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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 world 1997 Watson, Ian. God's World. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (this ed. 1990; copyright 1979); pg. 184. "This apparition doesn't take on the appearance of Christ or Mohammed or Amaterasu. "
Christianity world 1997 Watson, Ian. God's World. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (this ed. 1990; copyright 1979); pg. 28-29. "The composite message of the avatars, given through the lips of quasi-Jesus, quasi-Buddha, quasi-Mohammed... "
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 6. "It is the warehouse in which the culture stores its myths, and while some of the figures in these myths--cowboys, knights in armor, pirates, and other violent offenders with distinctive wardrobes--are exciting enough not to require enforced attendance, as at Sunday school, most historical personages have been so thoroughly denatured and sanitized that the past presented to us in the classroom is justly regarded with indifference or suspicion. "
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 14. Pg. 13-14: "Indeed, the SF that reaches the largest audiences--earns the biggest grosses, and establishes its archetypes most firmly in the collective mind not just of the nation but of the globe--is not published at all; it is broadcast over TV and screened in movie theaters. One could dismiss such work as being aimed at the 'lowest common denominator,' but one could dismiss the Gospels on the same ground. Blessed are the poor in spirit? Well, then, blessed are the Trekkies, too. Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. "; Pg. 15: "It has been said of Cretans that they were all liars, and we can assume, from its proscription in the Decalogue, that lying was not unknown in Mosaic times. "; Pg. 28: "With this unsavory amalgam of Darwin, the Old Testament, and... " [Many other Christian refs., not in DB.]
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 41. Pg. 41: "Doubts had been entertained, and while it was no longer considered good form to express those doubts in the manner of Voltaire and that lot, the Christian sentiments to be found in the leading writers of the time--in Tennyson, Emerson, Dickens, George Eliot, Hugo, Tolstoi--are chiefly just that: sentiments. Jesus is admired as a moral exemplar, but his divinity has become a polite fiction, much like the monarchy of England. The crux of the Christian faith was always its program for an afterlife of rewards and punishments, and that center was not holding. " [More.]; Pg. 55: "Rather than champion the revelations of the Bible, Madame Blavatsky wrote her own, an amalgam of Buddhism, Hinduism... "
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 152. Pg. 149: "It was an exalted state, not yet known on earth, Hubbard wrote. 'Neither Lord Buddha nor Jesus Christ were OTs according to the evidence. They were just a shade above Clear.' "; Pg. 152: "He [Philip K. Dick] was fascinated by her necklace with its image of a fish, a sign used by the Christians. In the thousand-page Exegesis he would soon after begin writing as an Epistle to Himself, he began to recall his earlier lives:

When I saw the Golden fish sign in 1-74 I remembered the world of Acts--I remembered it to be my real time & place. So I am (esse/sum) Simons reborn--& not in 2-74 or 3-74 but all my life. I must face it: I am Simon but had amnesia, but then in 2-74 experienced anamnesis... I Simon am immortal & Simon is the basis for the Faust legend.

He was also Thomas, a first-century Christian tortured by the Romans, and Firebright, whose nature was divine. " [More]

Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 155. "Many sections of Dick's Exegesis, the more-than-2-million-word spiritual diary he began to keep after February 1974, would certainly qualify as hypergraphia. Take this passage, written in September 1978:
The Savior woke me temporarily, & temporarily I remembered my true nature & task, through the saving gnosis, but I must be silent, because of the true, secret, transtemporal early Christians at work, hidden among us as ordinary humans. I briefly became one of them, Siddhartha himself (the Buddha or enlightened one), but I must never assert or claim this. The true buddhas are always silent, those to whom dibbu cakha has been granted.
"
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 162. "As to the evident absurdities of the Heaven's Gate faith, no less a religious authority than Augustine declared that he believed in Christianity precisely because it was absurd. And when two members of the cult who had missed their apotheosis appeared on Sixty Minutes on that same Easter evening, they had no more intellectual difficulty shrugging away the silliness of the cult's mythology than Joseph Campbell, and most liberal Protestant theologians, have in shrugging away whatever seems merely mythological in Christianity.
Christianity world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 221. "The Number of the Beast... The last chapter is entitled 'Rev. XXII:13,' the verse of the book of Revelations: 'I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'

