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 North Carolina: Greensboro 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 147. "'Not careers that we'd hate to give up. What we had was only jobs. You see, we're religious people.'

'There are lots of religious people in the world.'

'But not in America,' said Mrs. Wiggin. 'Not the kind of fanatic that does something so selfish and antisocial as to have more than two children, just because of some misguided religious ideas. And when peter tested so high as a toddler, and they started monitoring him--well, that was a disaster for us. We had hoped to be . . . unobtrusive,. To disappear. We're very bright people, you know.'

'I wondered why the parents of such geniuses didn't have noted careers of their own,' said Bean. 'Or at least some kind of standing in the intellectual community.'

'Intellectual community,' said Mrs. Wiggin scornfully. 'America's intellectual community has never been very bright. Or honest. They're all sheep, following whatever the intellectual fashion of the decade happens to be...' "

religious North Carolina: Greensboro 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 148. "'I didn't mean it as an attack,' said Bean. '...You really believe in your religion, and you resent the fact that you had to hide it from others. That's all I was saying.'

'Not religion. religions,' she said. 'My husband and I don't even share the same doctrine. Having a large family in obedience to God, that was about the only thing we agreed on. And even at that, we both had elaborate intellectual justifications for our decision to defy the law. For one thing, we didn't think it would hurt our children at all. We meant to raise them in faith, as believers.' " [More regarding their efforts to instill faith and ethical values in their children, pg. 148-152.]

religious North Carolina: Greensboro 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 149. "'...If you don't teach children when they're little, it's never really inside them. You have to hope they'll come to it later, on their own. It can't come from the parents, if you don't begin when they're little.'

'Indoctrinating them.'

'That's what parenting is,' said Mrs. Wiggin. 'Indoctrinating your children in the social patterns that you want them to live by. The intellectuals have no qualms about using the schools to indoctrinate our children in their foolishness.' "

religious Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 347. Pg. 347, some other refs., e.g., pg. 289-294, 373.
religious Ontario: Toronto 1990 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Divide. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 78. "Spontaneous scars and wounds that appear in a religious trance are called 'stigmata.' The phenomenon occurs in faiths from Catholicism to Voodoo; an interaction between mind and body triggered by religious ecstasy. "
religious Ontario: Toronto 1991 Huff, Tanya. Blood Price. New York: DAW Books (1991); pg. 139. "Three drops of blood onto the coals and as each drop fell, a word of calling.

The words he'd found in one of the texts used in his Comparative Religions class. He'd created the ritual himself, made it up out of equal parts research and common sense. Anyone could do it, he thought smugly. But only I have.

The air over the center of the pentagram shivered and changed as though something were forcing it aside from within. "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 200. "'You mean to say that being a scientist, a logician, like--well, like you or me--is fundamentally incompatible with being at peace over moral and spiritual issue?'

'Some succeed at both--but they usually do it by compartmentalizing. Science is given responsibility for certain areas; religion for others. But for those looking for a single, overarching worldview, there is little peace. A mind is wired for one or the other, but not both.'

Pascal's wager came to mind: it was safer, he said, to bet on the existence of God, even if he doesn't exist, than to risk the eternal damnation of being wrong. Pascal, of course, had been a mathematician; he'd had a logical, number-crunching mind, a human mind. Old Blaise had had no choice in the kind of brain he had; it had been bequeathed to him by evolution, just as mine had. "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 201. "But if I had a choice?

If I could trade some bafflement in factual matters for certitude about questions of ethics, would I do so? Which is more important: knowing the precise phylogenetic relationships between all the various branches on the evolutionary bush or knowing the meaning of life? "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 203. "'Had Hollus told you he was searching for God?' asked Susan, looking down at her mug of coffee.

I nodded.

'And you didn't say anything to me?'

'Well, I . . .' I trailed off. 'No. No, I didn't.'

'I would have loved to have talked to him about that.'

'I'm sorry,' I said.

'So the Forhilnors [the main alien race in the novel] are religious,' she said, summing it all up, at least for her.

But I had to protest; I had to. 'Hollus and his colleagues believe the universe was intelligently designed. But they don't worship God.'

'They don't pray?' asked Susan.

