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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Episcopalian world 1912 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 22. "And they talked, often as not, about religion. Guilford's father was an Episcopalian by birth and a Unitarian by marriage--he held, in other words, no particular dogmatic views. "
Episcopalian world 1964 Elms, Alan C. "Introduction " in Norstrilia (by Cordwainer Smith). Framingham, MA: NESFA Press (1994); pg. xii. "In those final years, Linebarger's [Smith] previously unfocused religious feelings intensified. He had grown up nominally Methodist, but had felt little interest in the more spiritual aspects of religion until Genevieve's mother underwent a painful terminal illness. As Linebarger and his wife began to embrace Episcopalianism (a compromise between his Protestant and her Catholic upbringing), the evolving worlds of Norstrilia acquired distinct religious undertones and overtones as well. But although Linebarger welcomed the ceremonial and communal aspects of Episcopalianism, his personal beliefs about salvation and the afterlife remained ambiguously unorthodox--as does the religion of the E'telekeli and his underperson disciples. "
Episcopalian world 1986 Miller, John J. "Beasts of Burden " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 21. "'From envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, good Lord, deliver us.'

--The Litany, Book of Common Prayer "

Episcopalian world 1988 Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 41. "He inspected Barion's watch cap, pea coat and jeans gone ragged at the knee. 'Don't you ever dress?'

'Only for ex-popes and defunct Episcopalians,' Barion retorted brusquely. 'Listen, kid--we're in trouble.' " [The text refers to a character's manner of dress as he prepares to meet the recently deceased.]

Episcopalian world 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 95. "Belew slapped his hands down on his khaki-clad thighs. 'For an old hippie burn-out, you turn in a fair imitation of a Jesuit, Mark.'

'How would you know? You're an Episcopalian.'

'but us High-Church Anglicans are Catholic wannabes, remember. We keep a close eye on the bead rattlers. You Methodists wouldn't know about that.' "

Episcopalian world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 158. "His last novel, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer... Conflating aspects of his own life with that of his friend James Pike, Episcopal bishop and celebrity author, Transmigration shows what Dick might have done if he'd tried to be a serious mainstream writer. He might have been quite good. "
Essenes California 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 66. Pg. 66: Essenes; Other refs. in novel to Nag Hammadi, Qumran, Dead Sea Scrolls.; Pg. 221: Essenes
Essenes California 1975 Dick, Philip K. "Man, Android and Machine " in The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1975); pg. 227. "...a novel called To Scare the Dead... Nicholas Brady, an ordinary American citizen with contemporary worldly values and drives (money and power and prestige) suddenly has inside him a winking into life of an entity which has slumbered for 2,000 years. This entity is an Essene, who died knowing that he would be given the promised resurrection; he knew it because he and other Qumran individuals had in their possession secret formulae and medications and scientific practices to insure it. So suddenly our protagonist... and this Essene from the Qumran wadi back circa 45 A.D., a holy man with holy values and utter antagonism to the secular physical world, which he sees as the 'City of Iron.' The Qumran mind takes over and directs Brady in a complicated series of acts until it becomes evident that others such as this Qumran man are coming back to life here and there in the world. " [More, not in DB.]
Essenes California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 53. "With the Helen James introducing dealing with mysticism, comparing and contrasting the Zadokites with, for example, the Qumran people, who presumably were Essenes, although that has really never been established.' " [Much more about Essenes, the Qumran, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, pg. 54, 63-64, 78-79, 90, elsewhere. These elements are a major theme and plot element in the novel.]
Essenes Israel 33 C.E. Anderson, Poul. There Will Be Time. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1972); pg. 54. "The scholars might have gotten the date wrong, or Jesus might be nothing more than an Osirian-Essene-Mithraic myth. "
Essenes Israel 33 C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 194-195. "'What did the Jews think of this Pentecost thing?' Hiro says. 'They were still running the country, right?'

'The Romans were running the country,' the Librarian says, 'but there were a number of Jewish religious authorities. At this time, there were three groups of Jews: the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes.'