Even with many grains of salt, one must wonder how Heinlein expected readers to view this revelation. Surely not as the gospel truth, even if interpreted with New Age liberality as meaning that each man is his godhead--but not as an ironic jape, either. Rather, it is the freakout to which he's entitled as a good American, whose right to lie is protected by the Constitution. "

Christianity world 1998 Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 226. "'Why would there be such a list at all?'

'Long story. The short version is, they're all heavily Islamic, which means they aren't primarily concerned about what happens to idiots in the Christian West. And they all desperately need cash, and we want to help them become capitalists. And importing drugs into this country is the nearest to a sure thing anyone has ever found. The penalties here are relatively modest. In some countries it's an automatic death sentence. This... is our way of promising that only their clumsiest entrepreneurs will go down.' "

Christianity world 1998 Langford, David. "A Game of Consequences " in Starlight 2 (Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.). New York: Tor (1998); pg. 140. "Ranjit filled and raised a coffee cup. 'So here's to the Nobel?' The tone of voice dismayed her. It conveyed that enormity was already receding into a game, a silly hypothesis they'd entertained for a silly moment, a physicists' in-joke like that hoary 'proof' that heven is hotter then hell. Easy with a little Bible-juggling, she remembered. According to Revelations, hell contains an eternal lake of brimstone which must simmer below 444.6 [degrees] Centigrade, the boiling point of sulphur. According to one reading of Isaiah, the light of heaven is that of the sun multiplied fiftyfold, leading by simple radiation physics to a local temperature of 525 [degrees] C. Again . . . Iesu Grist. "
Christianity world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 101. "He thought of the town of Two Rivers, dropped from the sky by an unknown magic, itemized, disected, cataloged, ultimately to be destroyed. The Ideological Branch, an avant-garde of Christian probity, could not abide the prolonged existence of the town. It posed too many questions; it argued for a world even stranger and more complex than their celestial troupeau of angels and Archons. They hated especially the town's mutant Christianity, a Christianity almost Judaic in its insistence on one Creator, one risen Christ, one Book. " [Many other references to Christianity are in this book, most not in DB.]
Christianity world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 118. "'...Christianity didn't dominate Europe until the Age of Heresiarchs, approximately the thirteenth century, when a number of hostile churches were unified after Europe was conquered by a Gallic king. By this time, of course, it's not what you or I would call Christianity. It's wildly syncretic and it has a huge library of apocryphal books, all Holy Writ, more or less.' "
Christianity world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 118. "'Before Christianity was unified in the Hellenic world there were various schools of Christian doctrine, all kinds of books claiming to be narratives of the life of Jesus or secret keys to Genesis. The New Testament--our New Testament--is what was left after orthodox bishops like Irenaeus purged the texts they disapproved of. Some of these Christian mystery cults were pretty strange from our point of view. They believed in scipture as a kind of coded message; you were enlightened when you penetrated the mystery. So they were called Gnostics--the ones who knew. "
Christianity world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 182. "There was a Christianity here but it was like no Christian doctrine Congreve had ever imagined--it was not even monotheistic! The God of the Proctors presided over a cosmogony as crowded as the Super Bowl, Jesus being only one of the major players. Worse, these faux Christians were numerous and well armed. "
Christianity world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 206. "He had been especially fascinated by the wild cosmogonies of the early Christian Gnostics, creation myths cobbled together from fragments of Judaism, Hellenic paganism, eastern mystery religions. "
Christianity world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 37. "The origins of what we now call the Business predate the Christian church, but not the Roman Empire, to which it might fairly be said we owe our existence, and which, at one point--technically, at any rate--we owned.

