Religious Groups in Literature

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


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Christianity world 998 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 91. "'...Abroad they call on Christ, but if you fare southward long enough it is Muhammad; and eastward it is Gautama Buddha, save where they say the world is a dream of Brahm, or offer to a host of gods and ghosts and elves like ours in these Northlands...' "
Christianity world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 460. "'I believe that God has plans, Simon.' The archivist spoke carefully. 'And it may be that we simply don't understand them . . . or it may be that God Himself does not quite now how His plans will work out.'

'But you priests are always saying that God knows everything!'

'He may have chosen to forget some of the more painful things,' Strangyeard said gently. 'If you lived forever, and experienced every pain in the world as thought it were your own--died with every soldier, cried with every widow and orphan, shared every mother's grief at the passing of a beloved child--would you not perhaps yearn to forget, too?' "

Christianity world 1050 C.E. Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 11. "According to French sociologist Jacques Ellul, the Illuminati were founded in the 11th century and were a Christian-Communist heresy dedicated to redistributing the wealth. " [Many other refs. throughout book, not in DB.]; Pg. 12: "According to Flying Saucers in the Bible, the eye-on-the-pyramid Illuminati symbol was given to Jefferson by a man in a black cloak. "; Pg. 16: "...the Communion of Saints, the City of God... the Jesus Head Trip... the Reorganized Church of the Latter-Day Saints... "
Christianity world 1095 C.E. Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 68. "Urban II had served from A.D. 1088 to 1099. At the synod the Pope had called in Clermont in . . . November , in the year 1095, de Soya thought . . . Urban II had made his all for holy war against the Muslims in the Near East, for the rescue of Byzantium, and for the liberation of all eastern Christian holy places from Muslim domination. That call had led to the First Crusade . . . the first of many bloody campaigns. "
Christianity world 1198 C.E. Panshin, Alexei. Rite of Passage. New York: Ace Books (1973; first ed. 1968); pg. 152. "The trouble with stoicism, it seems to me, is that it is a soporific. It affirms the status quo and thereby puts an end to all ambition, all change. It says, as Christianity did a thousand years ago, that kings should be kings and slaves should be slaves, and it seems to me that is a philosophy infinitely more attractive to the king than the slave. "
Christianity world 1300 C.E. Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 26. "Seeding Cultural Threshold so early had lasting repercussions; by the time of the late-medieval Christians, human notions of an afterlife were as violent as the one they'd suffered Earthside. "
Christianity world 1300 C.E. Simak, Clifford D. Project Pope. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 234. "'Back in the medieval days of Earth,' Tennyson told the Pope, 'there were many monasteries. Men withdrew to them, spent their lives in them, living Christian lives under Christian rule. They would have told you, had you asked them, that they did it for the love of Christ, that this was their way of serving Christ. I am inclined to think, deep down, they used the monasteries as refuges against the brutal times. There they found a world of peace and quiet. Which did not make them any less devout, but, without their realizing it, their devotion had less to do with their being there than they might have thought...' "
Christianity world 1347 C.E. Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 11. "Yesterday my father, who is thirty-seven years of age, returned from pilgrimage to Canterbury--he has already made pilgrimages to the tombs of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Martin of Tours, St. Boniface at Fulda, and St. James at Compostela, as well as to Glastonbury, Lindisfarne, Walsingham, Westminster, St. Albans, and all places else where there are relics of note. "
Christianity world 1347 C.E. Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 16. "...lest some indecency occur prior to the blessing of Mother Church... Aunt Taragon had a few pious words to say concerning Christian resignation and turning the other cheek. I suggested that she convey this message to Sibylla, for whom it could do nothing but good. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity world 1347 C.E. Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 57. "Papa or his man-of-business had evidently tried to delay the final reckoning by deferring payment of current expenses and putting current income into the hands of the Jews to collect interest. Usury was a sin for Christians, but then so was lust, and Papa had not balked at that. I think anything done to excess must be sinful, including pilgrimages, but if so the poor man was paying for his sins. "
Christianity world 1450 C.E. Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 195. "...fifteenth century C.E... The ecclesiastical councils of Constantine and later of Basel attempted to heal the Great Schism and reform the government of the Church. Here they accomplished it, giving back to the bishops some of the power that over the centuries had accrued to the popes, working out a reconciliation with the Hussites, and making other important changes. As a result, no Protestant breakaway occurred, nor wars of religion, and the Church remained a counterbalance to the state, preventing the rise of absolute monarchies.'

