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/
Protestant Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 9. "'Is this town really as . . . well, as white Anglo-Saxon Protestant as it looks?'

'Oh, no,' Wheeler said. He swerved the Buick hard right around a slowing Winnebago. 'It's a pretty even mix. We have Catholics here, too.' "

Protestant Czech Republic 1600 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 409. "He has discovered that Thaddeus is planning a move against the Protestnts. Now, the Jews are useful to udolf, but the Protestants are vital. They are a majority of the country and include many nobles. Stirring them up is not something the emperor is prepared to countenance. The emperor put four high noblemen to work on the diplomatic dealing, and now Thaddeus is being recalled to Rome. A few extreme Protestant preachers are arrested on various charges and disappear. Peace is restored. "
Protestant Czech Republic 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 283. "'In times past, Prague was Protestant, but the governor was Catholic. One day a mob threw him and his secretary out an upper-floor window of the palace. They survived because their cloaks billowed out, resisting the air and slowing their fall.' "
Protestant Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 374. "The oddities of religion apparently practiced among the fifteenth century cohorts of Ash bear no resemblance to contemporary Christian practice. A more robust age--indeed, an age less in imminent need of divine protection than our own--can afford religious satires which we should, perhaps, deem blasphemous. These scurrilous representations (which occur only in the Angelotti manuscript) are Rabelaisian satire. They are no more intended to bread as fact than are descriptions of the Jewish race poisoning wells and abducting children. The whole matter is a satire against a papacy which was, by the 1470s, not at all beyond reproach; and shows the feelings which would, in the next century, explode into the Reformation. "
Protestant Europe 1600 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 240. "'His second is Johannes Kepler, who is an even better friend to me. He's German, Protestant like Brahe, and I find his mind superior...' "
Protestant Europe 1600 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 241. "'...He [Kepler] says contemplating the heavens makes it easier to put into perspective all the quarrels between Catholics and Protestants...' "
Protestant Europe 1640 Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 182. "'...Protestant sect after sect springing up, each with its own doctrine, its own fanaticism...' " [Other references to Protestantism are in book, most not in DB.]
Protestant Europe 1642 Kress, Nancy. "And Wild for to Hold " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1991); pg. 283. "'...Mistress Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII of England. In order to marry her, he divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and in order to do that, he took all of England out of the Catholic Church...'...

'Protestantism was another branch of 'Christianity,' the director said... 'It was warlike, as was Catholicism. In 1642 various branches of Protestantism were contending for political power within England, as was a Catholic faction. King Charles was Catholic, in fact. Contention led to civil war...' "

Protestant 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.' "

Protestant Europe 1789 Asimov, Isaac. "The Evitable Conflict " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1950); pg. 449. [Discussion circa 2035.] "'Consider relatively modern times... series of dynastic wars in the 16th to 18th centuries, when the most important question in Europe was whether the houses of Hapsburg or Valois-Bourbon were to rule the continent. It was one of those 'inevitable conflicts,' since Europe could obviously not exist half one and half the other.

'Except that it did, and no war ever wiped out the one and established the other, until... new social atmosphere in France in 1789 tumbled first the Bourbons and, eventually, the Hapsburgs down...

'And in those same centuries there were the more barbarous religious wars, which revolved around the important question of whether Europe was to be Catholic or Protestant. Half and half she could not be. It was 'inevitable' and the sword decide --Except that it didn't. In England, a new industrialism was growing, and on the continent, a new nationalism. Half and half Europe remains to this day and no one cares much.' "

