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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religious Luna 2001 Clarke, Arthur C. "The Sentinel " in The Sentinel. New York: Berkley Books (1983; c. 1951); pg. 93. "For I loved the Moon, and now I knew that the creeping moss of Aristarchus and Eratosthenes was not the only life she had brought forth in her youth. The old, discredited dream of the first explorers was true. There had, after all, been a lunar civilization--and I was the first to find it. That I had come perhaps a hundred million years too late did not distress me; it was enough to have come at all.

My mind was beginning to function normally, to analyze and to ask questions. Was this a building, a shrine--or something for which my language had no name? If a building, then why was it erected in so uniquely inaccessible a spot? I wondered if it might be a temple, and I could picture the adepts of some strange priesthood calling on their gods to preserve them as the life of the Moon ebbed with the dying oceans, and calling on their gods in vain. " [More pg. 95.]

religious Luna 2020 Dick, Philip K. Clans of the Alphane Moon. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall (1979; c. 1964); pg. 73. "'The paranoids--actually paranoiac schizophrenics--would function as the statesman class; they'd be in charge of developing political ideology and social programs--they'd have the overall world view. The simple schizophrenics . . .' She pondered. 'They'd correspond to the poet class, although some of them would be religious visionaries--as would be some of the Heebs. The Heebs, however, would be inclined to produce ascetic saints, whereas the schizophrenics would produce dogmatists. Those with polymorphic schizophrenia simplex would be the creative members of the society, producing the new ideas.' "
religious Luna 2040 Bova, Ben. Moonrise. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 256. "His world was contained to this metallic nest beneath the hopper, with a few containers and tanks around them. The nozzle of the hopper's main engine hung between him and Brennart like a bell in a church spire. "
religious Luna 2050 Bova, Ben. Moonwar. New York: Avon Books (1998); pg. 385. "'That's the best way to help them. Create new knowledge, new wealth. Keep the safety valve open for anyone who wants to use it.'

Joanna took a deep breath. 'You almost sound religious.'

He broke into a grin. 'Well, it is Christmas--almost.' "

religious Luna 2100 Varley, John. "The Barbie Murders " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1978); pg. 28. "The community had to produce things to trade with the outside. They sold luxury items: hand-carved religious statues, illuminated holy books, painted crockery, and embroidered tapestries. None of the items were Standardist. The barbies had no religious symbols except their uniformity and the tape measure, but nothing in their dogma prevented them from selling objects of reverence to people of other faiths. "
religious Madagascar 1700 Burroughs, William S. "The Ghost Lemurs of Madagascar " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1987); pg. 24. "...Madagascar. Here, around 1700 A.D., on a remote harbor at the north end of the island... with his band of several hundred French and English pirates, renegade seamen, and freed slaves, he established the fee colony of Libertatia... There would be no capital punishment, no slavery, no imprisonment for debt, and no interference with religion... "
religious Mars 1999 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 41. "'Well,' said the captain, 'it's simply that we never thought we'd find a thing like this on Mars.'

'And now you've found it. I dare say there's lots on every planet that'll show you God's infinite ways.'

'Is this Heaven?' asked Hinkston.

'Nonsense, no. It's a world and we get a second chance. Nobody told us why. But then nobody told us why we were on Earth, either. That other Earth, I mean. The one you came from. How do you know there wasn't another before that one?' "

religious Mars 1999 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 45. "How? he wondered. How was all this made? And why? For what purpose? Out of the goodness of some divine intervention? Was God, then, really that thoughtful of his children? How and why and what for?... Who had lived here a thousand years ago on Mars? Martians? Or had this always been the way it was today? " [Other refs., not in DB.]
religious Mars 2001 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 68. "'You're optimistic.'