...'...Tell me about the third group--the Essenes.'

'They lived communally and believed that physical and spiritual cleanliness were intimately connected. They were constantly bathing themselves, lying naked under the sun, purging themselves with enemas, and going to extreme lengths to make sure that their food was pure and uncontaminated. They even had their own version of the Gospels in which Jesus healed possessed people, not with miracles, but by driving parasites, such as tapeworm, out of their body. These parasites are considered to be synonymous with demons.' "

Essenes Israel 33 C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 195-196. "'They [Essenes] sound kind of like hippies.'

'The connection has been made before, but it is faulty in many ways. The Essenes were strictly religious and would never have taken drugs.'

'So to them there was no difference between infection with a paraside, like tapeworm, and demonic possession.'


'Interesting. I wonder what they would have thought about computer viruses?' "

Essenes Israel 1947 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 186. "Those who read the standard editions of the Bible may wonder why there is a gap of two or three hundred years between the Old and New Testaments. Did the old scholars, historians, philosophers, and prophets simply stop creating for a time? As it turns out, this was not the case. Material was recorded, and was known to the scholars of Jesus' time, and perhaps to Jesus himself, but it was not incorporated into the Bible. In the succeeding millennia, much of it was buried in old libraries and largely ignored. Then, in 1947, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls transformed the picture, for the documents, dating from the time of Jesus, contained much of this same material, authenticating it. Now the story of the lost years could be unraveled " [More, pg. 186-187.]
Essenes Israel 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 24. "'Look, now, about your book, about those scrolls you translated. How did you ever get them declassified?'

'They were never classified.'

Saltus showed his disbelief. 'Oh, they had to be! The government over there wouldn't want them out.'

'Not so. There was no secrecy involved; the documents were there to read. The Israeli government kept ownership of them, of course, and now the scrolls have been sent to another place for safekeeping for the duration of the war, but that's the extend of it... It would be a tragedy if they were destroyed by the shelling.' " [More about the scrolls, pg 47-48, 54-56, 64-75, and other places.]

Essenes Israel 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 85. "'All because of some scribbling on a goatskin.' [Dead Sea Scrolls]

'That the Israelis don't want anyone to know about.'


'You tell me,' Kiernan said.

'Maybe they just want to see them first? If it's something buried in their territory, they're going o have sovereignty over them as a national treasure.'

'Or,' said Kiernan, 'their contents could seriously challenge the history and heritage of the Jewish nation.'

'What could possibly do that?' " [More.]

Essenes Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 72. "'My friends, I have seen things that the governments of the world do not want you to see. I have seen the scrolls of old, brought up from beneath the sandstone flats of the Dead Sea valley, preserved in dark, dry caves since the time of antiquity, their messages clearly defined in ancient Aramaic, a message of hope and warning given to us by prophets whose bones have long since turned to dust.' " [More about the scrolls, pg. 85, elsewhere.]
Essenes world 50 C.E. Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 70. "' ethical system on Earth that grew up independently of Christianity agreed with it point for point. Not Mithraism, not Islam, not the Essenes--not even these, which influenced or were influenced by Christianity, were in good agreement with it in the matter of ethics...' "
Essenes world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 16. "Chaney felt the weight of the book in his lap. He hadn't been aware of the woman placing it there.

The legend on the red dustjacket was as familiar as the back of his hand. From the Qumran Caves: Past, Present, and Future. The line of type next below omitted the word by and read only: Dr. Brian Chaney. The bright jacket was an abomination created by the sales department over the inert body of a conservative editor; it was designed to appeal to the lunatic fringe. He detested it. Despite his careful explanations, despite his scholarly translation of a suspect scroll, the book had stirred up twice the storm he'd expected and aroused the ire of righteous citizens everywhere. String up the blasphemer! " [This is Chaney's translation of the book of Revelations. There are refs. to this and to Qumran, and Dead Sea Scrolls throughout novel, most listed under 'Essenes,' although, in reality, there were not NT books among Dead Sea Scrolls.]

