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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 Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 126. "'There's a Neo-American mission church in the Fineburg Crescent and therefore a vicar, a priest; I expect to be able to take Holy Communion at least once a month. And confess twice a year, as we're supposed to, as I've been doing on Terra. Our church has many sacraments . . . have you taken either of the two Greater Sacraments, Mr. Mayerson?'

'Uh--' he hesitated.

'Christ specified that we observe two sacraments,' Anne Hawthorne explained patiently. 'Baptism--by water--and Holy Communion. The latter in memory of Him . . . it was inaugurated at the Last Supper.'

'Oh. You mean the bread and the wine.'

'You know how the eating of Can-D translates--as they call it--the partaker to another world. It's secular, however, in that it's temporary and only a physical world. The bread and the wine--'

'I'm sorry, Miss Hawthorne... but I'm afraid I can't believe in that, the body and blood business. It's too mystical for me.' "

Christianity Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 127. "Anne said, 'To be frank, Mr. Mayerson, I intend to try to convert as many colonists as possible away from Can-D [a new powerful drug] to the traditional practices; that's the central reason I declined to put together a case that would exempt me from the draft.' She smiled at him, a lovely smile which, in spite of himself, warmed him. 'Is that wrong? I'll tell you frankly: I think the use of Can-D indicates a genuine hunger on the part of these people to find a return to what we in the Neo-American Church--'

'I think,' Barney said, gently, 'you should let these people alone.' And me, too, he thought. I've got enough trouble as it is; don't add your religious fanaticism and make it worse. But she did not look like his idea of a religious fanatic, nor did she talk like one. He puzzled. Where had she gotten such strong, steady convictions? He could imagine it existing in the colonies, where the need was so great, but she had acquired it on Earth. "

Christianity Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 138. Pg. 138: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius; Augustine's Confessions; Pg. 141: De Imitatione Christi by Thomas a Kempis [More about this, including a passage read.]
Christianity Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 148. "'Maybe I'll pray,' Anne said. 'Praying is hard to do; you have to know how. You don't pray for yourself; you pray what we call an intercessive prayer; for others. And what you pray to isn't the God Who's in the heavens out there somewhere . . . it's the Holy Spirit within; that's different, that's the Paraclete. Did you ever read Paul?'

'Paul who?'

'In the New Testament. His letters to for instance the Corinthians or the Romans . . . you know. Paul says our enemy is death; it's the final enemy we overcome, so I guess it's the greatest. We're all blighted, according to Paul, not just our bodies but our souls, too; both have to die and then we can be born again, with new bodies not of flesh but incorruptible. See?...' " [Many other refs. to Christianity in novel, not all in DB.]

Christianity Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 216. "'My hovel,' he said to her, 'can lick your hovel. Any day of the week.'

'What about Sunday? Can you do it twice, then?'

'Sunday,' he said, 'we're not allowed to. We read the Scriptures.'

'Don't joke about it,' Anne said quietly.

' wasn't.' And he hadn't been, not at all. "

Christianity Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 225. "He tried to remember but he knew so little about Neo-Christianity. Anyhow it was worth a try; it suggested there might be hope, and he was going to need that in the years ahead.

After all, the creature residing in deep space which had taken the form of Palmer Eldritch bore some relationship to God; if it was not God, as himself had decided, then at least it was a portion of God's Creation. So some of the responsibility lay on Him. And, it seemed to Barney, He was probably mature enough to recognize this.

Getting Him to admit it, though. That might be something else again. "

Christianity Solar System 2276 Clarke, Arthur C. Imperial Earth. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1976); pg. 188. "If you saw a familiar face above an innocuous JOHN DOE or MARY SMITH, you investigated no further. But a JESUS CHRIST or a JULIUS CAESAR was fair game. "
Christianity Solar System 2300 Dick, Philip K. "Beyond Lies the Web " in The Preserving Machine. New York: Ace Books (1969; c. 1952); pg. 128. "'I am sorry that you want to do that. There was a parable that your Saviour related--' "
Christianity Solar System 2323 Strickland, Brad & Barbara Strickland. Nova Command (Star Trek: TNG: Starfleet Academy). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 57. "Beneath his tunic, on a chain around his neck, Jean-Luc wore an ancient St. Christopher medallion. It was a family heirloom, supposedly brought back from Jerusalem during a crusade in the Middle Ages by a remote ancestor. "
Christianity Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 79. "...the dreaming spires over which they now circled could only be Oxford. Aurora confirmed his guess as she pointed down: 'That's the pub--the inn--where Lewis and Tolkien used to meet their friends, the Inklings. And look at the river--that boat just coming out from the bridge--do you see the two little girls and the clergyman in it?'

