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 3000 Williamson, Jack. Terraforming Earth. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 335. "We saw Christ on the cross, Mohammed riding a camel toward a mosque, Buddha smiling. "
Christianity world 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 133. "'But most of the other religions, with a few honorable exceptions, were just as bad as Christianity . . . even in your century, little boys were chained and whipped until they'd memorized whole volumes of pious gibberish, and robbed of their childhood and manhood to become monks.' "
Christianity world 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 139. "'...Bach's Toccata and Fugue was first in music, followed by Verdi's Requiem Mass... Even if I could remember all the others... it doesn't matter: the important thing is their cultural and religious background. Overall, no single religion dominated--except in music. And that could be due to a purely technological accident: the organ and the other pre-electronic musical instruments were perfected in the Christianized West. It could have worked out quite differently . . . if, for example, the Greeks or the Chinese had regarded machines as something more than toys.' "
Christianity world 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 94. "'Jesus,' I whispered.

'An ancient messiah figure,' said the comlog. 'Religions based on his purported teachings included Christianity, Zen-Christianity, ancient and modern Catholicism, and such Protestant sects as . . .' "

Christianity world 3414 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1985); pg. 215. "...Bureau of Religious Freedom. For the same reasons, Christians were forbidden to claim that Jesus was the Son of God except in the sense that all Homo sapiens were the children of God. Who, the government said, did not exist. The New Testament was also lightly censored by heavily annoted by the bureau. "
Christianity world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Breakup. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 78. "Out of its mouth spurted a dark-skined Asiatic Indian-looking woman who shot out of her mouth a Christ-like man, who expelled from his bearded lips an Arab--Mohammed?--who ejected from his wide-open mouth an ancient forest Amerind--Hiawatha?... "
Christianity world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 53. "'...I have no ambition to compete with Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Smith, Hubbard, etcetera. There is no competition... I am elected and entitled to practice any and all religions...' "
Christianity world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 191. "'...member of the faith, whatever it is, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, must gather in gymnasiums or any suitable building not used for secular purposes at that time...' "
Christianity world 4000 Harrison, Harry. Bill, the Galactic Hero. New York: Avon (1975; c. 1965); pg. 94. "When Richard Lion-Heart, freed finally from his dungeon, came home from the danger-filled years of the Crusades, he did not assault Queen Berengaria's sensibilities with horrorfull anecdotes... "
Christianity Wyoming 1969 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 115. "On the morning of the parade... Dressed in her frilly Sunday-school best, Anna waved to the crowd as her goggled and dust-coated driver... "
Christianity Wyoming 2031 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 261. "Whit would have been as dumbfounded as a Sunday Christian confronted by the Carpenter of Galilee. "
Christianity Yatakang 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 224. "Yatakang... Guided Socialist Democracy of: country, SE Asia... Est. pop. 230,000,000.... 70% Buddh. w. pagan admx., 20% Muslim, 10% Xian (Prot.) "
Christianity Zambia 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 268. "Cornelius said, 'Maybe it comes from his belief system. His people had Christianity imposed on them, but the Lozi have kept many of their old beliefs. They believe in an afterlife, but it isn't a place of punishment or reward. This world, of illness and crop failure and famine and short, brutal lives, is where you suffer. In the next life you are happy. They wear tribal markings so that when they die they are placed with their relatives.'

She asked Michael if he believed there would be a happy life for the world and the stars, after they died.Oh yes, the translating machine said. Oh yes. But not for people. We have to make it right for others. Do you see?

'Moses,' Malenfant growled. 'Moses and the Promised Land. Are humans like Moses, Michael?'

Yes, oh yes.