Essenes world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 23. "'Mr. Chaney authored a book on the Qumran scrolls.'

Major Moresby reacted. 'That Chaney?'

...Arthur Saltus stared at him with round eyes. 'I've heard about you, mister! William has your book. They want to hang you up by your thumbs!' "

Essenes world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 56. "'...I said nothing in my book to undermine their beliefs; I offered no opinions of my own. But I did show that the first Revelations scroll was written at the Qumran school, and that it was buried in a cave a hundred years or more before the present book was written--or copied--and included in the Bible... Whoever wrote the second version deleted several passages from the first and inserted new chapters more in keeping with his times. In short, he modernized it and made it more acceptable to his priest, his king, his people...' "
Essenes world 2016 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 91. "...the steady decline in the moral and intellectual status of Christianity, which... 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. "
Essenes world 2025 Cool, Tom. Infectress. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 291. "'It's all here, Arabella... It's the Dead Sea Scrolls. It's the Rosetta Stone. It's the Aztec Calendar Wheel. Every hereditary disease identified...' "
Essenes world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 105. "The Cal Tech computer identified it five minutes later.


Strange, Harms thought. He knew of the Essenes. Many theologians had speculated that Jesus was an Essene, and certainly there was evidence that John the Baptist was an Essene. The sect had anticipated an early end to the world, with the Battle of Armageddon taking place within the first century, C.E. The sect had shown strong Zoroastrian influences. "

est USA 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 289. "In fact, the road to mental self-sufficiency is paved with broken glass. There's nothing that will make the trip easier. And along the side of the road are the carcasses of vehicles that were designed to make the trip go faster: EST, Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, New Age Crystal Therapy. "
est Wyoming 1984 Willis, Connie. "Blued Moon " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1984); pg. 245. "She hadn't been speaking ERA [Feminism/Equal Rights Amendment] very long. The last time she called, she had been speaking est and the time before that California. "
Ethical Culture Movement California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 36. "'...I may be a puritan, but I wasn't named for Calvin. My parents were both Presbyterians, it's true, but my father early progressed into Unitarianism and died a devout Ethical Culturist. He used to pray to Emerson and swear by Robert Ingersoll...' "
Ethiopian Jews world 2059 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 435. "They have adapted themselves and their animals to the high UV, but all young must be protected under disguised wraps. Many are dark-skinned, for the black Jews from Ethipia had a higher survival rate in the catastrophe than any other group. "
Ethiopian Orthodox Ethiopia 1986 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 148. "...back to Addis Ababa... Ethiopian... Father Squid gave the last rites to a dying woman who had a Coptic cross around her neck. "
Etruscan Italy -1000 B.C.E. Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 124. "Burton looked closely at the man. Could he actually be the legendary king of ancient Rome? Of Rome when it was a small village threatened by the other Italic tribes, the Sabines, Aequi, and Volsci? Who, in turn, were being pressed by the Umbrians, themselves pushed by the powerful Etruscans? Was this really Tullius Hostilius, warlike successor to the peaceful Numa Pompilius?... He would, since he was probably Etruscan himself, know that language, in addition to pre-Classical Latin, and Sabine, and perhaps Campanian Greek. "
Etruscan Italy 1880 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 74. "...the city of Bologna, where Burton had spent much time while investigating Etruscan relics and graves. "
Etruscan Italy 2100 Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Crest (1973; c. 1972); pg. 31. "Consider the Etruscan inscriptions on which he had built his reputation. The language had been a living one till the first century A.D., but the cultural imperialism of the Romans had left nothing behind and it had vanished almost completely. What inscriptions survived the carnage of Roman hostility and--worse--indifference were written in Greek letters so that they could be pronounced, but nothing more. Etruscan seemed to have no relationship to any of the surrounding languages; it seemed very archaic; it seemed not even to be Indo-European... He could even make out a strong case for a broad swatch of pre-Celts filling western Europe with a language of which Etruscan and Basque were dimly-related survivors... To try, first, to reason out its struture in Roman times and then relate it [Basque] to Etruscan was an intellectual feat of surpassing difficulty... "
Etruscan Italy 2100 Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Crest (1973; c. 1972); pg. 31. "The Etruscan translations themselves were marvels of dullness and had no significance whatever; routine funery inscriptions for the most part. The fact of the translation, however, was stunning and, as it turned out, it proved of the greatest importance to Lamont.

