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


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radio USA 1998 Dick, Philip K. Time Out of Joint. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1959); pg. 28. Pg. 28-29: "'Remember those radio programs we used to listen to before World War Two? 'The Road of Life.' Those soap operas. 'Mary Martin.' '

' 'Mary Marlin,' ' Margo corrected...

Humming Clair de Lune, the theme for 'Mary Marlin,' Junie met the last round of raises. 'Sometimes I miss radio,' she said. "

radio Washington, D.C. 1998 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 22. "All Things Considered "
radio world 2027 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 125. Orson Welles, Mercury Theatre's own radio version...
Rajneesh Foundation/Osho galaxy 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 426. "'What say we go find a little nooky, kid?' Mike Osho was speaking. Short, squat, his pudgy face a clever caricature of a Buddha, Mike was a god to me then. We were all gods; long-lived if not immortal, well paid if not quite divine. The Hegemony had chosen us to help crew one of its precious quantum-leap spinships, so how could we be less than gods? It was just that Mike, mercurial, irreverent Mike, was a little older and a little higher in the Shipboard pantheon than young Merin Aspic. " [There may be no connection between the religion known as Osho and the name of this, one of the book's main characters. Or the author may have intentionally named this character after Osho for some reason. The author has studied world religions extensively, and even named one fictional locale in this book after Melton.]
Rajneesh Foundation/Osho United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 243. "Ms Annabelle Rowan... Woman about 40... Receptionist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and ex-devotee of the Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh. Sits all day surrounded by a collection of 19th-cnetury pharmaceutical jars... and wondered why foreigners stop us in the street for help. It was one of the many things Annabelle learned in Oregon. The Bhagwan told her: life is a joke. Always land on the wrong airfield, buy as many cars as you can. Imeldo Marcos's shoes are a great joke. One must be calm and laugh. For a woman as highly sexed a Annabelle, it was paradise, for there were handsome men, beautiful women, and they all made love rather as cats must, in complete security. "
Rajneesh Foundation/Osho USA 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 93. "'...He's persona non grata in Hong Kong and Singapore. There's something going on.'

'What about America?'

Belew snorted a laugh. 'He's not stupid, our Hosenose. He learned from the example of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the Bhagwan Rajneesh, and Dwight Gooden.' "

Rajneesh Foundation/Osho USA 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 247. "'...You don't think--none of you think, you're letting some rich crazy egotistical New Age bitch do it for you. Haven't you ever heard of cults, girls? Don't any of you know how to read a newspaper? The name Manson mean anything to you? David Koresh? Bhagwan Rajneesh? Jim Jones?' "
raman galaxy 5248 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 38. Demosthenian Hierarchy of Exclusion described: "...Demosthenes' History of Wutan in Trondheim... The Nordic language recognizes four orders of foreignness. The first is the otherlander, or utlanning, the stranger that we recognize as being a human of our world, but of another city or country. The second is the framling... This is the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another world. The third is the raman, the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another species. The fourth is the true alien, the varelse, which includes all the animals, for with them no conversation is possible. They live, but we cannot guess what purposes or causes make them act. "
raman galaxy 5275 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 35. "'...Hierarchy of Foreignness. Utlannings are strangers from our own world. Framlings are strangers of our own species, but from another world. Ramen are strangers of another species, but capable of communication with us, capable of co-existence with humanity...?' "
raman galaxy 5298 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 269. "Some strangers... Demosthenes had said... were ramen--of another intelligent species, yet able to communicate with human beings, so that we could work out differences and make decisions together... with raman, humans could make peace and share the habitable worlds. "
Rastafarian Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 329. "...where seven hundred Rastafarian pilgrims in red, gold and green who had come to join the great exodus to the Holy Mt. Zion in Africa were camped with their children and the goats they purchased from refugees glad to part with them for hard currency... It was as bad as the Rastafarians outside the Home Affairs Office... "
Rastafarian California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 96. "'...And Rastafaria paraphernalia, Santeria stuff! Your office smells like a church, and looks like some kind of ignorant Mexican fortuneteller's tent!' "
Rastafarian California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 134. "Elizalde bought a Rastafari knitted tam--red, gold, black, and green--big enough to tuck her long black hair up into... "
Rastafarian Caribbean 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 39. "These very neurochemicals now boiled out of the high-tech drug vats of the Caribbean.

