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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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religious California 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 129. "'You remember they used to call California the Granola state: full of nuts, fruits, and flakes? Well, I'm tellin' ya, it's like a convention of judges and bishops compared to this place. They've got every brand you can think of here. Magical forces, mystical dimensions, mind-power, faith-power, psychic messages--if you can think of it, somebody believes it.' "
religious California: Berkeley 1950 Dick, Philip K. Radio Free Albemuth. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 13. [Phil Dick narrating] "A person like Nicholas Brady could never go to Alaska; he was a product of Berkeley and could only survive in the radical student milieu of Berkeley. What did he know of the rest of the United States? I had driven across the country; I had visited Kansas and Utah and Kentucky, and I knew the isolation of the Berkeley radicals. They might affect America a little with their views, but in the long run it would be solid conservative America, the Midwest, which would win out. And when Berkeley fell, Nicholas Brady would fall with it. "
religious California: Los Angeles 1990 Dick, Philip K. "Not By Its Cover " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1964); pg. 104. "'I'm interested. A new religion, replacing Zen Buddhism, sweeping out of the Middle West to engulf California. You ought to pay attention, too, since you claim religion as your profession. You're getting a job because of it. Religion is paying your bills, my dear girl, so don't knock it.' "
religious California: Los Angeles 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 117. "'This is Christmas Eve, my dear. My contacts are very religious people . . . But I'll give it a try. I'm doing this reluctantly, I repeat...' "
religious California: Los Angeles 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 140. "'The atrium,' he said. 'This used to be a beautiful hotel. Glass and steel, like a spaceship. But the money tide flowed to the combs and it couldn't survive on locals and foreign students. It was turned into a religious retreat in 2024, but the religion went bankrupt and it's been going from hand t hand ever since...' "
religious California: Los Angeles 2350 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 7. "They never found Enzio Dandridge, a Los Angeles revivalist looking for Heaven; Jacob Maria Freundlich, a paraphysicist who should have known better than to jaunte into deep space searching for metadimensions. "
religious California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 44. "'--and the more serious junk, but sometimes people tell me there's no such thing as a supernatural horror anymore--that science has solved, or can solve, all mysteries, that religion is just another name for social service, and that modern people are too sophisticated and knowledgeable to be scared of ghosts even for kicks.'

'Don't make me laugh,' Gun said. 'Science has only increased the area of the unknown. And if there is a go, her name is Mystery.' "

religious California: San Francisco 1984 Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. New York: Harmony Books (1984); pg. 62. "...San Francisco, which the Guide [i.e., Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] describes as 'good place to go. It's very easy to believe that everyone you meet there also is a space traveler. Starting a new religion for you is just their way of saying 'hi.' Until you've settled in and got the hang of the place it is best to say 'no' to three questions out of any four that anyone may ask you, because there are some very strange things going on there, some of which an unsuspecting alien could die of.' "
religious Cambodia 1966 Ballard, J. G. The Crystal World. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1966); pg. 95. "...has been set up somewhere on the surface of the earth, in the temple-filled jungles of Cambodia or the haunted amber forests of the Chilean highland. "
religious Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 123. "'...Write something I can understand. Not this . . . this . . . it's positively antireligious, this stuff of yours. I'm not a religious man, but this . . . you go too far. It's antireligious, and I can't understand a word of it. You start writing a sensible, intelligent journal again, or I'll wash my hands of you...' "
religious Colorado 1993 Simmons, Dan. "Entropy's Bed at Midnight " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 24. "Riding the chair lift toward the beginning of our second slide, Caroline said, 'Daddy, do you believe in God?'

'Mmm?' I said...

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

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

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

'About God?'

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

religious Colorado 2049 Knight, Damon. A For Anything. New York: Tor (1990; 1959); pg. 66. "'Blashfield,' Dick said hurriedly, 'what do you think about religion? I mean--'

The little man looked at him gravely. 'I dink we have all been here before, misser.' "

religious Colorado: Boulder 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 29. [Personal ads] "'Any race, religion, political party, sexual preference okay,' one of the ads read. 'NO SMOKERS.' In caps. "
religious Commonwealth 1001981 Wolfe, Gene. The Claw of the Conciliator. New York: Timescape Books (1981); pg. 297-299. "'Appendixes: Social Relationships in the Commonwealth "; "So far as can be determined from the manuscripts, the society of the Commonwealth appears to consist of seven basic groups... exultant... armigers... optimates... commonality... servants of the throne

... The religious are almost as enigmatic as the god they serve, a god that appears fundamentally solar, but not Apollonian. (Because the Conciliator is given a Claw, one is tempted to make the easy association of the eagle of Jove with the sun; it is perhaps too pat). Like the Roman Catholic clegy of our own day, they appear to be members of various orders, but unlike them they seem subject to no uniting authority. At times there is something suggestive of Hinduism about them, despite their obvious monotheism. The Pelerines... [the major order described in book] are... a sisterhood of priestesses...