'No. Well, the Wreeds spend half of each day in meditation, attempting to communicate with God telepathically, but--'

'That sounds like prayer to me.'

'They say they don't want anything from God.'

Susan was quiet for a moment. 'Prayer isn't about asking for things; it's not like visiting a department-store Santa Claus.'

I shrugged; I guess I really didn't know much about the topic. "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 204. "'Do the Forhilnors believe in souls? In an afterlife?'

The question surprised me; I'd never thought about it. 'I honestly don't know.'

'Maybe you should ask Hollus.'

I nodded. Maybe I should.

'You know that I believe in souls,' she said simply.

'I know.'

That's as far as she went with the thought, though. She didn't ask me to go to church with her again... "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 146. "Since ancient times, the philosophers' secret has always been this: we know that God does not exist, or, at least, if he does, he's utterly indifferent to our individual affairs--but we can't let the rabble know that; it's the fear of God, the threat of divine punishment and the promise of divine reward, that keeps in line those too unsophisticated to work out questions of morality on their own.

But in an advanced race, with universal literacy and material desires fulfilled through the power of technology, surely everyone is a philosopher, everyone knows that God is just a story, just a myth, and we can drop the pretence, dispensing with religion. "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 171. "When I arrived at the ROM, the usual round of UFO nuts had been joined by several different religious groups--some in robes, some holding candles, some chanting, some kneeling in prayer. There were also several police officers, making sure that staff members--including but by no means limited to myself--made it safely into the museum; once the main doors opened for the day, they'd extend the same courtesy to patrons.

Laser-printed leaflets were blowing down the sidewalk; one that caught my eye showed Hollus, or another Forhilnor, with his eyestalks exaggerated to look like a devil's horns. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 172. "Hollus wavered into existence a short time later. 'I have been thinking about the people who blew up the abortion clinic,' he said. 'You said they were religious fundamentalists.'

'Well, one presumes so, yes. They haven't been caught yet.'

'No smoking gun,' said Hollus.

I smiled. 'Exactly.'

'But if they are, as you suspect, religious people, why is that relevant?'

'Blowing up an abortion clinic is an attempt to protest a perceived moral outrage.'

'And . . .?' said Hollus.

'Well, on Earth, the concept of God is inextricably linked to issues of morality.'

Hollus listened.

'In fact, three of our principal religions share the same Ten Commandments, supposedly handed down by God.' "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 28. "I shook my head in wonder. 'I can't think of any reason why evolutionary history should be similar on multiple worlds.'

'One reason is obvious,' said Hollus. He moved sideways a few steps... 'It could be that way because God wished it to be so.'

For some reason, I was surprised to hear the alien talking like that. Most of the scientists I know are either atheists or keep their religion to themselves--and Hollus had indeed said he was a scientist.

'That's one explanation,' I said quietly.

'It is the most sensible. Do humans not subscribe to a principle that says the simplest explanation is the most preferable.'

I nodded. 'We call it Occam's razor.'

'The explanation that it was God's will posits one cause for all the mass extinctions; that makes it preferable.' "

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 29. "'. . . if you believe in God.'

Hollus's eyestalks moved to what seemed to be their maximal extent, as if he was regarding me from both sides simultaneously. 'Are you the most senior paleontologist at this institution?' he asked.

'I'm the department head, yes.'

...'I know from your television that there is much ambivalence about God in this part of your planet... but I am surprised to hear that someone in your position is not personally convinced of the existence of the creator... I am stunned,' said Hollus...

'We tend to consider religion a personal matter,' I said gently. 'The very nature of faith is that one cannot be factually sure about it.'

'I do not speak of matters of faith,' said Hollus... 'Rather, I speak of verifiable scientific fact. That we lived in a created universe is apparent to anyone with sufficient intelligence and information.' " [Many other refs. about this, not in DB. This is novel's central theme.]

religious Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 30. "I wasn't really offended, but I was surprised; previously... 'You'll find many religious people here at the ROM,' I said. 'Raghubir, whom you met down in the lobby, for instance. But even he wouldn't say that the existence of God is a scientific fact.'

'Then it will fall to me to educate you in this,' said Hollus.

...'If you think it's necessary.'