--Not at first. To be perfectly truthful about it, the translations had been a fact for nearly five years before Lamont had as much as heard that there were such people, once, as Etruscans... " [Some other refs. to Etruscans as part of this story, not all in DB.]

Etruscan Italy 2100 Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Crest (1973; c. 1972); pg. 33. "I'm an archaeologist, and there is more to Etruscan culture than its inscriptions and more to pre-classical Italic culture than the Etruscans.'

'But surely nothing as exciting for you, and as challengin, as the Etruscan inscriptions?'

'I grant you that.' "

Etruscan Italy 2100 Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Crest (1973; c. 1972); pg. 37. "'What kind of fame did you get out of the Etruscan inscriptions, damn it. You beat out five others in the world. Maybe six. With them you're a household word and a success and they hate you. What else? You go about lecturing on the subject before audiences amounting to a few dozen and they forget your name the day after. Is that what you're really after?'

'Don't be dramatic.' "

Etruscan New Jersey 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 183. -
Etruscan Roman Empire 500 C.E. Garfinkle, Richard. Celestial Matters. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 137. "I turned to Yellow Hare. 'Do you speak Hindi?'

She nodded.

'Pharsi? Etruscan? Egyptian? Phoenician? 'Ebreu?' I ran through the dozen languages Ramonojon and I shared in common... "

Etruscan Roman Empire 620 C.E. Douglas, L. Warren. The Veil of Years. New York: Baen (2001); pg. 179. Pg. 179, 267
Etruscan United Kingdom 700 C.E. Vance, Jack. Lyonesse: Madouc. Lancaster, PA: Underwood-Miller (1989); pg. 2. "The Elder Isles had known the coming and going of many peoples: Pharesmians, blue-eyed Evadnioi, Pelasgians and their maenad priestesses, Danaans, Lydians, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Greeks... Etruscan priests consecrated their androgynous divinity Votumna with ceremonies repulsive and often horrid, while the Danaans introduced the more wholesome Aryan pantheon. "
Etruscan world -1000 B.C.E. Waltari, Mika. The Etruscan. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1956); pg. 13. "Nations also have their eras, known as the centuries of the gods. Thus we immortals know that the twelve Etruscan peoples and cities have been allotted ten cycles in which to live and die. " [As indicated by the name of this novel, it is primarily about Etruscan culture. Many refs. throughout, others not in DB.]
Etruscan world -1000 B.C.E. Waltari, Mika. The Etruscan. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1956); pg. 76. [Year estimated.] "'We Etruscans know more than is generally believed,' he replied, 'but we also know how to hold our tongue... We share the western sea with our allies the Phoenicians of Carthage, and Etruscan vessels sail in Carthaginian waters as freely as the ships of Carthage in ours...' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Etruscan world -400 B.C.E. Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 68. "'A touch of the levantine.' Satan bowed. 'Beelzebub and all that. A touch of the Egyptian as Set, various Etruscan and Roman. . . this is really a set piece...' "
Etruscan world 25 C.E. Lupoff, Richard A. "Jubilee " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 178. "Aelius shook his head. 'I'll tell you one thing they didn't find, and that was Etruscans.' He laughed scornfully at the notion that some of the wilder journalists of Novum Ostia had kicked around.

'Don't laugh, Aelius.'

'You don't take that guff seriously, do you?'

'Well, I just don't know. The Etruscans went somewhere. Unless you think they went to Atlantis.'

'Oh, please..' Aelius snorted. 'One silly legend on top of another.'

'Well, what do you think then?'

'I'm sure we'll find out.'