Lastly, the cacogens... "

religious Commonwealth 1001983 Wolfe, Gene. The Citadel of the Autarch. New York: Timescape (1983); pg. 97. "'I had a mother, and even though I never went to see her I knew she didn't have an aes. While I was thinking about the religious orders, I'd got to be more religious myself, and I didn't see how I was going to minister to the Increate with her on my mind. I signed the paper--naturally Goslin, the slave who'd brought me in, got a reward for it--and I took the money to my mother.' "
religious Deep Space 9 2369 David, Peter. The Siege (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 40. "'...although I'd explore the Promenade cautiously if I were you. Some of the inhabitants there can be somewhat . . . rowdy.'

'Rowdy.' Marko's interest seemed piqued. 'Without religion, one would think?'

'Depends on how you define 'religion.' They worship drinking, gambling, and profits. They're as fervent about that as the holiest of men about their own respective gods. No offense intended.'

'None taken,' Marko said. 'Indeed, we may be performing K'olkr's will, despite our original intention of passing through the Gamma Quadrant...' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious Deep Space 9 2369 David, Peter. The Siege (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 85. Pg. 85: "'Azira, do you agree with this . . . this philosophy? The child grew in you. He--'

'That's enough, Doctor,' Sisko said.

'I hold my beliefs no less dear than my husband does,' said Azira softly. 'No less dear, I would think, than you do your own, Doctor. I do not think you would appreciate it if I stood here and exhorted you to violate your doctrines. I would ask you, then, to extend me the same consideration.' ";

Pg. 267: "'She gazed at the sleeping child on the medical bed. The child who had cost her everything--her mate, her religion, her planet, her friends . . . everything.

'I wish I knew,' she said faintly. 'I wish to K' . . . I wish to God I knew.' "

religious Deep Space 9 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 230. Pg. 230: "Ever since the rise of Bajoran fundamentalism and the attack on the schoolroom, coinciding with the power play by the orthodox Vedek Winn against the progressive Vedek Bareil, Bajoran 'Sunday schools' had sprung up on the station.

Sisko had decided that sending his own son to Bajoran religious classes would placate a lot of hard hearts; as well, a dose of spiritual values might do Jake good. Thus, he had insisted Jake attend the religious classes. ";

Pg. 231: "'I was not aware that Commander Sisko was a religious man,' said Odo.

'He's not. I knew Dad couldn't possibly have suddenly converted to sun worship, which is so old-fashioned even in Bajor that only radical students and troublemakers practice it--or at least that's what Teacher Janra says, and she's going to be a Vedek someday.

'I figured out it must be a code right away; but... I didn't know what the hell--what the heck he meant.' "

religious Deep Space 9 2371 Carey, Diane. Station Rage (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 18. "'...Come on, Major--you've done battle with these people [Cardassians] since you were a child. Don't you know any of their legends or beliefs? Superstitions? Religions? Voodoo? Anything, Major?' "
religious Deep Space 9 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Conquered (Book 1 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 24. "Quark grinned, exposing a full snaggly set of freshly sharpened teeth. 'Captain, I just want to come along with you. I can't stand all this . . . religion.' He shuddered, glancing back over his shoulder...

Odo said nothing at first; then the full horror of the lieutenant commander's point became clear to him. Quark, alone on the station, with nothing but Bajoran religious figures to control him . . . Quark running amok. " [Many other refs. to religious throughout novel. It is a central theme, as is often the case with stories about Bajor.]

religious Deep Space 9 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Conquered (Book 1 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 41. "Dog's breakfast, that's what Chief O'Brien would have said; this whole experiment is turning into a real dog's breakfast. Kira should have exulted: the station in an uproar, positions filled by incompetent political hacks, ancient religious codes forced upon reluctant residents . . . surely all this nonsense would lead to the complete disgrace of Kai Winn and her entire faction.

