Religious Groups in Literature

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


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
astrology United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "...the great city, capital of an Empire [London]... there is a great University--theologians, painters, actors... astrologers, architects... "
astrology United Kingdom: Scotland 1567 C.E. Dukthas, Ann. A Time for the Death of a King. New York: St. Martin's Press (1995; c. 1994); pg. 13. "In the January of 1567, Murder was becoming a common visitor to Scotland's harsh, wild land, where people lived close to the earth and the beasts that fed upon it. The common people believed in the magical influence of the sun and planets, in the magic of their pagan past, in devilish imps and monsters as well as the crucifixion of their Saviour. "
astrology USA 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 161. "'...This time of year, that means it's about half past midnight, and dawn is in six hours.'

Gordon snorted. 'Astrology.'

'Nope. Astronomy. You white guys don't have a monopoly on science, you know. The Navajo shamans have been watching these skies for over a thousand years.'

Gordon shook his head. 'Like I said,' he insisted. 'Magic, superstition, and astrology.' "

astrology USA 1965 Malzberg, Barry. Beyond Apollo. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1989; 1st ed. 1972); pg. 149. "Commercial mysticism was invented in the mid-1960's ... The occult, the bizarre, satanism, astrology... high popularity during this difficult period, which still continues. "
astrology USA 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 10. "These are correlated with current astronomical-astrological parameters, CBS news, Facts on File, and reports from Hagbard's agents... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
astrology USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 32. "She had her hair redone every month the way the model on the cover of Cosmopolitan had hers, and she believed that the Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified immediately... and she was extremely concerned with... the astrological signs of everyone she knew. "
astrology USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 69. "Before this, he [Lex Luthor] had generally regarded people who studied or promoted the various mystic arts--from meditation to astrology to demonology to whatever--to be charlatans, fools or madmen. " [Other refs., not in DB. The villain of the novel is a demon: 'Saturn,' essentially Earth's devil.]
astrology USA 1985 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 53. "He gives his [newspaper] readers the best sports coverage... and the most sensational local news... He also provides simplified local political news, right-wing national editorials, games, astrology, comics, advice columns... "
astrology USA 1985 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 67. [American Terrier Headlines:]

Pg. 67: "This woman had, for two years, written a column for the American Terrier under the name of Janine Brethed. She called herself a 'psychic astrologer,' and she had established her name by predicting in 1976 that Elvis Presley would die within two years. The Terrier had received more than a thousand letters accusing Thad Catlett and Janine Brethed of having contributed to his death. During the ten weeks after Presley died, circulation soared above one million. "

astrology USA 1985 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 67. "As a psychic, Mrs. George had a feel for the outrageous. She predicted that Queen Elizabeth would abdicate after it was proved Princess Anne was her daughter, not by the Duke but by a stableboy... She wrote of her conversations with John F. Kennedy, who she insisted was not dead but living on a planet in another solar system and studying psychic astrology in preparation for his triumphal return to earth...

The indignant Mrs. George sued. Her complaints were as imaginative as her predictions. She had claimed that she had established for the American Terrier a reputation for scientific accuracy in psychic astrology, that her column was largely responsible for the success of the newspaper, that she had been peremptorily fired for revealing startling truths that the editors had tried to suppress... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

astrology USA 1985 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 243. "'...something that happened when I was in college. Sort of a social trend or a fad or whatever you want to call it, but in the seventies and eighties a lot of people started getting interested in psuedoscience. Astrology, ESP, channeling, dowsing, all that stuff . . .' "
astrology USA 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 164. "The Novus Ordo [U.S.A.], a heretical nation, was able to experiment with forces the [Catholic] Church wouldn't touch. Alchemy, kabalistic magic, astrology--it was all very different there, all very real. "
astrology USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 292. "'Casie's so-called epiphany. You can read anything you want into random quotations,' B.T. said. 'You realize that, don't you? It's like reading a horoscope. Or a fortune cookie.' "
astrology USA 2010 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 90. "'Malenfant, I spent my career fending off hand-waving artistes like this guy. Color coordinators. Feng Shui artists. Even astrologers, for Christ's sake. Sometimes I think the U.S. is going back to the Middle Ages.' "
astrology USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 143. [1] "Some minor planets, of course, already have roles in astrology. Since these worlds weren't known to the ancients, their roles are the subject of modern interpretation and some debate.

So it is proving with Cruithne.

Perhaps we can take some guidance from the derivation of the name. The Cruithne was the old Irish name for the Pictish people. In the twelfth-century Irish document 'List of Pictish Kings,' Cruithne is given as the eponymous ancestor of the Pictish people, and it was his seven sons who gave their names to the divisions of the Pict kingdom of Scotland.

