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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 2010 Bishop, Michael. "The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software & Satori Support Services Consortium, Ltd. " (published 1985) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 616. [Year estimated.] "That Dylan would give up his career in music to become a computer-software impressario, few of us could have guessed. Not that this world-famous figure--in his various self-conscious guises as tubercular poet... charismatic Christian balladeer, and repentant Jew--had failed to experience changes aplenty in his astonishing forty-plus years. "; Pg. 618: "It may have made him wonder what Jesus might have accomplished if the Son of God had been able to cut a record of the Sermon on the Mount, or what greater impact St. Francis of Assisi might have had if his prayer 'Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace' had had even the remotest chance to go platinum. "; Pg. 619: "Tha most of what passed for contemporary Christian music struck Dylan as happy-talk spiritual Pablum... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 68. "NEGRO Member of a sub-group of the human race who hails, or whose ancestors hailed, from a chunk of land nicknamed... Africa. Superior to the Caucasian in that the negroes did not invent nuclear weapons, the automobile, Christianity, nerve gas, the concentration camp, military epidemics, or the megalopolis.

--The Hipcrime Vocab by Chad C. Mulligan "

Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 82. "...a truth which some people professedly Christians like ourselves, have closed their eyes to... but it certainly does not censor, as it were, the home truths about us which we have to face squarely if we are to lead the kind of lives it's our Christian duty to attempt. " [Many other refs., most not in DB.]
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 159. "'On this basis, it's fairly certain that Christianity won't last out the twenty-first century. To take but a couple of prime instances: the hiving off from Rome of the so-called Right Catholics, and the appearance of the Divine Daughters as an influential pressure group. The former exhibits a remarkable deviation from the traditional attitude of the Catholic Church as an institution that above all concerned itself with the family...' "
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 256. "...he gave her one of his little inspirational pamphlets, which she promised to read--it was divided into sections with such titles as Love Thy Neighbour and The Truth Shall Make You Free... After all, it was a commonplace of Christian tradition that Love could take on the substance of bread and wine . . . "
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 457. "'...I like the idea of a country where there aren't any riots... and there aren't any wars and there aren't any lots of other things which make me despair of the human race! Until I was told about Beninia I thought they were all wiped out like Samoa and the Bushmen by Christianity and firewater and downright greed.' "
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 56. [Obou, a Christian, is talking.] "'You know, though, it was a strange thing when I first went to Europe, finding so few people there attend a church. Here it had always been for me and my family the--the right thing, the better thing. In the provinces, right here for example, it was known the people still make idols, still believed in ghosts and juju. But the educated people, you took for granted to be Moslems or Christians. I think, though, it will be hard for Christians in our country. Knowing it has been the greed of Christian countries which...' "
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 94. "Hope? Possibly. Suppose that great heretic St. Francis of Assisi had been put... in front of twenty-eight million viewers on the Petronella Page Show and told to define his reasons for behaving as he did. We are told that 'the meek shall inherit the earth.' It follows that the meek are chosen of God. I shall try to be meek, not because I want the earth--you can keep it... but because I too should like to be chosen of God. QED.

Besides I like animals better than you bastards. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 97. "He [Austin Train] had given up books, even his favorites: the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Precepts of Patanjali, the I Ching, the Popul Vuh, the Book of the Dead . . . "
Christianity world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 343. "He [Austin Train] gave a brief bitter chuckle. 'But that's the irony of it, Peg. Remember you once asked me whether it bothers me to have myname taken in vain? Well, it does. My God, it does! It was the thing I finally found I couldn't stand any longer. I'm not a Trainite!'

...He looked past her, into infinity.