'It is if you are to help me in my work. My opinion is not a minority one; the existence of God is a fundamental part of the science of both Beta Hydri and Delta Pavonis.'

'Many humans believe that such questions are outside the scope of science.'

Hollus regarded me... as if I were failing some test. 'Nothing is outside the scope of science,' he said firmly--a position I did not... disagree with. But we rapidly parted company again: 'The primary goal of modern science,' he continued, 'is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods...' "

religious Oregon 1993 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 72. Pg. 72: "She hovered at his shoulder. 'Dr. Ackroyd--'

'Yes, Mary?'

'You had the dream?'

'We all did.'

His housekeeper confessed: 'I told them--I told them yes.'

'Yes, Mary. So did I.'

She was obviously surprised. 'But you were religious!'

'Why, Mary, I still am. I think I still am.'

'But then how could you answer them yes? If it's all right to ask, I mean.'

He considered the question. Not a simple one. Many of his deepest beliefs had been challenged in the last thirty-odd hours. Some had been abrogated. Had he been tempted? Had he yielded to temptation?

He pictured the temple at Tenochtitlan, the arc and fall of the obsidian knives.

'Because of the Aztecs,' he said.


'Because there won't be any Aztecs in the world anymore,' the Rector said. 'That's all finished now.' "; Pg. 96: "His mother had been religious. Dakota Baptist. "

religious Oregon 2038 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 367. -
religious Oric 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 61. "Towbee's audience was nearly as heterogeneous as the planet itself--as heterogeneous as his own ancestry. It was the crowd coming out of the temple. The Chief Speaker of the temple was terribly impressed with Towbee's talent, was continually after the minstrel to chant the verses of Sonnabend's prophesies at the services... " [This chapter has extensive information about the ancient prophet Sonnabend, who brought justice and peace and goodness to the galaxy millions of years ago. Other refs. about this, which are not only in this chapter but elsewhere as well, not in DB.]
religious Pennsylvania 1970 Panshin, Alexei. "How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? " in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975; c. 1971); pg. 122. "Gardening was an act of faith that the seasons would change and warmth and flower come. Gardening is an act of faith. I'm a pessimist, but I still I garden. "
religious Pennsylvania: Philadelphia 1982 Simmons, Dan. "Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1982); pg. 53. "'Where does that leave the mind, Jerry . . . the brain?'

It was his turn to frown slightly. 'I guess the best answer is that the Greeks and the religious nuts were right to separate the two,' he said. 'The brain could be viewed as kind of a . . . well, electrochemical generator and interferometer all in one. But the mind . . . ah, the mind is something a lot more beautiful than that lump of gray matter.'...

'So there is a soul that can survive death?' Gail asked...

'Hell, no,' said Bremen. He was a little irritated at having to think in words once again. 'If Goldmann was right and the personality is a complex wavefront, sort of a series of low-energy holograms interpreting reality then the personality certainly couldn't survive brain death. The template would be destroyed as well as the holographic generator.'

'So where does that leave us?' " [More.]

religious Phaze 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 284. "...and each black pebble as a Defender of the Faith, upright and righteous. But it was not at all certain that right would prevail. He had to dispose his troops advantageously... "
religious religious 1650 Panshin, Alexei. "How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? " in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975; c. 1971); pg. 110. "...William Pynchon... wrote a book in Greek called The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, which was burned on Boston Common in 1650 as religiously unsound, and he went back to England. "
religious Roman Empire -50 B.C.E. Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 265. "The Web in this century had many of the religious overtone of the Rome of Old Earth just before the Christian Era: a policy of tolerance, a myriad of religions--most, like Zen Gnosticism, complex and inwardly turned rather than the stuff of proselytism--while the general tenor was one of gentle cynicism and indifference to religious impulse. "
religious Russia 1908 Bensen, Donald R. And Having Writ.... Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co. (1978); pg. 202. "This was added to, somewhere toward the middle of the day, when, on the Czar's orders, Rasputin, yelling most horridly, was driven from the palace and dispatched to St. Petersburg. He had, it appeared, attempted to assault Valmis and to accuse him of being in league with ill-disposed supernatural entities, and of an unwholesome cleanliness of person; and, when diverted forcibly from this, he had tried to mate with one or more of the Czarina's female attendants, who raised objections to this course of action.