'Why, that's wonderful,' Laurinda whispered.

'Not too wonderful by now,' Christian said grimly. 'What happened?'

'In brief, Germany was spared the devastation of the Thirty Years' War and a long-lasting division into quarrelsome principalities. It was unified in the seventeenth century and soon became the dominant European power, colonizing and conquering eastward. Religious and cultural differences from the Slavs...' "

Christianity world 1450 C.E. Gentle, Mary. The Wild Machines. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 33. Pg. 33: "'They should have attacked the Turk,' Angelotti said quietly. 'We know now, madonna, why the Lord-amirs chose to attack Christendom and leave the Empire of Mehmet whole on their flank.' "; Pg. 112: "She felt herself to be in the presence of a woman who had fought a dozen Iberian campaigns before she ever set foot in Christendom. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity world 1455 C.E. Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 229. "...the iron Egyptian obelisk in the Shrine of Osiris, had been stolen from its rightful place in the Fifth or Sixth Century (Christian Reckoning) and had long been the source of power for the Borja family of Valencia, Spain.

In 1455... in this pre-Christian symbol... melted down and recast into a more palatable form for the masses of Christians awaiting its arrival. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Christianity world 1550 C.E. Williams, Walter Jon. Angel Station. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 20. "'The classical example... is Eurpoe following Spain's conquest of the New World. Importation to Europe of enormous quantities of American bullion resulted in the inflation of all European currencies. The inflation spread through Europe... Peasants found themselves without the means to buy bread, or land... The result was a century of religious wars that killed millions of people, destroyed the vigor of the Spanish empire, ended the ideal of Christendom as a unifying European concept, and almost plunged Europe into a new dark age.'

'Ubu's mind swam. 'What's Iberia?' he asked. 'What's Christendom? And which new world are you talking about?' "

Christianity world 1562 C.E. Niven, Larry. Rainbow Mars. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 156, 162. Pg. 156: "Svetz said, 'Jack, our mission leader tells us that nobody is every truly dead.'

Jack seemed to relax. 'You are Christian!' he harveled. 'And Svetz is your name? Russian?'

Svetz let that stand. 'Jack, what is the year?'

'We left Portugal in the year of our Lord fifteen sixty. Since then I too have lost count. Two years, I think. In this place one canot even guess when Christmas might come!' "; Pg. 162: "'I must ask the navigator.' Captain Magalhaes lowered his voice, not to a whisper but to a softer authoritative bark. 'Three mongrels of a dark, strange race, a man with two wives who claims to be Christian and Russian. Father De Castro, is this a Christian? Is this a Russian?' "

Christianity world 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "Alexis raised bruised eyes, already the dark hollows of a skull. 'Yes. If it means we perish as Christians and not worshippers of things like that.' He spat blood in the direction of the ifrit that floated behind Peter. "; Pg. 3: "'They were using you, you know,' he told Alexis, 'the old boyars, the Church. Using you to strike at me.' " [Many refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 44, 97-100, 152, 193, 236, etc.]
Christianity world 1779 Morse, David. The Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998); pg. 432. "Now she could see that technology was following the mold of Christianity, offering solutions to problems great and small even as it created new ones at a rate too fast to process, yet always holding out the promise of salvation. A deus ex machina. "
Christianity world 1817 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 251. "'...Son of a Sephardic dilettante, writer, antiquarian and sweetie by the name of Isaac who converted his whole family to Christianity in 1817...' "
Christianity world 1850 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 285. "I remembered Grandam telling me about an early Old Earth scientist, one Charles Darwin, who had come up with one of the early theories of evolution or somesuch, and how--although raised a devout Christian even before the reward of the cruciform--he had become an atheist while studying a terrestrial wasp that paralyzed some large species of spider, planted its embryo, and let the spider recover and go about is business until it was time for the hatched wasp larvae to burrow its way out of the living spider's abdomen. "
Christianity world 1866 Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1953; c. 1870); pg. 75. "There I saw canvases of the highest value, the likes of which I had marveled at in private European collections and art exhibitions. The various schools of the old masters were represented by a Raphael Madonna, a Virgin by Leonardo da Vinci, a nymph by Correggio, a woman by Titian, an adoration of the Magi by Veronese, an assumption of the Virgin by Murillo, a Holbein portrait, a monk by Velazquez, a martyr by Ribera... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity world 1867 Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1953; c. 1870); pg. 360. There's also the story of how the Bishop of Trondheim set up an altar one day on an immense rock. After he finished saying mass, this rock started moving and went back into the sea. The rock was a devilfish. "