'But then,' he said, 'Jesus wasn't a Christian, was he?' "

Christianity world 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 134. "Anyone who adhered, at least nominally, to any religion that was invented millennia ago by people who ran around in burlap... that is, any of the major religions--ran into little dilemmas like this on a regular basis. The Christians practiced ritual cannibalism. "
Christianity world 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 504. "Every squiggle and jog in the contour of Israel's borders had its experts, who knew about everything that had happened in that place since the time of the pharaoh. West Bank settlement and the status of the PLO had become more arcane than the concept of the Trinity in the early church: every conceivable idea had already been come up with, and its ramifications worked out and analyzed. "
Christianity world 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 118. "'TUG is fully consistent with Judeo-Christo-Mohammedan-Bahaism.' "
Christianity world 2010 Swanwick, Michael. "The Edge of the World " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1989); pg. 649. "She took it from his fingers, felt how cold they were to her touch, looked up over the pipe and saw his face, thin and ascetic, eyelids closed, pale and Christlike through the blue smoke. "
Christianity world 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 300. "'Because you can't picture it. Imagine how it would be if the human race reached such numbers. How often does an authentic genius come along--an Einstein, a Beethoven, a Jesus? Once a millennium? We could cut that down to one a day.' "
Christianity world 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 308-309. "NET NEWS DIGEST... Religion news: a seminar will be held this week at Harvard University with leading New Testament scholars from around the world debating whether Jesus' soul returned to his body when he was resurrected. Father Dale DeWitt, S.J., will defend his recent contention that Christ's soul had already departed his body by the ninth hour of his crucifixion when he cried out 'My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?' "
Christianity world 2012 Clarke, Arthur C. The Ghost from the Grand Banks. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 187. Pg. 187: "'...Well, Parky's--careful exploring, these poor folk [on the sunken Titanic] will at last get a Christian burial, back in their own country. The Irish will love it. Don't tell anyone, but we're already talking to the Pope.' "; Pg. 207: "...but if it was a sin to give Pat a Christian burial, he would argue that out with God in due course. "
Christianity world 2015 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 86. "Christianity and Islam had been accurately described as religions of the book. Chrislam, their offspring and intended successor, was based upon a technology of immeasurably greater power.

It was the first religion of the byte. "

Christianity world 2015 Ellison, Harlan. "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1967); pg. 708. "Oh, Jesus sweet Jesus, if there ever was a Jesus and if there was a God, please please please let us out of here, or kill us... If there was a sweet Jesus and if there was a god, the God was AM. "
Christianity world 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 101. "At his altitude above the Wanderer... Passing across the face variously named on Earth the X, the Notched Disk, the Wheel, St. Andrew's Cross, and the Mandala... "
Christianity world 2016 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 91. "The second was the steady decline in the moral and intellectual status of Christianity, which had started (though few realized it for centuries) on October 31, 1517, when martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints Church. The process was continued by Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, Freud, and culminated in the notorious 'Dead Sea-gate' scandal, when the final release of the long-ridden Scrolls revealed that the Jesus of the Gospels was based on three (perhaps four) separate individuals.

But the coup de grace came from the Vatican itself. "

Christianity world 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 419. "Maybe she should pack up her bag and go home with the goon Marine, and submit herself, like Galileo, like Jesus. Maybe it would be an example that might even do some good. "
Christianity world 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 442. "The battle wasn't completely impossible. There were precedents in history, some academics were pointing out. Almost all of history was a carefully constructed mythology for use as propaganda or nation building. The writers of the Gospels had spun out the unpromising story of a Nazarene carpenter-preacher into the instrument to shape the souls of humankind, all the way to and beyond the present day. Shouldn't the modern U.S. government, with all the techniques and understanding at its disposal, be able to do infinitely better yet? "
Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976) [Book jacket.] "Here, in the aftermath of World War II's devastating holocaust, the atomic energy commission (ERDA) that masterminded it has given rise to a mysterious new religion, with the ERDA's bizarre and charismatic head worshiped as the Deus Irae, or God of Wrath. . .

Drawn unwillingly into a perilous pilgrimage to discover the true identity of Deus Irae is Tibor McMasters, a legless and armless mural artist, and Pete Sands, a young Christian secretly assigned to protect Tibor from any mishaps... Confused and unhappy, Tibor knows why he has been chosen for this dangerous mission but cannot see what part he--one vulnerable and limbless heretic--can play in this desperate plot by the foundering Christian Church. Pete Sands, for his own part, feels his beliefs threatened and wonders what he will do if Tibor actually finds a God... extraordinary 1,000-mile journey from Charlottesville, Utah to L.A... " [Many Christian refs. throughout novel, most not in DB.]

Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 13. "But of what? Blackness was not evil; blackness was what Martin Luther in his translation of Genesis had meant when he said, 'Und die Erde war ohne Form und leer.' "
Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 16. "The ideology of the Servants of Wrath connected with the Augustinian view of women; there was fear involved, and then of course the dogma got entangled with... the Albigensian Heresy of Provincal France, the Catharists... "
Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 17. "Certainly that had been sin, what they had done, but that had been without knowledge. Christ, the God of the Old Sect, had said that about His murderers: they did not know what they were up to. Not knowledge but the lack of knowledge had made them into what they had been, frozen into history as they gambled for His garments or stuck His side with the spear. There was knowledge in the Christian Bible, in three places that he personally knew of--despite the rule within the Servants of Wrath hierarchy against reading the Christian sacred texts. One part lay in the Book of Job. One in Ecclesiastes. The last, the final note, had been Paul's letters to the Corinthians, and then it had ended, and Tertullian and Origen and Augustine and Thomas Aquinas--even the divine Abelard; none had added an iota in two thousand years. "
Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 18. "The final enemy which Paul had recognized--death--had had its victory after all; Paul had died for nothing.

And yet here sat Lurine Rae, sipping coffee, announcing calmly that she intended to join a discredited, withering, elderly sect. The husk of the former world, which had shown its chitinous shell, its wickedness; for it had been Christians who had designed the ter-weps, the terror weapons.

The descendants of those who had sung square-wrought, pious Lutheran hymns had designed, at German cartels, the evil instruments which had shown up the 'God' of the Christian Church for what he was. "

Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 21. "'Well,' Lurine said, 'maybe this is--'

'The prelude? To the real life to come? Do you genuinely believe that? Listen, dear; St. Paul believed that Christ would return in his lifetime. That the 'New Kingdom' would be in in the first century A.D. Did it?'

'No,' she said.

'And everything that Paul wrote or thought is based on that fallacy. but we base our beliefs on no fallacy; we know that Carleton Lufteufel served as the manifestation on Earth of the Deity, and he showed his true character, and it was wrathful. You can see it in every handful of dirt and rubble...'

Ely added, 'And she gets to sleep with Sands.'

No one said anything to that; it, too, consisted of a fact. And a fact was a thing, and words could not retort a thing: it required another and greater thing. And Lurine Rae, and the Old Church [Christianity] did not have that; it possessed only nice words like 'agape' and 'caritas' and 'mercy' and 'salvation.' "

Christianity world 2020 Dick, Philip K. Clans of the Alphane Moon. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall (1979; c. 1964); pg. 38. "'...And Lord Running Clam is a very good friend to have made; he's helped a lot of people. Ganymedeans possess what St. Paul called caritas . . . and remember, Paul said caritas was the greatest of all virtues.' She added, 'The modern word for it would be empathy, I guess.' "
Christianity world 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 51. [Actual date unknown] "'As Archbishop of Valencia... St Thomas was responsible for the care of many Moors whose conversion to Christianity ahd been less than voluntary. Their state of mind worried him. It was an alien state of sould.' "
Christianity world 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 114. "I alone abstained on Bolshoy, as did Charles on Martin Luther King. " [Referring to a space ship named after the civil rights leader. This ship is mentioned elsewhere, see pages 119, 154, 171]
Christianity world 2025 Clifton, Mark & Frank Riley. The Forever Machine. New York: Carroll & Graf (1992; first ed. 1956); pg. 13-14. [This book is a modified version of They'd Rather Be Right, published in 1954.] "The campus of Steiffel University...

But now walking up the path, leding to the psychology building with his mother, he could feel only her stream of thought.

'Oh I pray, dear God, I pray that the doctor won't find anything wrong with Joey. Der God . . . dear God . . don't let them find anything wrong with Joey. They might want to take him away, shut him up somewhere. I couldn't bear it. I ouldn't live. Dear God . . . oh dear God--'

Joey's thought darted down another bypath of what might be, opened by his mother's prayer... "

Christianity world 2025 Cool, Tom. Infectress. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 301. "...and saw Meta Prime's icon metamorph from Joe Bender to Virgil to Orpheus to Dante to Lazarus to a flaming Phoenix to cherry blossoms . . .