'He was a false prophet,' the Czar said sternly, watching the struggling robed figure being escorted away by a considerable number of soldiers. 'It is to my shame that I tolerated him here; now that I need not, my court is cleansed of a stain which I had not allowed myself to see. Thank God, we have seen the last of him!' " [Also pg. 229.]

religious Russia 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 12. "But I am reminded of the words of the great Russian religious figure Rasputin, who once said, in a similar time of economic troubles, 'Great sins demand great forgiveness.' "
religious Sainte Anne 2050 Wolfe, Gene. "The Fifth Head of Cerberus " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1972); pg. 340. "'If you could have asked them, they would have told you that their magic and their religion, the songs they sang and the traditions of their people were what were important. They killed their sacrificial animals with flails of seashells that cut like razors and they didn't let their men father children until they had stood enough fire to cripple them for life. They mated with trees and drowned the children to honor the rivers. That was what was important.'

...Mr. Milloin's face nodded. 'Now we will debate the humanity of those aborigines. David negative and first.' " [Discussing aboriginal/native inhabitants of the planet Sainte Anne.]

religious Solar System 2001 Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey. New York: New American Library (1969; c. 1968); pg. 174. "But was this the end? A few mystically inclined biologists went still further. They speculated, taking their cues from the beliefs of many religions, that mind would eventually free itself from matter. The robot body, like the flesh-and-blood one, would be no more than a stepping-stone to something which, long ago, men had called 'spirit.'

And if there was anything beyond that, its name could only be God. "

religious Solar System 2050 Benford, Gregory. Jupiter Project. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1980); pg. 93. "If you can justify the expense, you can get a big slice of the computer's capability assigned to you. Then 'David'--that's what the computer techs call it (or rather, him)--sounds like a genius. You can discuss quantum mechanics, economic theory, stellar exploration, or theology with David and he will give solid, well-researched answers as fast as you can read them. (I tried theology; he said God was one of man's better ideas.) He's a gift from heaven when you're doing a term paper. "
religious Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 89. "In the air before Leo a small section shimmered; out of it emerged a black book, which he accepted...

'What's that?' Eldritch asked.

'A King James Bible. I thought it might help protect me.'

'Not here,' Eldritch said. 'This is my domain.' He gestured at the bible and it vanished. 'You could have your own, though, and fill it with bibles. As can anyone. As soon as our operations are underway. We're going to have layouts, of course, that comes later with our Terran activities. And anyhow that's a formality, a ritual to ease the transition. Can-D and Chew-Z will be marketed on the same basis, in open competition; we'll claim nothing for Chew-Z that you don't claim for your product. We don't want to scare people away; religion has become a touchy subject. It will only be after a few tries that they realize the two different aspects: the lack of a time lapse and the other, perhaps more vital. That it isn't fantasy, that they enter a genuine new universe.' "

religious Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 126. "'Baptism--by water--and Holy Communion. The latter in memory of Him . . . it was inaugurated at the Last Supper.'

'Oh. You mean the bread and the wine.'

'You know how the eating of Can-D translates--as they call it--the partaker to another world. It's secular, however, in that it's temporary and only a physical world. The bread and the wine--'

'I'm sorry, Miss Hawthorne... but I'm afraid I can't believe in that, the body and blood business. It's too mystical for me.'...

'Are you going to try Can-D?' Anne asked.


Anne said, 'You have faith in that. And yet you know that the Earth it takes you to isn't the real one.'

'I don't want to argue it,' he said. 'It's experienced as real; that's all I know.'

'So are dreams.'

'But this is stronger,' he pointed out. 'Clearer. And it's done in --' He hated started to say communion. 'In company with others who really go along. So it can't be entirely illusion...' "

religious Solar System 2100 Dick, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1964); pg. 154. "Allen Faine said, 'I know some of the circumstances, Mayerson. What you're doing is atoning. Correct?'

Surprised, Barney said, 'You, too?' Religious inclinations seemed to permeate the entire milieu, here.