Protestant Europe 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 365. "I know she would prefer the latter. So I shall lock away this volume--anyway during its earliest life--and write in it only what is meant for my eyes alone, and those of the supreme Being (my father's deity, when he does not seem to believe in much older ones, Lug, Dagda, Taranis. Christabel has a strong but peculiarly English devotion to Jesus, which I do not wholly understand, nor is it clear to me what her allegiances are, Catholic or Protestant). "
Protestant Falkland Islands 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 151. "We slid toward the church side of the square, near several ancient-looking nuns--whom I thought out of place, given that the church was Protestant, by the cornerstone, the First Presbyterian Church of West Falkland. "
Protestant France 1689 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 277. Pg. 277: "I had witnessed two mass burnings in Treves, of the most despicable suffering made all the worse by the Protestant clerics who are as fierce as the Catholics and in complete agreement with them that Satan is afoot in the land and waging his victories through the most unlikely of townsfolk--mere simpletons in some cases, though in most merely honest housewives, bakers, carpenters, beggars, and the like. "; Pg. 290: "...but I had traveled as his scholarly companion in plain Protestant clothes, and so went on in this manner on my own. "
Protestant France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 124. "'though Mlle Future hasn't a brain in her head, so she'll not last long. 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.' "

Protestant France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 150. "In her own way, Madame was very pious, but she loved God rather than the rituals and ceremonies of the Church. She had been a heretic, a Protestant, in her youth; court gossips claimed her conversion was a fraud, entered into only to allow her to marry Monsieur. "
Protestant 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. "
Protestant France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 42. "The company priest, O'Shaughnessy, was with them. He was sitting on a cot, holding a man's hand. Not talking. Not preaching... His voice was quiet, not like Pastor Lon's who seems to be always working on his Sunday delivery. 'Do you have need of my, my son?'

'Not a Catholic, sir.'

'Well, I'll be here for more than Catholics now, won't I. You're the Yank, I take it.'

'Yes, sir.'

...'Calling me 'sir' makes me feel more the officer. I'd prefer 'Father.' '

'Can't call you that,' I told him. 'You got another choice?'

'Thomas, then, if you've a mind. Some Protestants have a problem with the 'Father,' and calling me by my first name is no offense, to be sure...'

'Not much, sir. Sorry. Reverend Tom.'

'Why the lack of faith...' "

Protestant France 1918 Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 58. "She laughed in surprise. Some Catholic vampires were sensitive to such things, but she was an Anglican of long standing. Her family were Prod [Protestant?] to the marrow; when told Kate had turned, her father commented, 'At least the fool girl hasn't embraced the foul antichrist of Rome.' "
Protestant France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 15. "It was my Uncle Samuel. He was a Protestant, hence the Biblical first name. He stood there, life-size, dressed in an old checked shirt. "
Protestant France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 21. "'What's wrong,' he burst out finally, 'is that you shouldn't have called me a Catholic swine!'...

'What?' I cried with a brazen show of surprise. 'But that was part of the game! In the game I have to be the Protestant; you can't expect me to start saying nice thiings about the Catholic who's going to murder me.'

'The game doesn't excuse everything,' Meyssonnier replied firmly. 'There are limits, even in a game...'

...'It comes to the same thing,' Dumont said, 'since I'm a Catholic too.'

I protested indignantly, 'But so am I!'

Whereupon Peyssou lumbered into the argument with the dismissive comment that 'the whole thing is a fuss about nothing, because being a Catholic or a Protestant comes to the same thing, really.'

He was immediately jumped on from all sides. His specialties were brute strength and filthy-mindedness! Let him stick to them and keep out of religion, since he didn't understand it! "

Protestant France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 43. "Such is Malevil, Anglo-Saxon and angular. And I love it just the way it is. For my uncle, and for me too I the days of our Club, it possessed the additional charm of having been the refuge during the religious wars of a Protestant captain who successfully held at bay the powerful armies of the Catholic League, with the help of a small band of comrades, until the day he died. This captain, so determined a champion of his principles and his independence against the powers of the day, was the first hero with whom I identified myself. "
Protestant France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 276. "He continued. 'When did you last partake of the Holy Sacrament?'

'When I was fifteen.'

'Then say you were very much influenced by your Protestant uncle.'

