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 - born-again Illinois 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 69. "'Whatever happened to him?' asked Baedecker...

'Married Sharon Cahill over in Princeville,' said Foster. 'Got born again. Was real religious for a while. He was working for the State Highway in '66 when he fell off his mowin' tractor and his own blades run over him. Lived a week or so before pneumonia got him.' "

Christianity - born-again Luna 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 69. [JASON, the intelligent ship computer narrates.] "As others continued to drift in [to the funeral service], I reflected on religion. It was not a purely human foible. Some TenthGens shared the longing for something beyond themselves. And everybody had heard the story about them having to reboot Luna's Brain when it announced that it had been born again. "
Christianity - born-again Newmanhome 2103 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 128. "The Baptists had refused to be ecumenical with the Unitarians; the Church of Rome had separated itself from Greek Orthodox and Episcopalian. Even Captain Bu had declared himself a born-again Christian, and every other soul on Newmanhome tragically doomed to eternal hellfire. "
Christianity - born-again Ohio 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 259-260. "NET NEWS DIGEST... George Hendricks, 27, a born-again Christian, today filed suit in Dayton, Ohio, charging that his parents, Daniel and Kim Hendricks, both 53, in failing to have baptized George's brother Paul, who died last year in an automobile accident at age 24, were guilty of neglect and abuse by prevening Paul's soul from being able to enter heaven. "
Christianity - born-again Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 60. "'Why the hell don't he talk?' Musselwhite said.

'Maybe he's taken a vow of silence,' Vito Mariani said.

'You figure him for another damned Papist?' Musselwhite said. 'Uh-uh. He's got Primitive Pentecostal writ all over him.'

'Darius told me he's born-again shortstop,' Quip Parris said, 'with serious plans to excommunicate Hoey.' "

Christianity - born-again Pacem 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 4. "...sent their best human reporters to the Vatican press office, and waited. In an interstellar society where the [Catholic] Church rules all but absolutely, news awaited not only independent confirmation but official permission to exist.

Two hours and ten minutes after the discover of Pope Julius XIV's body, the Church confirmed his death via an announcement through the office of the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Lourdusamy. Within seconds, the recorded announcement was tightcast to every radio and holovision on the teeming world of Pacem. With its population of one and a half billion souls, all born-again Christians carrying the cruciform, most employed by the Vatican or the huge civilian, military, or mercantile bureaucracy of the Pax state, the planet Pacem paused to listen with some interest. " ['Born-again' is used here in a sense different than the Evangelical meaning. Many refs. throughout novel, most not in DB.]

Christianity - born-again USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 191. "The aggressors are Uncle Ho's crimson legions; the transgressed agains are the valiant citizens of the democratic South. Converts to this view--King Richard's bluntly articulated view--often sound to Cal like born-again Christians. They are fervent in their faith, and they can talk of nothing else. "
Christianity - born-again USA 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 303. "'You haven't heard the worst. Whoever was following her made an unfortunate discovery... We may be sure somebody will use this information some day, some way. Maybe somebody working for the born-agains. Maybe somebody working for Lucas Collins...' "
Christianity - born-again USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 402. "He fell on his knees at the arraignment and professed, sobbing to shame Shakespeare, that he was Born Again and had been duped into followed the paths of Satan by his own misguided sons. "
Christianity - born-again USA 1991 Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 85. "...I wish Father Raymond were here! Janice did get born again, last week, and there's no living with her. I finally had to tell her I am a Catholic and please leave me alone. She got very angry. She doesn't approve of me and doesn't approve of Bill. She says he's being sinful to dress up like he does. I can't see why. He isn't hurting anyone, but Janice says God intended men to wear trousers and women to wear dresses. I look at pictures of Greeks and Scots and aborigines and Jesus, and I can't figure out how she knows that! "
Christianity - born-again USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 169. "Gail sits up. Since her childhood when her parents became born-again Christians and born-again hypocrites, she has hated the sound of a phrase like 'the ultimate truth.' "
Christianity - born-again USA 1993 Turrow, Scott. Personal Injuries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999); pg. 39-40. "Bielinger was like a lot of the Bureau supervisors she'd had, hard to like, a guy who had moved up because he really wasn't cut out for the street and who still tended to resent the agents he oversaw who were good on the pavement. He was a small, fussy man--people always speculated that he'd fudged the height requirement--a born-again who didn't get what was wrong with bringing up Jesus at lunch. "
Christianity - born-again USA 2003 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 78. "In the Republican primary that year, Senator Draffy of California was pitted against the liberal ex-governor of Vermont, George Atkin. Senator Draffy, a born-again Christian and a spellbinding orator, ran on a platform of increased military spending, expansion of the L-5 program, and a constitutional amendment to declare abortion a capital offense. In a memorable speech to the Republican Convention he said, 'These nay-sayers, these prophets of gloom and doom, I'm sorry for them, I really am. They are so afraid that they want you to be afraid...' " [More about this character, not in DB. But no other refs. to 'born-again' Christianity by name.]
Christianity - born-again USA 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 29. "'How does your church square the Hefn with the Bible, anyway?'

