary and Etsanatlehi... and rows of babies in clean bottles and Jesus flying up... " [Also, pg. 251.]
Christianity New Mexico: Atocha 2010 Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 362. "'It's all so bizarre,' Loren said. 'It seems crazy almost.'

Singh looked up at him. 'Were you raised in any particular faith?' he asked.

'I'm an Apostle.' [member of the Church of the Apostles of Elohim and the Nazarene]

'That's a type of Christian, right?'


'Okay. So as a Christian, you presumably believe in a young virgin conceiving by parthenogenesis, her son who healed the sick and raised the dead, who was executed by the Romans but who rose after spending three days retrieving some good folks who had been inexplicably misplaced in Hell, and who is now in Heaven but will in time return to Earth to rule as King.' Singh cocked his head and looked at Loren. 'That's the craziest thing I ever heard. Know what I mean?'

...'I don't know about that,' he said.

'My point is that although your beliefs may not be strictly rational, you seem pretty rational to me, and your beliefs are rational to other believers. You're not crazy.' "

Christianity New York 1859 Bison, Terry. Fire on the Mountain. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 41-42. Pg. 41-42: "My friend Levasseur is also encouraging me to go and hear Frederick Douglas when he comes to the Bethel Church next week, but it conflicts with a tragic and not unrelated event, a family funeral... My friend Lev is urging me to plead exams and come to Bethel Church... "; Pg. 48-59: [Extensive passage about Frederick Douglass speaking at the Bethel Church.] "I went to Bethel Church last night and saw the great Frederick Douglass... a statesman, a philosopher, ad a fighter in one... The Church was secured by some fifty abs, many of them students; some of them friends of mine and others, I am sure, friends of yours... The greater number, perhaps half, were free Colored, most of them unionists from the seaport... "; Pg. 50: "called upon God, though no the God of the slave owners. --Almighty God-- Douglass said, and if God didn't answer it wasn't because he didn't call loudly enough. --Fill our hearts with love, but not with peace. Not yet. "
Christianity New York 1886 Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1886); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "...when all nature is peculiarly quiet, and was startled by the roar of my own gun, as it broke the Sabbath stillness around, and was prolonged and reverberated by the angry echoes. "; Pg. 5: "...His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance... like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak... "
Christianity New York 1886 Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1886); pg. 12. It was a matter of no little vanity to him, on Sundays, to take his station in front of the church gallery, with a band of chosen singers; where, in his own mind, he completely carried away the palm from the parson. Certain it is, his voice resounded far above all the rest of the congregation; and there are peculiar quavers still to be heard in that church, and which may even be heard half a mile off, quite to the opposite side of the millpond, on a still Sunday morning, which are said to be legitimately descended from the nose of Ichabod Crane. Thus, by diverse little makeshifts in that ingenious way which is commonly denominated "by hook and by crook, " the worthy pedagogue got on tolerably enough, and was thought, by all who understood nothing of the labor of headwork, to have a wonderfully easy life of it. [Some other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity New York 1886 Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1886); pg. 49. "The sequestered situation of this church seems always to have made it a favorite haunt of troubled spirits. It stands on a knoll, surrounded by locust trees and lofty elms, from among which its decent whitewashed walls shine modestly forth, like Christian purity beaming through the shades of retirement. A gentle slope descends from it to a silver sheet of water, bordered by high trees, between which peeps may be caught at the blue hills of the Hudson. To look upon its... " [This is the only instance of the word 'Christian' in this novel, although there are some rather generic references to churchyards, the Sabbath, etc.
Christianity New York 1965 Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1969); pg. 64. Pg. 64: "He dilated upon the piety and heroism of 'The Three Musketeers,' portrayed, in the most glowing and impassioned hues, their virtue and magnanimity, the imperishable honor they acquired for themselves, and the great services they rendered to Christianity. "; Pg. 67: "'If you look in there deeply enough, you'll see Adam and Eve.' "
Christianity New York 1966 Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1966); pg. 17. "And she said mabey they got no rite to make me smart because if god wanted me to be smart he would have made me born that way. And what about Adem and Eev and the sin with the tree of nowlege and eating the appel and the fall. And mabey Prof Nemur and Dr Strauss was tampiring with things they got no rite to tampir with.