'I have something to fight for and live for; that makes me a better killer. I've got what amounts to a religion, now. It's learning how to breathe all over again. And how to lie in the sun getting a tan, letting the sun work into you. And how to hear music and how to read a book. What does your civilization offer?' "

religious Mars 2026 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 179. "The papers crinkled like an old man's skin, and the cremation surrounded innumerable words:

'GOVERNMENT BONDS; Business Graph, 1999; Religious Prejudice: An Essay; The Science of Logistics; Problems of the Pan-American Unity...' "

religious Mars 2030 Anthony, Patricia. "Blood Brothers " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1987); pg. 9. "I got to my feet and grabbed Helen's luncheon dishes in a gesture of goodwill. Helen and I stood in the stark white sickbay looking down at that strange, elegant body. She's said an embarrassed prayer. "
religious 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, and there is even a blank champer for atheists, ha-ha. 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.' Fisk really liked this section; it was one of the better facets of the business. The clients evidenlty liked it too; they looked about and murmured appreciatively. No matter how small a part religion might play in their daily lives, most people liked to have a religious sanction for the important turning points: birth, marriage, death. "
religious Mars 2100 Anthony, Piers. Hard Sell. Houston, TX: Tafford Publishing (1990); pg. 89. "The lighting was soft, as though dusk were verging: the twilight of a pleasant life, or the pre-dawn of a pleasant after life. Religious-seeming statuary was discretly placed and illumined, but devoid of any specific connotations. The artistic nudes could be considered virgins or mermaids or random art, depending onthe eye of the beholder; the avian representations might be doves of peace or hawks of war or even vague angels. The occasional granite snakes could be clased as refugees from Eden or as Ouroburos: resurrection. Living palms, violets, wheat, passion flowers, clover and ivy: each might be a symbol, but none had to be symbolic. Some of the abstracts resembled a crucifix from one angle, a Buddha from another, and something suggestive of Mohammedanism from a third--none being certain. Myriad live butterflies fluttered in the gentle breeze, of diverse and exotic species. "
religious Mars 2100 Anthony, Piers. Hard Sell. Houston, TX: Tafford Publishing (1990); pg. 96. "The presiding mortician of Deep Space Memorial Chapel was most solicitous. He was dressed conservatively and nothing abouthim could be construed as offensive to any conceivable system of belief--yet he carried about him the distinct aura of afterlife. Fisk was reminded of the park statuary of the mausoleum. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 117, 178.]
religious Mars 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 23. "But he, Leo Bulero, he was damn tired of the world he had been born to and still dwelt on. And even Winnie-ther-Pooh Acres, with all its quaint and not-so-quaint diversions did not fill the void. However--'

'That Can-D,' he said to Miss Jurgens, 'is great stuff, and no wonder it's banned. It's like religion; Can-D is the religion of the colonists.' He chuckled. 'One plug of it, wouzzled for fifteen minutes, and--' He made a sweeping gesture. 'No more hovel. No more frozen methane. It provides a reason for living. Isn't that worth the risk and expense?' " [Other refs. to this, not in DB.]

religious Mars 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 125. "'They're very religious in the colonies. So I hear, anyhow. What denomination are you, Mr. Mayerson?'

'Uhm,' he said, stuck.'

'I think you'd better find out before we get there. They'll ask you and expect you to attend services.' She added. 'It's primarily the use of that drug--you know. Can-D. It's brought about a lot of conversions to the established churches . . . although many of the colonists find in the drug itself a religious experience that's adequate for them. I have relatives on Mars; they write me so I know. I'm going to the Fineburg Crescent; where are you going?' "

religious Mars 2438 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 191. "After two centuries of colonization, the air struggle on Mars was still so critical that the V-L Law, the Vegetative-Lynch Law, was still in effect. It was a killing offense to endanger or destroy any plant vital to the transformations of Mars' carbon dioxide atmosphere into an oxygen atmosphere. Even blades of grass were sacred. There was no need to erect KEEP OFF THE GRASS neons. The man who wandered off a path onto a lawn would be instantly shot. The woman who picked a flower would be killed without mercy. Two centuries of sudden death had inspired a reverence for green things that almost amounted to a religion. "
religious Mars 2786 Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 138. "They called themselves the Sabras, after the pioneers who, a millennium and half before, had tamed an almost equally hostile wilderness on Earth. The Martian Sabras had been lucky in one respect; they had no human enemies to oppose them... For more than a thousand years, they had lived in the shadow of an illusion--almost a religion. And, like any religion, it had performed an essential role in their society; it had given them goals beyond themselves, and a purpose to their lives. "
religious Massachusetts 2001 Schindler, Solomon. Young West. New York: Arno Press & The New York Times (1971; c. 1894); pg. 119. "I was the only one who took the whole matter in a more serious sway. Whenever I found an opportunity, I had some new question to ask Mr. Brandon, which he always answered in a most pleasant manner. He advised me to read several books, especially the religious text books of former times, among them, the Vedas, the Bible, and the Koran. I tried to read them but they were so uninteresting to me that I gave up the attempt.