But she was not sure if they had understood each other. "

Christianity Zuul 2176 Dietz, William C. Steelheart. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 15. [epigraphs] Pg. 15: "angel, n, a ministering or guiding spirit "; Pg. 140: "fanatic, n, one showing excessive enthusiasm or zeal "; Pg. 146: "crusade, n, a war or expedition having a religious object and sanctioned by the church "; Pg. 212: "free will, n, the human, extraterrestrial, or machine will regarded as free from restraints, compulsions, or antecedent conditions "; Pg. 231: "doctrine, n, something taught as the principles or creed of a religion or political party "; Pg. 234: "resurrection, n, to rise from the dead "; Pg. 266: "epiphany, n, a moment of sudden or intuitive understanding "; Pg. 281: "atonement, n, reparation for an offense or injury "; Pg. 291: "prophet, n, one who foretells future events "; Pg. 305: "Armageddon, n, a final conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil " [Many religious refs. throughout the novel, most in relation to the novel's main fictional religious group, the 'Antitechnic Church.']
Christianity Zuul 2176 Dietz, William C. Steelheart. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 41. "...backless wooden benches on which parishioners sat during Brother Parly's interminable sermons, and the Zid cross, a symbol so familiar to some of the humans that they erroneously assumed a connection with Christianity--a rather happy coincidence that helped win converts. "
Christianity - alternative California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 139. "'...Over the years, he started reading a lot of Russian literature. I started reading Christian heretic and Gnostic writings...' "
Christianity - alternative France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 19-20. "The valiant heretic captain Emmanuel Comte, besieged inside Malevil with his co-religionists, was defending the castle against the sinister Meyssonnier, head of the Catholic League. I say sinister because his aim was to sack the castle and put all the heretics inside it--male and female alike--to the sword. The women were represented by bundles of kindling, the children by somewhat smaller bundles...

One afternoon, when fortune sat on my helm, I sent an arrow winging down form the ramparts straightinto Meyssonnier's chest. He fell. I pushed my head through my arrow slit, brandished my fist, and yelled in a voice of thunder, 'Death to you, Catholic swine!' " [These events are apparently in a roll-playing game or something. Other refs. not in DB.]

Christianity - alternative galaxy 3061 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 262. "After the Fall, Bernard's World relied more upon its agricultural heritage than its intellectual prowess. When the Pax arrived in force some five decades after the Fall, its brand of born-again Christianity and Pacem-based government was resisted for some years. Bernard's World had been self-sufficient and wished to remain that way. It was not formally accepted into the Pax until the Year of Our Lord 3061, some 212 years after the Fall, and then only after bloody civil war between the Catholics and partisan bands loosely grouped under the name The Free Believers. "
Christianity - alternative God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 182. "Thule... was the city where George Pearson had finally gone to live after his disputes with the Judaeo-Christian Councils.

'Thule was the last city to exile its citizens. Under Pearson's last years as mayor, it became a city of heretics. The councils had exiled Pearson for his heresy--Gnostic leanings, I gather, since the city is now Gnostic--so Pearson retaliated by opening Thule to everyone the council rejected. In the last few years, the councils were eating themselves alive, and what the cities did later was only a kind of imitation. Heresy was everywhere... Thule accepted them all -- neo-Nestorians, Arians, rabid mystics, Manicheans of course. Now Thule is the last hope, something i am not very happy about. All other cities fight me when I announce I'm bringing the exiles back, but Thule is calm, quiet.' "

Christianity - alternative Marshall Islands: Kwajalein 2010 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 279-280. "The Republic of the Marshall Islands... The only island on which they are not being shot at--so far--is Kwajalein, but they have evacuated almost no one from that island. The thousands of squatters in the former American village, a sort of 'suburban bubble' built to accomodate the Americans who worked on the missle range, belong to a variety of Christian cults united mostly by their extreme distrust of messages from the outside world. Most of them won't board, thinking it's a trick to get them out of the way so the Americans can come back. "; Pg. 281: "The Kiwis and Aussies trying to evacuate Ebeye, in Kwajalein Atoll just north of Kwajalein itself, have the truly impossible task. The thousand or so Marshallese who worked at the missile range were supporting 7500 dependents in 1990; by 2010, the same thousand jobs had become the support for 25,000 people... "; "...the 25,000 inhabitants of the world's most isolated housing project... "
Christianity - alternative Marshall Islands: Kwajalein 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 285. "The Christian cultists squatting in the Kwajalein base village are gathered on the former high school's football field, according to the camera drones left behind... "
Christianity - alternative North America 1600 Anthony, Piers. For Love of Evil. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1988); pg. 275-276. "The world, as it turned out, had one or two additional continents, and Parry found distraction sowing mischief in the mortal exploration and colonization of the 'New World.' Because the majority of the mortals conducting the colonization were heretical Christians, this was a singular challenge. Soon he had them acting just the way the Church had, conducting witch hunts and martyring their heretics... "
Christianity - alternative USA 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 144. "'Until recently,' Cardinal Palestrina observed, 'the Americans were the infidels.'