Owning the Roman Empire, even if it was only for a total of sixty-six days, sounds wonderfully romantic; a real business coup. In fact we regard it as one of our greatest and most public mistakes... "

Christianity world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 267. "'You are a Christian, Ms. Telman?'

'Nope.'

'Jewish, then...' "

Christianity world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 277. "'Well, hell, Prince. Your mother can't blame you for that.'

'I think mothers have their own idea of original sin, to use the Christian term, Kathryn,' Suvinder said with a sigh. 'One is always guilty.' "

Christianity world 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 34. "He'd been the first Xian [Christian] artist to receive full media superstar treatment, with his 'Don't Forsake Me' video in constant rotation worldwide, an interactive disc, global concert tours, and Trip's face on the cover of every mainstream magazine and gracing computer screens from Salt Lake City to Beijing. "
Christianity world 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 201. "the flooded ancient temples at Ayutthaya in Thailand captured by armed Buddhists who joined forces with the Christian environmental extremists. Pope Gregory XVII's weekly message from St. Paul's was interrupted by students wearing animal masks. In North America and Japan, outlaw electronic and video broadcasts by Blue Antelope spokesman Lucius Chappell made outraged claims that multinational corporations including GFI, TRW... were involved in a global conspiracy to release newly developed neurological toxins into the water supplies of First and Third World countries. " [More about terrorism from the radical Christian environmentalist group Blue Antelope.]
Christianity world 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 166. "'No one will believe in a conspiracy that operates out in the open. It goes against the human nature. Marin Luther King and Gandhi both unsettled their nation's rulers by openly announcing every move they were going to make. The tactic confused the enemy into looking for secret maneuvers where there were none. It drove them crazy.' "
Christianity world 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 204. "If I could have injected the books into a vein, I would have been mainlining religious philosophy. The current stack of books included Kant, Spinoza, Nietzsche, C. S. Lewis, Ayn Rand, and Thomas Paine. I had Paine's Age of Reason in hand. He detested organized religion on the gorunds that revelation could not be received secondhand. On that basis, he denounced the bible as mere hearsay. That he promoted his own deistic, disorganized religion didn't prevent me from unearthing information that I found generally useful. "
Christianity world 1999 Lowry, Lois. "Rage " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 111. "The newscaster... was interviewing a scholar about the meaning of the millennium. I reached over, clicked the channel changer, and the screen showed a church choir, mostly clear-skinned, rosy-cheeked little boys with neatly trimmed bangs; they were wearing white ruffles around their necks, like little girls playing dress up in their grandmothers' nightgowns. 'Sanctus,' they were singing in their high, perfect soprano voices. 'Sanctusssss.' They drew the word out into a whisper and it trailed off, echoing in a cathedral somewhere. You could see people sitting motionless in the audience, holding their programs.

Holy. Holy. I recognized the Latin. So many words came from sanctus. "

Christianity world 1999 Morrow, James. "Diary of a Mad Deity " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 189. "October 20, 1999... After three cups of coffee and an hour watching the Comedy Channel, I finally got a good start on the new novel, tentatively titled Antichrist. Jesus returns, only it's really Satan in disguise. He gets elected president of the United States by a landslide and turns the White House into a den of perversion, torture, murder, and sadism.

My editor wants to cash in on the millennium. "; Pg. 200: "Antichrist is hopeless. Satan's White House orgies are derivative and ludicrous. In Chapter Fourteen the real Jesus will appear and team up with Richard Nixon's ghost, the two of them forming a kind of ectoplasmic hit squad out to get Satan. This sounds promising, but I can't seem to write the intervening scenes. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 167. "'....From the exhibits out there, it's clear that some Christians (and Jews, and Muslims) think that the universe is only six thousand years old...' "
Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 175. "'...Since more than half the people on the Earth aren't Jews or Christians or Muslims...