What surprised me most in them was that they all advised to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, not to take what belonged to others, etc... On the whole, I did not care for that class of literature, I returned the books to the library and not before many years did I touch them again. "

religious Massachusetts 2367 Weinstein, Howard. Perchance to Dream (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 235. Pg. 235-236: "'...So, for now, warm and dry will be more than enough reason for thanksgiving.'

'Thanksgiving,' Data said, looking up brightly from his console. 'That brings to mind an episode from the history of the United States of America on Earth. Settlers fleeing religious persecution by the nineteenth-century monarchy of England established a colony on the North American continent, known as Massachusetts, and they received considerable assistance from the native population during their early months of residence in what was, to the colonists, a harsh and unknown environment... Following their first years of survival... colony leaders declared a feast of thanksgiving and invited members of the native tribe which had helped them. That feast became a regular holiday which is still celebrated eight centuries later. Many other cultures throughout the galaxy have analogous celebrations.' "

religious Massachusetts: Boston 2020 Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 36. "The only thing that made him smile again was the final page in the ledger. He'd managed at the last moment to corner sixty percent of the coffins in town, two florist shops... and somewhat over five hundred cemetery plots. 'But into a rising market,' had always been his philosophy, not to mention his religion, sex, politics, and aesthetics. "
religious 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.

...'Superman came to us, a stranger from another planet. he was many things to many people... He did not care about our religious beliefs or our politics. He did not care about our nationalities or our gender or the color of our skins. He cared about people He cared about us. We are, all of us, richer for having known him, and poorer for having lost him.

'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.' "

religious Metropolis 1993 Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 263. "Tears in his eyes, the man rose and walked slowly from the tomb. The policeman watched the man leave, feeling a bit misty-eyed himself. He'd pulled park duty several times over the past two weeks, and in that time he'd heard prayers to ever conceivable deity in more languages than he'd ever realized existed. Everybody misses Superman... "
religious Nem Ma'ak Bratuna 2368 Ferguson, Brad. The Last Stand (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 5. "Kerajem was alone now. Closing his eyes, he reached far back into his childhood and muttered what little he remembered of the prayer his mother had taught him to keep him safe in the mines. Only a miracle could save the world. Though he did not believe, Kerajem bowed his head and prayed to his mother's god for a miracle. "
religious Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992) [Book jacket] "The terrifying Las Vegas of Tim Powers's imagination is one that secretly animated the neon-lit gambling capital we all think we know. It is a world in which superstition assumes the power of religion, the gambling tables are strange altars to chaotic gods, and luck becomes a deity literally made flesh. "
religious Nevada: Las Vegas 1994 Simmons, Dan. Fires of Eden. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1994); pg. 59. "'...When he run off with the Last Vegas girl--Lester that is, Mr. Stumpf was too religious to even go to Las Vegas...' "
religious Nevada: Las Vegas 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 149. "Each morning now, Emma had to run the gauntlet of the noisy mobs outside Bootstrap's Vegas office... There were the eco types in body paint, a lot of religious groups she couldn't identify, and also counter-protesters, people actually in favor of Bootstrap and its projects, mostly young white males with U.S. flags and other national emblems, chanting about pioneers and the new frontier. "
religious New Jersey 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 187. "'Why did you select Citizen Ward to help you? Why him in particular?'

'He's a good friend. It wasn't easy to find somebody who'd come over at that ghastly hour and help me.'

'Do you know that Citizen Ward is a religious?'

Duncan shrugged, and he said, 'Sure. but he doesn't work for the government. He has a right to be a religious.'

'Yet you associate with him on an intimate and friendly basis?'

'I'm not a religious,' Duncan said. 'You know that. You've checked out my ID.'

'You knew him in New Jersey?' "

religious New Marrakech 3038 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Cale's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 115. "New Marrakech... The inhabitants had done their best to recreate a part of old Earth with exotic Moroccan and Arab cultures, but New Marrakech welcomed everyone. Human survivors were too few to engage in old feuds and rivalries. The refugees had come together with a common bond, each following their own religious and cultural practices. "
religious New Mexico 1994 Ing, Dean. "Anasazi " in Anasazi. New York: Tor (1987; c. 1979); pg. 153. -
religious New Mexico 1999 Mackie, Howard. "The Trouble with Mannites " [originally printed in Astonishing X-Men No. 2] in The Astonishing X-Men: Deathwish (Polly Watson, ed.) New York: Marvel Comics (2000; c. 1999); pg. 50. [Jean Grey:] "'We've got it, Logan. You handle the landing--we'll telekinetically maintain the structural integrity of the ship for as long as we can!'