But Avita wasn't que ready to let go of the subject. 'Something got Amaterasu. Whatever you think of Rome and Italia, Roman engineering is reliable.

...'You saw how they got started again, Aelius.'

'And you think Etruscans destroyed Amaterasu but let Isis land and rescue the survivors and return safely to Tellus. That makes a lot of sense.' " [Etruscans disappeared because they went to Mars?]

Etruscan world 1982 Asimov, Isaac. Asimov's introduction to "Report on 'Grand Central Terminal' " (by Leo Szilard) in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982); pg. 244. "Considering how much we deduce about the Sumerians, the Mayans, the Etruscans, and various other early cultures on the basis of laughably inadequate remains, it only serves us right to be treated similarly... "
Etruscan world 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 54. "A lunala... One from an Etruscan tomb, where no doubt it had been preserved as a curious relic of an even more ancient day. "
Etruscan world 2050 Wolfe, Gene. "The Fifth Head of Cerberus " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1972); pg. 340. "I nevertheless gloss upon the Etruscans, Atlantis, and the tenacity and expansionist tendencies of a hypothetical technological culture occupying Gondwanaland... "
Evangelical Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 505. "'...tell me who you think wrote this:

Preachers . . . 'dead the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies on which they live.' '

...'Tell me who you think wrote that, Anthony.'

Harod shrugged. 'H. L. Mencken? Madalyn Murray O'Hair?'

Sutter shook his head. 'Jefferson... Thomas Jefferson.'


...'Don't you see, Anthony? For all the evangelicals' talk about this nation being founded on religious principles... this being a Christian nation and all . . . most of the Founding Fathers were like Jefferson . . . atheists, pointy-headed intellectuals, Unitarians . . .' "

Evangelical 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. 68. "'Who we got today?' asked Brother Freddy.

Brother Billy Bob read from his clipboard. 'You've got Matt, Mark, and Luke the Miracle Triplet Evangelists... and Dale Evans.'

Brother Freddy frowned slightly. 'I thought we were going to have Pat Boone today,' he said softly. 'I like Pat.'

Brother Billy Bob blushed and made a notation on his thick sheath of forms. 'Yessir,' he said. 'Pat wanted to be here today but he did Swaggart's show last night, he has a personal appearance with Paul and Jan at the Bakersfield Revival this afternoon, and he has to be up at tomorrow's Senate hearing testifying about those Satanic messages you can hear on CDs when you aim the laser between the grooves.' " [Many refs. to Evangelical Christians throughout story (specifically to televangelists).]

Evangelical 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. 72. "'No, I am not Dale Evans,' agreed the stranger. 'My name is Vanni Fucci.' Again the hint of an Italian accent. Brother Freddy noted the name had been pronounced VAH-nee FOO-tchee. Brother Freddy had nothing against Italians; growing up in Greenville, Alabama, he had known very few of them. As an adult he had learned not to call them wops. He presumed most Italians were Catholic, therefore not Christians, and therefore of little interest to him or his ministry. But now this particular Italian was a bit of a problem.' " [This passage reflects the disdain that Evangelicals, such as Brother Freddy, feel toward non-Protestant Christians such as Catholics.]
Evangelical 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. 73. "'Ah,' said Brother Freddy [an Alabama Evangelical minister]... It's only through the mercy of Jesus that we can avoid [Hell] as our ultimate address. When did you finally accept Christ as your Saviour?'

Vanni Fucci [an Italian Catholic] smiled, showing very white teeth against dark skin. 'I never did,' he said. 'In my day one was not--as you Fundamentalists put it--'saved.' We were baptized into the Church as children...' "

Evangelical California 1938 Delacorte, Peter. Time On My Hands. New York: Scribner (1997); pg. 158. "I knew that [Ronald] Reagan's father was a problem drinker, that his mother was an evangelical Christian who strongly disapproved of liquor, and that Reagan rarely if ever drank alcohol. "
Evangelical California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 171. "Gazing up at the shining, star-encrusted sky that New Year's Eve was like looking at eternity--it seemed to go on forever. But it wouldn't. All of us gathered on the hilltop with our eyes glued to the sky knew it wouldn't. We knew because Noah had told us so, had told us that -- at the last knell of midnight and the first moment of the new millennium -- all the stars we saw would start to wink out, one after another, until nothing remained for nonbelievers but the death of eternal darkness.

