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34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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God United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 14. "She was not a superstitious person, or even a religious person, she was simply someone who was not at all sure she should be flying to Norway. But she was finding it increasingly easy to believe that God, if there was a God, and if it was remotely possible that an godlike being who could order the disposition of particles at the creation of the Universe would also be interested in directing traffic on the M4, did not want her to fly to Norway either. All the trouble with the tickets, finding a next-door neighbor to look after the cat, then finding the cat..., the sudden leak in the roof, the missing wallet, the weather, the unexpected death of the next-door neighbor, the pregnancy of the cat--it all had the semblance of an orchestrated campaign of obstruction which had begun to assume godlike proportions. "
God United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 30. Pg. 30: "It seemed that no one had been seriously hurt, but that an employee of one of the airlines was still unaccounted for. The incident had now been officially classified as an 'Act of God.'

'Nice one, God,' thought Kate. ";

Pg. 77: "The explosion was now officially designated an 'Act of God.'

But, thought Dirk, what god? And why?

What god would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 flight to Oslo? "

God United Kingdom 1996 Knight, Damon. Humpty Dumpty: An Oval. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 91. "Pascal said that we ought to believe in God and heaven, because if it's true we win, and if it isn't we've lost nothing. I do believe there's something behind the appearances of this world, but I don't know how to make myself believe in anything more specific, and don't think I would if I knew how. I can't worship any God who's more petty and vengeful than I am. "
God United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys When Winter Comes " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 14. "She turned to the machine and was soon networking. All round the planet, other people, mainly women, began to discuss religious issues. Some dispatched their electronic thoughts to arrive on paper. Others showed photomontages they had made.

'I need God because I am alone so frequently,' said Monica to the multitude. 'My baby died. But I don't know where God is. Maybe he doesn't visit cities.'

Answers poured in.

'Are you mad enough to think God lives in a country existence? If so, forget it. God's everywhere.'

'God is only a prayer away, wherever you live. I will pray for you.'

'Of course you are alone. God is just a concept, invented by an unhappy man. Get a life, darling. Check up on the neuroscience.'

'It's because you think you are alone that God cannot get to you!' "

God United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 15. "The sun finished the last rays of its lingering good-bye, and the moon rose in awful majesty over the silver tree-tops, before he dared to stand. Then he got up, and dusted the twigs out of his jerkin, and wandered off forlorn, taking the easiest way and trusting himself to God. He had been walking like this for about half an hour, and sometimes feeling more cheerful... when he came upon the most beautiful thing that he had seen in his short life so far. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
God United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 194. "'When God had manufactured all the eggs out of which the fishes and the serpents and the birds and the mammals and even the duck-billed platypus would eventually emerge, he called the embryos before Him, and saw that they were good.

'Perhaps I ought to explain,' added the badger... 'that the embryos look very much the same. They are what you are before you are born--and, whether you are going to be a tadpole or a peacock or a cameleopard or a man, when you are an embryo you just look like a peculiarly repulsive and helpless human being. I continue as follows:

'The embryos stood in front of God, with their feeble hands clasped politely over their stomachs... and God addressed them.

'He said: 'Now, you embryos, here you are, all looking exactly the same, and We are going to give you the choice of what you want to be...' " [More of this story, pg. 194-196.]