The pain subsided and the other images froze as Meta Prime continued to accelerate changes in its icons. Scott crawled over the icon and embraced its feet as it took the form of Jesus Christ. Scott looked up and saw the face of Christ... "

Christianity world 2025 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 20. "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. . . . Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And we are witnesses of these things.

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
" [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity world 2025 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 85. "The vast distances between solar systems may be a form of divine quarantine: they prevent the spiritual infection of a fallen species from spreading; they block it from playing the role of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. . . .

--C. S. Lewis, Mid-Twentieth Century "

Christianity world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 111. "'...boy, get down off your high horse. Nobody really gets eaten. It's just a figure of speech. They come here, they get decent jobs, find Christ, buy a Weber grill, and live happily ever after. What's wrong with that?' "
Christianity world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 374. "'In any case, this is the birth of a rational religion. All of the subsequent monotheistic religions--known by Muslims, appropriately, as religions of the Book--incorporated those ideas to some extent. For example, the Koran states over and over again that it is a transcript, an exact copy, of a book in Heaven. Naturally, anyone wh believes that will not dare to alter the text in any way! Ideas such as these were so effective in preventing the spread of Asherah that, eventually, ever square inch of territory where the viral cult had once thrived--from India to Spain--was under the sway of Islam, Christianity, or Judaism.' "
Christianity world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 377. "'...L. Bob Rife's glossolalia cult is the most successful religion since the creation of Islam. They do a lot of talking about Jesus, but like many self-described Christian churches, it has nothing to do with Christianity except that they use his name. It's a postrational religion.' "
Christianity world 2025 Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 141. "She wanted to... to slink through the jungle with a band of fierce revolutionaries for a night raid on an enemy stronghold, to search for the Holy Grail or destroy the Death Star. "
Christianity world 2025 Westerfeld, Scott. Fine Prey. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 148. "I wished Jose could return the favor, but he was a poor Christian to my Cyrano. " [Actually, 'Christian' here is simply a name of a character in the French novel Cyrano de Bergerac. This novel contains remarkably few clear references to Christianity -- perhaps none.]
Christianity world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 3. [Nearly all of the chapters begin with a portion of a Biblical verse as an epigraph.]

Pg. 3 (Chapter 1): "A Woman [Which Was] Diseased with an Issue of Blood "
--Matthew 9:20

Pg. 18 (ch. 2): "Who Hath Measured the Waters in the Hollow of His Hand?
--Isaiah 40: 12 ";

Ch. 3, pg. 33: Mathew 12:25
Ch. 4, pg. 46: John 6:17
Ch. 5, pg. 63: Jeremiah 5:21
Ch. 6, pg. 80: Jonah 1:4
Ch. 7, pg. 94: Proverbs 22:6
Ch. 8, pg. 116: Song of Solomon 4:5
Ch. 9, pg. 136: Genesis 3:4
Ch. 11, pg. 178: Judges 14: 8
Ch. 12, pg. 201: 1 John 2:18
Ch. 13, pg. 222: Acts 26:28
Ch. 14, pg. 244: Exodus 3:5
Ch. 15, pg. 266: 1 John 4:18
Ch. 16, pg. 285: Judges 16:25
Ch. 17, pg. 297: Job 37:1
Ch. 18, pg. 311: Psalm 137:4

Christianity world 2027 Atack, Chris. Project Maldon. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 6. "The vapid slogans of the Post Millennium world were dayglo'd in fiery red and green all down its brown-brick walls, like sores on a diseased dragon's scales: SLAM ISLAM . . . JESUS COMETH IN A CONDOM . . . PITH THE LISTERS. "
Christianity world 2027 Atack, Chris. Project Maldon. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 136. "At least it was something to believe in. Despite endless predictions, Jesus had not shown up again, nor Mohammed nor the Buddha, at least as far as he was able to judge. "
Christianity world 2027 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 120. "Our ignorance and our prejudice should not inhibit our thoughts from transcending our earth and our history and even our Christianity. . . .