[Wolverine:] 'Sounds like a plan to me! If anyone happens to know a prayer or two . . . now would be a good time to start sayin' them!' "

religious New Mexico: Atocha 2010 Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 16. "THE 41 CHURCHES OF ATOCHA WELCOME YOU. The sign stood between Atocha proper and the long strip of bars and clubs just over the city-county line. The forty-one churches in question had kept the city of Atocha dry since 1919, but the county allowed liquor sales by the drink... "
religious New World 2275 Gloss, Molly. The Dazzle of Day. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 67. "Leona said without bitterness, 'If he was a religious man, God knows where his faith was when he let this happen.'

'It's not so easy as that,' Humberto said to her...

'Nothing, not even God, is greater to a person than their own self is.' Helza pronounced these words solemnly without lifting her eyes from her knitting needles. "

religious New World 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 28. "Herb regarded himself as an ordinary Veganoid and was not particularly religious. he felt awkward as always when suffered to attend these days of commitment. First came the interminable sermon, The Reminder, hailing the Founder and recounting the long history of their small planetoid. The sacred rites of Renewal followed. Another long and clinging ceremony.

It was not that he was a disbeliever. On the contrary, he had much respect for the Founder. It was these organized theological pantomimes he objected to, with their rigid, greener-than-thou attitudes. Let each grow in his own way! That was Herb's motto. And at Herb's age, spring after spring, it was all worn soil by now. He could quote the history of his home planet by rote.

Herb ceased pondering his beginnings as a young Treeple passed cups down his row for the Sharing ceremony. He accepted his, observing a bunchy Vinese female as she rolled to the pulpit. The rites of Rebirth was about to begin. "

religious New York 1978 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 2. "I have read the manuscript [delivered by a psychic, purporting to have transcribed it as dictated by the narrator's dead brother Chris] three times now and wish I knew what to make of it.

I am not a religious man but, like anyone, would certainly like to believe that death is more than oblivion. Still, I find it difficult, if not impossible, to accept the story at face value. I keep thinking it is nothing more than that: a story.

True, the facts are there. Facts about my brother and his family which this woman could not possibly have known... The questions, in my mind, about this book are manifold. I will not enumerate them but permit the reader to form his own. Of only one thing I am certain. If the manuscript is true, all of us had better examine our lives. Carefully. "

religious New York 2000 Friedman, Michael Jan. X-Men: Shadows of the Past. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 5. "'...Certainly Jeremiah's Nobel Prize is ample proof of that. After Watson and Crick, I can't think of anyone who contributed more to the understanding of human genetics.'

It was no exaggeration, though Xavier. Even he had a long way to go before he could eclipse Saunders' efforts.

'Jeremiah wasn't a religious man,' Carter said. 'He made mention of that several times in the seventeen year in which we worked together. He didn't believe in empty rituals, he would often say.

'And yet,' the dean continued, 'Jeremiah believed very strongly in the existence of a divine plan. How else, he would ask me, could everything in nature fit together so perfectly? How could it all work, despite the complexity of the challenge? And he believed that nowhere was this plan manifested more splendidly than in his chosen field . . . genetics.' "

religious New York 2075 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 296. "Religious holidays in Sanctuary varied from family to family; some kept Christmas, Ramadan, Easter, Yom Kippur, or Divali; many kept nothing at all. The two holidays held in common were the Fourth of July and Remembrance Day, April 15. "
religious New York: New York City 1953 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 20. "His voice was somber now, like a great organ rolling its notes from a high cathedral nave. 'You will find men like him in all the world's religions. They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods. Not necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now...' "
religious New York: New York City 1953 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 20. "'...The Wainrights fear, too, that we know the truth about the origins of their faiths. How long, they wonder, have we been observing humanity? Have we watched Mohammed begin the Hegira, or Moses giving the Jews their laws? Do we know all that is false in the stories they believe?'

