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.]
de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 196.
"'How do you know that 'God' is in this tent?' he asked. 'What does God need with a tent?'
'What does He need with a church or a synagogue? What does He need with angels?'
'That's true,' said Picard. 'But a tent?'
'Picard, we're seeking to learn who or what is responsible for the End of the universe.'
'I agree,' said Picard. 'And the existence of some archetypal 'God' might go a long way to explain who or what is responsible for this calamity. Might it not be a reasonable leap to think that this calamity and this 'God' are one and the same?'
'A leap of faith?' I shook my head. 'Picard, every time I think there's some modicum of hope for you, you disappoint me... As in the words of the ancients, 'Since I don't know what it is, it must be god.' It's simple--lazy but simple...' "
de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 204.
"But Q wasn't listening. Instead he had descended from his hill and was walking back and forth in front of us. 'I found someone else. When I waited and waited and you didn't come, another did. God came to me, Father. God.'
He stabbed a finger at the charred place where Data had been standing. 'You call that nonsense, Father? I don't see you flashing your powers about! Go ahead! Display your might for me, I dare you!'
'You're telling me,' I said slowly, trying to grasp what he was saying, 'that you derive your power . . . from this 'god.' From the 'creator of the universe.' From the 'almighty.' '
He nodded. 'That is correct. All that I am . . . comes from Him.' "
de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 205.
Pg. 204-205: "'Where is He [God] now?' I asked. 'I'd like to speak with 'Him.' '
'He does not wish to speak with you.'
'Perhaps 'He's' too afraid to,' I said.
'Perhaps He does not care what you think,' replied my son, but his eyes flashed in warning. Clearly he did not like having his new mentor spoken of in such a disrespectful fashion.
'Where is 'He,' then?'
'He is here,' my son said and spread wide his arms to take in the entire firmament. 'He is in the ground . . . and the skies.' His power is everywhere . . . and I only feel sorry for you that you cannot feel Him.'
'And 'He' speaks directly to you,' I said.
'And I to Him.'
...'All right,' I said... 'You tell this god of yours . . .'
'He's yours as well.' " [More. The son of the omnipotent Q tells Q that he now worships God.]
de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 211.
"Was it possible? Was it possible that we were facing something that had once walked the earth and formed the basis of an entire religion. Or were we seeing some imitator who was copying the essence of another, greater being? There were so many possibilities. However, not a single one of them was pertinent to the immediate concern, which should have focused not on theology, but on another preeminent consideration. "
Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 220.
"Picard touched a pad on his panel and opened the hatch, exposing the pod's interior to a blast of frigid wind...
Godspeed, the captain thought. Then he pushed the pad again and saw the hatch slide closed. "
David, Peter. Excalibur: Requiem (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 110.
"'Perhaps the gods . . . if such they be . . . feel that it is better late than never,' suggested Soleta.
'Perhaps. It is futile to speculate, I suppose. We are not to question the ways of the gods.'
'How eminently convenient for the gods' was Soleta's wry observation.
'Spoken like a true skeptic.'
'I am someone who learns through observation. The existence of God, or gods, hinges not upon observation or quantifiable study, but upon faith. My faith is in science.'
'The universe, child, is too varied and multifaceted a thing to place the entirety of one's faith in anything,' " [More.]
David, Peter. Excalibur: Requiem (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 105.
"'You saw . . . God? You aided the Federation because you saw God?'
Soleta was making no effort whatsoever to hide her incredulity. Rajari downed the contents of his glass while she stared at him. 'You saw God?'
'Are you going to be saying that many more times? Because you're becoming a bit repetitive.'
'How do you expect me to react when you tell me this, Rajari?' Soleta had no idea what to make of this. Sitting in a tavern on Titan, being informed by a creature whom she hated more than any other in the entirety of the galaxy that some sort of Supreme Being had revealed Himself to him. 'You say to me that a Romulan deity appeared to you, and that the reason that you chose to provide information and aid to the Federation during the Dominion War. That it had nothing whatsoever to do with a desire to shorten your sentence.'
'To becoming like God, of course. To taking the dust of the Earth and breathing life into it.' He turned suddenly, grabbed Data by the shoulders and looked into his eyes. 'To creating a new way for the universe to know itself. You are a rarity in the history of artificial intelligence, Data. Unlike the lost souls I have interred here, you were created, not for Soong's sake, but for your own. Your only purpose is to know life, to explore it according to your own will.' "
Pellegrino, Charles & George Zebrowski. Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 76.