This accusation wounded Winston Stubbs. The Rastafarian underground had never favored 'steel drugs.' The substances they made were sacramental, like communion wine, meant to assist in 'i-tal meditation.' "

Rastafarian Florida 1986 Anthony, Piers. Shade of the Tree. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 97. "'Not to know about pot,' Foster said, shaking his head as though appalled. 'Never thought I'd meet the man.'

'Oh, I have heard of marijuana,' Josh assured him. 'I just don't happen to be informed about it.'

'So you don't know about how the Zion Copts smoke it in their religion, and how they import it by the carload right through Citrus County here but they've never really been nailed?'

'I didn't know,' Josh agreed... "

Rastafarian Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 72. "Dim greenish bursts of foliage clustered the rising hillside, shaggy jagged-edged palms like dreadlocked Rasta heads. "
Rastafarian Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 89. "'Those are mind-altering drugs,' Laura protested... 'They're dangerous.'

Maybe you think it will jump off the paper and bite you, 'Andrei said. He waved politely at a passing Rastaman... They walked past a huge electric anchor winch, and a giant pump assembly... Rastas with hard hats and clipboards paced the catwalks over the pipes.

'You're not being fair,' David said. 'Drugs can trap people.'

'Maybe,' Andrei said. 'If they have nothing better in their lives. But look at the crew on this ship. Do they seem like drugged wreckage to you? If America suffers from drugs, perhaps you should ask America what is lacking.' "

Rastafarian Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 90. "One guy, a beer-bellied Rasta with a frown and bald spot, had half a dozen gold-plated fingertips. "
Rastafarian Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 94. "Blaize smiled a little, his eyes half closed, like a dreadlocked Buddha. " [Also pg. 144, 250.]
Rastafarian Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 162. "'...They make those little Grenadian Rastas look like Bill Cosby.'

'Who?' David broke in. 'You mean 'Bing' Cosby?' "

Rastafarian Haiti 2016 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 101. "He motioned for them to join him. After a few minutes, Marie felt sufficiently emboldened to ask him what being a Rasta was all about.

He was very thin, as thin as the children in this ragged village. In an odd blend of Brooklyn- and British-tinged English, he said he was from Jamaica. His father had been Haitian. He had been born in New York City, but then his mother returned alone to Jamaica, where he grew up. He had come to Haiti to find his father, and still had not. But Port-au-Prince had been his home for five years now.

'We as Rastas are destined to free all life-forms. We have been reincarnated through seventy-seven bodies. We soon will free all beings. We are engaged in a jihad, a holy war.' His eyes were serious. 'It is a war against poverty and ignorance. We want to free those alive on Earth now. Not in some future heaven after death.' He drank the last of his coffee... " [Many other refs., e.g. pg. 107-108, more.]

Rastafarian Haiti 2016 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 101. "'How is this [Rastafarianism] different from voudoun?' she asked.

He frowned. 'Voudoun worships the past. It is ancestor worship. We live in the present. We hurt no living thing. We make no sacrifice. We will save all life. I am a vegetarian, you see. We are all conquering lions doing God's work.'

'Except that you have to be a man?' suggested Marie.

The Rasta shrugged. 'I do not believe that. I am a teacher. I hold a classroom every weekday morning on Prince Street. I teach girls as well as boys to read and write. Good English. I would teach them good French too, but I do not know French...