'Yes,' he shouted back...'And I suppose one of them is Alice.'

...'Quite correct: she's an accurate replica, based on the Reverend's photos. I was afraid you wouldn't know. So many people stopped reading soon after your time.' "

Christianity Solomon's Row 2075 Baker, Virginia. "Rachel's Wedding " in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989); pg. 86. [Liberal Jews on the asteroid discuss the arrival of Orthodox Jews.]

"Moshe, smiling through it, said, 'They're just here to make a yishuv.'

'With Poul?' Beni Mott asked. 'It would make more sense to establish Christianity with Judas Iscariot. Poul is no scholar.' "

Christianity Solomon's Row 2075 Baker, Virginia. "Rachel's Wedding " in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989); pg. 123. "Jacob, struggling against Sara and Beni, shouted, 'Now you are Jesus Christ! If you love Saul so much, then you raise him from the dead! Or come to me, and beg me to do it for you.' "
Christianity South Africa 1997 Resnick, Laura. "Amandla! " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 108. "...South Africans in the struggle for freedom was much easier than the task of uniting them in freedom. Ours is a country of Christians, Jews, and Muslims...
Christianity South Africa 2019 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 156. "In 2019, South Africa completed, at long last, its post-Apartheid crimes-against-humanity trials, with over five thousand people convicted. President Desmond Tutu, eighty-eight, pardoned them all, an act, he said, not just of Christian forgiveness but of closure. "
Christianity South America 1550 C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 194. "'In the sixteenth century, Saint Lous Bertrand allegedly used the gift of tongues to convert somewhere between thirty thousand and three hunddred South American Indians to Christianity,' the Librarian says. "
Christianity South Carolina 1944 Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1969); pg. 38. Pg. 38: "Billy was a chaplain's assistant in the war. A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army. Billy was no exception. He was powerless to harm the enemy or to help his friends. In fact, he had no friends. He was a valet to a preacher, expected no promotions or medals, bore no arms, and had a meek faith in a loving Jesus which most soldiers found putrid. "; Pg. 39: "One time on maneuvers Billy was playing 'A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,' with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and words by Martin Luther. It was Sunday morning. Billy and his chaplain had gathered a congregation of about fifty soldiers on a Carolina hillside... "; Pg. 69: "A bulletproof Bible is a Bible small enough to be slipped into a soldier's breast pocket, over his heart. It is sheathed in steel. " [Some more about this character, not in DB. Other Christian refs., incl. pg. 48, 50, 64, 69, 77, 95, 250, 252, 262, 268, etc.]
Christianity South Carolina 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 267. "'...What restaurant is open on Christmas morning?'

Gentry took his hat off, held it over his heart, and looked hurt. 'Restaurant? Restaurant? Why, ma'am, this is a Christian God-fearin' city. There's no restaurant open this mornin' . . . 'cept maybe Tom Delphin's diner out on the Interstate. Tom's an agnostic. No, Ma'am, this grub comes from yours truly's kitchen. Now eat up before it all gets cold.' "