...Everybody's getting the same kind of data from the same place in the sky... The Muslims, the Hindus, the Christians, and the atheists are getting the same message...' "

Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 217. "With the basest of companions, I walked the streets of Babylon . . .

--Augustine
Confessions, II, 3 "

Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 245. "'...I don't know why we're taling about sending scientists. Mahatma Gandhi, that's who we should send. Or, while we're at it, Jesus Christ. Don't tell me they'e not available, der Heer. I know that.' "
Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 379. "'So the Nigerian is visited by his wife, the Indian by her deaad husband,... the Chinese by some Mongol warlord--'

'Qin was not a Mongol--'

'--and you, for crissake, you get visited by your dearly departed father, who tells you that he and his friends have been busy rebuilding the universe, for crissake. 'Our Father who art in Heaven . . .'? This is straight religion. This is straight cultural anthropology. This is straight Sigmund Freud. Don't you see that? Not only do you claim your own father came back from the dead, you actually expect us to believe that he made the universe--'

'You're distorting what--' "

Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 401. "We have not followed cunningly devised fables . . . but were eyewitnesses

--II Peter 1:16 "

Christianity world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 315-316. "[Ahmadiyya's founder] Ahmad had claimed to be the Mahdi... He also claimed to be Christ come again, an incarnation of Krishna, and a buruz... Christian chiliasm had now infected the Ahmadiyah, and his reappearance was imminent according to some of the faithful. "
Christianity world 2000 Barad, Judith & Ed Robertson The Ethics of Star Trek. New York: HarperCollins (2000) [Non-fiction. Page numbers from book's index.] Pg. xvi, 27, 157, 161-82, 237, 303-4, 306-7, 327-28, 341, 349, 356. Other specifically Christian categories in index: Saint Augustine (pg. 163-69, 179); The Bible; Marcus Aurelius; New Testament; Ten Commandments; Saint Thomas Aquinas
Christianity world 2000 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988) "The final decade of Earth's twentieth century was cataclysmic... Christian splinter cults around the world engaged in every imaginable form of social disobedience to hasten the long-overdue Millennium, but there was no Second Coming. Their indiscretions rubbed off on all Christians. "
Christianity world 2000 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 231. "'...life was still, by some slight preponderance of considerations, probably better worth living than leaving. Despising themselves, they despised their Creator. There was a general decay of religious belief. Pale and watery gleams, from skies thickly veiled by doubt and dread, alone lighted up the chaos of earth. That men should doubt Him whose breath is in their nostrils, or dread the hands that moulded them, seems to us indeed a pitiable insanity; but we must remember that children who are brave by day have sometimes foolish fears at night. The dawn has come since then. It is very easy to believe in the fatherhood of god in the twentieth century.' " [More, not in DB.]
Christianity world 2000 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 266. Pg. 266: "The voice of their blood cried out against me from the ground. Every stone of the reeking pavements, every brick of the pestilential rookeries, found a tongue and called after me as I fled: What has thou done with thy brother Abel? "; Pg. 267: "'I have been in Golgotha,' at last I answered. 'I have seen Humanity hanging on a cross! Do none of you know what sights the sun and stars look down on in this city, that you can think and talk of anything else?...' "
Christianity world 2000 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. -15. [Acknowledgments] "Marion Zimmer Bradley and I began this work together, as we have worked together before, but it was left to me to complete it. At the end of her life Marion attended a Christian church, and yet she was my first high priestess in the ancient mysteries. In telling the story of Helena, who also walked between the Christian and Pagan worlds, I have tried to remain faithful to Marion's teachings.

In the creation of this book, Marion's was the inspiration and origin. The historical legwork was mine.

Among the many sources which were useful I should list... Robin Lane Fox's fascinating Pagans and Christians; and The Aquarian Guide to Legendary London... "

Christianity world 2000 Gatiss, Mark. Last of the Gaderene (Doctor Who). New York: BBC Worldwide (2000); pg. 0. [Frontispiece] "'For Jesus said unto him, 'Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit'.