He wasn't going to catch me out with that one. I rejected the suspicion of heresy with vigor. 'My uncle was indeed a Protestant. I, however, am a Catholic.' "

Protestant France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 408. "...back in the days of the Club, when Meyssonnier's Catholic League stood at the foot of Malevil's ramparts, with Emmanuel's Protestant outlaws up there, all bombarding one another with the coarsest epithets they could muster... "
Protestant galaxy 2050 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 128. "The Catholic Church in 2050 was still fourth in rank in terms of number of adherents, with Islam, the Buddhists, and the Hindi sects commanding the greater number of worshippers, in that order; after Catholicism, there was the confusing number of Protestant groups, which might well outnumber the Catholics if one included all those in the world who had no faith worth mentioning... "
Protestant galaxy 2075 Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 200. "Finally the Church itself split into an Eastern and a Western branch... and it fractured into Catholic and Protestant groups, and the latter into multiple splits. The Lutherans, the Calvinists, Episcopals, Presbyterians, Puritans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Quakers, Methodists--and on and on until there was no counting the individual sects. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw no abatement of the proliferation until it reached the situation on contemporary Planet Tarot. "
Protestant galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 70. [Year is estimated.] "All too soon, a scrawny old man revved up the synthesizer, and the service began with a rousing Protestant hymn. "
Protestant galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 174. [Year is estimated.] "I have never had much use for human religions... Nevertheless, I enjoyed the weekly Presbyterian services as much as Carol Jeanne loathed them. She needed the solemn rituals of mass, but I preferred the greater casualness of Protestant worship. Would old Mrs. Burke drop her hymnal on the organ keyboard during prayers? Would Mr. Watters snore through the sermon again? These were variables that were sorely lacking in the Catholic religion. "
Protestant galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 51-52. [Year is estimated.] "We were in a village in ourselves, no matter that officially she was going to belong to an arbitrary clumping of effete Christians called Mayflower Village. She would be a Catholic among Congregationalists, I a low-order primate among Presbyterians... "
Protestant galaxy 2500 Drake, David. The Tank Lords. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 372. "The Church of the Lord's Universe

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the faith that men took to the stars--and vice versa--was that it appeared to differ so little from the liturgical protestantism of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Indeed, services of the Church of the Lord' Universe--almost always, except by Unitarians, corrupted to 'Universal Church'--so resembled those of a high-flying Anglican parish of 1920 that a visitor from the past would have been hard put to believe that he was watching a sect as extreme in its own way as the Society for Krishna Consciousness was in its. "

Protestant galaxy 22995 Benford, Gregory. Foundation's Fear. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 89. [Referring to the milieu Voltaire in France.] "'In essences, certainly. The Maid dared cling to her vision with her whole heart, despite bullying by church and state. Her devotion to her vision, unlike mine, bore no taint of perverseness. she was the first true Protestant. I've always preferred Protestants to papist absolutists--until I took up residence in Geneva, only to discover their public hatred of pleasure is as great as any pope's. Only Quakers do not privately engage in what they publicly claim to abjure. Alas, a hundred true believers cannot redeem millions of hypocrites.' "
Protestant galaxy 22995 Benford, Gregory. Foundation's Fear. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 115. "'...His father was a strict disciplinarian, sympathetic to the 'Jansenist' view.'

'What's that? A sports team?'

'I asked. He said, 'A Catholic version of a Protestant.' I don't think they were teams. Something about sin being everywhere, pleasure's disgusting--usual primitive religion, Dark Ages stuff.' "