Pam smiled. 'Actually, there's no consensus yet. It's only been four years... But there's Ezekiel's wheel in the middle of a wheel... there's a precedent if you want to look at it like that; and we've got a bunch of people reconsidering the Book of Revelations... But I don't much care what they finally decide,' said Pam, 'I believe in being born again because I had a conversion experience. It happened to me. I was born again--dumb phrase, but that's what Jesus is supposed to have called it.'

Liam's brown eyes brightened with interest. 'You really had a conversion experience? What was it like?'

'I don't think I can explain it to you very well here on the Metro,' Pam said dryly, 'though there's a precedent for that too. The apostle Philip preached the gospel to a eunuch while driving along in the eunuch's chariot... I'll tell you about it some other time though if you want.' "

Christianity - born-again USA 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 28-29. "'...Or, hey, I know: Jimmy Carter. Like that. I go to the church Jimmy Carter used to go to in Washington and it's a whole lot like home, only bigger.'

'So,' Liam said warily after a moment, 'do you believe that?'

'All what?'

'Well, you said like Jimmy Carter. Wasn't he the one that made the expression 'born-again Christian' a household word?' Pam nodded. 'So do you believe in being born again?'

'You sound like you're hoping and praying I'll say no,' Pam said, 'but I pretty much do. And excuse me for saying so, but I doubt if you know what being born again means.'

'Just tell me if it's true that Baptists don't believe in evolution.'

'Some do, some don't,' said Pam. 'I do. I'm not a strict Fundamentalist, I know Adam and Eve and the Flood and all that are myths. But I believe in Jesus, and I do believe in being born again. Are you sorry you asked me to dinner?' " [Some other refs., not in DB. See also pg. 100.]

Christianity - born-again USA 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 141. "Then came the case of Reverend Humm, leader of a sect called the Tachyonites. The Tachyonites, or to give them their proper name, the Assembly of Time Saints, were one of the more stiff-necked little groups our century has thrown up. One of their founders must have stumbled across some scientific textbook or even some science fiction story in which there is speculation about tachyons and time travel. Tachyons, being hypothetical particles that move faster than light, are supposed to go back in time. If they existed, such tachyons would enable us to change our own past.

These people seized on the idea that prayer is tachyonitic. They believed that they themselves were capable of living outside time. The phrase born again took on a peculiar emphasis in their creed. 'Make no provision for tomorrow,' the Bible told them, and they did not. After all, if you can change yesterday, why worry about tomorrow? "

Christianity - born-again Washington, D.C. 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 263. "'...This was not a public meeting. Who knows what dirty little movie deals these people put money into or what dirty little movies your Born-Again Reverend Wayne Jim bankrolls.'

'Jimmy Wayne,' said Aaron...' "

Christianity - born-again world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 84. "'Remember that as far as informed circles know, you are a born-again Christian,' Galina said. 'What did you do about those responsible for the loss of the three arks?' "
Christianity - Christmas Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 112. -
Christianity - Christmas Albania 1982 Ing, Dean. Blood of Eagles. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 44. Christmas vacation
Christianity - Christmas Antarctica 2037 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 344. Pg. 353: "I am granted extra fruit on my birthday, and on Eastern and Western Christianity's Christmas, a legacy of Diomedes's devoutness that Gardiner has not altered, though he is cynic and not Christian. " [Also pg. 344: this section takes place on Christmas Day. More, pg. 358, 360.]
Christianity - Christmas Arizona 1941 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 33. "But when November came and went and Christmas was almost upon us and there was practically no rain and no snow at all, we began to get worried. "
Christianity - Christmas Arizona 1951 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 114. "It was a magic year and it fled on impossibly fast wings, the holidays flicking past like telephone poles by a railroad. Christmas was especially magical because my angels actually flew and the glory actually shone round about because their robes had hems woven of sunlight--I watched the girls weave them. And Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, complete with cardboard antlers that wouldn't stay straight, really took off and circled the room. and as our Mary and Joseph leaned raptly over the manger, their faces solemn and intent on the miracle, I felt suddenly that they were really seeing, really kneeling beside the manger in Bethlehem. "
Christianity - Christmas Arizona 1991 Fillerup, Michael. "Lost and Found " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1991); pg. 185. Pg. 185: "Over the years he had tried all kinds of tricks to outfox it. He had eaten humble pie by candlelight in the dark privacy of his hovel while reading the nativity story from Luke. He had tried to lose himself in anonymous acts of service in the village... Another time he had gone all the way to Flagstaff to sit through midnight Mass at St. Mary's Church--as a novelty and a diversion more so than religious devotion: he had his own church. Sort of. "; Pg. 186: "'Monday's Christmas, silly!'