--Paul Tillich, 1962 "

Christianity world 2027 McAllister, Bruce. "The Girl Who Loved Animals " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000; story copyright 1988); pg. 86. "She just held her belly, and smiled like some Madonna. "
Christianity world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 65. "...Jesse can't help thinking that the Christian XV guys have a point when they say that if the Diem Act were strictly enforced, Doug Llewellyn, the president of Passionet, would long since have gone to the chair. " [The 'XV' in 'Christian XV' here does not mean '15', but is an analog of 'TV', for experiential videonet.]
Christianity world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 414. "There is more conversation between them in one second than a thousand biological people could have in a thousand years; the ideas they entertain for five seconds flower and become as elaborate, self-contradictory, present in as many forms and as epistemologically all-embracing, as Christianity, art, Japanese, or mathematics, and then are discarded or absorbed into others. "
Christianity world 2029 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 83. "'Isn't it time you admitted, John, that Jesus must have been an ordinary man, like Mohammed (Peace be upon him)? We know something that the writers of the Gospels didn't, though it seems perfectly obvious when you think about it--a virgin birth could produce only a female--never a male. Of course, the Holy Ghost might have contrived a second miracle. Perhaps I'm biased, but I feel that would have been--well, showing off. Even in bad taste.'

--Prophet Fatima Magdelene (Second Dialogue with Pope John Paul XXV, ed. Fr. Mervyn Fernando, SJ, 2029)

Christianity world 2029 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 84. "Technical Sergeant Ruby Goldenberg was not merely white; she was the daughter of a rabbi and had never seen anything more exotic than Disneyland before being posted to King Faisal Base, Dhahran. Although she was well versed in both Judaism and Christianity, Islam was a new world to her; she was fascinated by its serious-minded concern for fundamental issues as well as its long-standing though now badly eroded tradition of tolerance. She particularly admired its wholehearted respect for those two prophets of different faiths--Moses and Jesus. However, with her 'liberated' Western outlook, she had strong reservations about the position of women in the more conservative Muslim states. " [Many other refs. to Christianity, not in DB, associated with this story of the beginning of Chrislam, a fusion Islamic-Christian religion.]
Christianity world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 60. "The Moderns were using some kind of chickenwire dish in New Jersey to bounce the link man's scrambled signal off a Sons of Christ the King satellite in geosynchronous orbit above Manhattan. "
Christianity world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 94. "'...Now it's a museum. Kinda like the Finn's shop, all this stuff just jumbled in there, big diamons, swords, the left hand of John the Baptist. . . .'

'Like in a support vat?'

'Nah. Dead. Got it inside this brass hand thing, little latch on the side so the Christians can kiss it for luck. Got it off the Christians about a million years ago, and they never dust the goddam thing, 'cause it's an infidel relic.' "

Christianity world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 96. "'God knows. I'd as soon kill him as look at him. I saw his profile. He's a kind of compulsive Judas. Can't get off sexually unless he knows he's betraying the object of his desire...' "
Christianity world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 31. "'The gods that kept coming down and meddling in the Trojan War might actually have existed. Maybe the Biblical miracles really happened, and Velikovsky had a point after all. Is it any wonder that ideas of magic and the supernatural became so deeply rooted here? At one time, it really used to work.' "
Christianity world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 80. [1] "'When we talked back at my place, you said you thought Christ might have been one of them... No, wait a minute. It was the other way around, wasn't it. You said he was on the other side, right?'

'If he was Jevlenese, it was as a rebel working against their cause... Or he could simply have been an exceptionally enlightened Terran. Either way, he wasn't working with them.'

...'What makes you say that?'

'Well, think about it. The operation that the Jevlenese set up was aimed at retarding Earth's development by implanting notions of the supernatural and starting mass movements based on irrationality. That's what early religions came from .The Lunarians didn't have anything like that.'

'Yes, exactly... But isn't . . .'

...'No. He didn't...' "

Christianity world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 80. [2] "'...What people have been told for the best part of two thousand years is wrong. He [Jesus Christ] didn't teach what the churches say he taught. What they daren't tell their followers is the one thing he was trying to say. You see--that's exactly the kind of thing I want to get into.'

...'Go on,' he said.

