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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Christianity Utah: Utah County 1991 Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 6. "But Tana could fix it if she never admitted witnessing the fight. She could avoid the trial. I can run a psyche profile on the transient in the morning, she thought. No matter how strait and sane he comes out, on paper I'll show him to be a madman. Hell, half the Mormons in the valley can't pass the Minnesota Mental Health Inventory. As soon as they admit belief in gods and devils and revelations, they're down the tube.
Christianity Vatican City 2199 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 57. [O'Toole in audience with the Pope.] "'I have no trouble whatsoever,' the general added... 'with the concept of God creating the Ramans--that's easy to comprehend. But did the Ramans follow a similar pattern of spiritual evolution and therefore need to be redeemed, at some point in their history, like human beings on Earth? And if so, did God send Jesus, or perhaps his Raman equivalent to save them from their sins? Do we humans thus represent an evolutionary paradigm that has been repeated over and over throughout the universe?' " [More. Many other Christian refs. throughout novel, mostly in reference to Catholicism.]
Christianity Venezuela 1947 Bear, Greg. Dinosaur Summer. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 205. "Peter had had just about enough of this new Billie. 'Do you believe all that?' he asked.

'Do you believe in Jesus and Mary?' Billie asked sternly.

Peter's face reddened. 'I've never spent much time in church.'

Billie shrugged. 'Who knows what is real here? Nothing the whites or Fanuru can imagine.' "

Christianity Venus 1758 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 185. "The Swedish mystic and mineralogist Emanuel Swedenborg wrote one of the first eyewitness accounts of a close encounter of the third kind. In his treatise of 1758, De telluribus... Mercury was inhabited by simple farmers of good character and orthodox Christianity. There were more good Christians on Venus, but also a rougher breed of alien... "
Christianity Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 100. Pg. 100: "...Vietnamese TV... and soap opera against backdrops that were strictly from Sunday school skits. "; Pg. 102: " was less hokey than saying that the whole war was strictly for the sake of political ideals. The only people who said anything about political ideals recited their lines in the same way church ladies said 'blood of the Lamb' and 'fallen from grace,' or the Communists reputedly talked of 'imperialist running dogs.' "; Pg. 266: "...faded to the dirty pink of a tenement baby's sixth-hand Goodwill Easter dress...' "; Pg. 275: "...Dinh's body hung lifeless from the tree, like a modern version of the crucifix... "
Christianity Virginia 1957 Dick, Philip K. The Cosmic Puppets. New York: Berkley Books (1983; c. 1957); pg. 40. "'seems to me that child's name was the same as yours. Isn't your Christian name Theodore?' "
Christianity Virginia 2014 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 43. "In front of him was a church, wire mesh covering soaring stained-glass windows. But the back door was unlocked.

He stepped into the echoing interior. He saw no one, but felt deeply comforted by a presence he had never been able to explain and had never wanted to, which he always felt in churches. Maybe it was just the memory of his mother, who had taken him to church until he had rebelled. A faint scent of incense lingered in the air. He was drawn to a bank of flickering candles. The light of the world. Truth. Knowledge. Transcendence. How far they had come since candles and faith were the only lights in the darkness. " [More.]

Christianity Virginia 2025 Swanwick, Michael & William Gibson. "Dogfight " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 47. "But even as he asked, he saw it: a blue enamel medal shaped like the Maltese cross, the slogan Pour le Merite divided among its arms. "
Christianity Virginia 2050 Wilhelm, Kate. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 32. [Year of this story is uncertain.] "She shook her head. 'Thirty more dead people. Do you remember Sunday school, David? They took me every week. Did you go?'

He nodded.

'And Wednesday-night Bible school? I keep thinking of it now. And I wonder if this isn't God's doing, after all. I can't help it. I keep wondering. And I had become an atheist.' She laughed and suddenly spun around. 'Let's go to bed, now. Here in the hospital. Let's pick a fancy room, a suite . . .'