Christianity South Carolina 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 221. "The trial, in federal district court, lasted ten minutes: Luz got ten years, Lucy five. New York correctional facilities were at 200 percent capacity, so they were contracted to a Christian rehabilitation institute in South Carolina. There Luz and Lucy were bunked with prisoners from sixteen states in a medium security barracks. "
Christianity South Dakota 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 166. [Chamber is in the permanently preserved studio of the sculptor, at the site of Mt. Rushmore.] "Chamber thought the inside of the sculptor's studio was like a shrine or a church. The open-beam ceilings resembled those in a chapel; the tools and models, holy relics. He felt like a bull in a china shop, knowing that to use his powers in here would almost certainly destroy something irreplaceable. "
Christianity Soviet Union 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 185. "Mukulin's world view was so cockeyed. So was the world view of hundreds of millions of supposedly normal people! Rationality hadn't made much headway. That logic was losing on all fronts was Valeri's fear [Valeri is a Marxist Communist]. Despite the official atheism the state was now in retreat before a crew of querulous Christians and maddening Moslems, noisier than ever with each new concession. What was worse, science itself was courting superstition and ceasing to be true science... "
Christianity Spain 1963 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 37. "Spoken to her face, the word bruja--witch--made Encarnacion cringe. This calumny, she well knew, derived from her singular appearance and her neighbors' astute surmise that her ancestors were Moriscos-that is, Christianized Moors--of uncertain steadfastness in their new faith. "
Christianity Spain 2000 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 111. "I dreamed that I sat on the throne at the Abencerrages in the banqueting hall of the Alhambra, feasting my lords and generals, who next day were to follow the crescent against the Christian dogs of Spain. "
Christianity Sudan 1883 Miller, John J. "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 36. "Agag slipped away... He lived in some deep, dark crevice of Gordon's soul, popping out of the most inopportune times, braying like a fame-served jackass when Gordon most desired to be humble, silent, and Christian. By naming him, by actually engaging him in argument, Gordon refused to accept the fact that Agag was really a part of him. He was a piece hewn from Gordon's whole, because the attitude he represented was unChristian. " [Charles George "Chinese " Gordon is the main character of this story. He is a devout Christian, probably of Anglican background, and there are many references to Christianity throughout story, most not in DB.]
Christianity Sudan 1883 Miller, John J. "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 46. [Gordon's letter to his sister.] "...The only likable Draka I have met so far is Alexander von Shrakenberg--and he is morally bankrupt. They are sinners all, though it is my job neither to save them from Hell or preach to them of Heaven. They will likely all burn forever. Some, like von Shrakenberg, because of mere folly, others because of a deeper, more pervading evil...

I hope Mother and the rest of the family are well sheltered in the Hands of Our Lord...

Yours in Christ,
Your Humble and Loving Brother,
C. "

Christianity Sudan 1883 Miller, John J. "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 53. "But that didn't wipe out their [the Drakas'] sin. And slavery was a sin, though it required careful reading of the Bible to ascertain that. The Bible, though inerrant, wasn't as straightforward as some would have you believe and it took-- "
Christianity Sudan 1883 Miller, John J. "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 55. [Gordon's letter to his sister.] "He's a most disagreeable chap and may be something of a problem. Nothing, however, with the help of Our Most Benevolent Lord, that I shan't be able to overcome...

Your loving Brother in Christ,
C.

[Other letter.] "...Ah well--we are all simple men and imperfect before the Eyes of Our Lord. I shouldn't judge them, for some day like all men they will stand naked before the greatest Judge of all and He will accord them their proper position in all eternity.

...Your Dear and Loving Brother,
As Always, In Christ
C. "

Christianity Sudan 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 52. "'Then you believe that the Dogon people of the western Sudan are the source of Christianity.'

'They use the fish sign,' Fat said. 'For Nommo, the benign twin.' "

Christianity Sudan 2059 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 20. "...and then it was on to a Christian enclave in southern Sudan, where he worked in a relief station for Kenyan refugees with a priest from Eritrea. "
Christianity Sweden 1970 Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 44. "The English equivalent did not automatically come to Reid, any more than he would have known Christiana and Oslo were identical if he had not been so informed. "
Christianity Sweden 1973 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 6. Pg. 6: "Grandfather would be the first to refuse such a defense. He was persuaded, out of the pride that was his worst sin, that if the Jews, or the dark-skinned races, or the Americans, or a combination of same, ever gained control of the West, or at least of the North, then Stockholm would suffer and would deserve... the same conflagration that consumed so many of the Bible's infidel cities. "; Pg. 15: "They swore on Bibles, on newspaper headlines... "
Christianity Sweden 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 61. "His power grew as the King's government weakened, since he represented himself as the spokesman for, the embodiment of, the traditional Norse ideas of purity and vengeance, which he claimed would return the country to harmony. He was chief of those calling for a national oath of Christian fealty, and for a referendum on the question of making Sweden an Evangelical Republic. " [More.]
Christianity Sweden 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 64. "...and Ethel-Bethel, the most sincerely devout Christian I ever met, who was from what once was called Mozambique... "
Christianity Sweden 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 71. "The lawgivers at the Althing, pressed by an outraged Christian faction, ruled that Skalligrim Strider and his men be banished forever, forfeiting all their lands and claims. "
Christianity Sweden 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 97. "'Do those orders say he is to have a Christian burial?' said Grandfather. 'Surely you see this woman has a right to revenge herself. I did not condemn this man to have him shown respect!' " [Very extensive references to Christianity in novel, most not in DB. Many of the characters are Christian clergy. Much discussion of Biblical stories, Christian ethics, theology, etc. Mostly Protestant, especially Lutheran, as well as Presbyterian, Calvinist, but also Catholic.]
Christianity Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 135. [1] "'...It turned my life around.