'He told people not to listen to the Pharisees, scribes, priests, or other self-important persons and institutions who were out to control them and exploit them. He taught, simply, that inner integrity and honesty were essential if you want to know yourself and the world. It didn't have anything to do with rituals and dogma, or rules for organizations. It was simply a prescription for a personal code of conduct and ethics aimed at coming to terms with one's nature and with reality...' "

Christianity world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 80. [3] Pg. 80-81: "'...In other words, a philosophy of individual self-knowledge and responsibility, totally compatible with the notions of science and reason that were beginning to emerge at the time, despite all the efforts of the Jevlenese. And that, of course, made him dangerous. A threat to their whole operation.' She looked pointedly at Hunt. His eyes widened. Gina nodded. 'Exactly. So they got rid of him. Then they exterminated his followers, seized control of what he'd started, and rewrote the whole script.'

'Giving us the Dark Ages,' Hunt said, seeing the point.

'Right. Which stopped everything dead and put their program back on track. The medieval Church with its Inquisition, holy wars, land grabbing, and its involvements in European power politics had nothing to do with anything Christ taught. It was trying to stave off the Renaissance, which the Jevlenese could see coming. Real Christianity had been dead for centuries.' "

Christianity world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 81. [4] "It fitted with the things Gina had said at his apartment on how things might have gone otherwise, Hunt recalled. She had done more work on it than he had realized...

'Except, maybe one place,' Gina said, making it sound like an afterthought.

'Uh?' Hunt returned abruptly from his thoughts.

'If my reading of history is right, there was one place where Christianity might have hung on long after it was stamped out across the rest of Europe,' Gina said.

'Where?'

'Ireland.'

'Hunt's eyebrows lifted in surprise. 'Begorrah!' he exclaimed.

Gina went on. 'Even the Irish aren't told the true story. They're taught that Saint Patrick converted the island in the fifth century, and they've remained staunchly faithful ever since.'

'That's what I always thought, too,' Hunt said. 'Not that it's a subject I've ever had much reason to get involved in, especially.' " [More about Ireland.]

Christianity world 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 268. "The consul was a young and stunningly naive Yale graduate with a doctorate in Southern Mediterranean Paleo-Christian archaeology... "
Christianity world 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 354. "Captain Spiromilos says, 'I know you were in Atlanta, Mr. Hart, after the Christers used their nuke. That was a famous atrocity, but there were others...'

...Captain Spiromilos says, 'I'm a Christian, and I believe fairies are soulless beasts of the field, don't let anyone tell you different. The Crusaders have destroyed their souls by embracing the fairy creed. But using the, as you put it, we may in fact redeem them.' "

Christianity world 2030 Miller, Jr., Walter M. "The Darfsteller " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1955); pg. 5. [Year estimated.] Pg. 5: "'Judas, Judas' was playing at the Universal on Fifth Street, and the cast was entirely human. "; Pg. 55: "Scene iii was his Gethsemane--when the mob besieged the public offices while he awaited for word of Marka... "
Christianity world 2030 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 157. [Things that happened by the year 2030] "Cars couldn't fly--but they could levitate up to about two meters off the ground...

Christ had not come again.

The dream of artificial intelligence was still unfulfilled. "

Christianity world 2030 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 312. "'Doreen will live out the remainder of a natural life--another twenty-odd years, I imagine. She is being denied nothing; you will be able to spend every year of that with her. At some point, she will pass on. I'm a Christian, Dr. Simcoe--I believe better things await us . . . well, most of us. I have been ruthless in life and i expect to be judged harshly . . . which is why I am in no hurry to receive my reward. But your wife--I know much about her, and I suspect her place in heaven is secure.' "
Christianity world 2034 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. The Bones of Time. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 338. "The Emerald Buddha was nothing compared to him.

If she were a Christian talking about Jesus, that might be sacrilege, but she was... Buddhist... "

Christianity world 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 69. Pg. 69: "'Excedrin Nightmare number twenty-one,' Trevor groaned. His brain felt like burned toast and the ringing in his ears had subsided to the level of madly clanging church bells. "; Pg. 70: "'...those are church bells!' He heard them pealing loudly from across the street. There was also the whizzing of rockets... "


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