This was a super scary thought, and I moved closer to my girlfriend, Eve, for comfort. My hand found hers and held it... As for her father, Noah, the evangelist who had called us to the hilltop, he looked like the God that Michelangelo had painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Or maybe, with his theatrically long gray hair, dramatic beard, and powerfully built body, it was the actor Charlton Heston in his Moses role that he resembled. "

Evangelical California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 172. "The TV cameras recording our hilltop assembly for a PBS documentary about the millennium added to the air of movie-of-the-week unreality. As if responding to a cue, Noah pointed a long forefinger at the sky. 'In thirty minutes,' he thundered, 'the millennium will arrive and this sky shall pass away. But not before the heavens open to receive those of us who believe. DO you believe? he demanded, the air trembling with the strength of his conviction.

'Yes!' the voice of his two hundred followers, Heaven's Elect, rapturously responded. And for a fleeting second, I felt as if I were attending a pep rally at school. "

Evangelical California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 173. "As I watched, I saw a red light wink on [a TV camera], and Noah smoothly dropped his right arm, which would have blocked the camera's view of his profile. He raised his left arm, instead, as he continued to goad the crowd, 'God can't hear you if you whisper. DO YOU BELIEVE?'

'YES,' the crowd roared.

'YES!' Eve cried.

'Yes,' I whispered.

Until Noah and Eve had appeared in our small Northern California city the year before, I had been among those complacent nonbelievers who, Noah said, were about to be plunged into eternal darkness. "

Evangelical California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 175. "It was at the breakfast table that I first heard of Eve--well, of Noah, actually. 'Listen to this ad,' Mom said, and from the paper read, ' 'Are you a True Believer? Find out by attending our Sunday service. Get right with God before the day of the millennium when, in His righteous wrath, He will destroy all unbelievers. Only the Elect of Heaven will be saved. Will you be among them?'

'And it's signed, 'Noah, Church of the New Heaven.' ' Mother snorted. 'Talk about millennium madness!' She threw the paper down on the breakfast table. 'God, I hope you never fall for something like this, Matthew.'

Most kids are raised on dire warnings about the dangers of drugs. I must be one of the few who grew up hearing about the dangers of organized religion. " [Entire story is about this Evangelical millennial group. Most other refs. not in DB.]

Evangelical California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 180. "But it was too late. I was serious about Eve. In fact I was as obsessed with her as Noah was with God and the millennium. At least I didn't alert he media about it, thought . . .

'Millennialist Minister Predicts End of World' the headline in our local newspaper proclaimed several months later. The article that followed quoted Noah's dire predictions about the end of the world. "

Evangelical California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 16. "'She's a menace.' [referring to Wonder Woman].

The words were spat into the air, hard, harsh, and Morris did not have to turn toward the speaker to know who it was. The Mother Superior, her pale face reddened with anger, her cobalt eyes narrowed to electric slits. 'She is evil, corruption made flesh.'

'Now you sound like that Chandler woman,' one of the waiting parents said, a young man Morris knew well, lean and drawn with the torment of his child's suffering.

'I have little patience for the Evangelicals,' Mr. Sweeney,' the Mother Superior snapped, not taking her eyes from the image on the screen, seeming, Morris thought, to be trying to melt the screen... 'But in this case I must agree. This so-called 'Wonder Woman' is an affront to all that is true and holy.' She turned her eyes away from the screen long enough to see Donald Morris. 'Don't you agree, Father?' "

Evangelical California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 199. "Why is Stephen Ramsey doing this? Does he have some secret agenda of his own? When he had made her aware of the insidiousness inherent in Diana's very existence, Rebecca had seen it and agreed. And when he had told her that this should be the focus of her energies, the core around which she should construct her holy campaign, she had seen the wisdom in that, too. And it's not as if it hasn't worked. I've risen higher and faster than I would ever have dared dream, and my followers all see the world now as I see it.