God United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 559. "Lancelot and Guenever were sitting at the solar window. An observer of the present day, who knew the Arthurian legend only from Tennyson and people of that sort, would have been startled to see that the famous lovers were past their prime... In those days people loved each other for their lives, without the conveniences of the divorce court and the psychiatrist. They had a God in heaven and a goddess on earth [meaning the woman they chose to love]--and, since people who devote themselves to goddesses must exercise some caution about the ones to whom they are devoted, they neither chose them by passing standards of the flesh alone, nor abandoned it lightly when the bruckle thing began to fail. "
God United Kingdom: England 1898 Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds. New York: Penguin Putnam (1986; c. 1898); pg. 169. "In the silence of the night, with the sense of the nearness of God that sometimes comes from the stillness and the darkness, I stood my trial, my only trial, for that moment of wrath and fear. "
God United Kingdom: England 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (2002; c. 1985); pg. 183. [In New York City, Suzy listens on the radio to a British economist, broadcast from England.] "--yet my concern, as an economist, must be with what happens after the crisis passes. If it passes. Well, I'm an optimist. God in all His wisdom has some reason for this. Yes. So there has been no communication from the whole of North America, with the exception of the famous meteorological station on Afognak Island. The financiers are dead, the. The United States has always been the great bastion of private capital. Russia is now the dominant nation on the globe, militarily and perhaps financially. What can we expect. "
God United Kingdom: England 1987 Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 240. "Such music, " he said. "I'm not religious, but if I were I wuld say it was like a glimpse into the mind of God. Perhaps it was and I ought to be religious. I have to keep reminding myself that they didn't create the music, they only created the instrument which could read the score. And the score was life itself. And it's all up there. "
God United Kingdom: England 2100 Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1963; c. 1962); pg. 4. "..turned into a big big big mesto, bigger than the whole world, and you were just going to get introduced to old Bog or God when it was all over... You were not put on this earth just to get in touch with God. That sort of thing could sap all the strength and the goodness out of a chelloveck. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
God United Kingdom: London 1989 Campbell, Ramsey. Ancient Images. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1989); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "She couldn't see him, and she couldn't cry out to him. Someone had driven a gag into her mouth, so deep that the rusty taste of it was choking her. She couldn't even pray aloud to God to numb her awareness of her bruised tongue that was swollen between her back teeth. "; Pg. 2: "Then, as if God had answered the prayer she couldn't voice, he struggles or the fire snapped her bonds, and she was toppling forward. "
God universe 8000000 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 186. [Year estimated.] "And yet one of them was unique among them all in being the original Galaxy. One of them had, in its vague and distant past, a period when it was the only Galaxy populated by man. Zee Prime was consumed with curiosity to see this Galaxy and he called out: 'Universal AC! On which Galaxy did mankind originate?'

The Universal AC heard, for on every world and throughout space, it had its receptors ready, and each receptor lead through hyperspace to some unknown point where the Universal AC kept itself aloof. " [The Universal AC is a god-like computer.]; [Much later:] Pg. 190: "For another timeless interval, AC [successor to Universal AC and successor to Cosmic AC] thought how best to do this [reverse entropy]. Carefully, AC organized the program. The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.


And there was light-- "

God USA 1940 Hubbard, L. Ron. Fear. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1991; c. 1940); pg. 22. "'You say that the gods of luck are false; you wrote that it is silly to seek the aid of gods beyond the aid of the one supreme God; you said that demons and devils were the manufacture of Machiavellian witch doctors and that men could only be herded by the fear of those things they could not see...' "
God USA 1966 Asimov, Isaac. Fantastic Voyage. New York: bantam (1988; c. 1966); pg. 91. "'Proteus reporting, sir.'

'Thank God for so much,' muttered Carter. 'State the message.'

...'But it's hopeless, darn it. God knows how weakened their ship is...' "

God USA 1969 Delacorte, Peter. Time On My Hands. New York: Scribner (1997); pg. 12. "To call the moment an epiphany would be to understate. To recall it merely as solipsism would be to do my ten-year-old self an injustice. I did not, after all, suspect even for a second that I was God, or even related to God. I had simply discovered the fact that if some beast came out of the woods and did away with me, or if by any other means I suddenly ceased to exist, then so too would all I surveyed. I had stumbled across my importance. "
God USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 70. "There certainly was, at the very least a new universe to perceive, and [Lex] Luthor knew the same kind of excitement that the man who had first tamed fire knew.

Luthor had told no one of his discovery. That was his way. Who was there to tell? It did not matter anyway, he knew now, if he did not transmit the knowledge to another mind before he endangered his life. He had realized, as a result of his discovery of gas-waves [the substance that souls are comprised of], that he would never die. There was a God.

This was news to him.

The discovery had started simply and innocuously, as such discoveries often begin, with a question in Luthor's mind. It was this: Where do thoughts go once they've been thought? " [More.]

God USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 134. "'Oh, you know, you put on such a show while you're dating. Then you get married and . . . well, he turned out to be very different from the person I thought he was during our courtship. I suppose I was different, too. Anyway, you make choices in life. Sometimes you make the wrong ones. God gave us that responsibility. I used to blame Him for what happened, then I realized that I, not God, had made the choice to marry Gary. So I decided to learn from that mistake and move on. It has made me much more careful, I can tell you.' " [A few other explicit refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 46-47, 176.]
God USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 137. [Epigraph]

"I suppose God could have made
a sillier animal than a sheep
but it is very certain
that He never did. . . .