The major almost smiled, but she didn't feel like smiling; instead, she felt a great sadness that Bajor had been given a chance and was throwing it away in a futile effort to recapture the glory days of the Prophets instead of... "

religious Deep Space 9 2372 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Vengeance (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 4. "...because the dangers that menaced Deep Space Nine were wholly beyond the constable's ability to affect them. Odo understood all manner of internal disruptions, from simple drunkenness and assault to full-scale riots, from burglary to sex crimes--some races that visited the Federation had not even the concept of self-control--to homicide to religious discrimination; Odo had gotten much experience dealing with that particular crime now that Bajor was such a powerful force on the station. "
religious Diaspar 1000000000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 53. "Men had sought beauty in many forms--in sequences of sound, in lines upon paper, in surfaces of stone, in the movements of the human body, in colors ranged through space. All these media still survived in Diaspar, and down the ages others had been added to them. No one was yet certain if all the possibilities of art had been discovered; or if it had any meaning outside the mind of man.

And the same was true of love. "

religious Diaspar 1000000000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 67. "Alvin had never entered Council Hall before; there was no rule against it... but like everyone else he had a certain half-religious awe of the place. IN a world that had no gods, Council Hall was the nearest thing to a temple. "
religious Diaspar 1000000000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 176. "The best minds of Lys had been unable to interfere with his plans; somehow, he believed that Diaspar could do no better.

There were rational grounds for this belief, but it was based partly upon something beyond reason--a faith in his destiny which had slowly been growing in Alvin's mind. The mystery of his origin, his success in doing what no earlier man had ever done, the way in which new vistas had opened up before him, and the manner in which obstacles had failed to halt him--all these things added to his self-confidence. Faith in one's own destiny was among the most valuable of the gifts which the gods could bestow upon man, but Alvin did not know how many it had led to utter disaster. "

religious Europe 1374 C.E. Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 215. "dancing mania (1374) -- Northern European religious fad in which people danced uncontrollably for hours. They formed circles in streets and churches and leaped, screamed, and rolled on the ground, often shouting that they were possessed by demons and begging said demons to stop tormenting them. Caused by nervous hysteria and/or the wearing of pointed shoes. "
religious Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 106. "His attitude to me was the same as that to the attendant; in his sublime self-feeling the difference between myself and attendant seemed to him as nothing. It looks like religious mania, and he will soon think that he himself is God. These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being. How these madmen give themselves away! The real God taketh heed lest a sparrow fall; but the God created from human vanity sees no difference between an eagle and a sparrow. Oh, if men only knew! "
religious Europe 1975 Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World in The Adventures of The Stainless Steel Rat (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1972); pg. 361. "'I have come for you, He,' I said, smiling with real joy.

This was power unlimited, the most exhilarating sensation I had ever experienced, a cleansing wind blowing out all the dusty corners of my brain. Do what you want, Jim, what you will, because you are the only power in the world that really counts. How blinded I had been for years. Cramped little moralities, puny affectations for others, destructive other-oriented love. How crippled I had been. I love myself because I am God. At last I understood the meaning of God that the old religions were always mumbling about.

I am I, the only power in the entire universe. And He is in that building ahead, thinking with mortal foolishness that he can best me, stop me, even kill me. Now we shall see what happens to idiot plans like that. "

religious Fauldro 3039 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Akima's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 115. "As Ishaq had predicted, most of the vaults were entirely featureless and unmarked, but one of the rusty rooftops below them bore a symbol of a sword through ring of barbed wire, or perhaps it was thorns.

'Anybody know what that means?' Akima asked.

'I think it's the mark of some religious order,' Stith said. "

religious Florida 1986 Anthony, Piers. Shade of the Tree. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 154. "...and a citizen's band radio set with a call number and the 'handle' pasted on it--the handle was 'The Prophet'--and a shortwave radio as well. "
religious France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 3. "There were no formalities to be observed except the civil ones. There were no priests to turn to in Paris. Religion was outlawed; it belonged to the greed, the oppression and superstition of the past. This was an age of reason. but she would have liked the comfort of ritual now, even if it was foolish and meant nothing. There must be a better way to say goodbye to someone you loved, who was part of your body and your heart, than simply a cold acknowledgement by some citizen official. " [Story takes place in Paris during the French Revolution. Other refs. to 'religion' in novel, always in the context of Catholicism.]
religious France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 28. "Everyone in Paris knew that the Revolutionary powers could search your house any time they suspected you of harbouring a wanted person, an enemy of the commune or of the government. All priests were automatically in that category. Religion was a superstition from the past, an oppressor of the poor. To sustain it, even to the last degree, was to stand in the way of progress... "
religious France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 182. "'A cross, is it?' O'Shaughnessy shrugged. 'Well. Seems he has something after all. He's not entirely a nonbeliever, lad.'