'You may object to the word,' Faine said, 'but it's the proper one. Listen, Mayerson; by the time we get you to Winnie-ther-Pooh Acres you'll have atoned sufficiently...' "

religious Solar System 2436 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 15. [Protagonist Gully Foyle is sometimes prayerful, sometimes blasphemous.] Pg. 15: "He awoke. He was alive. He wasted no time on prayer of thanks but continued the business of survival. ";

Pg. 16: "Then Foyle realized he was staring at a spaceship... rockets flaring as it accelerated on a sunward course that must pass him... He discussed the illusion with Eternity.

'Si months already,' he said in his gutter tongue. 'Is it now? You listen a me, lousy gods. I talkin' a deal, is all. I look again, sweet prayer-men. If it's a ship, I'm your's. you own me. But if it's a gaff, man . . . if it's no ship . . . I unseal right now and blow my guts. We both ballast level, us. Now reach me the sign, yes or now, is all.'

He looked for a third time. For the third time he saw a spaceship, stern rockets flaring as it accelerated on a sunward course which must pass him.

It was the sign. He believed. He was saved. "; Pg. 96: "Foyle jaunted with a last thrust of energy and prayer. "

religious Solar System 2438 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 192. "Mont St. Michele had been a fortress of faith before organized religion was abolished [throughout the Solar System]. Mars. St. Michele was a fortress of telepathy. "
religious Solar System 2438 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 251. "He was back aboard 'Nomad.'

Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation.
Deep space is my dwelling place,
The stars my destination.

The girl, Moira, found him in his tool locker aboard 'Nomad,' curled in a tight foetal ball, his face hollow, his eyes burning with divine revelation. Although the asteroid had long since been repaired and made airtight, Foyle still went through the motions of the perilous existence that had given birth to him years before.

But now he slept and meditated, digesting and encompassing the magnificence he had learned. He awoke from reverie to trance and drifted out of the locker, passing Moira with blind eyes, brushing past the awed girl who stepped aside and sank to her knees. "

religious Solar System 2438 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 252. "She [Moira] touched him [Foyle] once; he made no move. She spoke the name that had been emblazoned on his face. He made no answer. She turned to the interior of the asteroid, the holy of holies in which Joseph reigned.

'My husband has returned to us,' Moira said.

'Your husband?'

'The god-man who almost destroyed us.'

Joseph's face darkened with anger.

'Where is he? Show me!'

'You will not hurt him?'

'All debts must be paid. Show me.'

Joseph followed her to the locker aboard 'Nomad' and gazed intently at Foyle. The anger in his face was replaced by wonder. He touched Foyle and spoke to him; there was no response.

'You cannot punish him,' Moira said. 'He is dying.'

'No,' Joseph answered quietly. 'He is dreaming. I, a priest, know these dreams. Presently he will awaken and read to us, his people, his thoughts.'

...Then she settled down alongside Joseph . . . alongside the world, prepared to await the awakening. "

religious Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 57. "'...but he's on Ganymede, curing any remaining True Believers he can find there. When al the old religions were discredited--let me tell you about Pope Pius XX sometime--one of the greatest men in history!--we still needed a word for the Prime Cause, or the creator of the Universe--if there is one . . .'

...'You said that all the old religions have been discredited. So what do people believe nowadays?'

'As little as possible. We're all either Deists or Theists.'

'You've lost me. Definitions, please.'

'They were slightly different in your time, but here are the latest versions. Theists believe there's not more than one God; Deists that there is not less than one God.' "

religious South America -3005 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. The Serpent. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977; c. 1963); pg. 258. Pg. 258: "'Are you a thirsty child?' My eyes met the priest's as he asked the question and their grey as the grey of the sea... I took the cup and gulped at the warm, harsh liquid's refreshing mellowness and the priest with his foot scraped a stool near him up to the table. I sat down... 'How you stare at the holy man,' the maid said. 'Can't he visit a reverent family without being stared out of countenance?'