She's very skinney and when she talks her face gets all red. She says mabey I better prey to god to ask him to forgive what they done to me. I dint eat no appels or do nothing sinful. And now Im skared. Mabey I shouldnt of let them oparate on my branes like she said if its ageenst god. I dont want to make god angrey. "

Christianity New York 1966 Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1966); pg. 97. "'If you've read your Bible, Charlie, you'd know that it's not meant for man to know more than was given to him to know by the Lord in the first place. The fruit of that tree was forbidden to man. Charlie, if you done anything you wasn't supposed to--you know, like with the devil or something--maybe it ain't too late to get out o it. Maybe you could go back to being the good simple man you was before.'

'There's no going back, Fanny. I haven't done anything wrong. I'm like a man born blind who has been given a chance to see light. That can't be sinful...' "

She... whispered: 'It was evil when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. It was evil when they saw they were naked, and learned about lust and shame. And they was driven out of Paradise and the gates was closed to them. If not for that none of us would have to grow old and be sick and die.' "

Christianity New York 1967 Chayefsky, Paddy. Altered States. New York: Harper & Row (1978); pg. 18. "As if on cue, the girl's voice suddenly announced over the audio speaker: 'I feel like my heart is being touched by Christ.' "
Christianity New York 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 18. Rahne: "Hush, Sam, she'll hear you! "; Sam: "Who, Illyana? So what if she does? "; Rahne: "Sam, she's a witch! "; Sam: "Big deal, you're a werewolf. "; Rahne: "D'you not think I know what I am! She and I're two of a kind--with an' were-thing--spawn of Satan! "; Sam: "Hold it, child, don't you pull that line on me! The first book my daddy taught me to read was the Bible--ah was attendin' Sunday School long b'fore you were even born--an' ah'll wager my beliefs are as strong as yours. If you're tellin' me you're evil simply 'cause o' what you are, ah say that's bull! "; Rahne: "My minister'd say different. "; Sam: "What's he know? "; Rahne: "Sam, dinna blaspheme! "
Christianity New York 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 19. Sam: "He's [Rahne's minister] a human being, Rahne. Like you an' me! It isn't for us to understand the Lord's actions or design. That isn't possible. I mean, where's his mercy in war an' disease an' hatred? Why'd my daddy have to cough his lungs and life out years before his time? He was a good, decent man--he didn't deserve so cruel a death. God thought different, ah guess. You can't second-guess him, child. He'll judge you in his own time, his own way--till then, you do the best you can with what you got. Mutant is a label, like 'colored' used to be. It doesn't matter. What's important is how you live your life. Give yourself a chance, Rahne--an' then, give Illyana the same. "
Christianity New York 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 19. Rahne: "Did you know, Sam, my mum died in childbirth? When he was most angry with me, Reverend Craig would say it was my fault, a sign of the Lord's displeasure at my mother's life... an'... an my creation. It fell to me, he'd say, to atone for her sins, an' save her from the pit. How can I do that, Sam, if I fell myself becoming... more wicked than she could ever have been? I miss her so. I wish I'd had a chance to know her. " [Rahne refers here to Rev. Craig, the Scots Presbyterian minister who raised her in Scotland. He conversation with Sam takes place on a bus en route from NYC to the Massachusetts Academy.]
Christianity New York 1995 Jonas, Gerald. "The Shaker Revival " in The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate Future. (Thomas M. Disch, ed.) New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1971); pg. 274-275. "JERUSALEM WEST, N.Y., Thursday, June 28, 1995--The work of Salvation goes forward in this green and pleasant Hudson Valley hamlet to the high-pitched accompaniment of turbo-car exhausts and the amplified beat of the 'world's loudest jag-rock band.' Where worm-eaten apples fell untended in abandoned orchards less than a decade ago a new religious sect has burst into full bloom. In their fantastic four-year history the so-called New Shakers--or United Society of Believers (Revived), to give them their official title--have provoked the hottest controversy in Christendom since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October Thirty-one, Fifteen-seventeen. Boasting a membership of more than a hundred thousand today, the New Shakers have been processing applications at the rate of nine hundred a week... " [Many other references to Christianity in this story, especially to the Shaker sect.]
Christianity New York 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 112. "At least fourteen universities and seven companies were interested in her services. She scrolled through the offers. Tenure track, start and run of a small virology research lab in New Hampshire . . . professor biological science at a private college in California, a Christian school, Southern Baptist . . .