'Hardly,' Korchnoi said. 'Heretics perhaps. A mongrel nation of Freemasons and Protestants--isn't that what the clerks say? But the industrial power, the wealth, the military strength . . . these are things you can see for yourself.' "

Christianity - alternative world 400 C.E. Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 58. Pg. 58: "Within four centuries of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, Christians were killing heretic Christians. "; Pg. 59: [Circa 2000 A.D.] "In an age when science was reaching from the innermost atom to the outermost cosmos and scientific technology was transfiguring the human condition, ancient superstitions ran rampant, everything from astrology to witchcraft. What slowly overcame them was neither reason nor the major faiths but those lesser, often despised sects that had never compromised their creeds. Then slowly their own dominance eroded. "
Christianity - alternative world 2100 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 77. "A lot of things that we did were run that way. Our chaplain, for example, was a boot [new recruit going through boot camp]. He was older than most of us and had been ordained in some obscure little sect I had never heard of. But he put a lot of passion into his preaching whether his theology was orthodox or not (don't ask me) and he was certainly in a position to understand the problems of a recuit. And the singing was fun. Besides, there was nowhere else to go on Sunday morning between morning police and lunch. "
Christianity - alternative world 2200 Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 50. "'Just as soon as we have something to eat.'

'Are you a Moslem?' interrupted Myshtigo.

'I am of the Coptic faith,' replied Rameses, not smiling.

'Oh, really? That was the Monophysite heresy, was it not?'

'We do not consider ourselves heretics,' said Rameses.

I sat there wondering if we greeks had done the right thing in unleashing logic onto a hapless world, as Myshtigo launched into an amusing (to him) catalog of Christian heresies. In a fit of spite at having to guide a tour, I recorded them all in the Tour Log... Finally, as Myshtigo sat there mocking us, I realized I would either have to cut him down or change the subject. Not being a Christian myself, his theological comedy of errors did not poke me in the religious plexus. It bothered me, though, that a member of another race had gone to such trouble doing research to make us look like a pack of idiots. "

Christianity - Aquinas Alabama 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 6. Pg. 6: Thomas Aquinas (also pg. 32) [Some other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity - Aquinas Alabama 1993 Ellison, Harlan. Mefisto in Onyx. Shingletown, CA: Mark. V. Ziesing Books (1993); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "Slip into the thoughts of the best person who ever lived, even Saint Thomas Aquinas, for instance, just to pick an absolutely terrific person you'd think had a mind so clean you could eat off it (to paraphrase my mother), and when you come out--take my word for it--you'd want to take a long, intense shower in Lysol. "; Pg. 14: "If Aquinas had had my ability, he'd have very quickly gone off to be a hermit, only occasionally visiting the mind of a sheep or a hedgehog. In a moment of human weakness. "
Christianity - Aquinas California: Los Angeles 1960 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 126. "...and then moving beyond dogma into real theology, real philosophy. Soul Dad had read and studied Berkely and Hume and Kant and Heidegger. Soul Dad had reconciled Aquinas with the ethical imperatives of the mean streets... "
Christianity - Aquinas Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 111. "Among his sources we may list: the Bible, Aquinas, the Kabbalah... Bunyan, Milton... "
Christianity - Aquinas galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 59. "'Do you have any suggestions as to where I should start, Captain?' [to learn about the meaning of life, etc.]