"Captain Dalen had learned that all humanoid species, at some point in their history, had come to believe in a Great Father, or a Great Mother, who had created the universe and watched over it. " [More on this subject.]
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Barrayar. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 67.
Pg. 67: "It sounded like a sonic grenade. Not a little one. Dear God. "; Pg. 69: "Security men swarmed over the silver shape of the vehicle in the portico--God, where did they all come from? "; Pg. 91: "'...God knows if Serg had lived he might have destroyed Barrayar...' "; Pg. 140: "'...committed three sheer murders and but for the grace of God and Sergeant Bothari would have committed a fourth...' "; Pg. 202: "What do we do, shoot them all and let God sort them out? "; Pg. 203: "'...God knows what viciousness those vandals will come up with...' "; Pg. 232: "'We live. Grace of God.' "; Pg. 325: "'God help you, Cordelia. And God rot Vidal Vordarian in hell.' "; Pg. 374: "'...As God is my judge, woman, you won't make a fool of me.' " [The characters use a mild amount of generic profanity in this book, referring to a singular God, providing linguistic evidence of a monotheistic background or historical heritage. A few examples are provided here.]
Drake, David. The Tank Lords. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 74.
Pg. 74: "'Buddy,' snarled the senior non-com... 'I can't help you. I don't care if you got authorization from God 'n his saints. I don't care if you are God 'n his saints!'
'I'm not that,' the reporter said... 'But I need to get through to Kohang...'
...'Well, I'm not God neither, buddy,' the non-com said... ";
Pg. 145-146: "The second truck was a civilian unit with a mountain landscape painted on the passenger door and MASALLAH in big metalized letters... MASALLAH. God help us. They'd need God's help when the tribarrels started slicing into 'em. ";
Pg. 310: "Against expectation, and as further proof that God favored his cause, ben Khedda saw no sign of that damnable first sergeant either. If God willed it, might they both be blasted to atoms somewhere in a tunnel! " [Other refs., e.g. pg. 185, then in the last 100 pages that take place largely within an Arabic Muslim culture.]
Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Vor Game. New York: Baen (1990); pg. 19.
Pg. 19: "'Good God.' Ahn blinked and straightened, then sagged self-consciously back onto his elbows as before. 'Good God,' he repeated. "; Pg. 28: "What the hell . . .? "; Pg. 148: "Thank God the Barrayaran aristocracy still insisted on military training for its scions. "; Pg. 321: "He glanced back over his shoulder. There but for the grace of God and General Metzov go I. " [A moderate amount of generic profanity is used in book, giving linguistic evidence of a monotheistic religious heritage. Some examples are given here. There appears to be no specifically Christian profanity, despite the fact that one of the major cultures in the book is said to be descended from contemporary Earth Greeks.] Pg. 232, one passage uses the plural form, 'gods', but appears to do in jest, and may not indicate a polytheistic culture: "Miles grinned back. 'Hello, Pandora. The gods send you a gift. But there's a catch.' "
[Profanity offers linguistic evidence of this culture's monotheistic roots.] Pg. 28: "'For God's sake Miles, I didn't really thank you--' "; Pg. 45: "'Good God. So, ah, do they know which ghem-lord was Rene's ancestor?' "; Pg. 47: "Miles blinked, then realized this wasn't a prediction of the probably result of the clash in social views between his Betan mother and his Barrayaran aunt, but rather, the last--thank God--item on today's agenda. "; Pg. 63: "'God, yes, help yourselves. The House is yours...' "; Pg. 130: "He didn't have a vote in the Council of Counts, thank God. "; Pg. 212: "She pictured the conversations belowstairs: For God's sake, can't somebody please get the little git..., before he drives us all as crazy as he is? "
Grant, Richard. Through the Heart. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1991); pg. 117.
[Year estimated.] "'Not the Bright Land,' the Bell Dog said... 'This place is something else, another place... Used to be called,' he said, 'Body of God.'
Kem frowned. without thinking... he said, 'Body of which god?'
To his relief the Bell Dog laughed, and for a moment Kem thought this was going to be his only answer. Then the Bell Dog said, 'Big god. Jealous god. God that wanted to tame the water.'
Kem nodded; he knew the one. 'So they called it that,' he guessed, 'after the water wrecked the town? They figured the god had been killed after that?'