He reached for her, but suddenly a violent gust of wind drove a hard blast of rain against the window. It came like that, without a preliminary, just a sudden deluge. Celia shuddered. 'God's will,' she said dully. 'We have to get back to the cave, don't we?' "

Christianity Virginia 2050 Wilhelm, Kate. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 62. [Year of this story is uncertain. Possible religious holidays.] "The party was held in the new auditorium, where the chairs had been replaced by long tables laden with delicacies usually served only at the annual celebration days: The Day of the First Born; Founding Day; The Day of the Flood... "
Christianity Washington 1905 Gloss, Molly. Wild Life. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000); pg. 31. Pg. 31: "...she told her own young child: St. Augustine's fables of men whose ears are large enough to sleep in... and it must be a Christian comfort to ascribe such things not to oneself or one's tribe but to hairy giants and savages. "; Pg. 185: Pilgrim's Progress; Pg. 187: "...and living like John the Baptist among the wild beasts of the wilderness. " [A few other minor refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Washington 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 207. "Two suspects had been arrested, both male, both husbands of women carrying first-stage Herod's babies. " [Many other refs. in novel to 'Herod's babies,' a new medical term associated with the SHEVA virus. Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 35. "Then the President... There were three books on the right corner of the desk--a Bible, a thumbed thesaurus, and a pictorial history of the United States. "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1964 McCullough, Ken. "Chuck Berry, Won't You Please Come Home " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 463. [Author's self-written biography, in the introduction to his story.] "...around D.C... Speaking of the Jet Set, my prep school background did give me an opportunity of being 'in' with these people while still being 'out' in reality--like being a Roman citizen and a Christian, too. "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1972 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 101. "At first Dana could see nothing of interest to him on the board: an offer of tickets for the Cowboys vs Dolphins Super Bowl, classes in TM and acupuncture (posted in NASA HQ!), and a bright orange sticker saying simply JESUS HEALS. "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1975 Maggin, Elliot S. "The Invader from Hell " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in The Batman Family #1, September-October 1975); pg. . [1] [Satan's plan to bring Benedict Arnold back to life and destroy the American spirit is thwarted by Batgirl and Robin] "Suddenly, the enemy who claims to be Benedict Arnold unleashes a fearsome blast of Hellish power . . . "; Satan: "Arnold! This is enough! I did not bring you back after two centuries and give you awesome power . . . to be humiliated by your defeat at the hands of a woman and a youth! For all your efforts, traitor . . . the American Spirit is as strong as ever! Time is up! " [Satan, who had appeared normal and human, now transforms to a red humanoid beast with horns, claws, cloven hooves, and wings.] Satan: "You have failed, Benedict Arnold! 200 years ago, you failed to break the emerging soul of America . . . and today you have failed to break the spirits of these young crusaders! Not only will the souuls of Batgirl and Robin not belong to me, but they will be models of heroism everywhere! Indeed, you have strengthened their courage and resolve by your failure! "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1975 Maggin, Elliot S. "The Invader from Hell " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in The Batman Family #1, September-October 1975); pg. 80-81. [2] [A large Christian cross can be seen hanging from the ceiling in the foreground. It turns out that the steps on which Batgirl and Robin were battling Benedict Arnold are the stops of a