And he asked him, 'What is thy name?'

And the man answered, saying 'My name is Legion: for we are many.' '

Mark 5:8 "

[One of the novel's main characters, perhaps the villain, is named 'Legion.']

Christianity world 2000 Ing, Dean. Loose Cannon. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (2000); pg. 41. "The point at which Ethan slipped below the waves of reality, to choke on wishful thinking as abysmal as that of some ordinary American president, was his definition of spy. To Ethan, a spy was not a successful executive whose Christian idealist college roomie later had emigrated to Tel Aviv but kept up auld acquaintance. "
Christianity world 2000 Knight, Damon. Rule Golden in Three Novels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 66. "For better or worse, we had what we had always said we wanted. Ahimsa. The Age of Reason. The Kingdom of God.

And I still didn't know whether I was Judas, or the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. "

Christianity world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 239. "Logan opened his eyes. He certainly couldn't be dead--not unless St. Peter now operated his This is Your Life on Earth review of prospective heavenly candidates in a sterile examining room. And not unless St. Peter had been replaced by a group of gibbering scientists, dark-uniformed psi-agents... "
Christianity world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 260. "Kurt angrily shook his head. Giving into despair would do him no good. He had to believe there was a way to endure; had to believe that an opportunity for escape would present itself soon, before time ran out for everyone in this dimension. Right now, faith in such intangibles was the only thing keeping him sane.

What was it that Paul the Apostle says in the Bible? he thought, then nodded in remembrance. 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' "; Pg. 273: "'Hope y'all packed for a trip, 'Remy said, flashing a wicked smile. 'I'm sure St. Pete's gonna have a lot t'say t'all'a us sinners. . . .' "

Christianity world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 147. "But, in fact, there are millions of Jews who believe--really believe--in God (or G-d); indeed, secular Zionist Judaism was on the wane while formal observance was rising. And there are millions of Christians who believe in the holy threefer of, as one of my Catholic friends occasionally quipped, Big Daddy, Junior, and the Spook. "
Christianity world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 231. "I'd spent my whole life being a rationalist, a secular humanist, a scientist.

They say Carl Sagan maintained his atheism right until the end. Even as he lay dying, he didn't recant, didn't admit any possibility of there ever being a personal God who cared one way or the other whether he lived or died.

And yet--

And yet, I had read his novel Contact. I'd seen the movie, too, for that matter, but the movie watered down the message of the novel. The book was unambiguous: it said that the universe had been designed, created to order by a vast sentience. The novel concluded with the words, 'There is an intelligence that antedates the universe.' Sagan may not have believed in the God of the Bible, but he at least allowed for the possibility of the creator. " [Other refs., not in DB, incl. pg. 269.]

Christianity world 2000 Toibin, Colm. "Excerpt from The Heather Blazing " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1992); pg. 379. "The preamble was clear about the Christian nature of the State; it specifically referred tot he Holy Trinity. He thought about it again, how the school had a duty to defend Christian principles, and indeed a right to do so, under its own articles of association and also under the general guidance of the Constitution. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity world 2001 Bradbury, Ray. From the Dust Returned. New York: HarperCollins (2001); pg. 7. "The fact is that the tree was there and a lumberman passing to the Far West leaned against it, and guessed it to be before Jesus sawed wood and shaved planks in his father's yard, or Pontius Pilate washed his palms. "
Christianity world 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 9. Pg. 9: "I liked Dave. I like most people, at first. Dave was in his late thirties, reputedly a devout Christian, short and plump... He had once driven DSVs for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary... "; Pg. 37: "That just didn't sound like reliable Dave the Christian man... "; Pg. 48: "The good Christian was back. " [More about this character.]
Christianity world 2002 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Lathe of Heaven. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1971); pg. 129. "'...You're learning, George! You'll be the greatest benefactor humanity has ever had in spite of yourself. All the time and energy humans have wasted on trying to find religious solutions to suffering, then you come along and make Buddha and Jesus and the rest of them look the fakirs they were. They tried to run away from evil, but we, we're uprooting it -- getting rid of it, piece by piece!' "
Christianity world 2002 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 8. Pg. 8: "...had spent most of her life on a long and solitary search for belonging. Play group, GymClub, Brownies, Guides, school choirs, sports teams and now a multitude of little Christian groups that kept her running from meeting to meeting. Sound theology, Gaby thought. If they stay too long in one place, they might starting having ideas about sex.