Protestant Georgia, USA 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 133. "The next eldest, Tina, was attending Debenham Bible College in Georgia. It seemed that she was a champion swimmer, tipped for the next Olympics... "
Protestant God-Does-Battle 3451 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 32-33. Pg. 32: "At that communion, not only had Habiru and Catholic worshipped, but also the now-separate Muslims and a few diverse creeds best left forgotten. "; Pg. 33: "'But why?' his father asked. 'Because of our degraded state as humans? Remember, it was the Habirus and Catholics--then Jews and Christians--who commissioned Robert Kahn to build the cities...' " [Protestants are not mentioned in this novel by name, and these passages indicate that the non-Catholic Christians, apparently Protestants, are the 'diverse creeds best left forgotten.' Baptists, however, one of the major Protestant sects, are mentioned on pg. 96.]
Protestant Guatemala 1994 Harper, Leanne C. "Paths of Silence and of Night " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 145. "Saints had become a Maya codeword for the old gods, fit one way or another into the Catholic pantheon. As a lapsed Catholic, she was fascinated by the way it had been done over the centuries, with the gift of Mayan gods' attributes to the various saints. In her part of the country the fundamentalist protestants had made little progress in converting the people to their new Christianity. "
Protestant Guatemala 1994 Harper, Leanne C. "Paths of Silence and of Night " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 147. "Speculation ran the range between an agreement between militant Protestants and the government, the return of General Efrain Rios Montt's regime to power, or perhaps a radical right Catholic movement, as to who had supplied him. "
Protestant Hawaii 1866 Simmons, Dan. Fires of Eden. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1994); pg. 29. "Our 'group' consists of the elder Miss Lyman, her nephew... the Reverend Haymark (not the handsome young minister I mentioned in my earlier missive, but an older, heavier man of the cloth whose habit of taking snuff and sneezing violently at every opportunity would keep me in the solitude of my cabin were it not for the cockroaches)... " [More refs. to Reverend Parick Allwyte, pg. 30. Also pg. 69-71, 87-89, 118-120, etc.]
Protestant Hawaii 2009 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 237. "'...Who put you up to it?... Your father?' The boy's hand jerked. 'Uh, huh. And the minister at your church? Told you I was a monster, didn't they, said a monster lived in Lucas's house. They said you could send a message to the monster that he wasn't wanted, so they gave you a slingshot and told you to smash the windows at Lucas's house, didn't they? So you came, you and your yellow, cowardly... friends...' "
Protestant Illinois 2005 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 8-9. "We had met at the exercise club in Wilmette... I told him I was a minister, and he told me, laughing, that he was a retired super hero who had gotten impatient with the competition and gone into the drug trade. The rub was that this was the absolute truth. We'd gotten into a long conversation about Nietzsche and gnosticism... "
Protestant Indiana 1945 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 194. [Author's Note] "Ever Sunday, when I was a boy growing up in Indiana in the 1940s, my mother took me and my sister to Sunday school and church. I remember being fascinated by the almost actorlike performance of our pastor as he led the congregation in worship. His sermons were my first exposure to the power and the drama of the spoken word. Years later, when I had grown up and moved to California, I saw television evangelists for the first time... "
Protestant Iowa 2030 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 24. "The Weinrebs were church-goers as a matter of course. No one who earned more than a certain amount of money in Amesville was so impolitic as not to be. But they went to the Congregationalist Church... One could have met a better class of people by being Episcopalian but then one stood the risk of being snubbed. The real aristocracy of Iowa, the farmers, were undergoders--Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists--but it was impossible to pretend to be an undergoder since it involved giving up almost anything you might enjoy--not just music, but tv and most books and even talking with anyone who wan't another undergoder. Besides, the farmers lumped all the townspeople together anyhow, with the great unregenerate mass of agitators, middlemen, and the unemployed that comprised the rest of the country, so it didn't do much good even for those who tried to pretend. "
Protestant Ireland 2050 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. Last Refuge. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 198. "'...I've been a little bit of everything, to tell you the truth. In the beginning I may have been one of the Tuatha de Daman, then on of the sidhe, the fairy folk, and later on I was a Druid. Oh yes, quite a few lifetimes at it till along come the Christians. Well, I didn't jump back into the religious side at once but was a harper and a harper's son, and a shanachie, carrying the old tales down, till in one life I switched over to Christianity and became a priest. I was a bit of a rabble rouser in that life, so in the very next one I was a Protestant minister. In this last life I was an unaffiliated theologian and a fiddler on the weekends. After all these lives, I've found bein' affiliated with one church or the other rather limitin', and no matter what you call yourself, those with supernatural connections have supernatural responsibilities. It's the way whether you wear a collar or worship God through His countenance as revealed in the trees.' "
Protestant Italy 1996 Knight, Damon. Humpty Dumpty: An Oval. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 34. "like some alien artifact intricately carved from grey ice. Jim Baldwin had shown me over it when I first came to Milan--a nice Protestant cove, I wondered what had happened to him. "
Protestant Italy: Rome 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 453. "Keats began to talk and continued between spasms until he had given Hunt specific instructions for his entombment in Rome's Protestant Cemetary, near the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. " [Also pg. 466-467.]
Protestant Italy: Venice 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 399. "Did God care whether he was beseeched by way of bell or song? Probably not. And for the moment, to all appearances, neither did Venice, for the balance of her inhabitants--Catholic, Protestant, Mussulman, Jew--were in celebration over the victory against the Muscovites, whatever differences they might have amongst themselves for the moment set aside. "
Protestant Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 117. "something that made even first and second grades seem pleasant in retrospect:

Vacation Bible School.

Every Protestant church in the Midwest runs one of these. Some last only a few weeks, & some last the whole damn summer, but all have several things in common: A lack of air-conditioning. 'Bible Heroes' coloring books. 'This Little Light of Mine,' an inspirational song written for three-year-olds but forced on persons up to the age of ten. The Children of Israel's Escape from Egypt. Blue-haired teachers with fat arms & cheek rouge the color of red M&Ms. The walls of Jericho. King David... The baby Jesus. Elmer's glue. The adolescent Jesus. Crayola crayons. The adult Jesus. Rounded-tip scissors. The crucified Jesus. Severe discipline for the unruly. The dead Jesus. Warm Kool-Aid & stale cookies. The resurrected Jesus. Bible-quiz contests ('What is Jael best known for?') The ascended Jesus. Why the Devil (aka Satan) is bad and how to avoid him. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. "

Protestant Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 117. "I was furious with Mother for sending me to a place like that, but she had little choice in the matter and did the best she could in picking the church. She enrolled me in the Vacation Bible School that was operated by the Central Shawnee County United Methodist Church of God in Christ of the United States of America, which she probably figured was the Vacation Bible School that was the least like an ideological concentration camp in all of Topeka. We were given two bathroom breaks and one snack period per six-hour day, and twice a week were allowed to go outside to play sinners and saints in the church parking lot. (Sinners and saints was a religious version of he playground staple called dodgeball or bombardment. My class of Vacation Bible Schoolers would count off, one, two, one, two, and the teachers would designate the ones as saints and the twos as sinners.. " [More, pg. 118-119.]
Protestant Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 169. "Along with their anger over the lack of regular programming, various citizens were also concerned about the details of the Buddy Holly broadcast itself. One of the loudest of these, as I had expected, was the Reverend William Willard of OKRAP fame. His voice blared from the Jaguar's death with the following words:

'When I saw that my ministry, the Resurrection Television Network, was being crippled by this disruption, I prayed. And when I prayed, the Lord answered, saying, 'William, this Satanic rock and roll broadcast is a sign of the Last Days. 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, and with his own words he has identified the Antichrist himself--Oliver C. Vale of Topeka, Kansas.' Thus, our course is clear. We must do battle with the Beast and destroy him.' "

Protestant Kentucky 1963 Rucker, Rudy. The Secret of Life. New York: Bluejay International (1985); pg. 18. "By the time Conrad was a senior [he liked Catholicism even less] than Protestantism. "
Protestant Kenya 1986 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 15. "Until his circumcision Joshua's mentor had attended a mission school run by Blair's Protestant Episcopal parents... "
Protestant Louisiana: New Orleans 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 697. "'...I went to the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and I knelt and prayed, and the strangest truth came through to me. Didn't matter if God in his heaven was a Catholic or Protestant God, or the God of the Hindus. What mattered was something deeper and older and more powerful than any such image--it was a concept of goodness based upon the affirmation of life...' "
Protestant Louisiana: New Orleans 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 306. "The Sunday New York Times... On the front page, three headlines of almost equal size vied for attention:

Reverend Ormandy Shot by Lone Gunman in New Orleans...
Protestant Maine 1978 King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978); pg. 13. "You are carrying on, she told herself, as if this were the news of the world. Chapter Six: Hester Brings the News of Pearl's Impending Arrival to Rev. Dimmesdale. " [Other refs., not all in DB, some listed under 'Christianity.']
Protestant Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 86. "'This is going to be tough,' said Deacon Cooper. 'We have to make our message look good to people who would kill each other for a plastic harmonica.'

'Are we going to tell them how Jesus said we should all love one another and--'

'No, definitely not. That's the last thing they want to hear. We got to show them, I don't know, I guess that Jesus Christ was the toughest guy on the block. I looked up a few gospel items here, there's the story of how he's sitting there with his gang one day and a woman comes up and pours some expensive after-shave over him, and the other guys say shouldn't we be giving money to the poor instead of wasting it like this? Only he says, 'Forget the poor, the poor you have always with you, there's always somebody with their hand out.' And I found other passages where it says he owned his own house, he paid his taxes and he wasn't a scrounger. Now if we can just link our message to Martian life-style thinking. . . .' "

Protestant Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 87. "'I don't see why we shouldn't use a lot of softball metaphors,' said Deacon. 'Say the pitcher's mound is Calvary, runners on first and third are the good theives, Judas Iscariot is the cleanup batter, the rosin bag is gall and vinegar, and so on.' "
Protestant Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 90. "I collected an assortment of Crusade pamphlets:

Christ had short hair!
Is Heaven enough?
(The answer was No; after getting to Heaven it was necessary to get a house in a good neighborhood.)

The Reverend Flint Orifice Story
Double Tithing--the best investment!
Zither fish fools scientists--God laughs!
Caesarian birth: myth or reality?

Protestant Mars 2100 Anthony, Piers. Hard Sell. Houston, TX: Tafford Publishing (1990); pg. 88. "'Now the ground floor is devoted to chapels. Every major religion is represented... We are non-denominational, of course, but we honor every faith and scoff at none. Your own priest, pastor or rabbi knows he is welcome here. Many services are performed daily for your convenience.' "
Protestant Maryland 1994 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Cradle. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 287. " Annapolis, Maryland... The pictures that flooded his brain were all taken at the same place, outside the beautiful little Protestant chapel in the middle of the campus... " [More, pg. 287-289. Many other Protestant refs. in novel, many in DB under 'Presbyterian', but no other refs. to 'Protestant' by name.]
Protestant Maryland 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 207. "'I hardly felt her. My legs were wet. Just a little blood. They had a monitor on my stomach and the little alarm started to beep. I woke up and the nurses were there and they put up a tent. They didn't show her to me. A minister came in, Reverend Ackerley, from my church, she was right there for me, wasn't that nice?'

'I'm so sorry,' Kaye said. "

Protestant Maryland 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 208. Pg. 208: "'The reverend told me about that other woman, in Mexico, with her second baby... They told me they'd let me go after the baby was born. But now they said they want to keep me here. They tell me I'm going to be pregnant again. They know it's coming. My own little baby Jesus. How can the world get along with millions of little baby Jesuses?' She started to cry. 'I haven't been with my husband or anyone else! I swear!... Tell me what's happening?'

...'We're still trying to figure that out... It's a challenge.'

'From God?' Mrs. Hamilton asked.

'From inside,' Kaye said.

'If it's from God, all the little Jesuses are going to die except one, then,' Mrs. Hamilton said. 'That's not good odds for me.' "; Pg. 209: "'We did scans last night and checked out her hormone levels... The miscarriage didn't hurt much if at all... She had a classic Herod's fetus.' " [Some other refs. to Christianity, not in DB.]