Rastafarian Haiti 2016 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 102. "'His name, according to his card, is Zion. Rastafarianism is a millenarian movement. It's not messianic. They don't believe that one of God's manifestations is going to save them and take them to heaven. I mean, Rob Marley said he felt like bombing a church once he knew that the preacher was lying. They are Marxist in their belief that organized religion is just a tool to oppress the masses, to make them feel as if being poor and downtrodden is a virtue and they'll be rewarded for their suffering in heaven. The Rastafarians believe there's going to be a golden age here on Earth. Like he said. And they really try to do something about that. You have to respect them for it. We can drop by his school--if that's what you're getting at.' "
Rastafarian Nicoji 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 151-153. "The branch swarmed with mad ants. The smell was stronger with the leaves that close, and I suddenly recognized it. 'Jamaican sausage!'... The leaf was heavy and maybe a quarter of an inch thick. I brushed off the ants and took a bite. It tasted like Jamaican sausage, except sweeter... Sam smelled the leaf and looked at me. 'I ran into some Rastafarians,' I said. "
Rastafarian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 30. Pg. 30: "An old-fashioned Rastaman in dreadlocks cut his way out of the crowd. The old man wore a long-sleeved dashiki of cheap synthetic, over baggy drawstring pants, and sandals.

The Rastaman's young companion wore a nylon windbreaker, sunglasses, and jeans. The woman rushed forward and embraced him. 'Sticky!' The younger man, with sudden wiry strength, lifted the Church [of Ishtar] woman off her feet and spun her half around.

...'Where are the bankers?' Laura said.

Emerson nodded at the Rastaman and his companion. Laura's heart sank. 'That's them?'

'These offshore bankers don't follow our standards,' Emerson said. ";

Pg. 31: "The old Rastaman shambled over, smiling. 'Winston Stubbs,' he said. He had the lilt of the Caribbean, softened vowels broken by crisp British consonants. " [Many other refs. to these Rasta characters, not in DB.]

Rastafarian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 47. "One of the guest room doors opened. Moonlight glinted on the gray hair of Winston Stubbs. A shaman's dreadlocks. "
Rastafarian United Kingdom 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 26. "The club is Leroy's shebeen, currently located in the basement of an abandoned office block, where a crowd of middle-aged Jamaicans spend the nights playing pool and dominoes and listening to old reggae tunes. Bob Marley and the Wailers. Burning Spear. Max Romeo. " [Rastafarianism not mentioned by name. See also pg. 67-71.]
Rastafarian Washington, D.C. 2000 Robinson, Kim Stanley. "Down and Out in the Year 2000 " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1986); pg. 131. "Staring in one of the big silvered windows as he walked up New Hampshire, Leroy saw what the man saw: his hair spiked out everywhere as if he would be a Rasta in five or ten years, his clothes were torn and dirty... "
Rastafarian world 1994 Morrow, James. Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 41. "A Rastafarian with nineteen more days on shore than Neil. A fellow Jew named Daniel Rosenberg. A Chinese woman, An-mei- Jong... "; Pg. 43: "'Nobody here be beatin' ten month plus fifteen day, eh?' said the Rastafarian. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Rastafarian world 1996 Morrow, James. "The Tower " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 81-82. "The Rastafarian driver looked Michael squarely in the eye... "; Pg. 82: "The former Rastafarian sideswiped a rubber cone, stopped his taxi, and smiled. 'Consider the dialectics of our present situation...' "
Rastafarian world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 103. "'...We're getting this taxi out to Zion, Zion cluster... Funny choice of venue, you ask me.'

'How's that?'

'Dreads. Rastas. Colony's about thirty years old now.'

'What's that mean?'

'You'll see. It's an okay place by me. Anyway, they'll let you smoke your cigarettes there.'

Zion had been founded by five workers who'd refused to return [to Earth from the orbiting Freeside], who'd turned their backs on the well and started building. They's suffered calcium loss and heart shrinkage before rotational gravity was established in the colony's central torus. Seen from the bubble of the taxi, Zion's makeshift hull reminded Case of the patchwork tenements of Istanbul, the irregular, discolored plates laswer-scrawled with Rastafarian symbols and the initials of the welders. " [Many other refs. to Rastafarians and their colony in the next few chapters. Not all refs. in DB.]