'Holy men are made to be attended to, one way or another way,' the priest said. "; Pg. 260: "The priest is a strong peasant figure, maybe sixty, maybe seventy, with a young man's skin, fresh and rosy-tanned, except that it is wrinkled deeply at the eye-corners... "; Pg. 261: "'The Superlativity, the Religion-Emperor of the South, in the palace-city the other side of that mountain. It has finally been decreed that it is sacrilege to worship any but him. We who bother to do so are to be executed.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

religious Takis 1946 Martin, George R. R. "Prologue " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 6. "On this planet Takis... What did this germ do? I asked him. Now get this--it did everything. What it was supposed to do, according to Tachyon, was goose up these mind powers of theirs, maybe even give them new powers, evolve 'em almost into gods, which would sure as hell give his kin the edge over the others. But it didn't always do that. Sometimes, yeah. Most often it killed the test subjects. "
religious Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 42. "'The holy men who failed were prominent, devout men, thorough scholars whose faith in their religions was tested and true. I find it strange that they should have suffered so greatly, while the large majority of the colonists, who represent a random sampling of Earth, have had few such problems.' "
religious Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 13. "'One of the first true jazz recordings,' Joan said... 'was grooved by the Brunswick Company in 1927. The Reverend Edward Clayburn singing True Religion. That was one hundred and twenty years ago.' "
religious Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 22. "As the taxi door shut Joan shouted, 'Percy X and I went to college together. Comparative Religion One and Two at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. We intended to be preachers, Mister Swenesgard. Isn't that crazy?'...

Strange, she thought, that Percy and I are going to meet again under such unchanged conditions. I've been studying Buddhism and he the religion of Mohammed, but somehow, during all the excitement, we have both gotten a long way from where we had intended to go. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 49. "'What's the word 'Neeg' mean, wilk girl? Is it a race or is it a religion?'

'A race.'

'It's a religion, like being a Jew. Being white; that's also a religion. I can tell you in just one word what the white religion is.'

'What?' Joan said guardedly.

'Hypocrisy.' There was a long silence while Percy waited for this to sink in. "

religious Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 24. "Then I notice, almost peripherally, that the Chosen's hand is trembling. 'What religion are you, Major?'

What's scaring him? 'Is that germane?'

'Are you afraid of my question?'

'Not afraid. I'm taken aback. I'm insulted. I normally don't think in terms of religion. I can't afford to.'

'Afford to, Major? You mean you can't fit murder in the divine plan, isn't that it? You look at Earth's violence and wonder where faith comes in. Well, this isn't Earth. We're a God-fearing community. If you wish to solve these crimes, it would be best if you understood that.'

The Chosen walks to the door. The ministers rise. I watch Marvin leave with all his retinue but Vanderslice.

'Excellency?' I call.

He popes back in the doorway.

'If your people are so God-fearing, why are they killing each other?' "

religious Tennyson 2200 Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. New York: Ace Books (1995; co. 1993); pg. 35. "'I'm a psychic. My personal feelings are supposed to get in the way. I don't have anything else to go on but personal feelings.'

'Okay. Okay. But doesn't this seem too contrived? After all, the best way to keep an eye on us is to name a government insider as our liaison. Religion makes us uncomfortable, so to put us at ease, Vanderslice ridicules Marvin...' "

religious Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 11. "'...Humans are passionate believers. The history of philosophy and religion is a grand testament to our will to believe...' " [Also pg. 190]
religious Texas 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 8. "'Dad,' interrupted Trick, 'will you please say the blessin' before Mr. Shackleford runs us both in for obstruction' justice?'

The elder McGuire scowled at the younger, but his weatherbeaten countenance softened as he bowed his head over his hands, which rested on the tabletop in relaxed fists. He mumbled a few barely audible words of thanks, concluding with 'Amen.'

Shackleford observed the simple ritual respectfully, but with a twinge of discomfort. He was not a particularly religious man, although he acknowledged the existence of God, but he had already seen things in the course of his preliminary investigation that raised questions as big as the universe itself. This might be a job where prayers would be of help.

'Amen,' repeated Trick, and the six fists on the tabletop closed around forks and knives and went to work. "

religious Thailand: Bangkok 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Dying in Bangkok " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 36. "Tres had grunted something and kept reading. It was some dusty book about Thai customs or mythology or religion or something. "
religious Titan 2025 Asimov, Isaac. "First Law " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1956); pg. 207. "'I backed away slowly and the shadow followed. It closed in and I was raising my blaster, with a prayer, when a bigger shadow loomed over me suddenly...' "
religious Trantor 22995 Benford, Gregory. Foundation's Fear. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 47. "'Back on Earth, you mean?' Yugo looked skeptical.