Protestant Massachusetts 1650 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 201. "The Dying Earth sold almost three billion copies,' I reminded her.

'Mm-hmm,' said Tyrena. 'It was the Pilgrim's Progress Effect.' [referring to a popular Protestant book.]

'The what?'

'Pilgrim's Progress Effect. In the Massachusetts Colony of . . . what was it!--seventeenth century Old Earth, every decent family hd to have a copy in the household. But, my heavens, no one had to read it...' "; Pg.205: [Referring to extremely popular books.] "'Pilgrim's Progress... Mein Kampf Once in a century. Maybe less.' "

Protestant Massachusetts: Nantucket -1249 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 412. "Cofflin nodded. That made sense. For that matter, there'd been something of a religious revival on the island since the Event. Not showy, and there'd never been many fundamentalists here--Unitarians and mainstream Protestants were in the majority, with the Catholics a not ver close second. More people had been showing up of a Sunday, though. "
Protestant Metropolis 1993 Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 178. [Superman's funeral] "It was a most ecumenical gathering. there were ministers and priests, rabbis and mullahs, and bishops and monks. Virtually every religion had sent a representative to invoke the deity on behalf of Superman.

Finally, a stocky black man whom Lois recognized as the pastor of the Hob's Bay Mission approached the microphones.

'Brothers and Sisters,' he began, 'we, the family of humankind, have gathered here to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of a great and kind man... Superman was, as I said, from another planet--and I do not know what God, if any, he worshiped. But I pray to my God to comfort and protect him, as he comforted and protected us all.' " [More from this funeral sermon, pg. 178-179.]

Protestant Metropolis 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 7. "'So the question of truth in the Bible thus becomes irrelevant,' I put forth to the congregation, and most of them listened and nodded as they always did. Or slept. The big sanctuary had about thirty people in it this Sunday morning, more than I was usually getting these days. The only one who had any particular reaction at all to what I was saying was Wesley, and I perceived his reaction only because he was my friend.

'In the context of the Scriptures,' I went on, 'the most important element, I feel, is the way the story is told. This is not to say that events as the Scriptures describe them are not literally true. I expect that generally they are. But the real value of Scriptures is in how we understand them. The metaphorical truth of the Scriptures is absolute. Often, art is a lie that tells the truth.' " [Many refs. to a Dutch Reformed pastor who comes to preside over a Presbyterian congregation. See refs. under those names and under 'Christianity.']

Protestant Metropolis 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 8. "'Woe unto them!' he said louder.

'Excuse me?' I asked from the pulpit.

The other folks sitting near Wesley shushed him, but he got up to his feet--stiffly, as though against his will--and with an almost embarrassed expression on his face, declaimed, 'No no no, Norman. This is not Metaphor. This is not apocrypha. Moses did not scale Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Suggestions. This is truth, unconditional and immutable. There is a right and a wrong in the Universe, and that distinction is not difficult to make. Woe unto them that sow iniquity and seeds of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope.' Then he sat down. He was in his nineties by then, and never before had I seen him spring up and down with such agility. 'Excuse me, Pastor,' he mumbled into his prayerbook, and after a moment both he and I gathered ourselves, and I finished my sermon.

That was the first time. "

Protestant Michigan: Detroit 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 322. "From Detroit, the Reverend Henry Templeton, president of the Ministerial Association, said his organization had been invited to crate a new schedule for religious broadcasting, fair to all denominations, on the Detroit station that CCE had just acquired. The purpose was to offer 'all Detroit churches access to television,' said the distinguished cleric. The Reverend Billy Bob broke in with a hostile question: Was the Reverend Templeton's church affiliated with the World Council of Churches? It was, confirmed Templeton. The Reverend Billy Bob laughed contemptuously. The World Council was a communist front, he snorted. " [Many other refs. to Protestant churches, not in DB. But the word 'Protestant' is apparently never used.]

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