The Bell Dog shook his head, impatient. 'Before that,' he said. 'Long time ago. Other story.'
...'Well then,' Kem said, 'if this place here is Body of God, then what about the Bright Land?' " [Other refs. to this, not in DB.]
Cherryh, C. J. Foreigner. New York: DAW Books (1994); pg. 42.
Pg. 40: "For God's sake... "; Pg. 42: "God, of course there were dangers... 'Yes,' he said, thinking, God help us, it's happened, hasn't it? Contact's made. Irrevocable from this point. "; Pg. 43: "...in the middle of what, God help him, he'd planned. "; Pg. 44: "God, Patton thought... " [Frequent profanity in novel. Many other refs. not in DB.]
Cherryh, C. J. Inheritor. New York: DAW Books (1996); pg. 25.
Pg. 25: "But, God, there wasn't all that much to complain of. "; Pg. 46: "who might be up to God knew what... "; Pg. 59: "And for God's sake, she needed to stop arguing with the newscasters. "; Pg. 94: "God save us if he threatens the premises... "; Pg. 95: "...on a design that, God save them, might be useful in advanced theory... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
McDevitt, Jack. Infinity Beach. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 73.
"Nevertheless she wondered whether something really was wrong. More than the end of scientific investigation. More than a society that sought its own pleasures to the exclusion of everything else. Some doomsayers were suggesting that the human race had simply grown old, exhausted itself in some metaphysical way. That it needed a challenge. Perhaps it needed to find others like itself, among the stars, with whom it could cooperate and complete. And trade war stories. That as things were, the species was just sitting on the back porch, waiting for God. "
Devenport, Emily. GodHeads. New York: Penguin/Roc (1998); pg. 19.
[As the title is GodHeads, and a major setting is 'GodWorld', it can be expected that there are many references to God in the book.] Pg. 19: "'I bet they will,' said Aten, proving that the synthetic GodWeed really has linked us. Usually I have to think a deliberate message to her, but sometimes stuff leaks through that I didn't mean to send. If we had been infected with real GodWeed, we would have become GodHeads, which I guess means that we would have shared the mental space they call the Net... "; Pg. 28: "GodWorld used to be called Storm. It said so on tactical. At first I got really worried and confused that it was called one thing some places and another thing in others. But Aten told me not to worry about it... 'They should have called this place Wrath of GodWorld,' I said to Aten. "
Brin, David. Heaven's Reach. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 93.
"The huge evangelist leaned toward Harry, projecting intense fervor... 'The idea of a God who loves each person! Who finds importance not in your race or clan, or any grand abstraction, but every particular entity who is self-aware and capable of improvement.
'The Creator of All, who promises bliss when we join Him at the Omega Point.
'The One who offers salvation, not collectively, but to each individual soul.'
Harry could do nothing but blink, flabbergasted, as his brain and throat locked in a rigor from which no speech could break free.
'Amen!' squawked the parrot. 'Amen and hallelujah!' "
Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 25.
"Perhaps, she thought, the universal God whom she and Lujan worshiped would recognize their pleas. "
Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 184.
"'I'm God. An what is more, I will not wink at a single sip of wine or an occasional lustful gaze. I set a higher standard than that. And I'm not altogether sure I approve of homosexuality, so mind your step.'
'I didn't do anything.'
'No, but you were thinking of it.' "
Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 187.
"'You should take note of the fact that man does not live by bread alone.'
'Not by bread alone, but by bread.'
Fred said, 'All I can say is that you aren't much of a God if you don't understand human needs.'
The plonk accepted the rebuke. 'Oh, all right,' it said. 'What kind of evidence would you find sufficient?'
Villiers said, 'I think it would be better, Sir, if you made offer of evidence. After all, you should know if anyone.'
'You mean I have to guess what evidence you might choose to believe?'
'Think about it while we eat,' said Villiers.
...After a few minutes, the plonk said, Would a bolt of lightning do?' " [Other references to this plonk who claims to be God, not in DB.]
Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 208.
"'Of course,' said the plonk. 'The eye of God knows all.'
'Are you really God?' Dreznik asked from his swaying ropes.
'Of course,' said the plonk. 'I am the Lord, thy God. Whoever believes in me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.'
'Do you doubt the word of God?'
'No, no,' said Dreznik. 'I believe. I do believe.'
'Do you really?' asked the plonk. "
Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 190.
[Villiers talks to the plonk claiming to be God.] "'How about a miracle? Would that do?'