"And that's everything we know? " the Canadian asked.

"No, " I replied, "another bishop, Pontoppidan of Bergen, also tells of a devilfish so large a whole cavalry regiment could maneuver on it. "

"They sure did go on, those oldtime bishops! " Ned Land said.

Christianity world 1870 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 229. "'Although the idea of the vital unity of the family of mankind, the reality of human brotherhood, was very far from being apprehended by them as the moral axiom it seems to us, yet it is a mistake to suppose that there was no feeling at all corresponding to it. I could read you passages of great beauty from some of their writers which show that the conception was clearly attained by a few, and no doubt vaguely by many more. Moreover, it must not be forgotten that the nineteenth century was in name Christian, and the fact that the entire commercial and industrial frame of society was the embodiment of the anti-Christian spirit must have had some weight, though I admit it was strangely little, with the nominal followers of Jesus Christ.' "
Christianity world 1880 Saberhagen, Fred. "The Adventure of the Metal Murderer " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 253. "'And the time?'

'Ninety-eight percent probability of January 1, 1880, Christian Era, plus or minus ten standard years.' "

Christianity world 1883 Miller, John J. "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 37. "Gordon had had an extremely full and adventurous life. He'd been a career soldier, but one more honored by foreign nations than his own. A field marshal in both the Chinese and Ottoman armies... produced the first accurate maps of the Danube River... surveyed the Holy Lands, and discovered the location of the Garden of Eden.

He'd always had a reputation as an independent eccentric, heedless of conventional wisdom and eager to flout higher authority in the name of justice. Though a devout fundamentalist Christian, he was not a bigot. He believed that every man should be left to worship his own particular god in his own particular way, as long as he worshiped some god. "

Christianity world 1887 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 65-66 . "The Sacred Sower: Being a Collection of Hymns and Devout Songs Adapted to the Use of Missionary Societies ", 1887: "Go ye and bring the Light
To savage strands afar.
Take ye the Law of Right
Where'er the unblest are.

Heathens and stubborn Jews,
Lovers of Juggernaut,
Give them the chance to choose
That which the Saviour taught

Go where the gentle Lord
Is still as yet unknown
There where the tribes ignored
Strive in the dark alone
Arm ye to face the foe
Carib and cannibal,
Men who must live as low
As any animal

Cover the naked limb
Shoe ye the unshod foot,
Silence the pagan hymn
Conquer the godless brute

Tell them the news of Love
Preach them the Prince of Peace,
Tear down their pagan grove,
Give them divine release. "

Christianity world 1920 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Ile Forest " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 21. "In fact it as inconceivable that he had simply given in. I had seen him fight a worse enemy than an adulterer. . . . Had Martin somehow interfered? Martin was a strong Christian; he had a different code. But strong as he might be he could not have held Galven back from anything Galven willed to do... "
Christianity world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 25. "Spring, Summer 1920

'Oh ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky: but can ye not discern the signs of the times?'