'And do you?'...

'That, Rikki, is the fear that torments them, even though they will never admit it openly. Believe me, it gives us no pleasure to destroy men's faiths, but all the world's religions cannot be right, and they know it. Sooner or later man has to learn the truth: but that time is not yet...' "

religious New York: New York City 1958 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 68. Pg. 68: "In a bookstore he found a copy of Sigmund Freud's Totem and Taboo, and his world was turned around. He discovered that religion was the delusion of people afraid to face the fact that they must die. The universe became a vast indifference... "; Pg. 190: "It was curious and a little unsettling to think how his attitudes had changed over the years, as if belief were a function of metabolism. In his teens, he had dismissed religion as a mental aberration; now, although he founded the answers of organized religion full of absurdities, the questions absorbed him. "
religious New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 106. "Nyquist said, 'The real trouble with you, Selig, is that you're a deeply religious man who doesn't happen to believe in God.' Nyquist was always saying things like that... "
religious New York: New York City 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 178. "'...There are all kinds of crutches. Some folks find their crutch in a bottle. Some find it in powders and pills and palliatives. Some lay down once a week on a psychiatrist's couch. And some folks find their crutch in the scriptures. If you honestly believe you got a draft notice from God, you got to respond, I guess. Ain't no higher authority. But if it's a crutch you're lookin' for, you may lose it one day. Then you'd find yourself a cripple, without a crutch. Might fall flat on your ass. Somehow, I don't think God would like that. Can't help believin' the True God wants you to have strong legs, to walk tall. . . .'

Richard remained grave, staring across the water at the Long Island shore in the haze. 'The True God,' he said softly, 'wants me to follow in His footsteps.'

'Yes,' said the grandmother. 'But don't lean too hard on Him, Richard. Walk on your own two feet.' "

religious New York: New York City 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 37: "If I Should Die ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Mar. 1986); pg. 9. Roberto is attempting to lift a massive crane vehicle off of a trapped woman. Sergeant Fletcher: "Don't have to move it much. Just enough for us to slide her free. "; Robert: "You know any prayers, Sergeant?! "; Fletcher: "You're already in 'em. "
religious New York: New York City 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 2: Black Genesis. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 356. Pg. 356: "This Izzy Epstein was turning my stomach. It was quite obvious that he was a neurotic depressive with persecution complexes and had overtones of religio-mania, evident in his fixations on fate... "; Pg. 423: "'Is this planet inhabited by a Godsless people? Has some strange idea poisoned them to make them think they have no souls? That there is no hereafter?' "
religious New York: New York City 2005 Delany, Samuel R. "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones " in Nebula Award Stories Five (James Blish, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1972; 1st ed. 1970; story c. 1969); pg. 112. "'Just whom have you got me confused with, Ma'am?'

Jasper, this month, is the Word.

Jasper is the pass/code/warning that the singers of the Cities (who, last month, sang 'Opal' from their divine injuries; and on Mars I'd heard the Word and used it thrice, along with devious imitations, to fix possession of what was not rightfully my own; and even there I pondered Singers and their wounds)... "

religious New York: New York City 2015 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 40. "The makeup of the Commission included someone in social services--Msgr. Bredy, doubling as the authority on religion--an international commodities broker, the representative of Halbfleisch Freres...

'III-a' had seemed like a nice remote agenda item when Brandon glanced at it, but he had not fully realized that Item I was only Msgr. Bredy's benediction and Item II took no more time than to propose a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes... "

religious New York: New York City 2015 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 41. "...Did you have another question, Mrs. Feigerman?'

'Yes. How about a referendum on moral issues?'

...'I'm not sure I understand, Mrs. Feigerman.'