Again Picard drew a deep breath. He shifted in his seat... as if his command chair had suddenly become uncomfortable. He considered Data's question very carefully; there were so many writings that he values: the Discourses of Plato and the great Dialogues of Epictetus; the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching; the Summa Theological by Thomas Aquinas... "

Christianity - Aquinas galaxy 3300 Brin, David. Heaven's Reach. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 229. "Even those local predators--lithe and supple in abstraction space--would turn conceptually brittle if exposed to the seductive reasonings of Plato or Marx or Ayn Rand . . . Freud or Aquinas . . . Goebbles or Hub-- "
Christianity - Aquinas Germany 2096 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 101. "'...But you know Aquinas, and I mean this: You're a dog. I know you're a dog. It's not any secret. But truly--and I mean this from the bottom of my heart--I feel happier on your show than I would on anyone else's.]'

The audience applauded politely.

'[That's very sweet of you,]' the dog said, wagging his tail. '[I appreciate that more than I can say. Nadja, tell us a little about this business on-set with Christian Mancuso. What was that all about?]' "

[The brackets in the above passage are part of the original text. The enhanced dog, named Aquinas, is a major characters in the book.]

Christianity - Aquinas God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 139. Pg. 139: "It was obviously the city of Fraternity, and from this direction he could make out--with some difficulty--the abstracted portrait of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the central tower. "; Pg. 167: "'...Fraternity's towers carried portraits of Christ, Aquinas and George Pearson.'

'Who was Pearson . . . and Aquinas?' Arthur asked.

'Aquinas was a philosopher on old Earth. Pearson was the man who negotiated for the purchase of God-Does-Battle.' "

Christianity - Aquinas Mars 2250 Dick, Philip K. "Not By Its Cover " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1968); pg. 100. "'The Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. It left the text intact, but it periodically inserted the biblical line, 'The letter killeth but the spirit giveth life.' Over and over again.

'James Hilton's Lost Horizon. Shangri-La turns out to be a vision of the after life which--' "

Christianity - Aquinas New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 142. "The mystical era: Augustine, Aquinas, the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita. "
Christianity - Aquinas New York: New York City 1991 Leigh, Stephen. "The Temptation of Hieronymus Bloat " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 157. "' 'All that happens can be performed by demons,' ' the penguin quoted. It winked. 'Thomas Aquinas.'

'Is that supposed to be significant.'

'Could be. Could mean that if you want to rule in a place most of the nats think of as hell, you'd better get ruthless...' "

Christianity - Aquinas USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 39. "As a specific against it (he thought) he began to take an interest in theology. He read Swedenborg and Augustine; he was soothed most by Aquinas, could sense the Angelic Doctor building stone by stone the great cathedral of his Summa. He learned then that at the end of his life Aquinas regarded all that he had written as 'a heap of straw.' "
Christianity - Aquinas USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. -4. "ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

...In addition to these wonderfully alive people, I must thank several who are no longer with us:

Dante Alighieri, John Ciardi, T. S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and Thomas Aquinas. "

