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/
Persian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 52. "A thousand years ago the original Aryans swept down from the north and enslaved what we still refer to as the black-haired people, the original inhabitants of Assyria and Babylonia. Now, as Medusa and Persians, the tribesmen are civilized and our clan leader is the Great King. "
Persian world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Adept's Gambit " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1947); pg. 424. Pg. 424: "'Silent Salmacis they call her, but I happen to know that her real name is Ahura.'

'A Persian?' asked the Mouser.

Chloe shrugged. 'She's been around for year, though no one knows exactly where she lives or what she does...' ";

Pg. 435: "'An amulet given her years ago by some Persian, or Greco-Persian girl. Doubtless a trifle of no consequence.' "; Pg. 447: "They were now nearing that rugged vantage-land from which the Medes and the Persians had swooped own on Assyria and Chaldea... " [Many more Persian refs., not in DB.]

Persian world 641 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 50. "In his own lifetime the Persians had driven out the Romans, and later the Romans had driven out the Persians, and today both nations were in retreat before the sword of Islam... "
Persian world 650 C.E. Silverberg, Robert. "A Hero of the Empire " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 353. Pg. 353: "And then again a generation later, when Heraclius II sent Western legions to help the Eastern Emperor Justinian smash the forces of Persia that had been causing the Greeks such trouble to the east for so many years. "; Pg. 355: "'...No one's every been able to conquer this place, you know. The Egyptians tried it, and the Persians of Cyrus's time, and Alexander the Great...' "; Pg. 357: "In the various marketplaces I have seen Persians, Syrians, Ethiopians, and of course a good many Greeks. " [Some other refs. to Persia and Persians in story, not in DB.]
Persian world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 19. "'...Two hundred and fifty years ago these followers of their false Prophet [Muhammad] came from out of the desert. Destroyed the Persian Empire. Took from us all our African provinces, and Jerusalem.' "
Persian world 1715 Keyes, J. Gregory. Newton's Cannon. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 6. Pg. 12, 17, 98, elsewhere: Persian elixir; Pg. 299: "Crecy shrugged. 'A Persian. He spoke little French and dressed abominably. He was a fraud, you know.' ";

Pg. 300: "'He really was as Persian, if that's what you mean. Why are you interested in events five years gone?'

'This Persian gave the king an elixir of life.' " [More.]

Persian world 1870 Baxter, Stephen. Anti-ice. New York: HarperCollins (1993); pg. 54. "...without a First Cause; rather as the Persians say the worm Ourobouros survives by endlessly consuming its own tail.' "
Persian world 1956 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Aristotle and the Gun " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1956); pg. 31. Pg. 31: "If I said I was from some well-known civilized country like Carthage, Egypt, Babylonia, or Persia... and the account of Ktesias of Knidos, who made a book of the tales he picked up about India at the Persian court. "; Pg. 47: "Aristotle said: 'He thays nobody could pass through a country and remain as ignorant of it as you theem to be. Ergo, you know more about the Persian Empire than you pretend, but wish us to think that you have nothing to do with it. And why should you do that, unleth you are yourself a Persian?...'

'A Persian might fear anti-Persian prejudice among the Hellenes. Not that I am one,' I hastily added.

'He need not. Many Persians live in Hellas without molestation. Take Artabazos and his son, who live in Pella, refugees from their own king.' " [More, pg. 45, 47-50, 52.]

Persian world 1956 Knight, Damon. "The Last Word " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 175. -
Persian world 1959 Bradbury, Ray. "The End of the Beginning " in The Day it Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959); pg. 34. "'...I don't know where they'll divide the Ages, at the Persians who dreamt of flying carpets...' "
Persian world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 2. "That's how it is in cruise ships: Anyone who has been in the vessel since port of departure is senior to anyone who joins the ship later. The Medes and the Persians lad down the law and nothing can change it. " [Also pg. 327.]
Persian world 1987 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 302. "...Persian rug. "
Persian world 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 212. Pg. 212: "Jill asked, 'What demon is it?'

'The Zoroastrian name is Azhi Dahaka.'

'I'm not up on Persian mythology, but I'll take your word for it. Is it a particularly nasty one?'

'The nastiest, I'm afraid...' "; Pg. 223: "The ancient Persian gods " [Also pg. 213, 222-223. May be other refs. to Persian mythology, but all refs. to 'Persian' by name are indexed in DB.]

