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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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Christianity New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 128. "Be then of good cheer on this Our Lord's day, beloved, and spin no snares in which to catch yourselves, nor allow yourselves the self-indulgent sin of misery, and make no false distinctions between ends and beginnings... but yield yourself up to the Peace of Christ and await that which must come. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. " [More, pg. 127-128, perhaps in connection with Eliot's Four Quartets]
Christianity New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 142. "The mystical era: Augustine, Aquinas, the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1982 Godwin, Parke. "The Fire When It Comes " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 42. [One character senses the presence of the narrator, a spirit.] "'Look, Al, I can't tell you how I know, but I don't think she means any harm.'

Al gulps down her sherry and fills the glass. 'The--hell--she--doesn't. I'm not into church anymore. Even if I were, I wouldn't go running for the holy water every time a floor creaked, but don't tell me she doesn't mean anything, Lowen. You know what I'm talking about.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 16. Danielle: "Sam, do you see what they're [Rahne and Roberto] looking at--the Holy Ghost Church! Remember who we met there last summer--and what happened to the kids?! " [Referring to events from Marvel Team-up Annual #6, featuring the New Mutants and Cloak and Dagger.] Rahne's thoughts: "Oh merciful God, what's happening to me?!? "
Christianity New York: New York City 1984 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals " in Flight from Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994; c. 1984); pg. 246. "The little girl pointed to Joey and looked at her mother: 'Momma, that's Jesus Christ . . . ?'

The woman smiled, embarrassed. They pass on.

Joey turned to me and gave me a big, disgusted grin. 'Man, that happens to me a lot!' What is it, they all think Jesus Christ looked like some toothless junky?'

Once Joey volunteered to help put a roof on a church nearby that aided local indigents; in Joey's case they paid him with food and let him sleep on a cot in the basement... "

Christianity New York: New York City 1984 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals " in Flight from Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994; c. 1984); pg. 338. "'...Though I gather these things have turned up on and off for some time now. Somewhere in Romans doesn't it talk about one of these sexually linked diseases?'

'Also between homosexual men. The Moral Majority quotes it all the time.''

Christianity New York: New York City 1984 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 72. [A historial account. Year unkown.] "I was John Barrett, ship's chandler, fearing God and loving the King. We sold stores from a shop in South Street, my nigger and me, and it was good business. Two cargoes in three for North America came to South Street. I treated him good, but he didn't appreciate it. He tried to run off. He left the stove unbanked. the chimney touched off the laths and the building burned to the gorund. I was ruined, and the city worse than I for my nigger was not alone. yet two weeks later they rounded up him and the othe rrebel slaves. That day I went up to Collect Pond to see, and they burned him, too. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 24: "The Hollow Heart ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1985); pg. 18. Illyana's thoughts, while in a Catholic church, looking at a cross on the wall: "This is hallowed ground--the demon sorceress part of me hates it. I feel like somebody's scraping claws across a blackboard--if Peter weren't my big brother, I'd be long gone from here. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 178. "'...There are all kinds of crutches. Some folks find their crutch in a bottle. Some find it in powders and pills and palliatives. Some lay down once a week on a psychiatrist's couch. And some folks find their crutch in the scriptures. If you honestly believe you got a draft notice from God, you got to respond, I guess. Ain't no higher authority. But if it's a crutch you're lookin' for, you may lose it one day. Then you'd find yourself a cripple, without a crutch. Might fall flat on your ass. Somehow, I don't think God would like that. Can't help believin' the True God wants you to have strong legs, to walk tall. . . .'

Richard remained grave, staring across the water at the Long Island shore in the haze. 'The True God,' he said softly, 'wants me to follow in His footsteps.'

'Yes,' said the grandmother. 'But don't lean too hard on Him, Richard. Walk on your own two feet.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Cover, Arthur Byron. "Jesus Was an Ace " in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 92. "But nothing in the young preacher's experience had quite prepared him for a woman such as Belinda May, who apparently was here [having sex with him] for the sheer joy of it. He wondered if Belinda May's attitude was typical of unmarried big-city Christian women. Where in the world is Jesus going to come from, he thought, when the time arrives for him to return again? " [Other refs. throughout story (pg. 91 to 129), most not in DB. Main character is Leo Barnett, an Evangelical televangelist preacher.]
Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Cover, Arthur Byron. "Jesus Was an Ace " in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 101. "'It's only life that he writes about. Life is what's happening to us now.'