Dorothy Sayers "

God USA 1997 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 395. "'God is what you love.' He said this softly; it was embarrassing to realize how much he believed it. Yet he had never been particularly good at love, neither the love of people in all its forms nor the other kinds, except perhaps love of his work. 'I love the Earth.'

But that was rather vague and broad. The Earth offered only unthinking obstacles to love: storms, rock slides, volcanoes, quakes. Accidents. Earth could not help being incontinent. Easy to love the great mother...

Earth = mother. God - father. No God = no father = inability to connect with the after. "

God USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "House Divided " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 37. "From there on the story got slower and slower, and wandered off in aimless, vague, and blundering directions. Vivian pressed close to him, kissing and breathing on his cheek as he told the halting tale. Then, very slowly, and with an architect's wonderful ability, she began to build his body for him! The Lord said ribs and there were ribs. The Lord said stomach and there was stomach! The Lord said legs and there were legs! The Lord said something else and there was something else! "
God USA 1998 Dick, Philip K. Time Out of Joint. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1959); pg. 188. -
God USA 1999 Matthews, Susan R. Colony Fleet. New York: Eos/HarperCollins (2000) [Dedication] "Dedicated to the memory of Matthew Ames Stabie, July 1999, a warrior in the sight of God.

The race is not always tot he swift, nor the battle to the strong; and his life was no less important to us just because it was so short. "

God USA 2000 Currier, Jameson. "Pasta Night " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 86. "I have often wondered why God spared me instead of others; wondered too, really, if there even is a God. Is it God who is so judgmental or his Christian followers? Is suffering the punishment of sin or is sin the punishment? " [More about God, not in DB.]
God USA 2002 Rusch, Kristine Kathryn & Dean Wesley Smith. X-Men. New York: Del Rey (2000); pg. 96. Pg. 96: "'Are you a God-fearing man, Senator?'

Kelly pushed back, trying everything he could to get away from the man who just kept getting closer and closer.

Magneto laughed. 'Seems you are certainly afraid of something at the moment. But God-fearing man? Such a strange phrase, don't you think?'

Kelly said nothing, trying to catch his breath as Magneto went on. The throbbing in his head increased.

'I've always thought of God as a teacher. As a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding.'

...'You see,' Magneto said, coming right up into Kelly's face, 'I think what you really are afraid of is me. Me and my kind, the brotherhood of mutants.' ";

Pg. 99: "'Don't fear God, Senator. And certainly, most certainly, don't fear me.' Magneto laughed. Then he added, 'At least not anymore.'

'What is it you intend to do to me?' Kelly shouted at Magneto's back.

'Let's just say that God works too slowly,' Magneto said... "

God USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 12. Panting, she leaned against the wall, trying in vain to yank her leg free. There was a harsh grating sound as the air conditioner shifted again, its bolts pulling loose from the wall. Desperately, Patience strained against it, but it was no use--the air conditioner's weight was too much. It was starting to fall, and with her leg pinned to it, it would pull her down too.

"Oh God, please . . . " she whispered.

From inside her apartment echoed a crash. Seconds later a man's head was thrust out of the window at her side.

"Give me your hand! "

God USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 29. Another artist, Lance, came strolling past Patience's cubicle. He hooked a bagel from her desk, then said sotto voce, "Man sandwich, twelve o'clock. "

Sally looked up sharply. "Oh, my God. . . . " She glanced at Patience, her head still bent over her work, then murmured, "Please, God let it be me, let it be me . . . "

God USA 2005 Malzberg, Barry. Beyond Apollo. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1989; 1st ed. 1972); pg. 73. "'Anything is justified,' he says, 'if it will lead man outward. Accomplishment, struggle, striving, the movement toward the goal. Man is the only one of God's creatures that can conceive of a goal in abstract terms, that can sacrifice his life toward that attainment...' "
God Utah 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 182. "The side of the canyon looked craggy and wild and the trees were gone.

'What happened?'

'I don't know,' Jill said. 'I saw it change this time. It was sudden.'

'Are we heading for Vasquez again?'

'Maybe, but this looks more like Utah or Arizona than California.'