'Earth is more legend than fact. But yes, the taboo could go back that far.'

'These are hopelessly constricted sims,' Yugo said. 'They don't know anything about our time. One is a religious fanatic for some faith I never heard of. The other's a smartass writer. No danger to anybody, except maybe themselves.'

Dors regarded Yugo suspiciously. 'If they're so narrow, why are they useful?'

'Because they can calibrate psychohistorical indices...' "

religious Trantor 23000 Asimov, Isaac. Prelude to Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 187. "Raindrop Forty-Three said in a voice that rose into higher registers but remained low, 'I thought so. I thought that was what you meant, but I couldn't believe it. You're accusing us of having religion. Why didn't you say so? Why didn't you use the word?'

She waited for an answer and Seldon, a little confused at the onslaught, said, 'Because that's not the word I use. I call it 'supernaturalism.' '

'Call it what you will. It's religion and we don't have it. Religion is for the tribesmen, for the swarming sc--'

The Sister paused to swallow as though she had come near to choking and Seldon was certain the word she had choked over was 'scum.'

She was in control again. Speaking slowly and somewhat below her normal soprano, she said, 'We are not a religious people. Our kingdom is of this Galaxy and always have been. If you have a religion--' "

religious Trantor 23008 Asimov, Isaac. Forward the Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1993); pg. 19. "Seldon savored the seasonings they had learned to enjoy during their stay at Mycogen--the only thing about that strange, male-dominated religion-permeated, living-in-the-past sector they had not detested. "
religious Treason 4500 Card, Orson Scott. A Planet Called Treason. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 50. "'If I didn't kill myself, my people would,' I said. 'If I haven't been purified first.'

And finally she stopped, or rather paused, and asked, 'What is it, this purification?'

I made up a jumble of religious ritual, half stolen from the practices of the people of Ryan and half a product of my need for solitude. And so I made another journey in the dark, and found myself alone in Mwabao Mawa's room, the one with the chests and boxes, 'meditating.' " [Lanik is stalling.]

religious Treason 4500 Card, Orson Scott. A Planet Called Treason. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 129. "'I was a builder,' he said, writing his epitaph in my mind, 'but my buildings crumbled, Lanik. I have outlived all my works.'

'Except me.'

'You've been shaped by stronger forces than I can muster. It's a shame when an architect lives to see the temple fall.'

No one had built temples in Mueller for centuries. "

religious United Kingdom 700 C.E. Vance, Jack. Lyonesse: Madouc. Lancaster, PA: Underwood-Miller (1989); pg. 2. "The Elder Isles had known the coming and going of many peoples: Pharesmians, blue-eyed Evadnioi, Pelasgians and their maenad priestesses, Danaans, Lydians, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Greeks, Celts from Gaul, Ska from Norway by way of Ireland, Romans, Celts from Ireland and a few Sea Goths... There were dozens of cults and religions, diverse except that, in every case, a caste of priests interceded between laity and divinity. At Ys, steps cut into the stone led down into the ocean to the Temple of Atlante; each month in the dark of the moon priests descended the steps by midnight, to emerge at dawn wearing garlands of sea flowers. " [More.]
religious United Kingdom 1984 Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1949); pg. 72. "For that matter, even religious worship would have been permitted if the proles had shown any sign of needing or wanting it. They were beneath suspicion. As the Party slogan put it: 'Proles and animals are free.' "
religious United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 14. "She was not a superstitious person, or even a religious person... But she was finding it increasingly easy to believe that God, if there was a God... did not want her to fly to Norway... "
religious United Kingdom 1996 Bova, Ben. "Legendary Heroes " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 118. "'You remember nothing of the Creators? Of your previous missions?'

'The Creators.' Vaguely I recalled godlike men and women. 'Aten.'

'Yes,' she said. 'Aten.'