Villiers said, 'What do you consider a miracle?'
'Transubstantiation is generally considered a good one.'
Villiers shook his head. 'No, insufficient, Sir. It can be accomplished by mechanical means.'
'Raising the dead?'
'No, much as I'd like to see you do it, and I would, that too is a modern commonplace.'
'I'm beginning to think that I should account stubborn skepticism to be a serious sin. Beware, your credit is growing thin with me.'
'Not at all, Sir. I'm merely treating you with the high seriousness you deserve. Surely you must count the worship of false gods as a serious perversion of natural order.'
'Oh, I do. I do.'
'Well, then, if I look closely at you, it is not out of disrespect, but that I might know you better.' "
Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 190.
Fred said, 'If I may be pardoned a possibly impertinent question, why have you not previously manifested yourself?'
'I was only elected comparatively recently'
'By whom?' Villiers asked.
'By the other plonks. When the times dictate, we gather together and elect one from among us to be God. I haven't been God long. I'm still getting used to it.' "
Dietz, William C. Where the Ships Die. New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 106.
"...if it wasn't for the fact that the Will of God was bound for the planet known as The Place of Wandering Waters. " [The ship named Will of God is one of the major ships featured in the novel.]
Drake, David. Igniting the Reaches. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 28.
Pg. 28-29: "'Missed us, by the mercy of God,' Ricimer said, and there was no blasphemy in his tone.
...'On the bridge, the men at the forward attitude controls were bellowing 'Onward Christian Soldiers' in surprisingly good harmony. ";
Pg. 30-31: "A Molt stumbled off the ramp and bumped a guard. 'God damn your crinkly soul to Hell!' shouted the spacer...
Piet Ricimer grabbed the crewman by the collar and jerked him backward. 'You!' Ricimer said. 'If I hear you blaspheme that way again, you'll swab out all three holds alone! Do you think God no longer hears us because we're off Venus?'
'Sorry, sir,' the sailor muttered... ";
Pg. 46: "As he spoke, Gregg realized that Piet Ricimer did usually think of himself as a tool of God... " [More. Many other refs. not in DB, e.g., pg. 57, 62-63, 109, 170, 205, 228, etc.]
Drake, David. Through the Breach. New York: Ace Books (1995); pg. 3.
[Year estimated.] Pg. 3: "'I believe it's the duty of every man on Venus,' I said loudly, 'to expand our planet's trade beyond the orbit of Pluto. We owe this to Venus and to God. The duty is particularly upon those like the three of us who are members of factorial families.' "; Pg. 20: "'This expedition is important to my friend Piet, do you understand? Perhaps to Venus, perhaps to mankind, perhaps to God--but certainly to my friend.' ";
Pg. 29: "'I expect the company of every vessel in the expedition to serve God once a day with its prayers,' Ricimer said. 'Love one another: w are few against the might of tyranny. Preserve your supplies, and make all efforts to keep the squadron together throughout the voyage.'
The general commander stared out at his dream for a future in which mankind populated all the universe under God. Even Thomas Hawtry looked muted by the blazing personality of the man beside whom he stood.
'In the name of God, sirs, do your duty!' "
Drake, David. Through the Breach. New York: Ace Books (1995); pg. 30.
Pg. 30: "'Oh, God,' I moaned into the sponge. My eyes were shut. 'Oh, God, please save me.' I hadn't prayed in real earnest since the night I found myself trapped in Melinda's room. "; Pg. 60: "'By the grace of God, we have come this far,' Piet Ricimer said. " [Many other reverent refs. to God in novel, not in DB, e.g., pg. 75, 77, 86, 97, 138, 149, 171-172, 195, 227, etc.]
Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 202.
 "'What is God?' Mirissa asked.
Kaldo sighed and looked up from the centuries old display he was scanning.
'Oh, dear. Why do you ask?'
'Because Loren said yesterday, 'Moses thinks the scorps may be looking for God.'
'Did he indeed? I'll speak to him later. And you, young lady, are asking me to explain something that has obsessed millions of men for thousands of years and generated more words than any other single subject in history. How much time can you spare this morning?'
Mirissa laughed. 'Oh, at least an hour. Didn't you once tell me that anything really important can be expressed in a single sentence?'
'Umm. Well, I've come across some exceedingly long-winded sentences in my time. Now, where shall I start . . .' "
Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 202.