Persian world 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 214. "'I was getting to that. you see, Persian mythology incorporates a lot of stuff that's central to the entire sweep of Indo-European culture. The rots are in Persia. It was a watershed that fed Indian, Euro-pagan, Judeo-Christian, and Islamic cultures. That takes in just about everything. When you work this kind of magic you're working with forces that lie at the rot of the most powerful, the most efficacious culture that ever arose on this earth.' " [More.]
Persian world 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 215. "'...And I think the Persian ethos strikes deep at the heart of things. Have you ever studies Zoroastrianism?' "
Persian world 1996 Dietz, William C. Where the Ships Die. New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 202. [Epigraph] "Greed makes man blind, foolish . . . and easy prey for death.

Persian Sufi poet
Circa 1250

Persian world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 205. "'...In Persia there were asuras also, but in Persia the asuras were the gods of good. Eventually religions sprang up I which the chief god, the god of light, the Sun god, was called Ahura-Mazda. The Zoroastrians, for example, and the Mithraists. Ahura, Asura, it's the same name. There are still Zoroastrians today, and the Mithraists gave the early Christians a good fright...' "
Persian world 2000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 58. "The Persian Empire fell into internecine war, then fell to Alexander, whose own engine did not outlast his untimely death. What followed was a prolonged bloodbath. "
Persian world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 290. "As a teenager [in 2000], Theo had once participated in a re-creation of the run form Marathon to Athens made in 490 B.C. to announce a Hellenic victory over the Persians--but he'd been thirty years younger then. "
Persian world 2025 Westerfeld, Scott. Fine Prey. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 228. -
Persian world 2030 Willis, Connie. "Spice Pogrom " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1986); pg. 126. "'Things. A six-foot high Buddha, two dozen baseball caps, and a Persian rug!' "
Persian world 2100 Dickson, Gordon R. Necromancer. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1962); pg. 193. "...the dust of his reinforced Greek wings close in on the Persian horde on the plain of Marathon. "
Persian world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 126. "'After that,' Zina said, 'the idea of the judgment of human souls passed over into Persia.' In the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism, a sifting bridge had to be crossed...'...In those judgments of the dead, stemming from Egypt and Persia, the scrutiny was pitiless and the sinful soul was de facto doomed... "
Persian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 472. "Tearing through a Valley of the Kings, Alexander's campaign against Persia, a domed settlement on Titan, and a burning Atlanta... "
Persian world 2375 Carey, Diane. What You Leave Behind (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 206. "'we could try my new program. The Battle of Thermopylae... where a small band of Spartans led by King Leonidas defended a mountain pass against the vast Persian army?... For two days, the Spartans put up a heroic struggle.'

'Until they were wiped out.'

'How'd you know?' "

Persian world 3000 Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. Tale of the Troika in Roadside Picnic and Tale of the Troika. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co. (1977); pg. 152. "Persian carpet "
Persian Zarathustra 2599 Piper, H. Beam. Little Fuzzy in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1962); pg. 10. "Darius, the inner moon... was almost directly over it, and the outer moon, Xerxes, was edging into sight. Xerxes was the one thing about Zarathustra that the Company didn't own. " [The planet and its moons are named after figures from Persian history and religion. These names are referred to throughout the novel, but the book has no apparent references to anything actually Persian.]
Persian Zarathustra 2599 Piper, H. Beam. The Other Human Race in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1964); pg. 153-154. Pg. 153: "...but that had been when Zarathustra had been a Class-III planet and the company had owned it outright. In the Chartered Zarathustra Company... "; Pg. 154: "'...she's spacing out from Darius today.' "; Pg. 160: " of the two moons, Darius. The other moon, Xerxes... " [Entire novel takes place on planet named Zarathustra by Earth colonists. Refs. to this name throughout, and some refs. to the planet's two moons, Xerxes and Darius, named after Persian historical figures.]
peyotism Arizona 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 32. "'Yeah, well, in my misspent youth I hung out for a time in an Arizona commune that used peyote and all sorts of other Native American herbs and drugs.'

'You took it?'