--Gospel according to St. Matthew "

Christianity world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 30. "Table talk on the Odense hadn't been as vigorous as Guilford anticipated. Part of the problem was Finch himself, author of Appearance and Revelation, the ur-text of Noachian naturalism even before the Miracle of 1912. Finch... had been a major force in the Noachian Revival since the Miracle. The others all had the slightly hangdog manner of reformed sinners, to one degree or another... " [There are many references to Christianity throughout this novel, which deals extensively with religious and scientific concepts of creation. The plot involves a large portion of the world being instantly converted to an alternative evolutionary branch.]
Christianity world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 49. "The generally accepted explanation for the Miracle was that it hasd been just that: an act of divine intervention on a colossal scale. Preston Finch believed so, and Finch was not an idiot. And on the face of it, the argument was unimpeachable. An event had taken place in defiance of everything commonly accepted as natural law; it had fundamentally transformed a generous portion of the Earth's surface in a single night. Its only precedents were Biblical. After the conversion of Europe, who culd be skeptical of the Flood, for instance, particularly when naturalists like Finch were prepared to tease evidence for it form the geological record. Man proposes, God disposes; His motives might be obscure but His handiwork was unmistakable.

But Guilford could not stand among these gently swaying alien growths and believe they did not have a history of their own.

Certainly Europe had been remade in 1912... "

Christianity world 1930 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 1. "The first, and some would say the greatest, achievement of your own 'Western' culture was the conceiving of two ideals of conduct, both essential to the spirit's well-being. Socrates, delighting in the truth for its own sake and not merely for practical ends, glorified unbiased thinking, honesty of mind and speech. Jesus, delighting in the actual human persons around him, and in the flavour of divinity which, for him, pervaded the world, stood for unselfish love of neighbours and of God. Socrates woke to the ideal of dispassionate intelligence, Jesus to the ideal of passionate yet self-oblivious worhship. Socrates urged intellectual integrity, Jesus integrity of will. Each, of course, though starting with a different emphasis, involved the other. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity world 1930 Tenn, William. "Betelgeuse Bridge " in Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (Frederik Pohl, ed.) Chicago, IL: Playboy Press (1980; 1st pub Galaxy, April 1951); pg. 42. "Magazine mats were ripped apart to make way for yarns speculating gently on how far extraterrestrial races might have evolved beyond us, how much more ethical they might have become, how imaginary seven-headed creatures could still apply the Sermon on the Mount. "
Christianity world 1936 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 66. "'But surely all are one in the liturgy?'

'Yes, my friend, but the real world exists outside of the liturgy. All Christians share common beliefs and that is as it should be . . . it is the individual non-common beliefs that frighten me. A good German or Italian worker goes to Mass, but also goes to party meetings. The difference is that he understands everything that is being said at the party meetings because it is being said in his own tongue, rather than a language of scholars...' "

Christianity world 1939 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 68. "Not unlike the days of the papal captivity, the Vatican reasserted its nation status as the capital of the Christian world despite the fascistic surroundings of Mussolini's Rome. "
Christianity world 1939 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 74. "'Imagine it, Steven... a worldwide Christian church. One church for all of the people. Russian, French, Filipino, one church. No longer any barriers caused by political differences. You want to say the Mass in Swahili? Fine, just say the Mass... These little differences that have driven so many apart will be worked out. Everything is negotiable.'

'Except faith,' put in Steven.

'Yes. Except faith. The faith in the Church of Rome. Christ's church, ecumenical Christianity. Look at England. The monarchy rules in name only. Parliament is the real power. So why is there a need for the Church of England? My friend from America, Mr. Kennedy, will see to that. Peace in Ireland in return for a Catholic England. The change will be gradual at fist, maybe a name change to the Catholic Church of England and Ireland or something.'

'When it comes to a... practical sense, there really isn't any substantial difference between the Church of Rome and the Church of England...' "