'The Bible tells me everything I need to know about life.'

'Bullsh--.'

...The young preacher suppressed his anger. Normally he only became angry before his congregations, and he wasn't used to being talked back to... "

Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 2: Black Genesis. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 405. "Masses? These (bleeped) Sicilians would be converting him to Christianity next! "
Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 33. Pg. 33: "'Shut up! Just because she's a virgin is no reason you have to invoke the Virgin Mary!' ";

Pg. 173: "'What's the state of morality in Kansas?' I said.

'Morality? That is the bible Belt. Bunch of hypocrites. Very hot on morality.'

'Good,' I said. 'Now open your ears, Madison, The Whiz Kid is leading an immortal life. He is living with a woman to whom he is not married!' " [Also pg. 68, 298.]

Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Martin, George R. R.; Melinda Snodgrass, et al. Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 79. Pg. 81: "The artist had risen to the challenge... There were the Four Aces at some Last Supper. Golden Boy looking very much like Judas... "; Pg. 80: "...the Sistine Chapel and the Mona Lisa... "
Christianity New York: New York City 1986 Martin, George R. R.; Melinda Snodgrass, et al. Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 123. "Hartmann was at the podium. 'The time has come for acceptance. A time for peace, as the biblical poet said. Not only for peace between nations, but peace within ourselves. A time to look into our own hearts... "
Christianity New York: New York City 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 108. "'...Well, Barnett saved his life with a faith healing. Brought him back from the dead through the power of prayer. Or so some of Barnett's people claim.'

'And?' Brennan prompted.

'And Chrysalis hired someone to do in the Bible thumper.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Byrne, John. Namor, The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 1, No. 13: "Reap the Whirlwind ". Marvel Comics Group: New York (April. 1991); pg. 17. Prosecutor: "The prosecution calls Thor Odinson to the stand . . . "; Ben Grimm/The Thing: "This oughta be good! It ain't every day a god testifies in a court o' law! "; Bailiff: "Place your right hand on the Bible and . . . ah . . . "; Thor: "Thou are troubled, mortal? "; Judge: "You present us with something of a problem, Thor. Witnesses are required to swear an oath on the Holy Bible . . . but in your case . . . "; Thor: "Ah! Thou doth perceive in this what mortals call a 'conflict of interest?' Fear not. it's enough for Thor to know yon book hath meaning for the people of this court. I shall give mine oath upon it . . . and that oath shall be as binding on the son of Odin as on any good Christian! "
Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Leigh, Stephen. "The Temptation of Hieronymus Bloat " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 59. "'Bloat on a float?' she snorted. 'How the [expletive] are you going to get to the city? Your jokers gonna build a [profanity] ark? You gonna swim? Jesus, the first whale sighted in New York Bay.' She laughed again... "
Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Leigh, Stephen. "The Temptation of Hieronymus Bloat " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 75. "It was beautiful. More stunning than any of the plates I'd seen in the high school art history texts or in the poster I used to have tape to my bedroom wall. The painting --the triptych--stood five feet high, maybe four wide, in an ornate wooden case. On the front were scenes of the Taking of Christ and the Carrying of the Cross, but what I really wanted to see was on the interior panels. I gestured to Peanut and Elmo, telling them to hurry up and open it.

They opened the outer panels, revealing the brilliant fantastic landscape inside. Around the room I felt waves of admiration and surprise rippling out.

'The Temptation of St. Anthony. Hieronymous Bosch,' I said for the benefit of those who didn't know the work. 'Previously at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon...' " [Other refs. to this painting throughout story.]

Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Miller, John J. "And Hope to Die " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 29. "...he used his own corpse as bait, having been jumped into the body of Leslie Christian. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Lovers " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 65. "'...Couple of my sources say he blew away a small-time Shadow Fist soldier named Christian.' "
Christianity New York: New York City 1991 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Lovers " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 307. "The garret room had metamorphosed into a tower cell. Lancet windows, gray stone walls, a private prie-dieu--ironic considering she wasn't Christian--a curtained canopy bed . . . a romantic's vision of the Middle Ages. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 12. "She also didn't want to talk to Gail Andrews. She had a very strict cut-off point as far as fraternizing with the Christians. Her colleagues called her interview subjects Christians and would often cross themselves when they saw one walking into the studio to face Tricia, particularly if Tricia was smiling warmly and showing her teeth. "
Christianity New York: New York City 1994 Leigh, Stephen. "The Color of His Skin " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 8. "'...the tragic fire at the church...' "
Christianity New York: New York City 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 30. "She told Beck about the Brooklyn homicide lieutenant who had taught her class. He had been a devout Christian. Showing them pictures of a particularly horrendous crime scene, with two dead men, three dead women, and a dead child, he had told the students, 'The souls of these victims are no longer in their bodies. Don't sympathize with them. Sympathize with the ones left behind. Get over it. Get to work. And remember: you work for God.'