What would the small-group leaders have to say about the mystery out at Iapetus? Something to do with the end of the world, probably. ";

Pg. 23: "Faces grinned in the rear window. The Lord Is Thy Salvation said a sticker on the glass. "; Pg. 223: "'...You bribe Jesus with prayers and candles; Allah too, if he'll do the job...' "; Pg. 330: "...the Christian Publishing Office... "; Pg. 339: "...under heavy attack from the United Christian Front... "; Pg. 341: "...like a Christian Brother teaching finding a... " [Other Christian refs., not in DB.]

Christianity world 2002 Waldrop, Howard. Them Bones. New York: Ace Science Fiction (1984); pg. 140. [In an alternative timeline.] "This is what? Late 1900s? Maybe even 2000 A.D?...

'Uh, what about Jesus?'

'I am not as much of a scholar a our physician--Send for Ali,' he said to another merchant, then turned back to me. 'Jesus? I think he as worshiped near Galilee, a small sect perhaps? I think he was stoned by his people...

'What of Europe? The Church?'

'Europe?'

'The land north of the Mediterranean, west of the Bosporus. Uh, Dardenelles.'

'Oh, a land of barbarians. The True Religion of the Prophet took it wholly and easily. What parts the Northerners [Arabs] did not already hold.' "

Christianity world 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 172. "...the Ecucatholic Movement [Pope Paul John Paul] had launched [2003] was the kicker. The policy documents frankly admitted the Organization had misread Ecucatholicism. They had thought it was mere PR, or a recruiting method. By the time the Organization learned how much more it was, it was too late for shooting the Pope to solve the problem. By canonizing practically every Protestant leader since the Reformation, and then establishing the principle of 'surface forms and deep forms,' whatever that was (apparently a lot of theologians were turning out book after book explaining it), PJP had somehow gotten millions of Protestants to come back under the Roman umbrella. Realizing that there was now a Saint Brigham Young and a Saint Mary Baker Eddy gave me an idea of how far things had gone. "
Christianity world 2003 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 209. Pg. 68: "Do violence to no man. --Luke 3:14 "; Pg. 135: "With nothing else to do, the prisoner picked up the Bible. She opened it to Proverbs 18, and read: 'When wickedness comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes disgrace.' ";

Pg. 209: "After dinner Stevens opened the Bible to Romans and read: 'Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.' The lights went out at ten. " [Also pg. 22-26, 60-62, 66-67, 70-71]

Christianity world 2004 Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 80. "In the atmosphere, anyhow, above the popcen--the population center--which it's aimed at. We place the Judas Iscariot IV above New Moscow, set to wide-crack at half a mile, and it rains down minned-miniaturized--h'd, that means homeostatic--' "; Pg. 83: "'...descends in the form of condensation from a Type VI Jilian the Apostate satellite...' "
Christianity world 2004 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 149. "'How about different religions, though?'