'In that case I'll explain. As you know, I am active in the right-to-live movement. We feel there should be a constitutional amendment banning abortion, and we are quite sure that if the issue were properly presented a large majority of voters would agree with us. My question--in fact, the reason why I asked to be here today--is whether your procedure can help us... Mediation is what I'm talking about. Not brain-washing, if that's what you're thinking. A simple public airing of the pros and cons... There are many other moral issues that need a full and frank public discussion. Drugs. Street crime. The rights of victims. The concept of capital punishment, not to mention--' "

religious New York: New York City 2015 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 68. "He was ushered to a seat by a woman wearing a right-to-life button, given a cup of instant coffee by a man from Gay Lib and a newspaper to look at by a woman from the Haitian-American Friendship Society. "
religious New York: New York City 2025 Dick, Philip K. The Penultimate Truth. New York: Dell (1964); pg. 9. "...the authentic long-ago dug up Epstein bust in the niche that divided the west wall shelves of books, where Joseph Adams kept his reference texts on TV commercials of the last, past, great twentieth century, in particular the religious and the Mars candy bar inspired creations of Stan Freberg. " [Also pg. 188.]
religious New York: New York City 2040 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 286. "And sure enough, there the fool person was, marching back and forth on the promenade in front of the clinic, wearing a sandwich board... that said, I Beg for the Life of Your Baby. An E.S. was watching her numbly, only remonstrating with her when she darted across the walk lanes to catch an entering clinic customer by the elbow. Jocelyn Feigerman had learned something about how things operated, it was clear. The big-character wall behind her glittered with another of her messages:

is a sin
is murder
religious New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 11. "Thus, all of the experts had agreed, secular and religious, what the LINK-angels did, no human could duplicate. The LINK-angels were what they claimed to be--a sign from God. "
religious New York: New York City 2080 Dick, Philip K. Minority Report. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1956); pg. 9. "Their [the precogs] physical needs were taken care of automatically. They had no spiritual needs. Vegetable-like, they muttered and dozed and existed. They minds were dull, confused, lost in shadows.

But not the shadows of today. The three gibbering, fumbling creatures, with their enlarged heads and wasted bodies, were contemplating the future. The analytical machinery was recording prophecies, and as the three precog idiots talked, the machinery carefully listened. "

religious New York: New York City: Harlem 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 92. [1] "There was a little crowd up ahead, perhaps six people, standing and listening to a man who stood atop a wooden box, lecturing in a strident, resonant voice to any and all who walked by.

The lecturer wore a black suit with a high collar, and his eyes were as piercingly black as his skin. He seemed to be a creature of the night, and Benny could not guess his age. He had seemed old when Benny had first seen him as a boy, when they had bumped into each other at the fair, and old when Benny had returned from the war, thinking of shattered bodies and death, and dreaming of freedom. Old.

And old now. But now looking that much older. He was known the neighborhood over simply as The Preacher, and he was in fine form this night. "

religious New York: New York City: Harlem 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 92. [2] "He [the Preacher] roared out to them: 'And he said to me: These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.'

'Amen, Brother,' someone in the little crowd said.

'Preach it!' said another.

The words had a kind of dreamy quality, as if Benny had long ago in another place. The Preacher pointed at Benny as he approached. The Preacher pointed at Benny as he approached, and some of the people in the crowd turned to look, curious. 'Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the eyes of the deaf shall be unstopped.' He said, 'Praise the Lord, open their yes. Help them to see!' "

religious New York: New York City: Harlem 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 93. [3] "Confused, Benny tapped a forefinger on his own chest. 'Are you talking to me?'

'Oh, that my words were now written! Oh, that they were printed in a book!' His eyes burned, and narrowed as he gazed at Benny. 'Write those words, Brother Benny. Let them see the glory of what lies ahead.'

'I've never understood,' Benny said, laughing in spite of his confusion. 'How do you know who everybody is? What we do? Who we are?'

'I see, Brother Benny. I have always seen. It is the curse and the blessing of the Prophets so to do.'

Benny looked at the old man's eyes blazing from age-hollowed sockets. And finally, all he could do was nod. 'All right, man. It's cool.'

'Go now, and write the truth that's in your heart. The truth that 'shall set them free!' ' The Preacher gave Benny a last hard look, and Benny went on his way. "

religious New York: New York City: Harlem 1953 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 93. [4] "Strange about the old man: You might see him once a week, or once a year. No one knew where he lived, but he seemed to know everything, and everyone. Somehow, his words both disturbed and comforted Benny, and as he watched the old man walk away, his mind played its trick on him again. And the old man looked like . . . he saw in the old man's eyes . . .

Joseph Sisko. Yes. The father of Benjamin Sisko, the Space station commander.

Father? Benny had barely known his own father. How odd to look at this wild creature, this thing of the streets, and think of him as someone's father.

The truth shall set them free . . .