 "He let his eyes wander to the glade outside the library window and the silent--yet so eloquent!--hulk of the Mother Ship looming above it. Here human life began on this planet; no wonder it often reminds me of Eden. And am I the Snake, about to destroy its innocence? But I won't be telling a girl as clever as Mirissa anything she doesn't already know--or guess.
'The trouble with the word God,' he began slowly, 'is that it never meant the same thing to any two people--especially if they were philosophers. That's why it slowly dropped out of use during the Third Millennium except as an expletive--in some cultures, too obscene for polite use.' "
Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 203.
 "'Instead, it [the word 'God'] was replaced by a whole constellation of specialized words. This at least stopped people arguing at cross-purposes, which caused ninety percent of the trouble in the past.
"The Personal God, sometimes called God One, became Alpha. It was the hypothetical entity supposed to watch over the affairs of everyday life--every individual--every animal!--and to reward god and punish evil, usually in a vaguely described existence after death. You worshiped Alpha, prayed to it, carried out elaborate religious ceremonies, and built huge churches in its honor . . .
'Then there was the God who created and might or might not have had anything to do with it since then. That was Omega. By the time they'd finished dissecting God, the philosophers had used up all the other twenty or so letters of the ancient Greek alphabet, but Alpha and Omega will do very nicely for this morning... ten billion man-years were ever spent discussing them...' "
Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 203.
 Pg. 203: "'Alpha [the Personal God] was inextricably entangled with religion--and that was its downfall. It might still have been around right up to the destruction of the Earth if the myriads of competing religions had left each other alone...' "; Pg. 204: "'Fortunately for mankind, Alpha faded out of the picture, more or less gracefully, in the early 2000s. It was killed by a fascinating development called statistical theology. How much more time do I have left?... It was the final assault on the problem of Evil. What brought it to a head was... " [Much more about God and religion, pg. 203-207.]
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Telling. New York: Harcourt (2000); pg. 102.
"...what the Hainish, with their passion for lists and categories, called a religion of process. 'There are no native Akan words for God, gods, the divine,' she told her noter. 'The Corporate bureaucrats made up a word for God and installed state theism when they learned that a concept of deity was important on the worlds they took as models. They saw that religion is a useful tool for those in power. But there was no native theism or deism here. On Aka, god is a word without referent. No capital letters. No creator, only creation. No eternal father to reward... "
Engh, M. J. Rainbow Man. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 36.
"'We don't have laws,' he said gravely, 'but we have law.'
Whoosh! Whoosh! One on either side of us, laughing as they passed. I raised my milk cup in salute. 'How do you mean that?' I asked Doron.
'The law of God,' he said. 'People who respect the law of God have no need for other laws.'
'What god is that?'
'The God,' he said. 'The only God.'
I had heard, somewhere out in the Gemmeus cluster, that religion was a big thing on Bimran; but I'd seen so little evidence of it, I'd dismissed that rumor as just one of the things you hear. I'd studied history, I'd experienced a few religious worlds, I thought I knew something about religion; and on Bimran I hadn't even seen anything that could be called a place of worship. 'How do you know what the law of God is?' I asked. I put my tongue down deep into the cold sweetness in my cup and looked at him over the rim. "
Engh, M. J. Rainbow Man. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 37.
"'Oh, it's been documented,' he said, 'It's not something that could be constructed by either human or machine intelligence. It has to be inferred from actual revelations.'
...'Revelations!' I said. 'Does that mean God talking to you?'
'Talking to somebody,' he said. When Doron smiled, the corners of his eyes crinkled.
'What happens if you don't respect the law of God?'
'But we do.'
'I mean, do you believe in heaven and hell and all that?' I was remembering my history lessons.
'Not hell! Hell is a--' He sounded indignant. He seemed to be groping for a world. 'Hell is an insulting idea.'
'Oh, sorry.' It doesn't pay to mess with religious fervor, I knew that much.
...'You don't apologize to me,' he said. 'It's the people who first imagined hell who owe an apology to God.'
'That's good,' I said. 'I don't think I like the idea of hell myself.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Engh, M. J. Rainbow Man. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 46.
"'So how do you tell these people apart? What's your standard?'
'That's simple too. Cultures that accept the reality of God can be identified by their moral code. That is the standard, Rainbow Man.'
...'Yes, aren't there some bizarre moralities in the universe? But if you leave out the ones that deny God, and subtract the minor variations, there's a core morality left over. We call it the Commandments. It turns up on dozens of worlds--even unrelated worlds. The only things that they have in common are the same basic morality and the same belief in God.'