'Ah,' said Lloyd, retrieving his hand. 'That's nice.'

'Yes sir, before that vision I was a different man. I never believed in God--not ever, not even as a little kid. But my vision--my vision showed me in a church, praying with a whole congregation of people.'

'Praying on a Wednesday afternoon?'

'That's just what I said, Dr. Simcoe! I mean, not at the time I was having the vision, but later, after they announced on the news what time the visions were of. Praying on a Wednesday evening! Me! Me, of all people. Well, I couldn't deny that it as happening, that sometime between now and then I will find my way. And so I picked up a Bible--went to a bookstore and bought one. I never knew there were so many different kinds! So many different translations!...' "

Christianity Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 135. [2] "'...Anyway, I got myself one of the ones that's got Jesus' actual words printed in red, and I began reading it. I figured, okay, sooner or later I was going to come to this, I might as well find out what it's all about. And I just kept reading--I even read all those begats, those wonderful names, like music: Obadiah, Jebediah--what great names. Oh, sure, Dr. Simcoe, if I hadn't had the vision, twenty-one years down the road I would have found all this anyway, but you got me going on it now, in 2009. I've never felt more at peace, more loved. You really did me a great favor.'

Lloyd didn't know what to say. 'Thank you.'

'No, sir--thank you!' And he pumped Lloyd's hand again, then dashed upon his way. "

Christianity Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 153. "'...Look at the Last Supper. Jesus told Peter--Peter, mind you, the rock he'd said he would build his church on--Jesus told Peter that Peter would renounce him three times. Peter protested that there was no way that would ever happen, but of course, he did it. And Judas Iscariot--a tragic figure, I always thought--was fated to turn Christ in to the authorities, whether he wanted to or not. The concept of having a role to play, a destiny to fulfill, is much older than the concept of free will..' A pause. 'Yes, I really believe the future is as fixed as the past. And surely the Flashforward bears that out; if the future wasn't fixed, how could everyone be having visions of a coherent tomorrow? Wouldn't everyone's vision be different--or, indeed, wouldn't it be impossible for anyone to have any visions at all?' "
Christianity Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 161. "...it became apparent that it was usually the case, ever since Cain slew Abel, ever since Livia poisoned Augustus, ever since O. J. killed his wife... "
Christianity Syria 1880 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 129. "The facts are that they [the Jewish moneylenders in Damascus] were inflicing this monstrous usury not only on the Moslem and Christian populace but on their own people... It is a fact that I protected the Christian missionaries from the Druzes... It is a fact that when I recalled from my consular post, because of the lies of the Christian missionaries and priests, of Rashid Pasha, and of the Jewish usurers, thousands of Christians, Moslems, and Jews rallied to my aid, though it was too late then...' "
Christianity Syria 1986 Leigh, Stephen. "The Tint of Hatred " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 138. "He had orchestrated the rioting in Damascus when al-Assad's ruling Ba'th Party had tried to move away from Qu'ranic law, allowing the Nur sect to forge an alliance with the Sunni and Alawite sects. He craftily advised Nur al-Allah to send the faithful into Beirut when the Christian Druze leaders had threatened to overthrow the reigning Islamic party. "
Christianity Syria 1987 Leigh, Stephen. "The Tint of Hatred " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 206. "Gregg had no doubt that Nur al-Allah had chosen the time to best display himself. In the darkening night he appeared like a medieval painting of Christ, a holy radiance spreading from him. "
Christianity Syria 1991 Ing, Dean. Butcher Bird. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1993); pg. 18. Pg. 18: "Before the Christian era, camel caravans had taken water from Palmyra's springs before the waterless five-day trek to the Euphrates. "; Pg. 113: Christendom
Christianity Syria 2001 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 60. "On the day after Christmas there were disturbances between Christians and Moslems in Damascus... "
Christianity T'ien Shan 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 401. "'The Bible lies. The Koran lies. The Talmud and Torah lie. The New Testament lies. The Sutta-pitaka, the nikayas, the Itivuttaka, and the Dhammapada lies. The Tiptaka lies. All Scripture lies . . . just as I lie as I speak to you now.