'Hallelujah,' Benny said quietly. And finished the rest of the walk to his apartment. " [More about the Preacher, pg. 160, 210-213, 253-255. He represents a link between Benny Russell's Harlem/New York milieu and Benjamin Sisko's Bajoran-influenced Deep Space Nine.]

religious New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 21: "Slumber Party ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1984); pg. 17. Warlock's thoughts: "Range and sensitivity painfully limited. Immediate enclosure composed of synthesis inorganic an stale organic matter of no use to self. Bless the Maker! I seem to have impacted in close proximity to the power source I scanned from deep space, that drew me to this orb! "
religious New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 37: "If I Should Die ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Mar. 1986); pg. 3. [Danielle sees images of each New Mutant's personified concept of death, or the being that accompanies them to the afterlife.] Danielle's thoughts: "But even with my eyes shut tight . . . I see an angel over Shan... and, by Amara--Pluto, Lord of the Olympian underworld! " [Shan/Xi'an is a Vietnamese Catholic.]; Pg. 4: "Rahne... Doug... Warlock... Sam! " [By Rahne, Danielle sees a High Church-style angel with a harp and a cross headdress. By Doug she sees the Grim Reaper, with scythe. By Warlock she sees Magus, his father. By Sam she sees a figure which looks like a Protestant preacher, with a large, wide-brimmed hat, holding a Bible with a cross on it.]
religious New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 39: "Pawns of the White Queen ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1986); pg. 9. Danielle's thoughts: "And he's [Magneto] proud of us. And so's Professor X, wherever he is--among the stars, or in Heaven. "
religious Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 127. "'Thank God she's going to be all right, anyway.'

'God,' Roz McGann sniffed. 'What do you know about God?'

Viktor stared at the woman, feeling he had somehow missed the thread of the conversation. 'What are you talking about?'

'I'm talking about God,' she said firmly. 'Why didn't you marry Reesa properly? In church? With a priest?'

Viktor blinked astonished. 'You mean with Freddy Stockbridge?'

'I mean properly. Why do you think we're having all these troubles, Viktor? We've turned away from religion. Now we're paying for it!'

Later on, walking away from the hospital in the moonless Newmanhome night, Viktor found himself perplexed. He knew, of course, that there had been a religious revival on Newmanhome--half a dozen of them, in fact... "

religious Newmanhome 2103 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 128. "Viktor found himself perplexed. He knew, of course, that there had been a religious revival on Newmanhome--half a dozen of them, in fact... By the third year after the spectral shift there were twenty-eight separate religious establishments on Newmanhome, claiming fourteen hundred members--divided in everything, except in their unanimous distaste for the three thousand other colonists who belonged to no church at all. "
religious Nicoji 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 33-34. "Something was glitering in the little mango tree. I walked over to see what it was. The help had put shards all over the branches. I wondered what kind of fruit they expected to grow from that, or whether this was part of some religious ritual with human trash. "
religious Norstrilia 17050 Smith, Cordwainer. Norstrilia. Framingham, MA: NESFA Press (1994; c. 1964, 1968); pg. 15. "'Where's a priest, auntie?' said Rod.

'A what?'

'A priest, like the old poem has, in the rough rough days before our people found this planet and got our sheep settled down. Everybody knows it.

Here is the place where the priest went mad.
Over there my mother burned.
I cannot show you the house we had.
We lost that slope when the mountain turned.

There's more to it, but that's the part I remember. Isn't a priest a specialist in how to die? Do we have any around here?' " [Many religious refs. in novel, particularly in later parts, particularly to the fictional religious system based in many regards on Episcopalianism, as well as political elements based on both British and Chinese history. Only a few examples in DB, because most references do not refer to an actual religion by name.]

religious North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 6. "Worse, she'd lied when they asked her if she knew why anyone might want to hurt her. She wasn't about to admit to the police in a small North Carolina town that she'd been attacked because she was... Freedom of religion might be a constitutionally protected right, but that didn't mean anything in most small towns if the believer belonged to the wrong religion, and Kate knew it. She'd learned the hard way to keep her mouth shut. So what she did know about her attackers--that they were after her because of her religion--the police didn't find out. As a result, they were all very caring but not very helpful. "
religious North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 151. "'The various cultures of my world have their taboos, too. Some cultures demand that blacks don't marry whites, that Orientals don't marry any but other Orientals; some religions don't marry outside their faith...' "

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