'What's so sacred about Christmas?' Tom quipped. And he laughed. Once. " [Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]

Christianity - Christmas Arizona 2030 Bova, Ben. "Appointment in Sinai " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 45. "Why don't I feel excited? Zack asked himself. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning, after all the presents have been unwrapped. "
Christianity - Christmas Australia 1987 Bryant, Edward. "Down in the Dreamtime " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 284. "One of the creatures' eyes burst like a balloon full of dye. It cried out in pain, green jelly sloshing down across its snout. The wounds in the neck were oozing crimson. Christmas colors, Cordelia thought. "
Christianity - Christmas Australia 2050 Turner, George. Drowning Towers. New York: William Morrow (1987); pg. 175. "...Christmas card... These, for an Australian Christmas with the air like steamed pudding at 42 degrees or better... over the Christmas holiday period because of a confluence of weather forecasts which made Christmas day tactically favourable... " [More. Also pg. 179-182, 205-207.]
Christianity - Christmas Australia 2051 Egan, Greg. Permutation City. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 227. "Thomas had found a suitable picture in a photo album--old chemical hardcopy images which he'd had digitized and restored soon after the onset of his final illness. Christmas, 1985: his mother, his father, his sister Karin and himself, gathered outside the family home, dazzled by the winter sunshine... " [Also pg. 234.]
Christianity - Christmas Austria 2015 Julian, Astrid. "Bringing Sissy Home " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1992); pg. 230. "Christmas is the toughest on Mom. Late in the afternoon of each December twenty-fourth, she leaves her mother's apartment and walks the streets of Nuremberg until noon the next day. "
Christianity - Christmas Brazil 1986 Leigh, Stephen. "The Tint of Hatred " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 129. "He took it, then drove off with a screech of ties. 'Feliz Natal!' he called sarcastically; Merry Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas Brazil 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 114. "'...out by Rio heavy commerce sector. Big biz, multinationals, Government of Brazil lit up like a Christmas tree...' "
Christianity - Christmas California 1953 Dick, Philip K. Mary and the Giant. New York: Arbor House (1987); pg. 59. Pg. 59: "'..What are you going to do at Christmas? You can't run your record store alone; you need somebody to help you.'; Pg. 65: White Christmas (also pg. 66, 199); Pg. 114: Christmas (also pg. 215, 217)
Christianity - Christmas California 1962 Benford, Gregory. Timescape. New York: Simon & Schuster (1980); pg. 70. "'The renewal proposal isn't due in until around Christmas.' "
Christianity - Christmas California 1962 Benford, Gregory. Timescape. New York: Simon & Schuster (1980); pg. 139. "By Christmas Gordon was known to most of the department. "
Christianity - Christmas California 1963 Benford, Gregory. Timescape. New York: Simon & Schuster (1980); pg. 203. "Equations appeared by sleight of hand, festooned with new symbols like fresh Christmas tree decorations. "
Christianity - Christmas California 1963 Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 25. "Beach Boys were singing their new hit 'Surfin' U.S.A.' Considering the weather, their tune was as appropriate as 'White Christmas' sung in July. "
Christianity - Christmas California 1967 Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 54. Pg. 54: Christmas (also pg. 85, 87); Pg. 87: Santa Claus [More, pg. 98.]
Christianity - Christmas California 1972 Dick, Philip K. The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1972); pg. 21. "When I asked her what she wanted for Christmas an she said, 'A switchblade knife,' I knew things had gotten too bad... "
Christianity - Christmas California 1977 Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 113. Pg. 113: Christmas; Pg. 115: Christmas lights
Christianity - Christmas California 1981 Dick, Philip K. Dr. Bloodmoney. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 151. "His hair was gray and curly, and he reminded Stuart of a beardless Santa Claus: he had a droll, dour expression and a roguish sense of humor. "
Christianity - Christmas California 1984 Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 129. Pg. 129: Christmas; Pg. 131: Santa Claus [also pg. 135, 157, 169-170, 173-175, 204, 347]
Christianity - Christmas California 1985 Dick, Philip K. "Introduction: How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later " in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985); pg. 9. -
Christianity - Christmas California 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 130. "'Back in town. My house is gone, and the neighborhood's all wrapped up like a Christmas package. I thought I was the only one in the world left alive.' "
Christianity - Christmas California 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (2002; c. 1985); pg. 186. He carried another red bandana on a stick. Neither brother was ever without a bandana. Each Christmas, they had bought each other new ones, wrapping them up in red foil with big red ribbons.
Christianity - Christmas California 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 15. [Letter from Laura, in Santa Monica, CA] "I'm convinced that we ought to be more than Christmas-card relatives. It would be nice to see both of you again. " [Other refs., pg. 135-136, 187.]
Christianity - Christmas California 1994 Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 59. "'He said they were his because I got them for him for Christmas,' he was babbling, 'but they were mine because I paid for them, and then he started to take them...' "
Christianity - Christmas California 1994 Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 214. "'These are closed operations. But you'll probably be going back once or twice a year. We have gatherings at Christmas and also at--' " [More.]
Christianity - Christmas California 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 17. Pg. 17, 27, 334.
Christianity - Christmas California 1997 Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 41. "...the USC campus...Although the campus was pretty much deserted for Christmas break... " [Other Christmas refs., pg. 50-51, 72, 146, 205.]
Christianity - Christmas California 2000 Ing, Dean. Loose Cannon. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (2000); pg. 51. Pg. 51, 57, 283.
Christianity - Christmas California 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 62. "At night, illuminated by Christmas bulbs, by recycled neon, by torchlight... "
Christianity - Christmas California 2103 Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 55, 73. Pg. 55, 73: Refs. to Christmas.
Christianity - Christmas California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 47. "He was tall and heavyset--Rebecca thought immediately of the Spirit of Christmas Present in Dickens's tale of Scrooge... "
Christianity - Christmas California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 128. "'A Christmas fruitcake, ten years stale!...' " [Also pg. 240, 251-252.]
Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 1979 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 173. -
Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 111. Pg. 111: "...all linked by endless suburbs, all lit up like Christmas. "; Pg. 220: "Everything hummed and clicked, tiny Christmas lights blinked "
Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "At about the age when his friends were figuring out that Santa Claus was a fake, Kootie had stopped believing in the Mahatmas and all the rest of it... "; Pg. 11: "...and at certain times of the year--Christmas, for example, and Halloween, which was only about a week away--his mother would knit little hats and collars for Dante. "; Pg. 32: "I'm a hundred years from Venice Beach, he thought, and a thousand miles from Christmas Eve of 1986. Better draw up a chart. " [More, pg. 34, 37-39, 46-47, 90-91, 150, 164, 183, 186, 222, 255.]
Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 2040 Willis, Connie. Remake. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 138. "'...Last week, I think. Before Christmas.' "
Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 117. Pg. 117: "'This is Christmas Eve, my dear. My contacts are very religious people . . . But I'll give it a try. I'm doing this reluctantly, I repeat...' "; Pg. 118: "Christmas Eve. She had forgotten. Brief picture: a three meter farm tree in suburban Irvine gaudy with tinsel and blown art glass, a bright hologram star twinkling and beaming at the top, casting light through the high ceilinged family room, brother Lee running his electric car at her while she tried to hit his plastic shoulder harness with a grainy spot of red light from her pistol. Even then pd masculine mentality.