'All these books lie not from intention or failure of expression but by their very nature of being reduced to words; all the images, precepts, laws, canons, quotations, parables, commandments, koans, zazen, and sermons in these beautiful books ultimately fail by adding only more words between the human being who is seeking and the perception of the Void Which Binds.' "

Christianity Taiwan 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 1. "The bells of St. Mark's were ringing changes up on the mountain when Bud skated over to the mod parlor to upgrade his skull gun. "
Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 94. "'...I must acquaint you in more detail with our religious situation here... We are a colony of schisms, of splinter sects. Many of us were aware of the special effects of Planet Tarot before we emigrated from Earth, and each of us saw in these effects the potential realization of God--our particular specialized concepts of God, if you will. This appeal seems to have been strongest to the weakest sects, or in any rate, the smallest numerically. Thus we have few Roman Catholics, Mohammedans, Buddhists, or Confucians, but many Rosicrucians, Spiritualists, Moonies, Gnostics, Flaming Sworders--'

'Flaming Sworders? Is that a Tarot image...?'

'Not so. I apologize for using unseemly vernacular. It is my prejudice against those faiths, which you must discount. The Flaming Sword is the publication of the Christian Apostolic Church in Zion, whose guiding precept is that the Earth is flat, not spherical.' "

Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 95. "'I had the impression that Planet Tarot was an English-language colony; are the religions represented here primarily Western?'

'They are. About eighty per cent derive from Occidental Christian origins; the rest are scattered. In that sense, most believe in some form of Christ, as you do; that is why I said your Order is a good one for our purpose, though I question that purpose. You will likely find a Christian God, but you have no local Church to cater to, so you are relatively objective. The reputation of your Order has preceded you. Visionists are known not to interfere with other faiths...' "

Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 96. "'Yet if most sects here believe in the Christian God--who is also the Jewish and Mohammedan God, whether termed YHVH or Allah--why should there by any need to qualify Him further?' "
Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 127. Pg. 127: "'...In the Hindu, Vedic, and Tantric texts there is a symbol of a sleeping serpent coiled around the base of the human spine. This is Kundalini, the coiled latent energy of prana, known by many names. Christians call it the 'Holy Spirit,' the Greeks termed it 'ether,' martial artists described it as 'ki.'' "; Pg. 137: "'Actually, the fear of snakes is comparatively recent, historically. In the Bible, the Serpent was the source of wisdom that transformed--' "
Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 166. "The heart of its philosophy, like that of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, was service to man. "
Christianity Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 190. "'No, I want to hear his objections. Does he challenge the validity of the Bible?'

'The Bible is hardly an objective account, and what there is is both incomplete and expurgated. Naturally the Hebrews and their intolerant, jealous God colored the record to suit themselves. How do you think the poor, civilized Egyptians felt about this barbaric conqueror?'

'They welcomed the Hebrews! Pharaoh raised up Joseph, put his own ring on Joseph's hand, arrayed him in fine linen, put a gold chain about his neck--'

'Bull--' Therion repeated... 'Pharaoh gave them nothing! The Hebrew tribesmen and their cohorts came in, a ravening horde from the desert, overrunning the civilized cities, burning houses, pillaging temples and destroying monuments...' " [More. Extensive discussion about the roots of Christianity and the Bible.]

Christianity Tau Ceti 3000 Niven, Larry; Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes. The Legacy of Heorot. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 320. A character makes a joke which contains a reference to Christians:

"'The whole camp. We haven't lost anyone. Just get out of there, will you?'