Rastafarian world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 104. [In Zion, the Rasta colony.] "As they worked, Case gradually became aware of the music that pulsed constantly through the cluster. It was called dub, a sensuous mosaic cooked from vast libraries of digitalized pop; it was worship, Molly said, and a sense of community. Case heaved at one of the yellow sheets; the thing was light but still awkward. Zion smelled of cooked vegetables, humanity, and ganja...

'You ver' pale, mon,' Aerol said, as they were guiding the foam-bundled Hosaka terminal along the central corridor. 'Maybe you wan' eat something'.' "

Rastafarian world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 109. "The two surviving Founders of Zion [Rasta colony in the orbiting Freeside] were old men, old with the accelerated aging that overtakes men who spend too many years outside the embrace of gravity. Their brown legs, brittle with calcium loss, looked fragile in the harsh glare of reflected sunlight. They floatd in the center of a painted jungle of rainbow foliage, a lurid communal mural that completely covered the hull of the spherical chamber. The air was thick with resinous smoke.

'Steppin' Razor,' one said... Like unto a whippin' stick.'

'That is a story we have, sister,' said the other, 'a religion story. We are glad you've come with Maelcum... I came from Los Angeles,' the old man said. His dreadlocks were like a matted tree with branches the color of steel wool. 'Long time ago, up the gravity well and out of Babylon. To lead the Tribes home. Now my brother likens you to Steppin' Razor.' "

Rastafarian world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 110. "'Babylon,' broke in the other Founder, 'mothers many demon, I an' I know. Multitude horde!'

'What was that you called me, old man?' Molly asked.

'Steppin' Razor. An' you bring a scourge on Babylon, sister, on its darkest heart. . . .'

'What kinda message the voice have?' Case asked.

'We were told to help you,' the other said, 'that you might serve as a tool of Final Days... We were told to send Maelcum with you, in his tug Garvey, to the Babylon port of Freeside. And this we shall do.'

'Maelcum a rude boy,' said the other, 'an' a rightous tug pilot.'

'But we have decided to send Aerol as well, in Babylon Rocker, to watch over Garvey.' "

Rastafarian world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 114. "He adjusted the trodes. Marcus Garvey had been thrown together around an enormous old Russian air scrubber, a rectangular thing daubed with Rastafarian symbols, Lions of Zion and Black Star Liners, the reds and greens and yellows overlaying wordy decals in Cyrillic script. Someone had sprayed Maelcum's pilot gear a hot tropical pink, scraping most of the overspray off the screens and readouts with a razor blade... "
Rationalism Draka Domination 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 188. "Breckenridge threw up his hands. 'Sweet Land of Canaan, no! Not mo' Rationalist sennament for the Mother country... Don' know why y'all call yo'selves 'Rationalist,' anyway. Anybody with half a lick of sense knows the limeys ain't never goin' a join us.'

'I'm not here to comment on political platforms. This is a military proposal,' Verwoerd said stiffly.

'Shore. Like everybody don' know the Navy ain't nothin' but an adjunct of the Rationalists--'

'Would that be the same 'everybody' who knows Security is nothing but an adjunct of the Draka League party?' "

Rationalism Draka Domination 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 192. "'Tell me, Admiral. why do you Rationalists care so much what the rest of the world thinks of us? why are you so desperate the Draka be liked?'

'The Superman shouldn't care what the ondergeskik thinks of him, you mean? 'I teach you the Superman.' ' He shook his head and fell silent for several moments.

'Maybe,' he said at last, 'in terms of education, physical training, wealth, eugenics, perhaps soon even genetics--maybe by some standards we Draka have become Nietzsche's superman. We certainly like to flatter ourselves into thinking we have.'

He shook his head. 'But one would think that a superman shouldn't have to fear. And we do. We fear everybody else on the planet.'