'No, sir. That's not the way it is. What he's hanging onto is superstition.'

'Who's to say that religion and superstition are not sometimes one and the same?' "

religious France 1942 Lee, Stan & Stan Timmons. The Alien Factor. New York: ibooks, inc. (2002; c. 2001); pg. 199. -
religious France 2874 Forbes, Edith. Exit to Reality. Seattle, WA: Seal Press (1997); pg. 28. "'We must first find coffee and rolls. To pay homage to another bygone French religion.'

'Coffee and rolls were a religion?'

'Food was a religion. Coffee and rolls are two of its few remaining artifacts. A couple of bone fragments, if you like, a tooth and a rib from which you must try to reconstruct the whole extinct creature. Seven hundred years have passed and France is still in mourning. Will this cafe do?' "

religious Gaea 2025 Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 281. "'Everything about them is your design. And you got the basic ideas over the radio, which means they couldn't be very old as a culture. We haven't been broadcasting very long, by your standards.'

'Less than a century, for the Titanides. The angels are younger than that.'

'Then . . . then you are a God. I don't want to get theological here, but I think you know what I mean.'

'For all practical purposes, here in my little corner of the universe . . . yes, I am.' She folded her hands and looked smug. "

religious galaxy -99927 B.C.E. Wolverton, Dave. The Courtship of Princess Leia. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 211. "'Our business leaders tend to measure everything in terms of growth, profits, output. I have seen worlds operated by businesspeople, and they take little thought for those people who are seen as a drain on their economy--the artists, the priests, the infirm. I would prefer to let such leaders run their businesses.' "
religious galaxy -4990 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Elven Star. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 18. "'That is scientific fact, young woman,' struck in the astrologer, the tips of his collar quivering in indignation. 'And what your father and I are doing is scientific research and has nothing at all to do with religion--'

'Oh, it doesn't, does it?' cried Calandra, hurtling her verbal spear straight for her victim's heart. 'Then why is my father importing a human priest?'

The astrologer's eyes widened in shock. The high collar turned from Calandra to the wretched Lenthan, who found himself much disconcerted by it.

'Is this true, Lenthan Quindiniar?' demanded the incensed wizard. 'You have sent for a human priest?'

...'...and certainly explains why the ancients traveled to the stars and it fits with what our priests teach us that when we die we become one with the stars and I truly do miss Elithenia. . . .' " [Many other refs. not in DB.]

religious galaxy -4980 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Serpent Mage. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 78. "'And just what did you find out about their souls?'

'That they have none,' said Delu.

My mother flung her hands in the air in exasperation, glanced at my father as much as to say they'd wasted their time for nothing. But I knew, from Alake's expression, that more was coming.

'They have no souls,' Delu continued, fixing her stern gaze on my mother. 'Can't you understand? All mortal beings have souls. Just as all mortal beings have bodies.'

'And it's the bodies we're worried about,' snapped my mother.

'What Delu is trying to say,' Alake explained, 'is that these serpents have no souls and are, therefore, not mortal.'

'Which means they are immortal?' Eliason stared at the girl in shock. 'They can't be killed?' "

religious galaxy -4980 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Serpent Mage. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 191. "The Ancient World. He read the various categories: Art . . . Architecture . . . Entomology . . . Dinosaurs . . . Fossils . . . Machines . . . Psychology . . . Religion . . . Space Program (Space? What did hat mean? Empty space? Open space?) . . . Technology . . . War . . . "
religious galaxy 1367 C.E. Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas. New York: St. Martin's Press (1987) [Actual year unknown.] Bookjacket: "Two vast empires are intent upon each other's destruction. To the Idirans, it was phad, a holy war against the communistic Culture and its sentient Minds. To the culture, the galactic war is a matter of principle, they oppose the fiercely religious Idirans who have destroyed thousands of civilizations in the name of their God. " [Many religious refs. throughout novel.];