We made it! No one dead. Christians 2,000; Lions zip... "

Christianity Tennessee 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 275. "Delivery trucks appeared routinely at the house... A congregation in Tennessee sent a crate containing fifty Bibles, with a suggestion that 'one be placed on every table in every room in the Catlett mansion.' "
Christianity Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 47. "'Why did you stop that man from shooting me?'

'A thousand reasons and none,' Percy said gruffly. 'You and I studied Buddhism together; Buddha taught us not to harm any living being. Christ said the same thing. All those pacifist bastards agreed on it, so who am I to argue with them?'

The bitter irony of his voice--she did not remember it from the days when they had both been studying to be ministers, each in his own faith. He had changed. "

Christianity Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 134. "A squadron of vampires dripping blood from their fangs and wearing the insignia of Baron Manfred von Richthofen's Flying Circus flapped by overhead, while Samson, hair and all, strode past, swinging the jawbone of a duckbill platypus.

A rock-and-roll group headed by a young long-hair trumpeter named Gabriel played the 'jerk'... "

Christianity Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 144. "Feverishly Rudolph Balkani labored on, giving birth in the form of a book to the new universe that would displace the universe of Freud, together with all the other universes before it. A generation of young people would take this book as their Bible in the revolution of youth against age. "
Christianity Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 150. "Paul said thoughtfully, 'You've made it about halfway.' He chose his words with care. 'Buddha and Christ began by going off into the wilderness, into the kind of aloneness you seem to be in now, but they didn't stay there. They came back--to try to do something for the rest of us. Maybe they failed. But at least they tried.' "
Christianity Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 205. "'You would like to be able to reduce me to the stature of a mere nut, wouldn't you? I know how you think, Gus, how you divide humans into good men and bad men, the saved and the damned. And you, of course, are one of the saved.'

'I'm a good Christian,' Gus muttered, rallying... " [More.]

Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 23. "'Abomination.' The Chosen of God slumps. His belly forms a moat of fat below his chest. 'Constructing a man. It's an abomination. I say you, where is the soul in all of that?'

Beagle's soul. Is that why Yi named me team leader? No. HF isn't that diplomatic.

'I suppose you'd have to ask the construct, sir, and see if he has discovered his.'

The Chosen of God shoots to his feet. The ministers cower...

'A psychic and a construct,' the Chosen's lips purse in disgust. 'And you, like Lucifer, are rotten with the sin of pride. I wonder if you haven't made up your mind already.' I tense as Marvin stalks his way to my side of the table. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 26. "'He's good. Really good. Marvin and I go way back, and he was always a star. While the rest of us were busy playing ball, he memorized the New Testament. When we were discovering girls, he'd already begun his ministry.' "
Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 29. "A girl suddenly appears at my shoulder. If she had a knife I'd be dead now. Her smile is bright, wide, and vacant as the hotel grounds. A Bible is clutched to her breasts. 'The planet Tennyson was colonized one hundred and fifty years ago by Harold and Mimi Tennyson, of Earth... could found a society free from crime and sin...'

...Then he shoves his arm through the Bible, through the frilly dress, until everything past his elbow is lost from sight. The girl is still smiling.

'A Chamber of Commerce holo. She picked you out because you don't have an EPAT. Tell her no.' "

Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 34. "'Hendrix was always a little questionable. Not quite the ideal Tennysonian Christian. Marvin wouldn't hurt somebody to protect himself, but he's always punished heresy. And there was lots of heresy in Paulie Hendrix's DEEP.' "
Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 121. "'...You can't let anarchists run loose. Four. Okay? Four anarchists. And a few murderers or so. Marvin really believes that crap about Christian charity. He thinks God turns your life around. You know better. Poor Marv lives in a dream world.' "
Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 220. Pg. 220: "Looks like a rat hole. ECCLESIASTES 6 beside it, painted a fiery warning red. God, I don't want to go down there. "; Pg. 221: "Beside the wall: ECCLESIASTES 6. Above the hole: DOWN. "; Pg. 222: "One more turn. An echoing, black expanse. Ecclesiastes 6 maintenance area. Christmas tree bank of lights. The brain of the section's superconductor... "
Christianity Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 235. "'Peter might have denied Christ, but John was faithful. I've always thought of you as my own beloved John. Did you know that?' "


Christianity, continued

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