Christianity world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 256. Pg. 256: "Thoughts of the Augean stables ran through his mind as he scrubbed filth from himself. He hadn't discovered Greek mythology until his university days. Sometimes the images it evoked were as telling as any in the Bible. "; Pg. 382: St. Mary's Church
Christianity world 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 408. "'...But the Nazis didn't care whether you were secular or not. They wanted to be rid of you any which way. More and more, he'd decided that if he was a Jew, he'd be a Jew. Turning Christian was not an option.' " [Also pg. 446]
Christianity world 1942 Drake, David. "The Tradesmen " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 138. Pg. 132: "'Good Christ, woman!' Evertsen said. 'We have to do this; we don't have to like it.' "; Pg. 137-138: "'The boys all be so drunk in the morning they don't know how much money we got. Me too, by Jesus!' " [Story has some example of Christian-based profanity, but no apparent references to Christianity as a religion, or to any other religion. The story features the fictional Draka, who are descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa. Other ethnic groups mentioned are Russians and Slavs.]
Christianity world 1942 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 169. "'...the letter is still in the archives of the Indies and I have a copy--saying that he was sending back to Spain four gigantic cloths, huge maps of his Andean realm, the beauty and richness which exceeded all the tapestries and cloths hitherto seen in Peru or the Christian world...' "
Christianity world 1943 Lewis, C.S. Perelandra. New York: Simon & Schuster (1996; c. 1943); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "I suppose every one knows this fear of getting 'drawn in'--the moment at which a man realises that what had seemed mere speculations are on the point of landing him in the Communist Party of the Christian Church--the sense that a door has just slammed and left him on the inside. "; Pg. 32: "Another hint came out when a sceptical friend of ours called McPhee was arguing against the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the human body. I was his victim at the moment and he was pressing on me in his Scots way with his questions... "; Pg. 64: "...the face that was like the sudden coldness and stillness of a church when we enter it from a hot street--that made her a Madonna. "
Christianity world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 16. "The road led past the first houses to a church. The church was a Gothic monument of shingles painted pigeon blue. It had stout wooden buttresses supporting nothing. It had stained-glass windows with heavy traceries of imitation stone. It opened the way into long streets edged by tight, exhibitionist lawns. Behind the lawns stood wooden piles... "
Christianity world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 76. Pg. 76: "Roark glanced through the paper... extracts from church sermons... " [Other refs. to Christianity, not in DB.]
Christianity world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 341. Pg. 341: "...when she had played Mary Magdalene in a great Biblical drama... "; Pg. 342: "He sponsored an essay contest for highschool students on 'Why I Go to Church.' He ran a series of illustrated articles on 'The Churches of Our Childhood.' He ran photographs of religious sculpture through the ages... He wrote many clever things about the Tower of Babel that could not reach heaven and about Icarus who flopped on his wax wings. "
Christianity world 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 202. "'After the war, I spent a year studying in the Vatican. Another year in Canterbury. Six months touring the American Bible Belt. Finally three days in Salt Lake City.' "[Other refs. to Christianity, not in DB, particularly to LDS theology.]
Christianity world 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 203. "'...Take for example: the New Testament has the Pharisees use the excuse 'it's better that one man die than a whole nation perish' to kill the Nazarene...' "
Christianity world 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 64. Pg. 64: Holy Grail; Pg. 65: "Since she'd come to Lamar, Penny had spent a lot of time in a little furnished room in an overcrowded apartment house, brooding and reading the Bible. "; Pg. 120: "...tucked away in her miserable little room with nothing but a Bible for company. "; Pg. 143: "'Why do we need to get into all of that? You know what we [Nazis] were doing to the Jews in Poland and Russia. Is it any wonder they don't love us for the good Christians we are?' "; Pg. 201: "Archangel Michael and the cathedral of the Trinity "; Pg. 321: "...but she hadn't yet taken the ferocious revenge she and Nieh had anticipated. He wondered why. It wasn't as if she'd become a Christian or anything like that. "
Christianity world 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 148. "Moishe started to laugh. He didn't intend to, but couldn't help himself. The degree to which Zolraag misunderstood people in general and Jews in particular was breathtaking. The folk who had given the world Masada, who had stubbornly stayed Jews when slaughtered for sport or for refusing to convert to Christianity . . . and he expected them to choose the path of expedience? No, Russie couldn't help but laugh. "
Christianity world 1946 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. x. [Forward by Huxley.] "Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man's Final End, the unitive knowledge of the immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahman. "
Christianity world 1950 Saberhagen, Fred. Berserkers: The Beginning. New York: Baen (1998; c. 1967, 1979); pg. 1. "Looking into the past I have seen how in the twentieth century of your Christian calendar your forefathers on Earth first built radio detectors capable of sounding the deeps of interstellar space. "
Christianity world 1952 Vonnegut Jr., Kurt. Player Piano. New York: Delacorte Press (1952); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:
They toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you,
That even Solomon in all his glory
Was not arrayed like one of these. . . .