'His beliefs kept him sane,' Kaye said.

''And you? Why did you change your major?'

'I didn't believe,' Kaye said.

...'No armor. Well, do your best...' "

Christianity New York: New York City 2000 Silverberg, Robert. The Stochastic Man. New York: Harper & Row (1975); pg. 17. "Later I began making grandiose comparisons, between Quinn and the likes of Napoleon, Alexander the Great, even Jesus... "
Christianity New York: New York City 2000 Silverberg, Robert. The Stochastic Man. New York: Harper & Row (1975); pg. 113. Pg. 113: "'This is the era of Neanderthal man. This is the time of Jesus. This is 1939...' "; Pg. 114: "'is the era of Neanderthal man. Here's the Crucifixion. Here's 1939...' "
Christianity New York: New York City 2000 Smith, Dean Wesley. Spider-Man: Emerald Mystery. New York: Berkeley Boulevard Books (2000); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "Frantically, the tellers filled the bags full of money and handed them to the robbers. An old woman [hypnotized] with a black handbag and church-Sunday hat was the first to get her bag of loot. "; Pg. 166: "'Building is as empty as a church on New Year's Eve,' Hawkins said. "
Christianity New York: New York City 2002 Friesner, Esther M. Men in Black II. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 174. "Whether you were a Creationist or you bet all your chips with the Big Bang, Newton believed in his heart of hearts that Creation cried out for variety! "
Christianity New York: New York City 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 27. "Divine Daughter. Probably called Dorcas or Tabitha or Martha. Thinking of killing. Thinking of smashing. A typical Christian tradition. " [It appears that 'Divine Daughter' may refer to a specific, fictional Christian sect created by the author for this novel.]
Christianity New York: New York City 2015 Westerfeld, Scott. Polymorph. New York: Penguin (1997); pg. 110. "The building was an old church, decorated with a crude mural of Jesus, in whose chest an anatomically correct heart glowed bizarrely. Behind Jesus a cityscape had been painted that matched the view uptown. The painted city was alive with glowing headlights, windows, streetlights. Under Jesus, a scroll bore the words, 'A Thousand Points of Light' The windows of the church were boarded over. The crucifix above the door was decorated with bits of broken mirrors and safety glass. Shiny fragments had also been glued to the surrounding brick, as had a host of cherubic plaster faces. " [Also pg. 242.]
Christianity New York: New York City 2023 Simmons, Dan. "Vexed to Nightmare by a Rocking Cradle " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1985); pg. 88. "He stood--balancing carefully and shifting the weight of the Heckler and Kock HK 91 Semi-Automatic Christian Survival Network Assault Rifle across his back...

'I bring you glad tidings of Christ's Resurrection!' shouted Brother Jimmy-Joe Billy-Bob. His voice echoed off water and steel. 'Good News of your coming Salvation from tribulations and woe!'

There was a silence and then a voice called down. 'Who do you seek?'

'I seek the eldest Clan. That with the strongest totem so that I may bring gifts and the Word of the Lord from the True Church of Christ Assuaged.' " [Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB. Essentially all of the characters identify themselves as Christians.]