I had to agree--for the time being, anyway; because over the next few minutes the landscape underwent a gradual sea change. The coloration of rocks turned a few shades darker, losing pinks and tans and picking up grays and browns. The sky darkened as well. Watching produced a strange feeling, as if looking over the shoulder of an omnipotent creator in the at of creation.' "

God Washington, D.C. 1993 Anthony, Patricia. Brother Termite. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1993); pg. 125. "She was staring wide-eyed at a spot behind Oomal, as though God and a retinue of His archangels had materialized there. "
God Washington, D.C. 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 116. "'I will say again, I have my doubts,' the majority leader said. 'I'm wondering if this is a sign. Maybe it's time to get our house in order and look deep into our hearts, maybe make peace with our Maker. Quite clearly, we've disturbed some powerful forces here.'

The president touched his nose with his finger, his expression serious. Shawbeck and Augustine knew enough to keep quiet.

'Senator,' the president said, 'I pray you are wrong.'

'What hypocrisy,' he muttered. 'It hate it when they invoke God.' He shook his arms to loosen the tension in his neck and gave a small, crackling chuckle. 'I vote for aliens, myself. Call in the X-Files.' "

God world -10000 B.C.E. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1977); pg. 25. "In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Iluvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Iluvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as a light in the darkness. And many among them became enamored of its beauty, and of its history which they saw beginning and unfolding as in a vision. Therefore Iluvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was Ea.

Then those of the Ainur who desired it arose and entered into the World at the beginning of Time; and it was their task to achieve it and by their labours to fulfill the vision which they had seen... Then they put on the raiment of Earth and descended into it, and dwelt therein. " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragon Wing. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 420. "Theorists tell us that magic draws its power from the original creation of the Omniverse. In the beginning, Elihn, God in One, stretched out his hand amid the Chaos. The motion of his hand ordered chaos into infinite possibilities of creation. This motion was the first Order out of Chaos. It is called the Wave Prime or more often simply the Prime.

Elihn saw in the Prime the creation of the ethereal and the physical, and the seeing of it made it so. In the creation of the spiritual and the physical, the Prime split into two sets of waves, each infinite in their possibilities... " [More.]

God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast (2000); pg. 18. "'...I do not fight for power. I fight for one cause, and that is glory. Not for myself, but for my god.'

'Who is your god?' Galdar asked, awed.

Mina smiled, a fell smile, pale and cold. 'The name may not be spoken. My god is the One God. The One who rides the storm, the One who rules the night. My god is the One God who made your flesh whole. Swear your loyalty to me, Galdar. Follow me to victory.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast (2000); pg. 20. "'You are my commander, Mina,' said one, gazing upon her as the starving gaze upon bread, the thirsty gaze upon cool water. 'I pledge my life to you.'

'Not to me,' she said. 'To the One God.'

'The One God!' Their voices lifted and were swept up in the song that was no longer frightening but was exalting, stirring, a call to arms. 'Mina and the One God!' "

God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast (2000); pg. 138. "'Listen to me!' Mina shouted, her voice ringing with authority and power. 'The old gods are gone! They abandoned you. They will never return! One god has come in their place. One god to rule the world. One god only. To that one god, we owe our allegiance!'

'What is the name of this god?' one cried.

'I may not pronounce it,' Mina replied. 'The name is too holy, too powerful.'

'Mina!' said one. 'Mina, Mina!'

The crowd picked up the chant and, once started, they would not be stopped.

Mina looked exasperated for a moment, even angry. Lifting her hand, she clasped her fingers over the medallion she wore round her neck. Her face softened, cleared.

'Go forth! Speak my name,' she cried. 'But know that you speak it in the name of my god.'

The cheers were deafening... "

God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast (2000); pg. 205. "The first day after the siege of Sanction, Mina tried to leave her tent to go stand in line with the other soldiers waiting for food. She was mobbed, surrounded by soldiers and camp followers who wanted to touch her for luck or wanted her to touch them. The soldiers were respectful, awed in her presence. Mina spoke to each one, always in the name of the One, True God. But the press of men, women and children was overwhelming... "
God world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast (2000); pg. 208. "'Offer your thanks and your loyalty to the One True God,' she told them. 'It is by the god's power that you are restored.'

Indeed, it seemed that she was given divine assistance, for she did not grow weary or faint, no matter how many of the injured she treated. And that was many. when she came from helping the dying, she moved from one of the wounded to another, laying her hands upon them, kissing them, praising their deeds in battle.