'With good reason,' the Archon said. 'Everybody else on the planet fears us. Hates us, too...' "

Rationalism galaxy -99931 B.C.E. Hambly, Barbara. Planet of Twilight (Star Wars). New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 1. "Of course, nobody was going to mention the mission. Though accompanied by the Adamantine, Chief of State Leia Organa Solo's journey to the Meridian sector was an entirely unofficial one. The Rights of Sentience Party would have argued--quite correctly--that Seti Ashgad, the man she was to meet at the rendezvous point just outside the Chorios systems, held no official position on his homeworld of Nam Chorios. To arrange an official conference would be to give tacit approval of his, and the Rationalist Paty's, demands. "; Pg. 22: "'...but there's some kind of leak in the Council. Information's getting out to Admiral Pellaeon and to the Imperial Moffs... Minister of State Rieekan thinks it may be through someone in the Rationalist Party... They have adherents both in the Republic and in nearly every piece of Empire still beg enough to field a fleet.' "
Rationalism galaxy -99931 B.C.E. Hambly, Barbara. Planet of Twilight (Star Wars). New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 6. "'It isn't only the Newcomers that the Rationalist Party is trying to help, Your Excellency... It's the farmers themselves. The Oldtimers who aren't Therans, who just want to survive... There's a strong Rationalist Party on Nam Chorios, and it's growing stronger. We want planetary trade with the New Republic. We want technology and proper exploitation of the planet's resources. Is that so harmful?'

'The majority of the planet's inhabitants think it is.'

Ashgad gestured furiously. 'The majority of the planet's inhabitants have been brainwashed by half a dozen lunatics who get loaded on brachniel root and wander around the wasteland having conversations with rocks!...' " [The Rationalist Party in this novel apparently includes many bigots with no respect for regional diversity. They seek to impose their will through force in some regions. They appear analogous to Communists in many ways. Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

Rationalism Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 291. "'Well,' replied Mary, 'not everyone on Earth--on this Earth, that is--believes in an afterlife.'

'Do the majority?'

'Well . . . yes, I guess so.'

'Do you?'

Mary frowned, thinking. 'Yes, I suppose I do.'

'Based on what evidence?' asked Ponter...

'Well, they say that . . .' She trailed off. Why did she believe it? She was a scientist, a rationalist, a logical thinker. But, of course, her religious indoctrination had occurred long before she'd been trained in biology. "

Rationalism South Africa 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 185. "'So why bring it to me?' she asked him, half-rhetorically. 'You used up a lot of favors getting here. The Navy doesn't have many favors to spare.' No, she left unspoken, did the Rationalist Party.

Verwoerd knew fears of offending the Navy hardly kept the Archon awake nights. After all, security Directorate's operating budget for their coastal patrol and brownwater flotillas was bigger than that for the entire bluewater Navy. But the Navy and the Rationalist Party did have close ties; most Rationalist politicians were former naval officers. Most naval cadets came from Rationalist families.

After four years of ever-increasing casualties, war-weariness was setting in. The Rationalist minority was gaining support--worrisome for the Draka League and the Archonship; they'd held an electoral lock for the last sixty, seventy years. " [Many other refs., not all in DB.]

Rationalism Washington, D.C. 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 136. "Representative Howell, the engineer from Pennsylvania who had argued for rationalism, pushed between them with a muttered apology. Howell looked distressed, frustrated, confused. "
Rationalism world 2039 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 235. "'...I'm no Christian, nor Hindu. But I want to do right in my own terms; and I'm afraid, in my own terms, of what will happen to me if I do wrong.'

Johnny looked at her, at last nodded. 'Yeah. Exactly. I don't know if I understand, but yeah . . .'...He had underdosed and was coming down too soon. His anger had been absurd. Big science and religion are one and the same, they fit the same space. He'd often argued that point with self-deluded 'rationalists.' Our God-given systems, the void-powered data God behind them . . . It's all the same, dumb awe and naive paranoia. Only fools ignore that dimension: No one gets much further than a medieval peasant. "