Christianity New York: New York City 2025 Dick, Philip K. The Penultimate Truth. New York: Dell (1964); pg. 72. "'Here at the Agency... in New York, we may compete against each other, but underneath we're a group. A corporate body. What the Christians used to call a congregation . . . a very meaningful special term...' "
Christianity New York: New York City 2030 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 319. "...Daniel was not, in general, a superstitious sort, but he was fast becoming a Christian, at least in the latter-day sense of the word as set forth in the teachings of Reverend Jack Van Dyke. According to Van Dyke, all Christians got to be that way by suspending their disbelief in a preposterous but highly improving fairy tale. This presented no difficulties to Daniel, who took naturally to pretending. His whole life these days was a game of make-believe. He pretended to be black... Why not pretend to be a Christian?... Why not say he was saved, if it might make someone else happy and did him no harm. Wasn't that what most priests and ministers do? "
Christianity New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 4. "I had my doubts, and not just since the excommunication. One of my main arguments all along against Letourneau was that new messiah ought to have similar basic tenets as Christ. A recluse holed up on the mountains of Colorado surrounded by all the fresh air money could buy fell pretty... short of my expectations. Honestly, I'd sort of been holding out for a woman messiah this time around--or, at the very least, not some nearly dead white guy. " [Many refs. to Christianity generally, and to specific denominations, throughout novel, not in DB.]
Christianity New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 7. Pg. 7-8: "Michael lowered his eyes. That slight smile turned up the corners of his mouth again. 'Tell me something, McMannus. Are you still Catholic?'

'Does the Pope sh-- in the woods?' I fired back... 'So what does my faith have to do with anything?' I asked. 'What? Are you one of the New Christian Righters out proselytizing for Letourneau? I always figured the [police] force was crawling with Letourneau's minions. Listen, Officer, I have less than no time for you if . . .'

'I'm not, he cut me off... ";

Pg. 9: "'Maybe you can't afford me,' I told him. 'I only work for credits,' I added to the lie with a flourish. 'And I mean Christendom credits, not the local variety Free State crap.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 17. "'Try being the Christian you profess to be, and remember the phrase: 'Let him who is without sin . . . cast the first stone.' '

The preacher and I watched in stunned silence as Michael stomped down the alley toward the street. These days everyone used the Bible as a weapon, but usually to bludgeon, not to cut to the heart of the matter. Michael impressed me. Either New York's Finest had raised their admission standards, or this guy wasn't from around here. "

Christianity New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 285. "'Deidre, you've met three archangels. A Christian.' He laid his hand on his chest to indicate himself. 'A Muslim, and a Jew. If one messiah was the only true messiah, how could that be?'

I remembered the funeral, and the ease with which my Christian angel had donned a yarmulke and spoken Hebrew. 'Michael, you're a Jew, too.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 2150 McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 3. "'Zhang,' the foreman says and so I follow him into the office. Inside, over the door it says 'The Revolution lives in the people's hearts' but the paint is wearing thin. It was probably painted during the Great Cleansing Winds campaign. I don't think Foreman Qian is very pure ideologically, he has too much interest in the bottom line. It is like the crucifix in the hall of the apartment where I grew up, something everyone passes every day. I have no religion, neither Christ nor Mao Zedong. "
Christianity New York: New York City 2437 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 158. "'What a heavenly entrance that was,' Harry Sherwin-Williams called. 'Outdid us all, Fourmyle. Made us look like a pack of damned pikers.'

'You forget yourself, harry,' Presteign said coldly.. 'You know I permit no profanity in my home.'

'Sorry, Presteign...'

'You gave orders to make New York your permanent residence, Fourmyle.'

'Oh? Did I? And?'

'We bought St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fourmyle.'

'And where is that?'

'Old St. Patrick's, Fourmyle. On Fifth Avenue and what was formerly 50th Street. We've pitched the camp outside.' " [More here about St. Patrick's, also pg. 190, 238, many passing refs. The climactic scene in chapter 15, pg. 222-239, takes place mostly in the wreckage of St. Patricks Cathedral, which is destroyed in an explosion.]

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 36. "'Bently isn't a Bible name, is it?'

'No,' said Baley. 'I'm quite sure it isn't.'

'All right, then. I don't want any Bible names.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 154. "'Besides that, the Bible has a great influence on human thought and emotion.'

'What is the Bible?'

For a moment Baley was surprised, and then was surprised at himself for having felt surprised. The Spacers, he knew, lived under a thoroughly mechanistic personal philosophy, and R. Daneel could know only what the Spacers knew; no more.

He said, curtly, 'It is the sacred book of about half of Earth's population.'

'I do not grasp the meaning here of the adjective.'

'I mean that it is highly regarded. Various portions of it, when properly interpreted, contain a code of behavior which many men consider best suited to the ultimate happiness of mankind.' "

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 155. "R. Daneel seemed to consider that. 'Is this code [the Bible] incorporated into your laws?'