'In those days I'd take anything. But I only took that Holy Circle Communion once, a mixture of a bunch of stuff like that. It was kinda scary. Weird visions, weird creatures, and then, in the end, the whole world sort of disappeared. There was just this grayness all over...' " [More.]

peyotism New Mexico 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 216. "'how can a couple of intelligent people like you believe in such crap? Bunch of old Indians sitting around a campfire, shooting cosmic something-or-other at each other. You been nibbling at some peyote or what?' "
peyotism New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 153. "She must have gone on to dianetics, Velikovsky, Bridey Murphy, and Timothy Leary... "
peyotism USA 1872 Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 225. "'...I found a new faith among the Kiowas and I'm bringing it to the Nermernuh. Do you know the peyote cactus? It opens a way, it quiets the heart--' "
peyotism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "...Peyote Woman, the Heavenly Blues, the Golems... "; Pg. 81: "...was Mescalito from my peyote visions... "
peyotism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 94. "The paleface kept turning colors, the way people do when you're on peyote. Now he looked almost like an Indian. That made it easier to talk to him... As usual, peyote had brought him a big Truth. If blacks and whites and Indians were turning colors all the time, there wouldn't be any hate in the world, because nobody would know which people to hate. "
Pharisees California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 47. -
Pharisees Israel 33 C.E. Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 80. "'...What people have been told for the best part of two thousand years is wrong. He [Jesus Christ] didn't teach what the churches say he taught. What they daren't tell their followers is the one thing he was trying to say. You see--that's exactly the kind of thing I want to get into.'

...'Go on,' he said.

'He told people not to listen to the Pharisees, scribes, priests, or other self-important persons and institutions who were out to control them and exploit them...' "

Pharisees Israel 33 C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 194. "'What did the Jews think of this Pentecost thing?' Hiro says. 'They were still running the country, right?'

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

'I remember the Pharisees from Jesus Christ, Superstar. They were the ones with the deep voices who were always hassling Christ.'

'They were hassling him' the Librarian says, 'because they were religiously very strict. They adhered to a strong legalistic version of the religion; to them, the Law was everything. Clearly, Jesus was a threat to them because he was proposing, in effect, to do away with the Law.' "

Pharisees New York: New York City 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 155. "Jesus... returned to the temple... And the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery, and when they had placed her before him, they said to him, 'Master, this woman was caught in adultery... "
Pharisees Ohio 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 267. "...preached a sermon on the good Samaritan last year. 'Let us not be like the Levite or the Pharisee who passes by the stranded motorist, the injured victim,' he had told his congregation. 'Let us be like the Samaritan...' "
Pharisees United Kingdom: England 1773 Morse, David. The Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998); pg. 21. "...the vicar's elaborate conceits recalled the Pharisees of old. "
Pharisees world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 213. "'Who decided to purge Asherah from Judaism?'

'The deuteronomic school--defined, by convention, as the people who wrote the book of Deuteronomy as well as Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.'

'And what kind of people were they?'

'Nationalists. Monarchists. Centralists. The forerunners of the Pharisees...' " [Other refs., some not in DB.]

Pharisees world 50 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 66. "'...We believe that the foundation of present-day Christianity was when the Pharisee Jew of Tarsus was converted to Christ...' "
Pharisees world 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 203. "'...Take for example: the New Testament has the Pharisees use the excuse 'it's better that one man die than a whole nation perish' to kill the Nazarene...' "
Philistine Darkover 4012 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Shadow Matrix. New York: DAW Books (1997); pg. 294. "'Things have changed a great deal in the few months since you left. And not for the better either. There is talk of cutting off the funding, not just to the music department, but to all the arts, and some of the sciences as well. Those Expansionist Philistines insist that art is a luxury, not a necessity, and that public monies should be spent on important things, like more technologies and armaments...' "
Philistine Florida 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 14. "Chaney dropped into the chair with another muttered imprecation of stiff-necked bureaucrats, a scurrilous declaration couched in Hebraic terms the worman wouldn't understand. It commended on her employer's relations with jackasses and Philistines. "
Philistine galaxy 2084 Disch, Thomas M. "Things Lost " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 603. "She thinks me an awful Philistine. "
Philistine galaxy 3419 Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 209. "'...You're a barbarian. A philistine. You deserve a thrashing.' "
Philistine New York 1997 Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 80. "Hank threw her a glance. 'Two million channels and nothing on,' he said.

'You mean you still haven't found the cartoon Channel?' Wolverine said in an incredulous rumble. 'Maybe this really is a civilization after all.'

'Philistine,' the Beast said amiably. "

Philistine Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 83. "'But there's nothing. Of course, 1320 A.D. was in the middle of the Yuan dynasty.'