Year determination: Pg. 446: "Appendices: the Idiran-Culture war

The following three passages have been extracted from A Short History of the Idiran War (...original text 2110 AD... "; Pg. 459: "The first Idiran-Culture dispute occurred in 1267 AD; the second in 1288... "; Pg. 462: "The war in space effectively ended in 1367, and the war on the thousands of planets left to the Idirans... officially terminated in 1375... "

religious galaxy 1367 C.E. Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas. New York: St. Martin's Press (1987); pg. 20. "The Idirans looked at things differently. To them a ship name ought to reflect the serious nature of its purpose, duties and resolute use. In the huge Idiran navy there were hundreds of craft named after the same heroes, planets, battles, religious concepts and impressive adjectives. The light cruiser which had rescued Horza was the 137th vessel to be called The Hand of God, and it existed concurrently with over a hundred other craft in the navy using the same title, so its full name was The Hand of God 137. "
religious galaxy 1367 C.E. Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas. New York: St. Martin's Press (1987); pg. 99. "'Don't you have a religion?' Dorolow asked Horza.

'Yes,' he replied... 'My survival.'

'So . . . your religion dies with you. How sad,' Dorolow said, looking back from Horza to the screen. The Changer let the remark pass.

The exchange had started when Dorolow, struck by the beauty of the great Orbital, expressed the belief that even though it was a work of base humans, no better than humans, it was still a triumphant testimony to the power of God, as God had made man, and all other souled creatures. Horza had disagreed, genuinely annoyed that the woman could use even something so obviously a testament to the power of intelligence and hard work as an argument for her own system of irrational belief. "

religious galaxy 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 19: "Siege ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1984); pg. 12. [Aboard Starjammer's ship, the crew has just detected Warlock and the very dangerous Magus approaching Earth, but the ship's computer tells them there isn't time to intercept it or send a warning.] Corsair: "Isn't there anything we can do?! "; Lilandra: "Wait, pray, and, should the worst occur--avenge! "
religious galaxy 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 2. "When the Infinite Improbability Drive arrived and whole planets started unexpectedly turning into banana fruitcake, the great history faculty of the University of MaxiMegalon finally gave up, closed itself down and surrendered its buildings to the rapidly growing joint faculty of Divinity and Water Polo, which had been after them for years. "
religious galaxy 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 70. "He headed to the outer Eastern rim of the Galaxy, where, it was said, wisdom and truth were to be found, most particularly on the planet Hawalius, which was a planet of oracles and seers and soothsayers and also take-out pizza parlors, because most mystics were completely incapable of cooking for themselves.

However, it appeared that some sort of calamity had befallen this planet. As Arthur wandered the streets of the village where the major prophets lived, it had something of a cresfallen air. He came across one prophet who was clearly shutting up shop in a despondent kind of way and asked him what was happening.

'No call for us anymore,' he said gruffly as he started to bang a nail into the plank he was holding across the window of his hovel. " [Next few pages show how the prophets have been displaced by radio news reports sent back in time from reporters in the future. More on this planet, on which Arthur visits prophets, oracles, and ascetics, pg. 71-83.]

religious galaxy 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 307. "'...and on Uttan there's a caretaker crew of Thuriens expecting a shipload of religious pacifists who'll dismantle the military installations.' "
religious galaxy 2084 Disch, Thomas M. "Things Lost " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 599. "...Khalid Hatoum... is a ritualist (it was he who pointed out to me the priestly character of our work) and was responsible for the parade and launching ceremonies. "
religious galaxy 2100 Bear, Greg. Anvil of Stars. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 181. "'The worst thing that can happen to a prophet is not to be ignored and forgotten; it's to have her cause taken up and chewed by the masses. Whatever she says, if it doesn't fit, will be chewed some more; some opportunist will come along and forge a contradiction, polish a rough edge of meaning, and then it will fit. People believe in everything but the original words.'

'Rosa isn't a prophet.'

'You said you knew what's happening.'

'She isn't a prophet. Just look at her.'

'She's had the vision. This is a special time for you.'

'Nonsense!' Martin said, angry now. "

religious galaxy 2100 Bear, Greg. Anvil of Stars. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 348. "'...We have provided food. You may dine after landing.'

'Thank you,' Eye on Sky said. 'Resons of religious nature, we all must eat our own food.'

They had taken enough risks already. There was no sense inviting microscopic spies into their bodies, or anything else they could avoid.

'Religious nature,' Salamander repeated with some savor. 'Rules dictated by perceived higher beings?'