He created me and sent me through space-time to do his bidding... She was one of the Creators, I realized. I loved a goddess. And she loved me. " [more]

religious United Kingdom 2030 Aldiss, Brian. "Three Types of Solitude " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 119. "Gradually, he claims, they fell into discussing more personal topics. The dummy had no past life to talk about, although it came out strongly for a belief in abstaining from meat and growing upwards, sprouting foliage and fruit as you went. This was like a religion with it. "
religious United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys When Winter Comes " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 14. "She turned to the machine and was soon networking. All round the planet, other people, mainly women, began to discuss religious issues. Some dispatched their electronic thoughts to arrive on paper. Others showed photomontages they had made.

'I need God because I am alone so frequently,' said Monica to the multitude. " [More about God.]

religious United Kingdom 2100 Harrison, Harry. "The Secret of Stonehenge " in Stainless Steel Visions. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 153. "'Sir J. Norman Lockyer believed that it was erected on June 24th, 1680 B.C.,' he said abstractedly, still petrified by the photographs.

'Sounds good to me.'

The dials were spun and the machine vanished once gain. The picture this time was far more dramatic. A group of men in rough homespun genuflected, arms outstretched, facing toward the camera. I'll take a shot of it and we'll have a good idea why they built this thing.'

The second picture was almost identical to the first, as were two more taken at right angles to the first ones...

'It fits,' Lanning said, smiling happily and beginning to repack the machine. 'They built Stonehenge around the image of the device sent back to see why they built Stonehenge. That's one problem solved.'

'Solved! The problem has just begun. It's a paradox. Which of them, the machine or the monument, came first?' "

religious United Kingdom 657208 Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 65. [1] "And--most crucially--the Morlocks' heads were free of the canker of religion, which has caused so much conflict through the centuries.

'You have no God, then,'' I said to Nebogipfel, with something of a thrill: though I have some religious tendencies myself, I imagined shocking the clerics of my own day with an account of this conversation!

'We have no need of a God,' Nebogipfel retorted.

The Morlocks regarded a religious set of mind--as opposed to a rational state--as a hereditable trait, with no more intrinsic meaning than blue eyes or brown hair. "

religious United Kingdom 657208 Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 65. [2] Pg. 65-66: "The more Nebogipfel outlined this notion, the more sense it made to me.

What notion of God has survived through all of Humanity's mental evolution? Why, precisely the form it might suit man's vanity to conjure up: a God with immense powers, and yet still absorbed in the petty affairs of man. Who could worship a chilling God, even if omnipotent, if He took no interest whatsoever in the flea-bite struggles of humans? "

One might imagine that, in any conflict between rational humans and religious humans, the rational ought to win. After all, it is rationality that invented gunpowder! And yet--at least up to our nineteenth century--the religious tendency has generally won out, and natural selection operated, leaving us with a population of religiously-inclined sheep--it has sometimes seemed to me--capable of being deluded by any smooth-tongued preacher. "

religious United Kingdom 657208 Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 66. [3] "The paradox is explained because religion provides a goal for men to fight for. The religious man will soak some bit of 'sacred' land with his blood, sacrificing far more than the land's intrinsic economic or other value.

'But we have moved beyond this paradox,' Nebogipfel said to me. 'We have mastered our inheritance: we are no longer governed by the dictates of the past, either as regards our bodies or our minds . . .'

But I did not follow up this intriguing notion--the obvious question to ask was, 'In the absence of a God, then, what is the purpose of all of your lives?' for I was entranced by the idea of how Mr. Darwin, with all his modern critics in the Churches, would have loved to have witnessed this ultimate triumph of his ideas over the Religionists! "

religious United Kingdom: Britain 2051 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 454. "'A.D. 2051
In Britain, and other parts of the European Federal Union, God is dead. Or if not dead, irrelevant.

Believe me... I know. I just got back from a year's assignment in London. Religious practice and belief has genuinely collapsed, on a mass scale.

It's clear that the absorption of the Carter message in some corners of the world has led to a kind of group despair, the feeling that nothing is worth struggling for. In Britain, this is manifesting itself in a denial of any external basis for moral action. Essentially the Brits are redesigning the moral basis of their community. They are appealing to such philosophical doctrines as ethical relativism, the weighing of moral codes relative to each other and not against any imagined absolute; and emotivism, action on a gut response to injustices and so forth; and prescriptivism, reliance on the announcement of appropriate moral standards based on human authority without appeal to a higher or external source. "

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