But the Cruithne was also used by the Irish to describe a group of aboriginal people living in Ireland before the coming of the Gaels. They seem to have been at one time the predominant power in Ulster. "

astrology USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 143. [2] "A further blurring of the name's meaning comes from the fact that some early writers claim that Pictish lineage was traditionally taken from the mother's line, not the father's. So perhaps Cruithne--if such an individual existed at all--was not a man, but a woman.

As far as the astronomical properties go, Cruithne is again an unusual world.

Perhaps uniquely among astrological subjects, it wanders far from the plane of the ecliptic and far from the traditional Houses; in fact at time sit can be seen, by telescope, above (or beneath) Earth's poles. And yet it is intimately linked to Earth; we know that is peculiar 'horseshoe' orbit is dominated by Earth's gravity.

And, of course, the most direct link of all has now been established, as the squid, Sheena, has become the first Earth creature since the Apollo astronauts to reach another world. "

astrology USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 143. [3] "Cruithne: mother-father, person, and people--linked to Earth by spidery webs of influence and life. Little wonder that this tiny, remote, ambiguous world is causing such a stir in astrological circles.

It is of course true, but irrelevant, that the name Cruithne was a late choice among the Australian astronomers who named the minor planet. An earlier suggestion was an irreverent nickname for one of their numbers, the Chunder Wonder. We can be grateful--if not surprised--that destiny guided the correct choice. "

astrology USA 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 20. "'In our studies at the Order we place emphasis on the elements,' Brother Paul continued. 'Not the atomic elements of latter-day science--though we study those, too--but the classical ones. Air, Earth, Water, Fire: we find these manifesting again and again in new ways. They show up in personality types, in astrology, in the Tarot deck--their symbolism is universal...' " [Other refs., although 'astrology' rarely mentioned by name. Tarot is mentioned frequently, but indexed under 'Tarot' category.]
astrology Washington, D.C. 1998 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 133. -
astrology world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 2. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 441. -
astrology world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 76. "Roark glanced through the paper... a daily horoscope; extracts from church sermons... "
astrology world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 77. "I receive a great deal of mail, all kinds of mail... and some from advocates of various arcane disciplines such as astrology, ESP, UFO-contact stories, the speculative fiction of von Danniken, witchcraft, palmistry, phrenology, tea-leaf reading, Tarot cards, the I-Ching, transcendental meditation, and the psychedelic drug experience. "
astrology world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 186. "Perhaps the planets were identified with gods because their motions seemed irregular. The word 'planet' is Greek for wanderer. The unpredictable behavior of the gods in many legends may have corresponded well with the apparently unpredictable motions of the planets. The argument may have been: Gods don't follow rules; planets don't follow rules; planets are gods.

When the ancient priestly astrological caste discovered that the motions of the planets was not irregular but predictable, they seem to have kept this information to themselves. No use unnecessarily worrying the populace, undermining religious belief, and eroding the supports of political power... "

astrology world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 186. "Nevertheless, astrology remains immensely popular everywhere. There are at least ten times more astrologers than astronomers. A large number, perhaps a majority, of newspapers in the United States have daily columns on astrology. Many bright and socially committed young people have more than a passing interest in astrology. It satisfies an almost unspoken need to feel a significance for human beings in a vast and awesome cosmos, to believe that we are in some way hooked up with the universe--an ideal of many drugs and religious experience, the samadhi of some Eastern religions. " [More, pg. 186-187, 216, elsewhere.]
astrology world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 88. "'He places an inordinate faith in prognostication. He begins with so simple an act as reading his horoscope in the daily papers and conducting himself accordingly. After his arrival here he admitted to Kathryn the mission was no surprise to him, because a certain horoscope had advised him to prepare himself for a momentous change in his daily affairs.'

'That is as old as time; the earliest Egyptians, the Sumerian, the Akkadians, all were crazy about astrology. It's the most enduring religion.'

'I suppose you are familiar with the small booklets known as farmer's almanacs?'