'Food for humans and Brothers must be specially prepared. We all we will [sic] send food from our ship when needed, with we our food handler.'

'That will be done,' Salamander said. 'Is this religious requirement very strong?'...

'Very,' Martin said. Then, innocently, 'Don't you have religious food laws? We assumed all civilizations would . . . obey higher authority.' "

religious galaxy 2100 Yep, Laurence. Seademons. New York: Harper & Row (1977); pg. 26. "Right next to Doom Devlin stood the chapel and the rectory and school. As it was stated in the laws of the rectory, they were all built of stone. "
religious galaxy 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 6. [Year estimated.] "They are tired sounds, disoriented sounds, as though the inhabitants of a graveyard have awakened for Judgment. "
religious galaxy 2200 Farmer, Philip Jose. "Prometheus " (first published 1961) in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (Mayo Mohs, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 140. [Actual year this story takes place is unknown.] "Holmyard was an agnostic and denied that there was any valid evidence for the immortality of man. Carmody, of course, agreed with him that there was no scientifically provable evidence, not facts. But there was enough indications of the survival of the dead to make any open-minded agnostic wonder about the possibility. And, of course, Carmody believed that every man would live forever because he had faith that man would do so. Moreover, he had a personal experience which had convinced him. (But that's another story.) "
religious galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 41. "There are very few sentimental people on this ship. For him, for them, Earth is just so much old baggage: a wad of stale history, a fading memory of archaic kings and empires, of extinct religions, of outmoded philosophies. Earth is the past; Earth is mere archaeology... "
religious galaxy 2233 Moffett, Judith. Pennterra. New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc. (1987); pg. 36. [A non-Quaker 'Sixer' colonist is speaking.] "'Religious nuts don't have to be under anybody's control to do what these people did--remember Billy Purvis's little history lecture his evening? Hey, fanatics don't operate like other people! I mean look at the record--one time they take over politically and impose Peace, which nobody else on Earth could ever do; another time they leave trillions of dollars' worth of irreplaceable machinery out to rust in the rain, which nobody in their right mind would do. Just two sides of the same coin if you ask me. Sometimes the rest of us benefit, sometimes not. But there's no reason I can see to think these abos [aborigines -- the native dominant species on Pennterra] are dangerous to us, based on what the Quakers say or do--they're susceptible, we aren't.'
religious galaxy 2250 Lupoff, Richard A. "With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 644. "So we got: N'Afghanistan, N'Albania, N'Andorra, N'Argentina, N'Australia, N'Austria, N'Belgium, N'Bhutan, N'Bolivia, N'Brazil, N'Bulgaria, N'Burma . . . yuwanna be bored, read an atlas. Also, we got N'Alabama, N'Alaska, N'Arizona, N'Arkansas and 49 more.

Also we got worlds colonized by religious nuts, diet faddists, hobbyists, political fanatics, sado-masochists, alcoholics, lotus-eaters and a few hundred other kinds of loonies. "

religious galaxy 2268 Oltion, Jerry. Mudd in Your Eye (novel excerpt) in Star Trek: Adventures in Time and Space (Mary P. Taylor, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 445. "As he watched, two more very surprised-looking people--both Nevisian--materialized in pools down the row form him, and attendants moved to welcome them.

Mudd had never been particularly religious. And it did seem a bit odd that everyone in Heaven spoke Nevisian. But then, he reasoned, he had died in the Nevis system, and the operative word was 'died.' This was somebody's afterlife, no matter what they called it. He was just glad it existed at all. If he wanted to find the human area he would probably have to take a celestial shuttle of some sort. "

religious galaxy 2268 Oltion, Jerry. Mudd In Your Eye (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 150. "As he watched, two more very surprised-looking people--both Nevisian--materialized in pools down the row from him, and attendants moved to welcome them.

Mudd had never been particularly religious. And it did seem a bit odd that everyone in Heaven spoke Nevisian. But then, he reasoned, he had died in the Nevis system, and the operative word was 'died.' This was somebody's afterlife, no matter what they called it. He was just glad it existed at all. If he wanted to find the human area he would probably have to take a celestial shuttle of some sort. " [More, pg. 151-157, etc.]

religious galaxy 2293 Crispin, A. C. Sarek (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 61. "Journal of Amanda Grayson Sarek
September 16, 2293

What is it like to die?