Christian church. Robin and Batgirl were about to be defeated are lying prone in the entrance of a church.] Satan: "They outwitted you . . . reached the one place neither of us can enter . . . a church! We cannot touch them there! So . . . we must go! "; Benedict Arnold: "No! . . . No!! Don't take me back! AIEEEEEEEEEE " [Satan gestures at Benedict Arnold, and they both disappear in a large puff of smoke.] Robin: "Batgirl! Did you hear that? What does it mean? "; Batgirl: "It was us he was really after all the time . . . He could only conquer this country truly by capturing the souls of its defedners . . . and we were the first targets! But by not betraying each other . . . we won! "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1975 Maggin, Elliot S. "The Invader from Hell " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in The Batman Family #1, September-October 1975); pg. 83. Congresswoman Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) [addressing congress]: "Call him the Devil if you like--or call him the specter of all the pride and greed . . . with which we've paid for the American spirit for two centuries! Whatever we call this immortal evil, we will never fully understand it . . . any more than we will understand the true nature of courage, justice, or truth itself . . . but we must always understand the American ideal and guard that dream bravely . . . so that such forces may remain strong! That is the debt we owe to the past . . . and our responsibility to the children of the future! "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1982 Straub, Peter. Koko. New York: E. P. Dutton (1988); pg. 33. "Prayers to St. Jude. Numbers you can call if you want to get off coke... And Jews for Jesus, every single week... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1985 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 284. "...he took the novel out of its grainy, biodegradable sack and opened it on his knees like a dictionary or a Bible. "; [Some other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1994 Williams, Walter Jon. "Feeding Frenzy " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 234. "...Crypt Kicker's cozily furnished little outbuilding, complete with Hank Williams poster and a well-thumbed Bible, and nothing else. "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 42. Pg. 42: "'Mulder, who knows old Greek?' the agent demanded hoarsely... 'Priests, Mulder. Seminarians. Teachers in a seminary. Preachers, Mulder. Ministers.' His free hand took a slow swipe of his tie. 'People, Mulder, who study the Bible.' "; Pg. 43: 'Chi Rho. The symbol for Christ, Mulder.' " [Some other refs. in novel, not in DB.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "Beneath its walls wandered a weird profusion of nuns and rabbis and sikhs and friars, and others... "; Pg. 36: "'...teaches postgrad Confucian Ethics and Modern Christian Problems...' "; Pg. 94: "He looked like the biblical harlot from some early Cecil B. deMille epic... "; Pg. "'...The secret meaning of the Book of Genesis...' "; Pg. 128: "Probably the smartest thing they ever did was to infiltrate the Church; although the earlier religion got a toehold in there as well, with all those holdovers from Isis and Dionysos grafted onto Christianity. " [Some other Christian refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 298.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 61. "After a disastrous two weeks trying to report sports, she had been moved to life-styles. The White House Easter egg hunt... new designs in Paris... "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 69. "'My dear friends, brothers and sisters, you've seen the message on TV, you've heard a lot of people talking about the message of late, and you're going to hear a lot more about it before this century ends. Well, I want you to open your ears and your hearts to me once more. I want to challenge everything you believe in and I want to challenge everything you've been taught in Sunday School. I even want to challenge what you never learned from your parents...'