...'Finally, there is his library. Moresby owns a small collection of books, perhaps forty or fifty in all... Books by such people as Nostradamus, Shipton, Blavatsky, Forman, and that Cromwell woman in Washington...' "

astrology world 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 221. "'...See, what I've done is, I've fused science with the occult. They're really one and the same thing. It's nothing new. Alchemy led to chemistry, astrology to astronomy. And so on, down through the ages...' "
astrology 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. 30. "Witness the effect that such fabulation has had on school and university programs throughout the country, where 'African-American Baseline Essays' have been used as a text to teach students that ancient Egyptians (who were black) developed the theory of evolution long before Darwin, understood quantum mechanics, flew glides, could predict auspicious days by astrology, and could foresee the future by their psychic powers. This information is passed off as science. "
astrology world 2000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 59. "In an age when science was reaching from the innermost atom to the outermost cosmos and scientific technology was transfiguring the human condition, ancient superstitions ran rampant, everything from astrology to witchcraft. What slowly overcame them was neither reason nor the major faiths but those lesser, often despised sects that had never compromised their creeds. Then slowly their own dominance eroded. "
astrology world 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 54. Pg. 54: Zodiac (also pg. 313)
astrology world 2005 Malzberg, Barry. Beyond Apollo. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1989; 1st ed. 1972); pg. 15. "In this solar system Venus is the second planet from the sun. It was discovered and labeled a planet by the most ancient astronomers, who in consultation with senior astrologers deemed it the planet of love. "
astrology world 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 37. "'...If I say 'planet' and 'spaceship' to them, they still think 'horoscope' and 'flying saucer.' ' "
astrology world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 59. "'...It's going out on public channels too, but it will probably disappear in the background noise of all the different outfits that are also speculating, plus probably what two astrologers, three Baptist ministers, and the Vegetarian League have to say...' "
astrology world 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 70. "'Are you being a Virgo or an Ares now?' Trevor asked her in surprise. 'Are you being analytical or a self-propelled combustion engine of intuition?' "
astrology world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 75. Conversation between Joseph E. Douglas, Secretary General of the World Federation of Free States (chief executive of Earth), and his wife Agnes: "'...Scientists indeed! Half guess work and half superstition. They ought to be locked up; they ought to be prohibited by law. Joseph, I've told you repeatedly, the only true science is astrology.'

'well, I don't know, my dear. I'm not running down astrology--'

'You'd better not! After all it's done for you.' "; Pg. 76: "Agnes Douglas did not wait for her husband to act... She sent for the executive assistant for civil information... then turned to the most urgent need, a fresh horoscope. There was a scrambled private link from her suite to Madame [Alexandra] Vesant's studio; the astrologer's plump features came on screen at once. 'Agnes? What is it dear? I have a client.' "

astrology world 2531 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Komarr. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1998); pg. 1. "Ancient Earthmen, she had read, had taken alterations in the clockwork procession of their heavens--comets, novae, shooting stars--for disturbing omens, premonitions of disasters natural or political; the very word, disaster, embedded the astrological source of the concept. "
astrology world 3000 Niven, Larry; Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes. The Legacy of Heorot. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 22. "The National Geographic Society's probes told a lot. Tau Ceti Four had oxygen and water... Forty million university graduates had volunteered for the expedition. The first winnowing had eliminated compulsive volunteers, flakes whose horoscopes had told them to find a different sky... "
astrology world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 191. "'...the government doesn't really give you a chance to be a true martyr. It's insidious. It doesn't prohibit the practice of religion. It just brands it as superstition, in a class with astrology or belief in a flat Earth...' "
Athabaskan Alaska 1999 Cerasini, Marc. Godzilla 2000. New York: Random House (1997); pg. 114. "The aged shaman came down from a tundra village near the Noatak River in a very remote area of Alaska far above the Seward Peninsula, where the Athabaskan people still lived by subsistence and followed the ancient traditions.

...The men in Minnow, a tiny village on the shore of Norton Sound, heeded the shaman. They left their comfortable wooden houses and their color televisions and their satellite dishes and constructed a low structure out of sticks, walrus bone, and seal skins in the way of their forefathers. Then the men of the village stripped off their clothes and entered the qasgiq.

As per tradition, the shaman presided over the ritual ceremony. He stroked the fire built in the central pit, then banked it and tossed in some green branches to create smoke. " [More, pg. 114-117, 132-135, 166.]

Athanasianism world 325 C.E. Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 68. "According to one of your father's books, the year 325 A.D. found the Roman emperor Constantine convening a council in the Asian city of Nicaea, his goal being to settle a feud then raging throughout Christendom. In crude terms: was Jesus God's subordinate offspring, as Arius of Alexandria believed, or was he God himself, as Archdeacon Athanasius asserted? After their initial investigations, you discovered, the Council leaned toward the obvious: offspring. The epithet 'son of God' appeared throughout the Gospels, along with the even humbler 'son of Man.' In the second chapter of Acts, the disciple Peter called Jesus 'a man approved of God.' In Matthew's nineteenth chapter, when somebody committed the faux pas of calling Jesus 'Good Master,' Jesus admonished, 'Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.' "
Atheism Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 42. "...Tembo is good livin', as we say back home. He's a born-again Christian. He directs the choir in St. Stephen's Church. It's good enough to make an atheist believe in God, Faraway says, with genuine pride in his friend. "
Atheism 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 . . .'