Mathew 6:28 "

Christianity world 1953 Knight, Damon. "Anachron " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1953); pg. 135. "from the eighteenth [century], a crucifix of carved rosewood "
Christianity world 1953 Sturgeon, Theodore. More Than Human. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1953); pg. 167. "'...Hating him is like hating your legs or your lungs.'

'It says in the Good Book, 'If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it out and cast it from thee. If thy right hand--' '

'Yes, your eye, your hand!'; she cried. 'Not your head!' She went on... "

Christianity world 1955 Simak, Clifford D. "Over the River and Through the Woods " (published 1965) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 129. "And as she did so, she saw the title in its faint gold lettering across the leather backstrap--Holy Bible... Oct. 30, 1896--that was her birthday, certainly, but it had not come, as yet, for this was only the beginning of September 1896. And the Bible--how old was this Bible she held in her hands?... A Bible, she thought, exactly the kind of gift Amelia would give her... On Oct. 30 she would be fifty-nine... And a sister Amelia who, in this year of 1896, would give her a Bible as a birthday gift. Her hands shook as she lifted the Bible and put it back into the bag. "
Christianity world 1956 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. 56. [In an alternative history.] "The Romans still conquered the whole Mediterranean... Two of the chief religions of my world, Christianity and Islam, never appeared at all. Instead we have Mithraism, Odinism, and Soterism... "
Christianity world 1956 Knight, Damon. "Extempore " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 152. Pg. 152: "Bossi had fasted all day, having in mind the impressive results claimed by Yogis, early Christian saints and Amerinds... ";

Pg. 154: "He was in a church, and an old man behind the pulpit flung a book at him.

The church again, at evening, and two women saw him and screamed. "

Christianity world 1957 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Ballantine Books (1984; first published 1957); pg. 71. "Yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as Thorby! " [Biblical reference.]
Christianity world 1958 McKenna, Richard. "Casey Agonistes " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1958); pg. 84. "One day two masked orderlies loaded old Webster the whiner onto a go-to-Jesus cart and wheeled him off to X-ray... Trouble was, when a guy went to X-ray on a go-to-Jesus cart he never knew till he got back whether he was going to see the gang again... and they started taking him to the clinic on a go-to-Jesus cart instead of a chair. "
Christianity world 1959 Frank, Pat. Alas, Babylon. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. (1959); pg. 84. "With the use of the hydrogen bomb, the Christian era was dead, and with it must die the tradition of the good Samaritan. " [Some other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity world 1959 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 36. "He shall rule them with a rod of iron.

--Revelations II:25 "

Christianity world 1959 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 206. "Am I my brother's keeper?
--Genesis IV:9

How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
--Matthew XII:12

How much then is a man better than a sheep?
--Matthew XIII:12 "

Christianity world 1960 Clarke, Arthur C. "Guardian Angel " in The Sentinel. New York: Berkley Books (1983; c. 1950); pg. 28. "'...In any case, what freedom have we lost compared with what the Overlords have given us for the first time in human history?'

'Freedom to control our own lives, under God's guidance.'

Stormgren shook his head.

'Last month, five hundred bishops, cardinals and rabbis signed a joint declaration pledging support for the Supervisor's policy. The world's religions are against you.' "

Christianity world 1960 Turtledove, Harry. "The Last Word " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 259. "Benedict Arnold stared. 'The von Shrakenbergs? Jesus Christ, why?' He was horrified enough to swear by something stronger than the neopagan pantheon. "
Christianity world 1964 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 6. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places . . .

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters.

--The Revelation of Saint John the Divine "

Christianity world 1968 Delany, Samuel R. The Einstein Intersection. New York: Bantam (1981; first ed. 1968); pg. 99. "Jean Harlow? Christ, Orpheus, Billy the Kid, those three I can understand. But what's a young spade writer like you doing all caught up with the Great White Bitch?!

--Gregor Corso/In conversation "

Christianity world 1968 Delany, Samuel R. The Einstein Intersection. New York: Bantam (1981; first ed. 1968); pg. 118. "But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love.

--The Revelation of John Chapter 2, verse 4 "

Christianity world 1968 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. -3. [Frontispiece: 22-line passage quoted from Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]

Christianity, continued


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