She smiled. An offer from UCLA School of Medicine to work with an established professor of genetics... "

Christianity New York 2020 Vonnegut Jr., Kurt. Player Piano. New York: Delacorte Press (1952); pg. 16. Pg. 16: "'Will you have somebody bury this cat.'

'We wondered what you wanted to do with it.'

'God knows what I had in mind... God knows. Maybe a Christian burial; maybe I hoped she'd come around. Get rid of it right away, would you?' ";

Pg. 91: "He had only to deliver it to make himself the new Messiah and Ilium the new Eden. ";

Pg. 211: "'Guttenberg?' said Khashdrah.

'Sure--the man who invented movable type. First man to mass-produce Bibles.' "

Christianity New York 2075 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 297. "Religious holidays in Sanctuary varied from family to family; some kept Christmas, Ramadan, Easter, Yom Kippur, or Divali; many kept nothing at all. "
Christianity New York 2075 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 325. "....a story, evidently fiction, from a mystic book central to several Sleeper religions. A man called Job had been looted of one possession after another without fighting in his own defense or devising ways to regain or replace them. Miri had thought Job spineless, or stupid, or both, and had lost interest i the broadcast before it was over. But her father's smile reminded her now of the actor's resigned face. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1937 Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 1, pg. 13. Bucky Barnes: "Believe it or not, I used to save him from getting his butt kicked three times a week on our way home from Saint Mary's youth club. " [Referring to his childhood in New York City with Steve Rogers, a.ka. Captain America.]
Christianity New York: New York City 1940 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 100. Pg. 100: [World' Fair] "But at least it [Africa] wasn't represented by a little grass hut, or something. Images of natives capering around a roasting missionary... "; Pg. 132: "A good woman. Once, a church-going woman. Now, just someone who gave him a roof to sleep under. "; Pg. 189: "The crowd, which had come to watch the local Goliath slay David, was being treated to a spectacle of a different kind. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 238. "The joys of the holiday season reached also as far as Harlem, where the irony of worshipping a white Jesus was entirely lost on the churchgoers who stood in myriad storefronts, or in the great Episcopal edifice of Saint Phillips, or the Baptist fortress of Redeemer's Blood Church of Faith. There they sang spirituals, or gospel, or hymns every bit as solemn and traditional as those sung in white communities across America. They worshiped the same God, prayed to the same angels, and dreamt of the same heaven. And if they wondered why that God might have sent His only son to the land of their oppressors, they rarely questioned it. All questions would be answered in the next life. In this realm, this vale of tears, there were challenges to faith, but that is all that they were. The faithful had to learn to absorb these challenges, and still find their way in a strange and sinful world.

The alternative was unthinkable. "

Christianity New York: New York City 1956 Knight, Damon. "A Likely Story " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 219. "Carrol's clear Sunday-school voice began calling, 'The program is about to begin--please take your seats!' "
Christianity New York: New York City 1966 Shiner, Lewis. "The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 234. "It was nearly Easter, two winters past the Summer of Love... "
Christianity New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 121. "Aeschylus warns me not to kick against the pricks, also Euripides and I believe Pindar, and if I were to check the New Testament I think I would find the injunction there was well... "

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