'The power of healing does not come from me,' she told them. 'It comes from the God who has returned to care for you.'

...'We are brought into this world to serve the One True God,' Mina said. 'As we serve the True God in this world, the dead do important service in the next. It would be wrong to bring them back.' "

God world -1000 B.C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer; Julian May & Andre Norton. Black Trillium. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 83. Pg. 83: "Prince Antar's face was somber, lost in thought. 'I will remember my Royal Fathers in my prayers...' "; Pg. 300: "'God have mercy upon us all,' moaned Prince Antar, who lay at the top of the tangled mass of prisoners, 'and may he damn the sorcerer Orogastus, who sent us to this ignoble death, do the deepest of the ten pits of hell.' "; Pg. 343: "'...If God wills, we will be ready to engage this foe on the Feast of Three Moons.' " [Few other refs. not in DB.]
God world -998 B.C.E. Goodkind, Terry. Blood of the Fold. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 15. "Tovi raised her hand toward her lips to kiss her ring finger--an ancient gesture beseeching the Creator's protection. It was an old habit, begun the first morning of a novice's training. Each of them had learned to do it every morning, without fail, upon arising, and in times of tribulation. Tovi had probably done it by rote countless thousands of times, as had they all. A Sister of the Light was symbolically betrothed to the Creator, and His will. Kissing the ring finger was a ritual renewal of that betrothal. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
God world -998 B.C.E. Goodkind, Terry. Temple of the Winds. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 182. "Verna wrote. May the Creator hold you safely in his care, Prelate. "
God world -996 B.C.E. Goodkind, Terry. Soul of the Fire. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 324. Pg. 324: "'As the Creator is my witness,' Sister Georgia, I've seen more shilly-shallying out of you in the last ten minutes than your first five hundred years in this world. Now, get me to the other Sisters...' "; Pg. 329: "Ann sighed. 'The Creator be with you.' " [Other, not in DB.]
God world 1000 C.E. de Camp, L. Sprague. "Two Yards of Dragon " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1976); pg. 48. Pg. 48: "'...for I hear that the Easterlings have not the true religion. They falsely believe that God is one, instead of two as we truly understand.'

'Let's not wander into the mazes of theology,' said Sir Dambert, his chin in his fist. 'To be sure, the paynim Southrons believe that God is three, an even more pernicious notion than that of the Easterlings.'

'An I meet God in my travels, I'll ask him the truth o't,' said Eudoric.' "; Pg. 62: "...and an onion-domed, brightly colored cathedral of the One God. " [More, not in DB.]

God world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David. The Diamond Throne. New York: Ballantine (1989); pg. 408. "'Where is your faith, Martel? This is God's design, not mine. God will not permit me to die until I have performed this service for Him. Have faith, dear brother. God will sustain and keep me against all perils. It is my destiny to fulfill this task, and God will see to it that I do not fail.'

'Praise God!' Ashram exclaimed ecstatically, ending the discussion. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 31. [Otherworldly fantasy novel. Actual year indeterminate.] Pg. 31: "Mother of God! Has the Hayholt caught fire? "; Pg. 112: "It was easy to pretend there was nothing beyond this place, that this was how it must have felt when God stood atop Mount Den Haloi and made the world, as told in the Book of Aedon. "; Pg. 176: "'Elysia, Mother of God, this is wonderful medicine for someone suffering form nightmares!' "
God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 283. "'That is enough, Lady. You must stop for a moment and finish your meal. Then, if you wish, you may start again. It would fly in the face of God's mercy to escape the kil . . . the many dangers we have, then to die of a foolish strangulation.' "
God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. '. Pg. 385: "'But here, Deornoth, do not put on such a serious face. If God means me to overthrow my brother, not all the knights and bowmen of Aedon's earth can slay me. If He does not--well, there is no place to hide from one's fate.' ";

Pg. 460: "'I believe that God has plans, Simon.' The archivist spoke carefully. 'And it may be that we simply don't understand them . . . or it may be that God Himself does not quite now how His plans will work out.'

'But you priests are always saying that God knows everything!'