He could tell by the way their gaits changed when he spoke. It wasn't just the let's-hurry-up-and-avoid-the-crazy-preacher step he was seeing. It was the slow-down-look-busy-don't-act-like-you're-listening step. "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. "'What is the message? I'll tell you, my friends. A lot of my self-proclaimed brethren on TV are telling you that, come the change of the century, come the year 2000, our Lord and God is going to close up the factory and go home. They're telling you that at midnight on the morning of January One, 2000, Jesus, King of Mercy, is going to appear in the sky on his sacred white stallion, his sword of justice in one hand and a scroll of mercy in the other. They're telling you that this will all come to pass because the year 2000 is when God has set the alarm on his great clock. And that two thousand years of sin and suffering is all he's going to let us sit through; that there will be no evening show, just this matinee of misery.

'My friends, my brothers and sisters, I'm here to challenge and warn you about all of that! I'm here to tell you that the time is night and that the time is not nigh! I'm here to bring you a truth that nearly cost my life!' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. "He had a small handful of people around him now. A heavyset black woman glared at him and said, 'How dare you tell me that my King Jesus ain't comin' back for me!'

Harry smiled at her broadly and sincerely. 'But my dear lady, Jesus is coming back for you!'

'But you just said--'

'What I'm saying, my dear lady, my dear friends, is that you don't want to bet your soul on the timetable of man! God has his own clock, and if you read in your Bible, you'll see that not even his sacred Son knows the day and the hour of his return. I'm saying that if our Lord and Heavenly Father were going to return for us after two thousand years, he would have been here already!'

'Say what?' someone challenged. "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. "'Look it up in your history books... Roman history. A devout man of God devised a calendar which began at the year of our blessed Savior's birth! And while he worked on it diligently, he was only human, and what human has not been in error. So when he determined the date of our Lord's birth, he missed it by four years!'

People were gathering now. Some tried to look skeptical. After all, they were standing and listening to a street-corner preacher. But the key to it was that they were listening!'So what you're tellin' me, preacher,' said the woman, 'is that Jesus ain't comin' 'til 2004?'

Harry smiled and took her by the shoulders. 'No, no, no, my dear woman! I'm saying that the Lord has been here, come and gone! That poor monk posted the birth of Jesus Christ four years too late! So God's great alarm clock would have wakened him in 1996!' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. "'If the Lord's done been and gone,' the woman said, 'then how come we're still here? How come the sun still comes up every morning?'

'That is my point exactly.' Harry beamed. 'The Lord is still with us, and I'm sure he's having a good laugh over the foolishness that's being proclaimed in his name over the waves of our television and radios.'

'Then when is he coming?'

'Five minutes from now.'

There was a laugh of disbelief from the crowd.

'Tomorrow afternoon.'

The sound began to rise.

'Or a hundred years from now. Go home to your Bible and look it up, my dear woman. No man knows the day and the hour of our Lord's return. It is a secret that even the angels in heaven long to know. That's why we've got to live each day, each minute of our lives for him! Because the world is till running, and at any moment God may punch the clock and demand payment...' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. "'...Don't set your watches by the faulty estimates of man, my friends! We are imperfect timekeepers against the perfection of God's universe.'

...'And friends,' he continued. 'Brothers. Sisters. As surely as the entire, vast universe is God's singular creation, so there are many incredible and wonderful elements of his creation that we have not yet seen. Things that will be revealed to us in the twinkling of an eye, as surely as God's return, yet on a schedule known only to him.' " [More of this preaching, pg. 71-76.]

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 72. "'My friends, I have seen things that the governments of the world do not want you to see. I have seen the scrolls of old, brought up from beneath the sandstone flats of the Dead Sea valley, preserved in dark, dry caves since the time of antiquity, their messages clearly defined in ancient Aramaic, a message of hope and warning given to us by prophets whose bones have long since turned to dust.'

'And what do they say? What do they say, my brother?'

'They say that God's messengers are coming! My friends, they may already be here among us! They are not angel nor cherubim nor seraphim, but are nonetheless God's magnificent creation! By there any among you who are so jaded and selfish as to believe that our Father created this vast, infinite universe solely to confound us? Do you believe that he is a practical joker of profound proportions?'

'No!' cried the woman. 'He is a god of love!' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 72-73. "'He is a god of love!'

'That's right!' Harry shouted. 'Listen to the woman, my brothers and sisters, for she knows and understands the true nature of God. And I'm here to tell you that while great, impassable gulfs separate the stars, it is only because our great and magnificent Lord intended to keep his individual creations separate! Yes, he did!'

The woman closed her eyes and raised a hand into the air. 'Yes, yes,' she murmured hypnotically. 'That's right, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.'

'And I'm here to tell you, dear friends, that those of God's creation who have met with his favor have been given gifts beyond our wildest imagining! They can span the distance! They can travel the stars and reach other galaxies! They can close the infinite gulf until it is meaningless!'

There was a skeptical snort from the back. 'More of that Star Trek nonsense.'