...'I guess I can believe that. I mean, odd patterns do turn up... So where do these things come from--the morality and the belief in God? How do you get them?' " [Also pg. 69.]
Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (2002; c. 1985); pg. 305.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Good! Wonderful! Wasn't it all badly flawed anyway?
No, perhaps not. Not until now.
Or, Lord, I am driven to prayer. I am weak and incapable of making these judgments. I do not believe in you, not in any form that has been described to me, but I must pray, bcause I am in dread, in unholy fear.
What are we giving birth to?
Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 1, pg. 23.
[Letter from Steve Rogers/Captain America, to his girlfriend back home, written should he not return from the mission] "All I ever wanted was for us to get married and have kids and buy that little house with the cherry blossom trees on Cedar Street. It breaks my heart to think that you and I might get cheated out of all the tiny joys other people take for granted. But even if we ARE separated for a little whilte, we've got to remember that God is good and even the most TERRIBLE things happen for the best of REASONS, sweetheart. HEAVEN AND HELL couldn't keep us apart, Gail Richards. I know in my heart that no matter WHAT the future holds... you and I will be together again ONE day. Always and forever, Steve. "
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. "Faith " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 207-209.
"And I had maintained that peace by avoiding streets like this one. But today I was on a mission. I had volunteered for a wild-goose chase for the paper. More of a lark, really, to see if I could find anything humorous in an interview with the widow of God... She didn't look like God's wife. She looked like God's great-grandmother.
'I didn't think you'd come,' she said softly... 'I didn't think people considered us news anymore.'
They didn't, not really. More of a curiosity. Remembered stories from childhood and a bit of wish fulfillment. Rather like the articles from Anastasia and the so-called heiress to the no-longer-existent Russian throne. The last of the Romanovs. Only here it is the last deity, passing away quietly in his suburban Midwest.
But I said none of this to her. 'I hear there's a bit of him left in Northern Ireland.'
'I doubt that. He had never been out of Iowa.'... a woman who claimed she was God's widow " [More.]
Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 13.
[Year estimated.] "He pulled a prepared recording disc from a shelf and slipped it into a slot on the navigational unit.
'My dear God,' Jor-El whispered as the rocket carrying its tiny burden lifted off amid the crashing of metal and rock. 'May the starwinds guide your course, Kal-El.' "
Bear, Greg. "A Martian Ricorso " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1976); pg. 107.
"Standing on the edge of Swift Plateau, I'm afraid to move or breath deeply, as I whisper into the helmet recorder, lest I disturb something holy: God's sharp scrutiny of Edom Crater. I've gone outside, away from the lander and my crewmates, to order my thoughts... "
"'How about making it the top floor?' Pontimer said. 'nearer to God, you know.'...
'Sorry,' Fisk said regretfully. 'The upper floors are not yet in service...' "
Aldiss, Brian. "A Whiter Mars " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1995); pg. 229.
"SHE: To meet all those species we don't yet know of . . . Maybe with God?
HE: Unlikely. God was one of those creaking floorboards in the brain we left behind when we got to Mars.
SHE: I cannot accept that. What would become of the human race if there was no god? " [More about the existence or non-existence of God, pg. 229-232: One person argues for, the other against.]
Keyes, J. Gregory. Newton's Cannon. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 12.
Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 188.
"In the elevator, Lois fumbled for the keys Clark had given her after they were engaged... Lois closed her eyes, trying hard to hold back the tears, but they were flowing anyway. Dear God, she prayed, he's yours now. He's never coming back to me. I'm all alone. "
Hauman, Glenn. "Chasing Hairy " in X-Men: Legends (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 104.
"...to battle the Mad Thinker, who I demoralize into defeat by my incisive Jungian analysis of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and my conclusive proof of the existence of an all-encompassing superior deity deduced from the implicate order. "
New York: New York City
Silverberg, Robert. The Stochastic Man. New York: Harper & Row (1975); pg. 229.
"About forty years ago a French scientist and philosopher named Jacques Monod wrote, 'Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence he has emerged by chance.'
I believed that once. You may believe it now.
But examine Monod's statement in the light of a remark that Albert Einstein once made. 'God does not throw dice,' Einstein said.
One of those statements is wrong. I think I know which one. "
New York: New York City
McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 54.
"...so it's like watching it from a floater keeping pace with the race. Like being God. Or maybe God is synched in to everyone. Same thing, though, total objectivity. "
North Carolina: Greensboro
Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 149.