'He may have chosen to forget some of the more painful things,' Strangyeard said gently. 'If you lived forever, and experienced every pain in the world as thought it were your own--died with every soldier, cried with every widow and orphan, shared every mother's grief at the passing of a beloved child--would you not perhaps yearn to forget, too?' "; Pg. 740: "'This is one of the sternest tests God has given me, and I have failed Him already more times than I can count.' "

God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 752. Pg. 752: "'I will bring this beloved rabble of mine safe through Nabban, Isgrimnur, whatever it takes. But when we get to Erkynland, we are putting the dice into the hands of God--and who knows what He will do them?'

'Not a one of us,' Isgrimnur said. 'And good deeds do not buy His favor, either. At least your Father Strangyear said that to me the other night, that he thought it might be as much a sin to try to God's love by good deeds as it is to do bad ones.' ";

Pg. 753: "'The priest said that trying to buy God's favor with good deeds was a sin. Well, first he apologized for having any thoughts at all... but said it anyway. That God owes us nothing, and we owe Him all, that we should do right things because they are right and that is closest to God, not because we will be rewarded like children given sweetmeats for sitting quietly.' "

God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 2. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 39. "'What Morgenes seems to suggest,' the archivist said, 'is that what makes the three swords special--no, more than special, powerful--is that they are not of Osten Ard. Each of them, in some way, goes against the laws of God and Nature.' " [Some other refs., e.g., pg. 140, 179, 186, 201, 204.]
God world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 2. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 487. "I've wondered why he was so strange, so distant. He does not wish to live. He is only here because he believes God wishes him to finish the tasks before him. Clearly any questioning of God's will, even the infallibility of the lector, was difficult for Camaris. He thinks of himself as a dead man. "
God world 1002 C.E. Eddings, David. The Ruby Knight. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 26. Pg. 26: "As an Elene and a Knight of the Church, it was Sparhawk's duty to reveal his observations to the Church authorities. He chose, however, not to. His loyalty to the Church was one thing--a commandment from God. ";

Pg. 102: "'You have all given me much to consider,' Ortzel said. 'I have followed what I perceived to be the letter of Church doctrine. Perhaps I should look beyond that perception and seek guidance from God.' ";

Pg. 270: "'I know my own weaknesses. I am powerfully attracted to members of the fair sex.'

...'Do you still feel those urges? I'd hoped that by the time I reached your age, they would no longer trouble me.'

'It doesn't work exactly that way, Bevier. I've known some very old men whose heads could still be turned by a pretty face. It's part of being human, I suppose. If God didn't want us to feel that way, He wouldn't permit it...' "

God world 1004 C.E. Eddings, David. The Secret of the Stone. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 20. "The Church Knights were largely engaged in making the world safe for other, gentler, Elenes to perform those ceremonies the clergy felt were pleasing to God. Sparhawk seldom concerned himself with God. Today, however, he had gone through some rather profoundly spiritual events. Ruefully he admitted to himself that a man with a pragmatic turn of mind is never really prepared for religious experiences of the kind that had been thrust upon him today... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
God world 1650 Matz, Marc. "Despite and Still " in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989); pg. 243. [Year estimated.] "Or maybe it was as the priests claim, an Act of the God that made them leave us alone. And God's Instrument was the weather; for the sea storms came, hail that turned the Realm into fields of churning mud, and early snow so heavy it could drown horses. Maybe that is true... " [Multiple other refs., not in DB.]
God world 1866 Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1953; c. 1870); pg. 67. Pg. 67: "No man could demand from him an account of his actions; God, if he believed in one--his conscience, if he had one,--were the sole judges to whom he was answerable. "; Pg. 71: "'...There I own vast properties that I harvest myself, and which are forever sown by the hand of the Creator of All Things.' "
God world 1887 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 73. "'Very true,' replied Dr. Leete; '...It would be an extraordinary sort of logic which should try to determine a moral question by a material standard. The amount of the effort alone is pertinent to the question of desert. All men who do their best, do the same. A man's endowments, however godlike, merely fix the measure of his duty. The man of great endowments who does not do all he might, though he may do more than a man of small endowments who does his best, is deemed a less deserving worker than the latter, and dies a debtor to his fellows. The Creator sets men's tasks for them by the faculties he gives them; we simply exact their fulfillment.' "
God world 1958 McKenna, Richard. "Casey Agonistes " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1958); pg. 79. "I'm glad not to know what's under any of their masks, except maybe Mary's, because I can likely imagine better faces for them then God did. "
God world 1964 Hoyle, Fred. The Black Cloud. New York: Harper & Row (1957); pg. 231. [1] "'The answer to your question is difficult for me to explain since it seems to involve a realm of experience about which neither I nor you know anything. On previous occasions we have not discussed the nature of human religious beliefs. I found these highly illogical, and as I gathered that you did too, there seemed no point in raising the subject. By and large, conventional religion, as many humans accept it, is illogical in its attempt to conceive of entities lying outside the Universe. Since the Universe comprises everything, it is evident that nothing can lie outside it. The idea of a 'god' creating the Universe is a mechanistic absurdity clearly derived from the making of machines by men. I take it that we are in agreement about all this.' "
God world 1964 Hoyle, Fred. The Black Cloud. New York: Harper & Row (1957); pg. 231. [2] "'Yet many mysterious questions remain. Probably you have wondered whether a larger-scale intelligence than your own exists. Now you know that it does. In a like fashion I ponder on the existence of a larger-scale intelligence than myself. There is none within the Galaxy, and none within other galaxies so far as I am yet aware. yet there is strong evidence, I feel, that such an intelligence does play an overwhelming part in our existence. Otherwise how is it decided how the matter shall behave? How are your laws of physics determined? Why those laws and no others?