...'My friends,' Harry said... 'they travel on beams of light from place to place doing his will!...' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 73. "'My friends,' Harry said, raising his voice more to keep the others from leaving, 'they travel on beams of light from place to place doing his will! And they are coming here, my friends, to watch us, to judge us, and to work with us if we are found worthy! And if we are found to be so worthy, they will share with us the bountiful harvest of God's love and creation!'

'Praise be to King Jesus!' the woman exulted.

'What will they bring us?' asked a goggle-eyed teen in thick glasses.

'The most precious thing God has given us. Knowledge!''

'Will we be able to go to Mars?'

'My brother! Mars, Jupiter, the Pleides, Andromeda--'

'Are they superior beings?' came another voice from the back.

'Not spiritually, my friends, for we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. But they have been granted technological gifts the likes of which we cannot begin to imagine.'

'Will they have pointed heads like you?' a voice shouted.

There were hoots of laughter... "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 74. "'We must lift ourselves up into a greater phase of being. By evolving, ourselves, we will receive what has been promised us and will become--'

The woman began wagging her finger at him. 'Shame on you!' she hissed. 'You go addin' to the Word of the Lord with that New Age and nothin' gonna save you from the lightning that's gonna come out of the sky and burn you down! Nobody who adds to the Word of the Lord gonna live to tell about it!' With a snort, she turned and began to walk away... "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 108. "So I picked out a nice Sony Readman and a few discs--The Compleat Works of Shakespeare, 20 x 20: The Works of Twenty Twentieth-Century American Poets, and Ten Classic Translations of the Bible. "; Pg. 109: "Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a signed contract is not necessarily a legally binding document, but a loose set of guidelines to govern behavior.

That must mean if I scan my ten-translation Bible to the book of Exodus, I'll find Moses going up the mountain to retrieve The Ten Suggestions. " [Many other refs. to Christianity throughout novel, most not in DB, e.g. pg. 123, 141-146, many more. Many Christian themes are central to novel.]

Christianity Washington, D.C. 2000 Robinson, Kim Stanley. "Down and Out in the Year 2000 " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1986); pg. 134. Pg. 128: "Today he was there, belting out 'Amazing Grace.' "; Pg. 134: "He took a deep breath, started again. 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.' It really was like singing. And what a song. How you could put your heart into that one, your whole body. Just like singing. " [Playing a kazoo.]
Christianity Washington, D.C. 2008 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 131. "She reached the Washington Monument: simple and clean, seamlessly restored since its '08 near-demolition by Christian libertarians. "
Christianity Washington, D.C. 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 136. "'...I think it's refreshing to have a proposal like yours in which there is a subtext, as you might call it, beyond the practical. If you can go the stars, bring home a profit and something . . . well, something spiritual, I think that's to be applauded.'

'Thank you, Representative.'

'Tell me this, Colonel. Do you think your mission to Cruithne, if successful, will help us find God?'

Malenfant took a deep breath. 'Mr. Rutter, if we find everything we hope to find on Cruithne, then yes, I believe we will come closer to God.'

Emma turned to Maura Della, and rolled her eyes. Good grief, Malenfant.

...Emma shook her head. 'You know, I shouldn't be shocked any more by anything Malenfant does. But I have to tell you he is not a Christian, and he does not believe in God.'

Maura pursed her lips. 'Lies told to Congress, shock. Look, Emma, this is America. Every so often you have to push the God button.'

'So he won.'