It was the purity of the vision, she thought, that gave it its power. Unlike so many Evangelicals, Rebecca Chandler had no hidden agenda, no motives beyond those she stated openly. As Cassie had learned, Rebecca was, indeed, completely sincere. "

Evangelical California: Los Angeles 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 141. "The Reverend Augustus Jacks, formerly of Watts, continues to enjoy his extraordinary popular success in the Lost Angeles area. National television networks still refuse Jacks permission to broadcast the 'Address to a White Conscience' that catapulted the former evangelical minister to overnight fame, on grounds that it is 'inflammatory.' Their refusal has not prevented most of the nation from having already had an opportunity to hear the address, either on the radio or over local, unaffiliated television stations. The sophomore from the University of Maryland who tried last week to set fire to Jacks' $90,000 Beverly Hills home has consented to accept Jacks' offer of legal aid, after receiving a visit from the Negro minister in his cell in the Los Angeles county prison. "
Evangelical California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 134-135. "'One moment.' The phone went silent.

I waited... a man's voice crackled onto the line. He had that sharp-edged bite that one would expect from a tough businessman, not from someone connected with a church. At least not with a nonevangelical church. "

Evangelical California: Los Angeles 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 23. "Sublett had seen her too, but it only kicked him into some kind of motormouthed ecstasy of religious dread, every horror-movie he'd ever seen tumbling over into Reverend Fallon's rants about witches, devil-worshippers, and the living power of Satan. He'd gone through his week's supply of gum, talking nonstop, until Rydell had finally told him to shut... up. "
Evangelical Central America 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 180. "Usually, all you see at a Reverend Wayne's are old beaters with wacky Spanish expressions nail-polished on the rear bumpers--the rides of CentroAmerican evangelicals who have come up north to get deceen jobs and escape the relentlessly Catholic style of their homelands. "
Evangelical Colorado 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 95. Pg. 95: "Gavin's evangelical organization was called Apogee and was headquartered on the second floor of a three-story bank building on East Colfax Avenue several miles from downtown Denver. Baedecker parked his car in the lot and followed posters and signs saying ONE WAY with upwardly pointing fingers and JESUS IS THE ANSWER and WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN THE RAPTURE COMES?

The office was large and staffed with several young people who were dressed and groomed conservatively even to Baedecker's out-of-date eye. 'Can I help you, sir?' asked a young man in a white shirt and dark tie. ";

Pg. 96: "A framed poster over his desk read Surrendering Your Life to Jesus is the Greatest Victory You Can Ever Win. " [Many more refs., not in DB.]

Evangelical Guatemala 1994 Harper, Leanne C. "Paths of Silence and of Night " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 129. "Neither the army nor the guerrillas would have been so foolish as to send only two men. Evangelical missionaries would have been coming up from the valleys. "
Evangelical Guatemala 1994 Harper, Leanne C. "Paths of Silence and of Night " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 133. "'Are you an Evangelical or perhaps one of the Catholic Action missions?' his question was asked with a lightness of tone that belied its importance.

'No, I'm not here to save any souls. Nor am I a misguided norteamericano liberal in Guatemala to help the rebels.' "

Evangelical Idaho 2175 Bear, Greg. Moving Mars. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 148. "My Earth studies... There were great disagreements between Terries; nations within GEWA and its southern equivalent, GSHA, arguing endlessly, clashing morality systems as populations from one country traded places with others... Some populations--Islam Fatimites, Green Idaho Christians, Mormons, Wahabi Saudis, and others--maintained stances that would be conservative even on Mars, clinging stubbornly to their cultural identities in the face of Earth-wide criticism. Paleo-Christians in Green Idaho, practically a nation unto itself within the U.S., had declared the rights of women to be less than those of men. Women fought to have their legal powers and rights reduced, despite opposition from all other states. "

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