'These problems are of outstanding difficulty, so difficult that I have not been able to solve them. What is clear however is that such an intelligence, if it exists, cannot be spatially or temporally limited in any way.' " [More.]

God world 1970 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 7. [Excerpt from Author's Forward] "The theology in this novel is not an analog of any known religion. It stems from an attempt made by William Sarill and myself to develop an abstract, logical system of religious thought, based on the arbitrary postulate that God exists. I should say, too, that the late Bishop James A. Pike, in discussions with me, brought forth a wealth of theological material for my inspection, none of which I was previously acquainted with. " [As the foreword indicates, the nature of God is a central theme of this novel. Other refs. not in DB.]
God world 1970 Wolfe, Gene. "The HORARS of War " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1970); pg. 140. Pg. 140: "Were they merely duplicating? Had all this been worked out before with some greater war in mind? And had He Himself, the Scientist Himself, come to take the form of His creations to show that he too could bear the unendurable? "; Pg. 142: "When he himself thought He, He meant God; but 2900 meant Lieutenant Kyle. "
God world 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 132. "'Say you were somewhere really out of the way, Miss Lane. In Zaire. In the abandoned shaft of a diamond mine. The mine caved in. You had about an hour's supply of air. Absolutely no one knew where you were... What goes through your mind?'

'I wish Superman would stop stalling. I've got a deadline to meet.'

'Exactly. You don't make your peace with your God or your conscience. You don't cry. You don't go mad. You wait impatiently for Superman to save you. That possibility now exists. No one need despair any more. Superman plays adopted father to the world, ready to bail anyone out of trouble the way his father Jor-El bailed him out of a dying planet. The only evidence of significant social growth over the past ten years, I have found, has been among those outside law-abiding society' "

God world 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 175. "This was the day Superman was introduced to God.

He was asleep. Dreaming. Dreaming dreams somebody else wanted him to dream... " [Much more about this subject.]

God world 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 178. "'You have about deduced what has happened to you. Next you are to meet your Creator.'


'It is not common procedure, of course.'


'You are better at words than I am Kal-El. It is I who am supposed to come to the point, and you seem to beat me there. Yes, God.'

'There is a tradition, sir, in every religious culture I have ever encountered, which holds that anyone who looks upon the face of God will certainly die.'

'We have all seen the face of God, as well as that of His Adversary whom He created. We are born with both in our hearts because they live in our souls forever.'

'Thank you.' Superman believed he was smiling.

'For what, Kal-El?'

'Your last couple of sentences very simply answered a handful of basic questions that tend to perplex us mortals through our whole lives.' "

God world 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 237. "They man [Superman] with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men sometimes wondered why he was so attached to this small world and its scurrying inhabitants. In moments like these, though, he understood. Nowhere had he seen greater valor than in these four billion humans who cried as easily as they laughed, who cheated as they were cheated, who seemed bound unbreakably to a tiny clump of water and dirt careening endlessly around a dwarf star, yet dared to dream of God. "
God world 1981 Bear, Greg. "Schrodinger's Plague " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1982); pg. 171. "What in God's name are we going to do? " [Story has no apparent refs. to any specific groups, although there are a couple instances of Christian profanity.]

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