"'...So do you cast off your firstborn child in order to give birth to a fourth or fifth or sixth? Peter seemed sometimes not to have any conscience at all. If ever anyone needed to believe in God, it was Peter, and he didn't.'
'He probably wouldn't have anyway,' said Bean.
'You don't know him,' said Mrs. Wiggin. 'He lives by pride. If we had made him proud of being a secret believer, he would have been valiant in that struggle. Instead he's . . . not.' "
Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 91.
[Hell Tanner converses with the biologist he met near Dayton.] "'Do you believe in God, Hell?'
'I didn't, but I do now. 'Forgive me my trespasses . . .' "
Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 289.
Pg. 293: "'It's Pascal's wager... See, if you do believe in God, and he doesn't exist, then you've lost very little. But if you don't, and he does, then you risk eternal torment. Given that, it's prudent to be a believer.' " [More in their discussion about God, pg. 289-293, 347.]
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 203.
"'Had Hollus told you he was searching for God?' asked Susan, looking down at her mug of coffee.
'And you didn't say anything to me?'
'Well, I . . .' I trailed off. 'No. No, I didn't.'
'I would have loved to have talked to him about that.'
'I'm sorry,' I said.
'So the Forhilnors [the main alien race in the novel] are religious,' she said, summing it all up, at least for her.
But I had to protest; I had to. 'Hollus and his colleagues believe the universe was intelligently designed. But they don't worship God.'
'They don't pray?' asked Susan.
'No. Well, the Wreeds spend half of each day in meditation, attempting to communicate with God telepathically, but--'
'That sounds like prayer to me.'
'They say they don't want anything from God.'
Susan was quiet for a moment. 'Prayer isn't about asking for things; it's not like visiting a department-store Santa Claus.'
I shrugged; I guess I really didn't know much about the topic. "
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 128.
"I paused for a moment, deciding if I wanted to ask the question. Then I figures, why not? 'Do you believe in God?' I asked.
'Do you believe in sand?' asked the Wreed. 'Do you believe in electromagnetism?'
'That is a yes,' said Hollus, trying to be helpful. 'Wreeds often speak, in rhetorical questions, but they have no notion of sarcasm, so do not take offense.'
'More significant is whether God believes in me,' said T'kna.
'How do you mean?' I asked. My head was starting to hurt.
The Wreed also seemed to be struggling with what to say; his mouth parts worked, but no sound emanated from them. At last he made sounds in his language, and the translator said, 'God observes; wavefronts collapse. God's chosen people are those whose existence he/she/it validates by observing.' " [More, not in DB.]
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 146.
"And my world[view]... did not include a god.
But I'd now met not one but two different alien lifeforms, two different beings from worlds more advanced than my own. And both of these advanced creatures believed the universe was created, believed it showed clear evidence of intelligent design... Since ancient times, the philosophers' secret has always been this: we know that God does not exist, or, at least, if he does, he's utterly indifferent to our individual affairs--but we can't let the rabble know that; it's the fear of God, the threat of divine punishment and the promise of divine reward, that keeps in line those too unsophisticated to work out questions of morality on their own.
But in an advanced race, with universal literacy and material desires fulfilled through the power of technology, surely everyone is a philosopher, everyone knows that God is just a story, just a myth, and we can drop the pretence, dispensing with religion. "
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 171.
"There was a row of newspaper boxes by the entrance to North York Centre subway station. The headline on today's Toronto Star said, 'Aliens Have Proof of God's Existence.' The headline on the Globe and Mail proclaimed, 'God a Scientific Fact, Say ETs.' The National Post declared, 'Universe Had a Creator.' And the Toronto Star proclaimed just two giant words, filling most of its front page: 'God lives!'
...A Hindu woman in Brussels had asked Salbanda, the Forhilnor spokesperson who met periodically with the media, the simple, direct question of whether he believes in any gods.
And he'd answered--at length.
And of course, cosmologists all over the planet, including Stephen Hawking and Alan Guth, were quickly interviewed to find out if what the Forhilnor had said made sense. "
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 28.
"I shook my head in wonder. 'I can't think of any reason why evolutionary history should be similar on multiple worlds.'
'One reason is obvious,' said Hollus. He moved sideways a few steps... 'It could be that way because God wished it to be so.'