Christianity - Aquinas USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 177. "Worthington:... We were talking about religion before and how mutations fit into all of it. Kurt Vonnegut said, 'A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete.' I really believe that. There is nothing in science that contradicts the works of mercy recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas--teaching the ignorant, consoling the sad, bearing with the oppressive and troublesome, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting prisoners and the sick, and praying for us all. We all need you--on the side of the angels. "
Christianity - Aquinas USA 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 155. "'I see. Aquinas cleaned up the Greeks for you, so Plato is okay. Hell, you even baptized Aristotle's bones, for that matter, once you found a use for his thoughts. Take away the Greek logicians and the Jewish mystics and you wouldn't have much left.' "
Christianity - Aquinas world 1976 Kotzwinkle, William. Doctor Rat. New York: Marlowe & Co. (1976); pg. 25. "'You're all just basic models, fellow rats! Don't you understand the meaning of that? A basic model has no feelings, has no spirit. Man is able to twist us and starve us and cut off our tails because that's the law! Haven't you read St. Thomas Aquinas? Animals have no soul!' "
Christianity - Aquinas world 2000 Barad, Judith & Ed Robertson The Ethics of Star Trek. New York: HarperCollins (2000) [See 'Saint Thomas Aquinas' in this book's index.]
Christianity - Aquinas world 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 102. "Saint Thomas Aquinas had allowed abortion to the sixth week for male fetuses and the third month for females, those being the points at which he believed the soul entered the body. "
Christianity - Aquinas world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 17. "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 - Aquinas world 2069 Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 93. "By that time, Starglider was more than a match for any terrestrial logician. This was partly the fault of the University of Chicago's Department of Philosophy. In a fit of monumental hubris, it had clandestinely transmitted the whole of the Summa Theologica, wih disastrous results. . . .

'2069 June 02... Starglider to Earth.
'I have analyzed the arguments of your Saint Thomas Aquinas as requested in your message... Most of the content appears to be sense-free random noise, and so devoid of information, but the print-out that follows lists 192 fallacies expressed in the symbolic logic of your reference Mathematics 43 of...
Fallacy 1 . . .(there followed a seventy-five-page printout).'

As the log timings show, it took Starglider less than an hour to demolish Saint Thomas. Although philosophers were to spend the next several decades arguing over the analysis, they found only 2 errors... due to a misunderstanding of terminology. "

Christianity - Aquinas world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 81. "However, Big Noodle knew all about Aquinas and Descartes and Kant and Russell and their criticisms... "
Christianity - attend regularly California: Orange County 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 102. "She just wasn't a social worker, she hasn't got the mentality, the ability to distance herself. The people she helps become like family, and it's painful and frightening to see what sordid lives some people lead in this day and age. And so few of them Christian. No help for them from anywhere, not even faith in God. Reverend Strong has clipped a newspaper article that says that only 2 percent of Orange County residents are churchgoing Christians anymore, and he's stuck it to the office bulletin board as a sort of challenge; but Lucy has to sit at her desk and look at it all day as she works, and given everything else she has to face, she finds it depressing indeed. "
Christianity - born-again Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 42. "...Tembo is good livin', as we say back home. He's a born-again Christian. He directs the choir in St. Stephen's Church. It's good enough to make an atheist believe in God, Faraway says, with genuine pride in his friend. "
Christianity - born-again Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 506. "'...There's nothing wrong with the idea of putting a good Christian in the White House for a change.'

'I thought Jimmy Carter was supposed to have been a good Christian,' said Harod.

'Jimmy Carter was a born-again wimp,' said Sutter. 'A real Christian would have known just what to do with the Ayatollah when that pagan put his hands on American citizens. The Bible says . . . 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.' We should've left those Moslem Shee-ite bastards toothless.' "

Christianity - born-again Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 67. "Clusters... buildings comprising the campus of Brother Freddy's Hallelujah Bible College and Graduate School of Christian Economics seemed to solidify out of the predawn Alabama gloom. Far to the east, just visible above the pecan groves, rose the artificial mountain of the Mount Sinai Mad Mouse Ride in the Bible Land section of Brother Freddy's Born Again Family Amusement Complex and Christian Convention Center. Much closer, the great dish of a Holy Beamer, one of six huge satellite dishes on the grounds of Brother Freddy's Bible Broadcast Center, sliced a black arc from the cloud-laden sky. " [Many refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Christianity - born-again Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 69. "Sister Donna Lou Patterson adjusted her glasses. As comptroller of Brother Freddy's vast conglomerate of tax-exempt religious organizations, corporations, ministries, colleges, missions, amusement parks and the chain of Brother Freddy's Motels for the Born Again, Donna Lou was dressed appropriately in a beige business suit, the seriousness of which was lightened only by a rhinestone Hallelujah Breakfast Club pin which matched the rhinestones on her glasses. 'Projected earnings for this fiscal year are just under $187 million, up three per cent from last year,' she said. 'Ministry assets stand at $214 million with outstanding debts of $63 million, give or take .3 million depending upon Brother Carlisle's decision on replacing the Gulfstream with a new Lear.' "
Christianity - born-again Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 69. "Brother Freddy nodded and turned toward Sister Betty Jo. There were three minutes left until air time. 'How'd we do yesterday, Sister?'