Vulcans, of course, have their katras . . . a word no one has ever been able to translate with any degree of precision. Not quite a soul, not exactly a personality, more than a memory, less than a living being . . . I suppose one has to be born Vulcan to have any hope of understanding Vulcan mysticism.

Spock and Sarek will live on, after deaths. Will I? Many of Earth's religions hold that I will . . . but there is no certainty. And if there is an afterlife, would individuals from different worlds mingle there?

Now I am getting metaphysical--and silly. Speculating about such things is fruitless . . . illogical. Life after death will either happen, or it won't, and there is nothing I can do about it either way . . . except be philosophical... " [See also pg. 404.]

religious galaxy 2300 Banks, Iain M. The Player of Games. New York: St. Martin's Press (1989); pg. 191. [Actual year unknown.] Pg. 191-192: "He found himself taking great pleasure in beating Tounse, the priest. The apex swept his arm across the board after Gurgeh's winning move, and stood up and started shouting... raving about drugs and heathens. Once, Gurgeh was aware, such a reaction would have brought him out in a cold sweat, or at.. least left him dreadfully embarrassed. But now he found himself just sitting back and smiling coldly.

Still, as the priest ranted at him, he thought the apex might be about to hit him, and his heard did beat a little faster . . . but Tounse stopped in mid-flow, looked round and hushed, shocked people in the room, seemed to realize where he was, and fled. ";

Pg. 193: "These were important people; they had their own careers to think about... Only the priest had relatively little to lose, and so might be prepared to sacrifice himself for the imperial good and whatever not game-keyed post the Church could find for him. "

religious galaxy 2300 Banks, Iain M. The Player of Games. New York: St. Martin's Press (1989); pg. 231. [Actual year unknown.] "I say again; you is what you done. Dynamic (mis)behaviourism, that's my creed. "
religious galaxy 2300 McAuley, Paul J. "Recording Angel " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 130. "Mr Naryan explained, 'They have not lost their reason, but they have had it taken away. For some it will be returned in a year; it was taken away from them as a punishment. Others have renounced their own selves for the rest of their lives. It is a religious avocation. But saint or criminal, they were all once as fully aware as you or me.'

'I'm not like you,' she said. 'I'm not like any of the crazy kinds of people I have met.'

Mr Naryan beckoned to the owner of the tea house and ordered two more bowls. 'I understand you have come a long way.' Although he was terrified of her, he was certain that he could draw her out.

But Angel only laughed.

Mr Naryan said, 'I do not mean to insult you.'

'You dress like a . . . native. Is that a religious avocation?'

'It is my profession. I am the Archivist here.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

religious galaxy 2300 McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsdawn. New York: Ballantine (1988); pg. 188. [Year is estimated. The reference to 'the Age of Religions' is obscure, and not further elaborated. Year is estimated. Belying a limited knowledge of the sociology of religion, McCaffrey has said in interviews that 'there is no religion on Pern.' Perhaps her reference is intended to imply that there is no religion among humans a this future date, despite the fact that various characters mention religious deities in the book.] "'In all my years as a botanist, I never saw a plant symbiont dangerous to humans... Nothing like this has ever been recorded on any of the planets humans have explored. The nearest that has been even imagined were some of the fictional inventions during the Age of Religions...' "
religious galaxy 2300 Shunn, William. "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 168. [Year estimated.] "Deacon came from Friarhesse, a religious colony whose founder had constructed an artificial dialect meant to help its speakers achieve a mental state more in harmony with the thoughts of God. For Hannah, all it achieved was a headache. 'I just want to be sure I understand what you're saying.' " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
religious galaxy 2365 Lorrah, Jean. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1990); pg. 328. "'History, Data. The fiercest wards in all the history of the galaxy have been fought over religious differences. what ought to be the balm and consolation for the trials of life is made the instigator of fury and grief.' Thralen stopped pacing, and rested his hands on the back of Data's chair.

He then told Data of his own experiences with religious disputes, revealing more than Data had ever learned before of the ship's sociologist: his own family had rejected Thralen when he pursued a course of study opposed to their fundamentalist beliefs in the Great Mother.

...'I have stored in my memory banks gigabytes of information on religions throughout the galaxy. I can quote it at length, but I do not understand it. I am sorry, Thralen. I have no way of knowing what gods are--which is why I had hoped actually to meet up with the gods of Elysia.'

'If you had been able to do so, it would have proved they were not gods as I believe in God,' Thralen replied. "

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