'I think so. For now, anyhow.' "

Christianity Washington, D.C. 2029 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 229. Bible
Christianity West, The 2002 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Lathe of Heaven. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1971); pg. 81. "'You're of a peculiarly passive outlook for a man brought up in the Judaeo-Christian-Rationalist West. A sort of natural Buddhist. Have you ever studied the Eastern mysticisms, George?' The last question, with its obvious answer, was an open sneer. "
Christianity Wisconsin 1963 Simak, Clifford D. Way Station. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Robert Bentley, Inc. (reprinted 1979; copyright 1963); pg. 93. "THE CUSTOM HERE [typed Enoch] IS TO INTER THE DEAD








Christianity Wisconsin 1963 Simak, Clifford D. Way Station. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Robert Bentley, Inc. (reprinted 1979; copyright 1963); pg. 96-97. "Back at the station, Enoch hunted up a sheet in which to wrap the body. He put a Bible in his pocket and picked up the shrouded Vegan... Standing on the edge of [the grave], he took the Bible from his pocket and found the place he wanted. He read aloud, scarcely needing to strain his eyes in the dim light to follow the text, for it was a from a chapter that he had read many times:

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. . .

Thinking, as he read it, how appropriate it was; how there must need be many mansions in which to house all the souls in the galaxy--and all the other galaxies that stretched, perhaps interminably, through space. "

Christianity world -10000 B.C.E. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1977); pg. 25. "In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Iluvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Iluvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as a light in the darkness. And many among them became enamored of its beauty... Therefore Iluvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was Ea.

Then those of the Ainur who desired it arose and entered into the World at the beginning of Time; and it was their task to achieve it and by their labours to fulfill the vision which they had seen... Then they put on the raiment of Earth and descended into it, and dwelt therein. " [This creation account clearly draws on Biblical book of Genesis.]

Christianity world -1400 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 66. [Time travel story. A contemporary (1970) man with a Presbyterian background has been brought back in time to 1400 B.C.] "He himself thought: Yes, O Christ, an act of kindness if nothing else. No, now come off that. You've had a couple of romps Pam hasn't needed to be told about, and Christ, Pam won't be born for three or four thousand years, and Erissa is here and beautiful... "
Christianity world -340 B.C.E. de Camp, L. Sprague. "Aristotle and the Gun " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1956); pg. 32. "I adjusted the machine to set me down near Pella, the capital of Macedon, in the spring of the year 340 before Christ in our system of reckoning... "
Christianity world 33 C.E. Anderson, Poul. There Will Be Time. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1972); pg. 49. "Given these activities, he was biologially about thirty when at last he succeeded. This was in Jerusalem, on the day of the Crucifixion. "; Pg. 50: "'The moment you'd expect eery traveler, at least in Christendom, to head for...' "; Pg. 52: "...set the precise Greenwich time... on appropriate dim-glowing dials, and worked a pair of verniers till he had numbers corresponding to that Passover week of Anno Domini 33. " [Large number of references to Christianity in book, most not in DB.]
Christianity world 33 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 1. "When Jesus Christ was crucified, Governor Pontius Pilate assigned Roman soldiers to stand guard. One of these soldiers, named Longinus... [was] convinced that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, and the soldier was converted to the Christian faith. " [Other refs. in book, not in DB.]
Christianity world 33 C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 188. "'...there have been several efforts to deliver us from the hands of primitve, irratioal religion... Another attempt was made by Jesus--that one was hijacked by viral influences within fifty days after his death. The virus was suppressed by the Catholic Church, but we're in the middle of a big epidemic that started in Kansas in 1900 and has been gathering momentum ever since.'

'Do you believe in God or not?' HIro says. First things first.


'Do you believe in Jesus?'

'Yes. But not in the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus.'

'How can you be Christian without believing in that?'

'I would say' Juanita says, 'how can you be Christian with it? Anyone who takes the trouble to study the gospels can see that the bodily resurrection is a myth that was tacked onto the real story several years after the real histories were written. It's so National Enquirer-esque, don't you think?' "