'So the country was founded by a flock of fuzzy-minded secular humanists, Anthony. That's why we can't have God in our schools anymore. That's why they're killing a million unborn babies a day. That's why the Communists are growin' stronger while we're talking arms reduction...' "

Atheism Bajor 2369 Strickland, Brad. Stowaways (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 45. "'...You may know that the Bajoran people are very religious. There are different sects, of course, but all of them are devoted to exploring the ways of the spirit. And all of them revered the Kai Opaka and her teachings--all but Tikar Antol and his Turnaways.'

'And who are they?' Nog asked...

'They say Tikar was the first Turnaway,' Sesana replied. 'He fought the Cardassians for years. they killed his whole family because of that... The Cardassians tortured them horribly and then killed them. And Tikar lost his faith. He said if religion could not help him, if spiritual powers could not even protect his innocent wife and children, then he would turn away from them. And he did. His followers are also unbelievers.' " [Other refs., not in DB. The villains of the novel are ruthless assassins who lost their faith during Cardassian occupation.]

Atheism Borthan 4500 Silverberg, Robert. A Time of Changes. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 88. "'Those who couldn't accept and transmit the ideals of the first settlers,' I pointed out, 'were not allowed to remain among them. That had its effect on the pattern of the culture, if you'll agree that such traits as rebelliousness and atheism can be bred out of a race. The consenters stayed; the rejecters went.' "
Atheism Brazil 1973 Watson, Ian. The Embedding. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1973); pg. 36. "Pomar, the younger priest, did quietly recall the occasion when the Archbishop of Sao Paulo had ordered noticed pinned to the church doors throughout his archdiocese denouncing the torturing of priests and lay workers by the security priests. Maybe guerrillas, although misguided men and atheists-- "
Atheism California 1999 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 173. "Until Noah and Eve had appeared in our small Northern California city the year before, I had been among those complacent nonbelievers... It's not that I was an atheist; it was just that, like a lot of people, I'd been indifferent to religion most of my life... "
Atheism California 2000 Schow, David J. "Blessed Event " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 225. [Janeway counters Curson's argument that it is only irresponsible or religious people who have children.] "'Maybe we should get you a podium to whack with your shoe,' said Janeway flatly. Before Curson could intercede, he leaned closer. 'I'm an atheist. My kid was not an accident. And you're one baby step away from a rant. Does any of this have a point?' "
Atheism California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 71. "'But, of course, I'd rather not have anything to do with them at all. Which is why I'm an atheist, not a Druid or something...' "
Atheism Colorado 1993 Simmons, Dan. "Entropy's Bed at Midnight " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 24. "Riding the chair lift toward the beginning of our second slide, Caroline said, 'Daddy, do you believe in God?'

'Mmm?' I said...

'Do you believe in God? Mommy doesn't, I don't think, but Carrie down the street does.'

I cleared my throat. I'd rehearsed my answer to this dreaded question so many times in the past few years that my prepared answer, if printed in full, could have served as a curriculum for a semester-long philosophy course with a comparative religion course thrown in .'No,' I said to Caroline, 'I guess I don't.'

Caroline nodded. We were nearing the end of the lift ride. 'I guess I don't either, at least from what Carrie says about God, but sometimes I think about it.'

'About God?'

'Not exactly,' said Caroline. 'But about how if there's no God then there's no heaven and if there's no heaven . . . then where's Scout?' "

Atheism Cuba 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 169. Reverend William Willard: "The figure on your television screen is a Cuban atheist who has disguised himself as a dead man by means of a rubber mask He is the herald of the Antichrist... "
Atheism Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 316. "VI. And Brave, Too, To Declare Atheism Before Your God. "
Atheism Europe 1720 Keyes, J. Gregory. Newton's Cannon. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 205. "'Yes, but the issue is really one of religion, true? James is a Catholic, otherwise everyone would acknowledge him as king.'

'Yes, of course,' Robert affirmed. 'And George is a Protestant.'

'It seems so silly--all this fighting and killing over religion.'

'What they fight and kill over is power, Ben. Religion's just the clothes they dress it in whilst they do it. If they were all atheists, there's still be a war. That's the real way of the world.' "

Atheism Europe 2005 Aldiss, Brian. Somewhere East of Life. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1994); pg. 25. "Atheist Burness certainly was, in an age when no courage was denoted by the term. But too many years had been spent in his capacity as church custodian for WACH, investigating the mortal remains, the fossils, of the old faith of Christendom, for something not to have rubbed off on him. "
Atheism France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 124. "'...More important--his religion.'