'Twenty-seven broadcast share Arbitron, twenty-five point Nielsen,' said the thin woman dressed in white. 'Three new cable outlets; two in Texas, one in Montana. Current cable reaches 3.37 million homes, up .6 per cent from last month. The mail room handled 17,385 pieces yesterday, making a total of 86,217 for the week. Ninety-six per cent of the envelopes yesterday included donations. Thirty-nine per cent requested your Intercession Prayer. Total envelope volume handled this year is 3,585,220, with an approximate 2.5 million additional pieces projected by the end of the fiscal year.'

Brother Freddy smiled and turned his gaze on George Cohen, legal counsel for Brother Freddy's Born Again Ministries. "George?' Two minutes remained until air time. "

Christianity - born-again Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 69. "The thin man in the dark suit unhurriedly cleared his throat. 'The IRS continues to make threatening noises but they don't have a leg to stand on. Since all of the ministry affiliates are under the Born Again Ministries exemption, you don't have to file a thing. The Huntsville papers have reported that your daughter's house has been assessed at one million five and they know that it and your son's ranch were built with a three million dollar loan from the ministry, but they're just guessing when it comes to salaries. Even if they found out . . . which they won't . . . your official annual salary from the Board comes to only $92,300, a third of which you tithe back to the ministry. Of course, your wife, daughter, son-in-law, and seven other family members receive considerably more liberal incomes from the ministry but I don't think . . .'

'Thank you, George,' interrupted Brother Freddy... "

Christianity - born-again Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 71. "Brother Freddy knew there was a problem eighteen minutes into the program when he introduced Dale Evans only to watch a tall, dark-skinned man with long, black hair walk onto the set. Brother Freddy knew at once that the man was a foreigner; the stranger's long hair was curled in ringlets... Brother Freddy knew that some mistake had been made; his born again guests--despite their personal wealth--went in for polyester blends, pastel shirts, and South Carolina haircuts if for no other reason than to stay in touch with their video faithful. "
Christianity - born-again California: Los Angeles 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 18. "...Mr. Turvey being described as a skilled craftsman, a steady worker, a loving father-figure for little Rambo and Kelly, a born-again Christian, a recovering addict to 4-Thiobuscaline, and the family's sole means of support.

'Recovering?' Rydell asked Karen Mendelsohn in his room in the airport Executive Suites. She'd just shown him the fax from Jenni-Rae's lawyer.

'Apparently he's been to a meeting that very day.' Karen said.

'What did he do there?' Rydell asked, remmebering the Last Supper [tatoo] in drying blood.

'According to our witnesses, he openly horned a tablespoon of his substance of choice, took the podium by force, and delivered a thirty-minute rane on President Millbank's panyhose and the assumed current state of her genitalia. He then exposed himself... and left the basement of the First Baptist Church.' "

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 7. "His poncho and chameleon-cloth hunting blouse were unsealed enough for me to see the gleam of a gold Pax double cross hanging around his neck and the red welt of the actual cruciform on his upper chest. M. Herrig was a born-again Christian. " [Many other refs. to 'born-again Christians' in this novel, not all in DB. In this novel, the term refers to people who have literally undergone a procedure provided by the Catholic Church whereby they 'die' and are 'resurrected' and obtain a form of immortality/longevity.]
Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 12. "My court-appointed attorney did not cross-examine him. As born-again Christians in good standing with the Pax, none of the four could be forced to testify under the influence of Truthtell or any other chemical or electronic form of verification. I volunteered to undergo Truthtell or fullscan, but the prosecuting attorney protested that such gimmickry was irrelevant, and the Pax-approved judge agreed. "
Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 13. "A priest from the Pax monastery in Port Romance came to visit... Once in the windowless visiting room, he introduced himself as Father Tse and waved the guards away.