'We've got to have religious leaders behind us, no question. Well, for every religion there's some kind of handle. With Christians it's heave, with Muslims, it's paradise, same difference...' "

Christianity world 2005 Aldiss, Brian. Somewhere East of Life. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1994); pg. 165. "Master Evtihije had painted one of the great standard subjects of the Christian Church, the Holy Mother and Child, symbols of unity and pure love. "
Christianity world 2005 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 179. "...a cybertao term for what happens when you die but your ideas live on (like Jesus or Elvis)... "
Christianity world 2005 Bear, Greg. Eon. New York: Bluejay (1985); pg. 424. "it was heartbreaking. Heineman came to think of his kind--the engineers and scientists and technicians of the Earth--as the very tools of Satan himself. His latent Christianity returned with a vengeance. He knew he severely tried Lenore's patience, but from his meandering visions of apocalpyse and angels and resurrection he could at least take some solace, find meaning, and search for destiny and God's plan. If he had once been an agent of Satan, now--without switching occupations--he was an agent of the angels, of those who would transform Earth into paradise. "
Christianity world 2005 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 198. "One of them was a man who called himself John the Baptist. " [Also pg. 269]
Christianity world 2008 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 173. "The other force in the mix was cybertao, the only religious movement that looked like it might challenge Ecucatholicism... it had spread rapidly among Western agnostics and atheists, and seemed to be absorbing... Buddhism and Taoism in the Far East. Even when it began to recruit some Christians, mostly Protestants who had lapsed after their churches re-merged with Rome, Pope PJP had been careful not to condemn it too harshly, apparently not wanting to start any new religious wars, and the cybertaoists referred to Ecucatholicism as 'special case literalism,' meaning as far as I could tell that the viewpoint was okay with them, if narrow. "
Christianity world 2008 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 209. "'Well, Diana, it's an astonishing instance of human gullibility, but it's happened before. Hitler was able to persuade millions of Germans to support him in a catastrophic war against his neighbors in Europe. Christ and Mohammed created fanatical movements that swept the world. We don't know why these things happen...' "
Christianity world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 221. "'Dr. Procopides, I am a wealthy man--indeed, a very wealthy man. I will not say to you that people do not reach my level without being ruthless, for we both know that that is untrue. I have dealt very harshly with rivals over the years, and I have perhaps even skirted the edges of the law. But I am not just a businessman; I am also a Christian.' He lifted his hand. 'Please, do not be alarmed; I will not lecture you--I know that in some Western circles to boldly declare one's faith engenders discomfort, as if one had brought up a topic best never discussed in polite company. I mention it only to establish a salient fact: I may be a hard man, but I am also a God-fearing man--and I would never countenance murder. At my current advanced age, you can well imagine that I am set in my ways; I cannot believe that in the final years of my life, I will break a moral code I have lived by since childhood...' "
Christianity world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 222. "Cheung nodded, as if he'd expected the question. 'Naturally, one does not normally discuss plans to commit murder with the intended victim. But, as I said, Dr. Procopides, I am a Christian; I believe, therefore that not only is your life at stake, but so too is my soul. I have no interest in becoming involved, even peripherally, in such a sinful business as homicide...' " [More. Other refs. to this Christian character from Hong Kong, not in DB.]
Christianity world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 224. "'It was the least I could do,' said Cheung. He paused, as if assessing the prudence of saying more, then: 'Souls are about life immoral, Dr. Procopides, and religion is about just rewards. I rather suspect that great things await you, and that you will appropriately be rewarded--but only, of course, if you manage to stay alive long enough. Do yourself a favor--do us both a favor--and do not give up your quest.' "
Christianity world 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cradle of Splendor. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 175. "'Eggs! Okay, eggs. Come on. We can look for them together. Just like Easter, you know? Easter eggs.' "
Christianity world 2010 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 81. "On the way here Emma had done some more digging into the Milton Foundation.

Milton turned out to be a shadowy coalition of commercial, philanthropic, and religious groups, particularly Christian. The Foundation was international, and its Schools had been set up in many countries, including the United States. The [genius] children were in general separated from their families and homes and spirited away to a school perhaps half a world away. In fact--so some journalists alleged--children were being moved from School to School, even between countries, making monitoring even more difficult. "



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