'I'm afraid not. The code doesn't lend itself to legal enforcement. It must be obeyed spontaneously by each individual out of a longing to do so. It is in a sense higher than any law can be.'

'Higher than law? Is that not a contradiction of terms?'

Baley smiled wryly. 'Shall I quote a portion of the Bible for you? Would you be curious to hear it?'

'Please do.'

Baley let the car slow to a halt and for a mew moments sat with his eyes closed, remembering. He would have liked to use the sonorous Middle English o the Medieval Bible, but to R. Daneel, Middle English would be gibberish.

He began, speaking almost casually n the words of the Modern Revision, as though he was telling a story of contemporary life, instead of dredging a tale out of Man's dimmest past: "

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 155. "' 'Jesus went to the mount of Olives, and at dawn returned to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and preached to them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery, and when they had placed her before him, they said to him, 'Master, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us to stone such offenders. What do you say?'

' 'They said this, hoping to trap him, that they might have grounds for accusations against him. but Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he had not heard them. But when they continued asking him he stood up and said to them, 'He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.'

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 155. "' 'And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. And those that heard this, being convicted by their own conscience, went away one by one, beginning with the oldest, down to the last: and Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing before him. When Jesus stood up and saw no one but the woman, he said to her, 'Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?'

' 'She said, 'No one, Lord.'

'And Jesus said to her, 'Nor do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.' ' ' "

Christianity New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 156. "R. Daneel listened attentively. He said, 'What is adultery?'

'That doesn't matter. It was a crime and at that time, the accepted punishment was stoning; that is, stones were thrown at the guilty one until she was killed.'

'And the woman was guilty?'

'She was.'

'Then why was she not stoned?'

'None of the accusers felt he could after Jesus's statement. The story is meant to show that there is something even higher than the justice which you have been filled with. There is a human impulse known as mercy; a human act known as forgiveness.'

'I am not acquainted with those words, partner Elijah.'

'I know,' muttered Baley. 'I know.' "

Christianity New York: New York City: Harlem 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 93. "The truth shall set them free . . .

'Hallelujah,' Benny said quietly. "

Christianity New York: Westchester County 1962 Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 56. "I had no place to go for answers, not Miss Toohey, not my parents, not the Bible, not the Boy Scout Handbook, certainly not Galaxy magazine. Whatever I did had to come out of me. I watched the news that night. President Kennedy had brought our military to the highest possible state of alert. "
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 8. Sam: "Illyana?! Lord have mercy--those creatures are comin' outta her! "
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 19: "Siege ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1984); pg. 4. Pg. 5: Rahne, praying: "Dear Lord. Let Dani be well. Let her live! "; Pg. 7: [When Rahne transforms into her werewolf form, the cross necklace she is wearing underneath her clothes is visible.]
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 22: "The Shadow Within ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec. 1984); pg. 8. Kurt/Nightcrawler: "I meant no harm, I merely wished to show you that you should never judge by appearances. What a person, or thing, looks like means nothing... it is what they are--inside, in their hearts and souls--that matters. "; Rahne: "Liar! Tha's na' true, it canna be! If you're no' a demon, then all I've been taught since I was born--p'rhaps even the Good Book itself--is false! "; Sam: "Rahne, wait! Don't run! "; Kurt: "Let her go, Sam. Leave her be for now. This is something the child has to work out for herself. "
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 36: "Subway to Salvation ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1986); pg. 16. Illyana: "He [the Beyonder] didn't do anything to me, like brainwashing. He showed me a small part of what he is, and we might be. That's what this is. Please--trust me--take my hand. Let me show you, guys. You won't be sorry. "; Rahne [A Scots Presbyterian]: "NEVER! 'Tis blasphemy you speak! My soul is in the Lord's hands, an' I need place neither it--nor my faith--anywhere else! "; Karma [A Vietnamese Catholic]: "If you are happy, Illyana, that is wonderful. But I am content with my own beliefs. I feel no need to be part of yours. "; Illyana: "You must, Shan. "; Karma: "I will not be forced by anyone, to do anything. "
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 37: "If I Should Die ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Mar. 1986); pg. 3. [Danielle sees images of each New Mutant's personified concept of death, or the being that accompanies them to the afterlife.] Danielle's thoughts: "But even with my eyes shut tight . . . I see an angel over Shan... and, by Amara--Pluto, Lord of the Olympian underworld! " [Shan/Xi'an is a Vietnamese Catholic.]; Pg. 4: "Rahne... Doug... Warlock... Sam! " [By Rahne, Danielle sees a High Church-style angel with a harp and a cross headdress. By Doug she sees the Grim Reaper, with scythe. By Warlock she sees Magus, his father. By Sam she sees a figure which looks like a Protestant preacher, with a large, wide-brimmed hat, holding a Bible with a cross on it.]
Christianity New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 37: "If I Should Die ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Mar. 1986); pg. 22. [Rahne prays while the Beyonder attacks and destroys her fellow New Mutants.] "Father in Heaven . . . why do you permit this?!... Rahne, be brave! Oh Lord, save us! Be strong! "
Christianity New York: Westchester County 2002 Rusch, Kristine Kathryn & Dean Wesley Smith. X-Men. New York: Del Rey (2000); pg. 64. "'The Roman Empire, for centuries, persecuted and ostracized the Christians, to the extent that they were fed to lions for sport. Then, almost overnight, their religion rose to become the dominant faith in the empire... Does anyone know what caused the Christians to suddenly become accepted?' the woman with the white hair [Ororo] asked her students.