Christianity world 50 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 66. "'...We believe that the foundation of present-day Christianity was when the Pharisee Jew of Tarsus was converted to Christ. To a considerable extent, he made Christianity what it is. More correctly, he laid down the principles this great religion should follow although many bearing the title of Christians have strayed from those precepts...' "
Christianity world 50 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 32. "Brother Paul... had encountered Jehovah's Witnesses on Earth and found them to be honest and dedicated people, strongly reminiscent of the earliest Christians. "
Christianity world 50 C.E. Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 23. "Then the Christians started to arrive, simple folk for the most part who didn't want much. Nevertheless, the Aposles had definite and aggressive views... "
Christianity world 60 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 198. "At last Jesus and Brother Paul returned to the Old World. They looked at the broader history, seeing the new Church of Christianity infuse the Jewish Diaspora, the region where the Jews had been scattered by the deportations of assorted conquerors. But as the missionary message of the Apostle Paul took hold, there were an increasing number of non-Jewish Christians. The Jewish Christians did not view these with favor--but soon the Gentile Christians outnumbered the Jewish Christians, and eventually that latter faded and disappeared. "
Christianity world 100 C.E. Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1985); pg. 46. "Cerinthus was a Christian who had lived circa A.D. 100. Born a Jew, he had coverted to Christianity but was generally regarded as a heretic. Saint John was supposed to have written his Gospel to confute Cerinthus' errors. "
Christianity world 252 C.E. Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 14. [1] "252 A.D.: Emperor Decius was in power only a year, but in this time he cruelly persecuted the bothersome Christians. He seized one devout youth and coated his whole body with honey, then exposed him to the blazing sun and the stings of flies and hornets. Another Christian youth was given the opposite extreme: he was bound hand and foot by ropes entwined with flowers, naked upon a downy bed, in a place filled with the murmuring of water... Then a maiden of exceptionally fair form... approached him and bared her lovely flesh, kissing... his body to arouse his manhood and enable her to envelop him in the ultimate worldly embrace. The youth had dedicated his love go God; to suffer this rapture with a mortal woman would have polluted him. He had no weapon with which to defend himself, yet his skill and courage proved equal to the occasion. He bit off his own tongue and spat it in the harlot's face. By the pain of this wound he conquered the temptation of lewdness... "
Christianity world 252 C.E. Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 15. [2] "...and won for himself the crown of spiritual victory. Paul, himself sincerely Christian, witnessed these torments. Terrified, he fled into the desert, where he remained alone in the depths of a cave for the rest of his life. He thus became the first Christian hermit, and was known as Saint Paul the Hermit. "
Christianity world 325 C.E. London, Jack. The Star Rover. Copyright 1915. [Chapter 12:] Yes, I had been to the Council of Nicea, and seen it avoid the issue. And I remembered when the Emperor Constantine had banished Arius for his uprightness. And I remembered when Constantine repented for reasons of state and policy and commanded Alexander--the other Alexander, thrice cursed, Bishop of Constantinople--to receive Arius into communion on the morrow. And that very night did not Arius die on the street? They said it was a violent sickness visited upon him in answer to Alexander's prayer to God. But I said, and so said all we Arians, that the violent sickness was due to a poison, and that the poison was due to Alexander himself, Bishop of Constantinople and devil's poisoner. [Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity world 325 C.E. Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 68. "According to one of your father's books, the year 325 A.D. found the Roman emperor Constantine convening a council in the Asian city of Nicaea, his goal being to settle a feud then raging throughout Christendom. In crude terms: was Jesus God's subordinate offspring, as Arius of Alexandria believed, or was he God himself, as Archdeacon Athanasius asserted? After their initial investigations, you discovered, the Council leaned toward the obvious: offspring. The epithet 'son of God' appeared throughout the Gospels, along with the even humbler 'son of Man.' In the second chapter of Acts, the disciple Peter called Jesus 'a man approved of God.' In Matthew's nineteenth chapter, when somebody committed the faux pas of calling Jesus 'Good Master,' Jesus admonished, 'Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.' "
Christianity world 325 C.E. Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 69. "But wait. There's a problem. The instant you bring a subdeity on the scene, you've blurred the line between your precious Judaic monotheism and Roman paganism. Thus did the council forever fix Jesus as 'very God' through whom 'all things were made.' The Nicene Creed was recited in churches even in 1991.