'His religion! Madame, do you mean he's--' She lowered her voice. 'Is he a heretic?'

'The King's advisor--a Protestant? Certainly not. He's an atheist.'

Marie-Josephe could not believe it. She smiled uncertainly, expecting Madame to laugh and assure her she had made a joke. But Madame continued her story. "

Atheism France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 161. "His Majesty's intolerance... prevented him from seeing how severely the draconian measures against Protestants damaged France and His Majesty himself.

It's easier to be an atheist, Lucien thought. And less dangerous. "

Atheism galaxy 2050 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 128. "...and it was probably that the agnostics, atheists and don't-cares taken as a separate group were at least as numerous [in the world] as the Jews, perhaps more so. "
Atheism galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 50. [Year is estimated.] "Those groups [aboard the colony ship] with too few practitioners to maintain villages of their own--Baha'i, for instance, and Sikh, animist, atheist, Mormon, Mithraist, Druse, native American tribal religions, Jehovah's Witnesses--were either thrown together in a couple of catch-all villages or were 'adopted' as minorities within fairly compatible or tolerant villages of other faiths... Why didn't they simply limit the colony to [non-religious people]? The answer, of course, was that they couldn't have found enough... on planet Earth to fill the Ark. A man might be a brilliant scientist, but he was still a Hindu... "
Atheism galaxy 2200 Clarke, Arthur C. "The Star " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1955); pg. 123. "It amused them to have a Jesuit as chief astrophysicist: Dr. Chandler, for instance, could never get over it (why are medial men such notorious atheists?). Sometimes he would come up to me in the glom and stand staring out of the great oval port, while the heavens crawled slowly round us as the ship turned end over end with the residual spin we had never bothered to correct.

'Well, Father,' he would say at last. 'It goes on forever and forever and perhaps Something made it. But how you can believe that Something has a special interest in us and our miserable little world--that just beats me.' "

Atheism galaxy 2250 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 103. "Seth Morley said, 'I've never me an atheist before.' In actuality he had met one, but it had been years ago. 'It seems very strange in this era, when we have proof of the Deity's existence. I can understand there being widespread atheism in previous eras, when religion was based on faith in things unseen . . . but now it's not unseen, as Specktowsky indicated.'

'The Walker-on-Earth,' Babble said sardonically, 'is a sort of anti-Person-from-Porlock. Instead of interfering with a good process or event he--' Babble broke off. "

Atheism galaxy 2300 Shunn, William. "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 181. "Hannah... She was an atheist herself, although one of her mothers had tried to inflict neo-Catholic doctrine upon her as a child. "
Atheism galaxy 2374 de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 27. "The fish in Dante IX are monstrous compared to he relatively puny creatures Picard was hunting. hey make their homes at the bottom of the ocean, never getting near the surface at all. Consequently, not only do the residents of Dante IX never eat fish, but many of them don't even believe that fish exist, having never seen them.

But they do exist. And they make fine eating. "

Atheism galaxy 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 20. "To the Captain's left, the Consul shrugged. 'I am an atheist,' he said, holding the glass of whiskey to the light. " [The other six people on the voyage identify their religion: Jew, Catholic, Templar, pagan, and nonreligious.]
Atheism galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 452. "Keats closed his eyes again. 'Can't. I'm not the One Who Comes but the One Who Comes Before. Not the baptized but the baptist. Merde, Hunt, I'm an atheist! Even Severn couldn't convince me of these things when I was drowning in death!' "
Atheism galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 544. "For what reason are these populations being kidnapped? The Jews, the Muslims, the Hindus, the atheists, the Marxists... Is the Pax intent on destroying all other faiths? "
Atheism galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 153. "To oppose something is to maintain it... To be an atheist is to maintain God. "
Atheism Germany 2001 Stroyar, J.N. The Children's War. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 1137. "Wanda stood suddenly. Everyone looked at her in surprise. 'Kommandanten and Nazi Hausfrauen! Is there anything you won't do?' she exclaimed bitterly. 'Two sons! My two boys lie cold in their graves and a lying, Kraut-f---ing, atheist coward lives among us. It's not right!'

...'You call me an atheist, but at least I don't try and play God with other people's lives. You have no right to judge me or my actions!' Peter spat in reply.

'You're a collaborator! F---ing a Nazi Party wife and now we award you a Council seat. I refuse to be on a Council that awards you membership. It's him or me!' " [Apparently this atheist is a murdering, cowardly Nazi.]

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