Reconstructionist Judaism Nebraska 2059 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 418. "Shira thought that Yod would finally win if the discussion continued, for the foundation of Tikva was libertarian socialism with a strong admixture of anarcho-feminism, reconstructionist Judaism (although there were six temples, each representing a different Jewishness) and greeners. "
Reform Judaism Mars 2182 Bear, Greg. Moving Mars. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 299, 303. Pg. 299: Diane Johara: "'And I'm married... I've gone over to Steinburg-Leschke. I've converted to New Reform Judaism. You'll meet Joseph. He's very special.' "; Pg. 303: "Diane wore a long black velvet dress and a tiny yarmulke on the crown of her head. In New Reform Judaism, men and women equally had to hide their head from God's gaze. "
Reform Judaism New York: Brooklyn 1994 Morrow, James. Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 369. "The introduction was by Neil Weisinger, presently a rabbi serving a thriving congregation of Reform Jews in Brooklyn. "
Reform Judaism world 3414 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1985); pg. 214. "...there were only approximately half a million Orthodox Jews and two million of the Reformed in all of the seven days. "
Reformed USA 1985 Knight, Damon. "The God Machine " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1985); pg. 35. "The fall campaign is a success. 'HOLINEX for instant tranquility...' ...Hospitals buy the professional model at $1,795. Psychiatrists buy it. The home models retail for $695 plus tax. People line up for it in department stores. It comes in Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Reformed versions. "
Reformed USA 1993 Brust, Steven. Agyar. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 131. "It makes no sense to me that I should feel this way about picking up whores, though; if it is still the remainder of my upbringing (my parents belonged to the Reformation Church and took it very seriously), then all I can say is that one's upbringing has more power than even the head doctors think, because I don't know one of them who has ever said that childhood conditioning can stay with you beyond the grave. "
Reformed world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 235. "Other groups to which individuals may be given honorary membership for conspicuously Aneristic behavior are:... the first Evangelical and Reformed Rand, Branden, and Holy Galt Church--for those who are simultaneously rationalists and dogmatists... "
religious Africa 1961 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 29. "A secretary-general of the United Nations resisted Saturn [the devil] in 1961. Saturn undid the seat belt of the diplomat, on a mission of peace in Africa, just before the airplane in which he was riding crashed, immediately killing everyone except for the secretary-general, who was thrown clear of the wreckage. Writhing in with the pain of a broken back and a punctured lung in the middle of a forsaken glade, the man heard Saturn's offer of life and an end to pain if he would betray the trust of an emerging African nation. Dag Hammarskjold died, in immeasurable pain, with a prayer and a smile on his lips. "
religious Africa 3000 Hubbard, L. Ron. Battlefield Earth. New York: St. Martin's Press (1982); pg. 560. "That place in southern Africa... was being all cleared out and it gave them their first clue. A pagoda-like structure--several in fact--were being erected. They found in some old reference texts that the design was a 'religious temple.' So the military men had agreed that the planet had not experienced a new political upheaval. Some religious zealots had taken over. Religions were very dangerous--they inflamed people. Any sensible government and its military should stamp them out. But they were not concerned with politics and religion just now. They would wait. " [Rebellion is fomenting against the alien invaders who have taken over the Earth.] [See also pg. 609.]
religious Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 68. [Aboard the starship Argo.] "The Place of Worship on level 11 wasn't more than an empty room, really. We didn't have the space to provide a dedicated church or synagogue or mosque or other specialized hall. Instead, this simple chamber, with seating for 500, served as called upon.

The chairs were a bit too comfortable to be called pews, a bit less tacky than the folding metal seats most of our Unitarians seemed to be used to. There was a simple raised platform at one end of the room and a small structure that was called a podium or a pulpit, depending upon whom was occupying it. The rest of the Place of Worship changed as required through the miracle of holography. Aaron had only been to church once with Diana... I had a holographic library of generic architectural components, and with help from Aaron, I re-created as best I could what the Chandler family church had apparently looked like, at least in general appearance. "

religious Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 69. [JASON, the intelligent ship computer narrates.] "As others continued to drift in [to the funeral service], I reflected on religion. It was not a purely human foible. Some TenthGens shared the longing for something beyond themselves. And everybody had heard the story about them having to reboot Luna's Brain when it announced that it had been born again. Certainly, the questions had validity, but organized religion seemed quite a different thing to me. We had lost out on some good people because of it. A man named Roopshand, a telecommunications specialist, had passed all the test needed for joining us. Like all devout Moslems, he prayed five times a day... " [More, under 'Islam']
religious Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 69. "The Place of Worship was full [for Diana's funeral], all 500 seats taken. What my cameras were seeing, processed and color-corrected so as to resemble human vision, was being fed to monitor screens all over the Starcology. A funeral may be a morbid event, but at least it is an event--and events had been in short supply these last couple of years. " [the funeral is detailed, pg. 69-72.]
religious Arizona 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 16. "(Science and Philosophy Nets) Scheduling 12/23/47