Like Jesus before you, you know you're not God. A deity, yes, but hardly cocreator of the universe... "

Christianity world 333 C.E. Drake, David. "Dragons' Teeth " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1977); pg. 29. "Perhaps believing in the impossible was the secret of the success of those Christians whose god, dead three hundred years ago, was now beginning to rule the Empire. "
Christianity world 400 C.E. Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 58. "Within four centuries of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, Christians were killing heretic Christians. "
Christianity world 732 C.E. Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 106. "'Almost all the Alternative History computer simulations suggested that the battle of Tours (A.D. 732) was one of the crucial disasters of mankind. Had Charles Martel been defeated, Islam might have resolved the internal differences that were tearing it apart and gone on to conquer Europe. Thus centuries of Christian barbarism would ahve been avoided, the Industrial Revolution would have started almost a thousand years earlier, and by now we would have reached the nearer stars instead of the farther planets...'
Chairman's Address
Toynbee Bicentennial Symposium
London, 2089 "
Christianity world 850 C.E. Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 117. "'Well, it's not exactly the Oxford History of the World. You want a summary? It starts with the Garden of Eden. Adam gets a human body from the Archons--'

'The which?'

'Archons. Minor gods. Adam is psyche and Eve is spirit and the serpent isn't necessarily the bad guy, but after that it's fairly straight Genesis all the way to Moses and the pharaohs. Egypt, Greece, and Rome are presented as fairy tales--Romulus and Remus and the genius of Plato and so on, but at least it's recognizable... It starts to go wrong around the second century. Valentinus is the Great Christian; Irenaeus is the persecutor of the faithful. The conversion of Constantine never happened. Rome was a seat of classical paganism until at least the 800s, and there are hints that Hellenic paganism is a vital religion even today--at least, in certain unenlightened foreign countries...' "

Christianity world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "After his now-legendary defeat of the Ragnarsson brothers in the great battle of the Braethraborg in the year 868 of the Christians' count... "; Pg. 8-9: "It was part of the Wayman law that all priests should pay their way by work, not living from tithes and soul-taxes like the priests of the Christians. Nevertheless the king had given to the College a skilled reckoner, once a Christian priest himself, Father Boniface... '...They make book into Bible, and that is old knowledge become old lore... Anyone, man or woman, Wayfolk or Christian, who brings us new knowledge or shows us some new and useful way to use old knowledge, will be better rewarded than they would be for years of toil...' "; Pg. 10: "By the year of Our Lord 875--for the chroniclers of the Asgarth Way kept to the Christian count while they rejected the Christian Lord... " [Christian refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Christianity world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 20. "He spoke in fluent low German... which neither Pope nor Patriarch nor any Greek or Italian would follow. At the same time one of the Patriarch's staff broke out with a burst of demotic Greek...

'It's fixed. They have agreed that we may add the formula 'and the Son' to the Nicene Creed--much difference that makes--as long as we draw no conclusions about the Double Procession of the Holy Ghost from it. our fool, the Italian, has been told he has to withdraw his bishops from the Bulgars and let Saint Cyril have a free hand teaching them to read and write. All sides have agreed in condemning the former Patriarch, Photius the bookworm, no problem there. It's fixed.' "

Christianity world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 49. "'The Jews are the people from the East who crucified the Christian god,' he said. 'Apparently there are still some of them left.'

'The Jews are the people from the East who crucified the Christian god,'...

'...There is always war between the Mohammedan kingdoms and the Christian ones. Yet the Mohammedans accept Christian subject, and Jewish subjects, and treat them fairly.'

...seemed the Jewish spokesman's excessively flowery string of opening compliments.

'Except that they regard all three, Mohammedan, Jew and Christian, as 'People of the Book.' They do not regard any others as sharing the same God, as these three religions do, even if they have different beliefs.' "

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