Lee would appreciate Christmas. Last she heard, he was working a Christian commune refuge in Green Idaho. She blinked and cleared the images. Christmas had passed in more ways than one; she was no more a part of her family now than she was a Christian.

By tomorrow morning Christmas Day she would probably be on her way to Hispaniola. "

Christianity - Christmas California: Los Angeles 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 131. "Martin had suggested they start tomorrow, Christmas Day. Albigoni had shaken his head. 'My daughter was a Christian,' he said. 'I am not, but this we will respect.' " [Also pg. 133-135, 146-148, 160, 195.]
Christianity - Christmas California: Oakland 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 7. "To their left, part of a Christmas tree can be seen. ON the back, Mrs. Knudson has written in tidy letters... "
Christianity - Christmas California: Orange County 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 296. Christmas tree [Also pg. 321, 339.]
Christianity - Christmas California: San Francisco 1955 Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 219. "'This is better,' she said, curling the ribbon with the blade of the scissors. 'I worked a couple of Christmases at this department store downtown . . . I wrapped packages.' "
Christianity - Christmas California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 73. "'I think I'll give her a fan for Christmas, just to have the delight of watching her manage it...' "
Christianity - Christmas California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 74. "'...Once we pass Halloween the thing'll be a dead bust. Everyone's gearing up for Christmas, by then. I've been toying with the idea of doing a sort of Santa's village, too, with reindeer and all--maybe hire a little carnival to dress it up with. I make a hell of a Santa Claus.' " [More, pg. 75.]

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