'Yes,' one of them said... The emperor suddenly became one,' the kid continued.

'That's right,' the teacher said. 'Which made for some very relieved Christians, I can tell you.'

The children all laughed. "

Christianity New Zealand 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 44. "Christchurch [in New Zealand] is the loveliest city on this globe... The gentle Avon winding through our downtown streets. The mellow beauty of Cathedral Square. The Ferrier fountain in front of Town Hall... "
Christianity New Zealand 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 42. "...dotted with the inevitable filamentary scarlet fungi the shepherds and farmers called Christsblood. "
Christianity Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 106. "At least, he thought, with what remained of his identification as a Christian who hadn't been to a service since the landing, the Catholics and all the Protestants, even the Quakers and Unitarians, had all raised no objection to a common grave for their dead.

Not then, anyway. "

Christianity Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 127. "'Thank God she's going to be all right, anyway.'

'God,' Roz McGann sniffed. 'What do you know about God?'

Viktor stared at the woman, feeling he had somehow missed the thread of the conversation. 'What are you talking about?'

'I'm talking about God,' she said firmly. 'Why didn't you marry Reesa properly? In church? With a priest?'

Viktor blinked astonished. 'You mean with Freddy Stockbridge?'

'I mean properly. Why do you think we're having all these troubles, Viktor? We've turned away from religion. Now we're paying for it!' "

Christianity Newmanhome 2103 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 128. "The Baptists had refused to be ecumenical with the Unitarians; the Church of Rome had separated itself from Greek Orthodox and Episcopalian. Even Captain Bu had declared himself a born-again Christian, and every other soul on Newmanhome tragically doomed to eternal hellfire. "
Christianity Newmanhome 2103 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 190. "The Great Transporters weren't the only more or less indepenent tribe (or nation, or religion--anyway, a separate enclave that these paltry few had insisted on subdividing themselves into). Allahabad and the Reformers were along the shore, due west of the old town... The Greats would not workon Sundays, the Reforms on Saturdays, the people from Allahabad on Fridays--these because their religions forbade it... "; Pg. 247: "And, if these people actually were Reforms, or if they were any other sect from frozen Nemanhome... "
Christianity Newmanhome 2200 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 192. "Mooni-bet and Alcar, respectively Moslem from Allahabad and Reformer from the quarrelsome, allegedly Protestant-Christian sect, harvested worms and beetles... "
Christianity Newmanhome 2200 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 235. "Inside each tunnel was row on row of capsules. Each one held a human body--convicted 'criminals' mostly--with crosses for the Greats [Catholics] and the Reforms [Protestants], crescents for the Moslems, and five-pointed stars for the Peeps. "
Christianity Newmanhome 2200 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 283. "Then there were the natural moons human being had colonized: Mary, Joseph, Mohammed, and Gautama were the important ones. (Sudden thrill almost of nostalgia: so some of the religious differences of frozen Newmanhome had persisted even here!) "
Christianity Nicoji 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 38. "Sam took out his glasses and flashlight and read a few pages from his one book, Pilgrim's Progress. He'd read that book five or six times--twice to me out loud. The wife of our first company inspector had given it to him. It had bored her. "


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