...2. Designer Babies Conference Tucson AZ 080-2200

...C Net: Religious, Historical and Scientific Images of Humanity "

religious Arkansas 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 190. "An hour earlier in Little Rock I had used it without hesitation but at that time I had had no suspicion that anything had happened to Boss--in fact I had a 'religious' conviction that nothing could happen to Boss. ('Religious' = 'absolute belief without proof.') "
religious Australia: Canberra 2437 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 140. "'Have to work fast,' Foyle muttered. 'Between the shots and the religion riot, the world and his wife'll be jaunting around asking questions--' "
religious Bajor 2375 Carey, Diane. What You Leave Behind (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 62. "A warning triggered in Dukat's head. Blindness had given him insights he never expected. He needed the Kai's good graces. Resentment must be controlled. If she still resented the Prophets, if she would still help him free the anti-Prophet Pah-wraiths, then Sisko and the Prophets could be overthrown with a power that matched their own. " [Novel deals extensively with religion. Main protagonist, Captain Sisko, is a convert to the Bajoran faith and a major religious figure on Bajor. Significant cultures dealt with in novel include Trill, Bajoran, Cardassian, Changeling, Breen, Klingon, Romulan, and others. Other refs. not in DB.]
religious Bajor 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 10. "Mostly they were Bajoran archeologists, although there was a handful of recently arrived Vulcan chronologists and a few assorted off-world theology groups--not to mention a constant trickle of the faithful, devout sightseers who came to pray and meditate in the long shadow of B'hala's central bantaca... "
religious Betelgeuse: Dismal 2400 Zelazny, Roger. "The Dismal Light " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1968); pg. 61. [Year estimated. The planet 'Dismal' is being evacuated.] "Homes stood abandoned, the remains of meals still upon their tables. All the churches had been hastily deconsecrated and their relics shipped off-world. "
religious California 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 94. "'Mythology. It is one of the recurring names of the agent of evil also known sometimes as the devil, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Old Scratch, the Adversary, He Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken, the serpent, or simply the Evil One, as well as several other names in every known language and culture on Earth.'

'You're forgetting Pandora, or don't you believe in equal treatment of the sexes? Are you sure you are justified in labeling it mythology, Superman? Can you truly believe that in all your travels, all your exploits, you have never run across any real, solid, unimpeachable evidence of evil in the world? Not a single event of certifiable, card-carrying injustice that you can't explain away as a social problem or a result of somebody's misdirected good intentions? Don't you think there is a source of pain as surely as there is a Creator?' "

religious California 1981 Dick, Philip K. Dr. Bloodmoney. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 282. "'Fergesson don't allow his employees to drink; it's against his religion, isn't it? And then he said, 'Hoppy, what's the light from? Is it God? You know, like I the Bible. I mean, is it true?' " [Similar ref. pg. 37.]
religious California 1994 Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 52. "'Still awake?'

'A dream woke me,' Arctor [the main character] said. 'A religious dream. In it there was this huge clap of thunder, and all of a sudden the heavens rolled aside and God appeared and His voice rumbled at me--what the hell did He say?--oh yeah. 'I am vexed with you, my son,' He said. He was scowling. I was shaking, in the dream, and looking up, and I said, 'What'd I do now, Lord?' And He said, 'You left the cap off the toothpaste tube again.' And then I realized it was my ex-wife.' "

religious California 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 269. "Stella made a face. 'We're just getting the freaks now. Religious nuts. All going out to the cinder cone. Who needs them? Everybody else is going to stay at home and wait it out. Do you think it's all going to go away?' "

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