For some reason, I was surprised to hear the alien talking like that. Most of the scientists I know are either atheists or keep their religion to themselves--and Hollus had indeed said he was a scientist.
'That's one explanation,' I said quietly.
'It is the most sensible. Do humans not subscribe to a principle that says the simplest explanation is the most preferable.'
I nodded. 'We call it Occam's razor.'
'The explanation that it was God's will posits one cause for all the mass extinctions; that makes it preferable.' "
Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 64.
[Hollus points out that only an impossibly rare combination of values for the fundamental forces of the universe, gravity, nuclear force, strong force, etc., could result in the stable universe, stars, etc., that have produced life. He states that this is clear evidence of intelligent design. Jericho counters:] "'Maybe all the possible values for those constants do exist,' I said, 'but in different universes. Maybe there are a limitless number of parallel universes, all of which are devoid of life because their physical parameters don't allow it...'
...'I see,' continued the alien, 'the source of your misunderstanding. In the past, the scientists of my world were mostly atheists or agnostics. We have long known of the apparently finely tuned forces that govern our universe... [and] it turns out that there are no long-term parallel universes existing simultaneously with this one...' "
Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 99.
"He surveyed the room carefully: polished wooden floors with handwoven rugs of blue and red and gray scattered about them; a dresser holding a white enamel basin... books and paper and pen and ink on the table; a hand-stitched sampler on the wall asking God to bless... "
Schroeder, Karl. "The Dragon of Pripyat " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 197.
[Year estimated] "'When I was a boy,' said the dragon of Pripyat, 'I wrote a letter to God. And then I put the letter in a jar, and I buried in the garden, as deep as I could reach. It never occurred to me that someone might dig it up one day. I thought, no one sees God. God is in the hidden places between the walls, behind us when we are looking the other way. But I have put this letter out of the world. Maybe God will pass by and read it.' "
David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 107.
[Worf's adoptive mother speaking.] "'...But a young boy needs positive female influences. I think that's the way it should be. And if your poor mother, God rest her soul, can't be with you, then you should have good, solid female role models. Like what I tried to be for you, and what I'm sure Deanna can and will be. A family. A true family.' "
Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 57.
"'I've another problem, Indra--and I guess you're the only person who can help. When I say 'God,' why do people look embarrassed?'
Indra did not look at all embarrassed; in fact, she laughed.
'That's a very complicated story. I wish my old friend Dr. Khan were here to explain it to you--we still needed a word for the Prime Cause, or the creator of the Universe--but he's on Ganymede, curing any remaining True Believers he can find there. When al the old religions were discredited--let me tell you about Pope Pius XX sometime--one of the greatest men in history!--we still needed a word for the Prime Cause, or the creator of the Universe--if there is one... There were lots of suggestions--Deo--Theo--Jove--Brahma--they were all tried, and some of them are still around--especially Einstein's favorite, 'The Old One.' But Deus seems to be the fashion nowadays.'
'I'll try to remember...' "
Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 57.
"'...but it still seems silly to me.'
'You'll get used to it: I'll teach you some other reasonably polite expletives, to use when you want to express your feelings . . .'
'You said that all the old religions have been discredited. So what do people believe nowadays?'
'As little as possible. We're all either Deists or Theists.'
'You've lost me. Definitions, please.'
'They were slightly different in your time, but here are the latest versions. Theists believe there's not more than one God; Deists that there is not less than one God.'
'I'm afraid the distinction's too subtle for me.'
'Not for everyone; you'd be amazed at the bitter controversies it's aroused. Five centuries ago, someone used what's known as surreal mathematics to prove there's an infinite number of grades between Theists and Deists. Of course, like most dabblers with infinity, he went insane. But the way, the best-known Deists were Americans--Washington, Franklin, Jefferson.' "
Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 31.
"...but somehow he and Marie-Claire had been unable to get an egg and a sperm, each millions of times larger than those subatomic particles, to come together. But finally it had happened; finally God had smiled upon them, finally she was pregnant. "
Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 95.
"'...I will not claim to agree with the Covenant, but I am bound by it. The majority feel that your continuing objectivity is crucial. I will only say that the guiding principles of Church Second Comm [the Second Church Communist] are essentially humanist, and that we maintain only symbolic connection to the atheistic Communists of Earth. We are theist Communists.'
'Ah, yes,' Brother Paul said, disconcerted. God-fearing Communists--and the Reverend was obviously sincere. Yet this was no more anomalous in theory than God-fearing Capitalists. "
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