'Ah,' I said sagely. 'The Yuan.'

Chen looked at me as though I were a Philistine. "

Philistine United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 116. "'Perhaps you should ask Master Wheldrake to attend the Court of Bohemia,' suggested Lady Lyst. 'He claims we're Philistines here. And it's well known that the Elfbergs are great artists in their own right--and scientists.' "
Philistine USA 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 229. "'Sure you're not up to getting the document back from Oric? Philistine hands, you called them, didn't you?' " [One other ref., not in DB.]
Philistine USA 2000 Newman, David A. "Mystery Spot " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 295. -
Philistine world 1832 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 262. " the Philistines had no doubt employed Goliath until his fatal contremps with David. "
Philistine world 1962 Asimov, Isaac (ed.) The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. xi. [Introduction] Pg. xi: "It was a love affair on the spot. It was a tight union of a common interest unshared by the Philistines. The next step was a determined search for still other brethren, and the founding of a [science fiction] club. "; Pg. xiii: "Let the Philistines have their Oscars and their Emmys. We have the Hugos. " [Asimov here uses 'Philistines' to mean 'people who are not science fiction fans.']
Philistine world 1982 Petrey, Susan C. "Spidersong " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 104. "'...You should take care whom you go calling a barbarian.'

'Philistine, then!' snorted Brenneker. 'You obviously have no concept of a higher culture than your own.' "

Philistine world 1999 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 182. Pg. 182-183: References to the Biblical stories of David and Saul, including mention of Philistines.
Philistine world 2050 Aldridge, Ray. "Click " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1986); pg. 9. "She glares, annoyed; an Art Lover saddled with a Philistine. 'I don't think you've really paid any attention to anything we've seen today!' "
Philistine world 2166 Farmer, Philip Jose. "Riders of the Purple Wage " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1967); pg. 639. "...such notables as Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Grass-Eaters; Samson, Bronze Age Riddler and Scourge of the Philistines... "
Philistine world 2166 Farmer, Philip Jose. "Riders of the Purple Wage " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1967); pg. 645. "'Samisen. Son of Sam? Which leads naturally to Samson, who pulled down the temple of the Philistines on them and on himself. These boys talk of doing the same thing...' "
Philistine world 2200 Arnason, Eleanor. A Woman of the Iron People. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 400. "'No mice,' said one of the biologists. 'Except in the labs, and they aren't a problem.'

'They will be,' said Marina. 'Someone will lose a few. They'll get in the gardens. We'll hava a plague, just like in the Bible. Mice and hemorrhoids.'

'What?' said the third biologist he was huge and almost certainly Polynesian.

'The Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant, whatever that might be, and the Lord Almighty afflicted them with mice and hemorrhoids. I'm not lying. It's in the Bible.' "

philosophy France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 50. "'And then, too, we have a culture and a civilization second to none. Look at our writers! Our scientists, our artists, our poets and painters, and, of course, above all our philosophers. I think philosophy is a French art, don't you?' "
philosophy South America 2363 Taylor, Jeri. Mosaic (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 255. "'I'm part of a philosophical symposium that's based in South America. It's great, Kath--a bunch of us just sit and think about all the unanswered questions, and talk about them, and argue, and distribute papers about our arguments. I've never had so much fun.'

'You're part of the Questor Group?'

He nodded, and Kathryn looked at him with deepened respect. This was an august body of philosophers who incorporated the most innovative aspects of science and technology into their formulations. The entire Federation waited for the distribution of their papers, for they were always challenging, stimulating, and provocative. Imagine Hobbes Johnson... part of that exalted company. "

philosophy USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 252. "Similarly--in ways she failed to understand, relating to constraints on particle-decay lifetimes and so forth--various other branches of physics were being turned over. On the other hand, some philosophers argued it was bad for the mental health of the species to be given answers to so many questions without the effort of discovery.

The churches had pretty uniformly condemned the downstream visions for their godless logic... " [New category, April 17, 2001.]

philosophy world 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 433. "Michael looked puzzled. You are you. I am me. Information is the most important thing. There was a German called Leibniz.

'The philosopher? Never heard of him.'

Entities that cannot be distinguished by any means whatsoever, even in principle, at any time in the past, present, and future have to be considered identical. This is called the Identity of Indescernibles. It really is you, Malenfant, just as it feels. "

Phoenician California 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 190. -

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