'My son,' he began, an idle felt the urge to smile, since the priest looked to be about my age, 'my son . . . are you prepared for tomorrow.?'

...Father Tse set down his missal and touched my bound wrist. 'You know that if you repent this night and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, that three days after . . . tomorrow . . . you will rise to live again in the grace of Our Lord's forgiveness.' His brown eyes did not blink. 'You do know this, do you not, my son?'

...'Yes, Father,' I said. 'I know how the cruciform works.'

Father Tse vigorously shook his head. 'Not the cruciform, my son. The grace of Our Lord.'

I nodded. 'Have you gone through resurrection, Father?'

The priest glanced down. 'Not yet, my son. But I have no fear of that day.' He looked up at me again. 'Nor must you.' "

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 14. "I closed my eyes for a moment. I had been thinking about this for almost every minute for the past six days and nights. 'Look, Father,' I said, 'I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but I made the decision some years ago not to go under the cruciform, and I don't think that this is the right time to change my mind.'

Father Tse leaned forward, eyes bright. 'Any time is the right time to accept Our Lord, my son. After sunrise tomorrow there will be no more time. Your dead body will be taken out from this place and disposed of at sea, mere food for the carrion fish beyond the bay. . . .'

This was not a new image for me. "

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 14. "'Yes,' I said, 'I know the penalty for a murderer executed without converting. But I have this--' I tapped the cortical come-along now permanently attached to my temple. 'I don't need a cruciform symbiote embedded in me to put me in a deeper slavery.'

Father Tse pulled back as if I had slapped him. 'One mere lifetime of commitment to Our Lord is not slavery,' he said, his stutter banished by cold anger. 'Millions have offered this before the tangible blessing of immediate resurrection in this life was offered. Billions gratefully accept it now.' He stood up. 'You have the choice, my son. Eternal light, with the gift of almost unlimited life in this world in which to serve Christ, or eternal darkness.'

I shrugged and looked away. "

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 53. "'...then came the Pax, with its glove of velvet and its cruciform of hope . . .'

'The Pax doesn't rule,' I said. 'It advises.'

'Precisely,' agreed the old man, pointing his fork at me... 'The Pax advises. It does not rule. On hundreds of worlds the Church administers to the faithful and the Pax advises. But, of course, if you are a Christian who wishes to be born again, you will not ignore the advice of the Pax or the whispers of the Church, will you?'

I shrugged again. The influence of the Church had been a constant of life as long as I had been alive. There was nothing strange about it to me.

'But you are not a Christian who wishes to be born again, are you, M. Endymion?' "

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 126. "'...I was taking offense--being annoyed at criticism of the Pax society I had chosen not to join.'

'....Remember the largest change has been the granting of virtual immortality. Because of that, the population growth is regulated carefully and there is less incentive to change exterior things. Most born-again Christians consider themselves to be in this life for the long haul--many centuries, at least, and millennia with luck, so they aren't in a hurry to change things.]

Christianity - born-again galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 260. "'But there are hundreds of billions of born-again Christians in the Pax,' said Lourdusamy, his tone that of a lawyer leading his witness. 'How could one child pose a threat to so many?...' "
Christianity - born-again galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 9-10. "Lourdusamy leaned closer to the table. The Cardinal noticed that M. Kenzo Isozaki had not blinked during the entire exchange. 'My friends,' he continued, 'as good born-again Christians' -- he nodded toward M.'s Aron and Hay-Modhino -- 'as Knights Hospitaller, you undoubtedly know the procedure for the election of our next Pope...' "

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