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 United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 521. "She claimed that he had only been pretending about this religious feelings--as was shown by his immediately going off with Elaine when he had the chance. This, she said, had been at the back of his mind all along. He was a sham, and a weak sham at that. They had hysterical scenes together, about his weakness and shamness, alternating with other scenes of a more affectionate kind, which were necessary to counterbalance the idea that she had been in love with a sham man all her life. "
religious United Kingdom: England 1898 Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds. New York: Penguin Putnam (1986; c. 1898); pg. 3. "It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most, terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. "
religious United Kingdom: England 1982 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. v. [Acknowledgments.] "I should probably cite... James Frazer's The Golden Bough and a fifteen-volume set of books on comparative religions, including an enormous volume on the Druids and Celtic religions. "
religious United Kingdom: England 1985 Dickinson, Peter. The Green Gene. New York: Random House (1973); pg. 121. "'Hygienic beyond dreaming,' said the Welshman. 'He brushes his teeth between mouthfuls, and his religious code is such that . . .'

'Hold it,' said Mr. Zass. 'Let's leave religion out of this.

'Oh, I am not superstitious,' said Humayan, nervously eager to placate. 'If you could read my horoscope you would see it says I am not superstitious.' "

religious United Kingdom: England 1987 Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 240. "Such music, " he said. "I'm not religious, but if I were I wuld say it was like a glimpse into the mind of God. Perhaps it was and I ought to be religious. I have to keep reminding myself that they didn't create the music, they only created the instrument which could read the score. And the score was life itself. And it's all up there. "
religious United Kingdom: England 2266 Bear, Greg. "A Plague of Conscience " (chapter) in Murasaki (Robert Silverberg, ed.) New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 146. "'Believe me, I represent no religious authority on Earth. We are England's last vanguard, but England is hardly a religious state.' "
religious United Kingdom: London 1875 Blaylock, James P. Homunculus. New York: Ace Books (1986); pg. 160. "If you could prevail upon this man Keeble to communicate with us, I think you'd find us inclined to consider this last imbroglio with the spirit of scientific inquiry. Reputations are at stake here--you can see that--and much more besides. Religious lunatics gibber in the streets; rumors of blood sacrifices performed in squalid Limehouse taverns filter up from the underworld. Tales of pseudo-scientific horror... some apocalyptic generator... "
religious United Kingdom: London 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 237. Pg. 236: "'Art, science--you seem to have paid a fairly high price for your happiness,' said the Savage, when they were alone. ' "Anything else?'

'Well, religion, of course,' replied the Controller. 'There used to be something called God--before the Nine Years' War. But I was forgetting, you know all about God, I suppose.' ";

Pg. 237: "The Imitation of Christ; The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James [Many other refs., not in DB. God and religion are among the prominent subjects of this novel. See, for example, pg. 239-242.]

religious USA 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 202. "'Well, I shall tell you. My thesis is this: I want you to believe.'

'To believe what?'

'To believe in things you cannot. Let me illustrate. I heard once of an American who so defined faith: 'that faculty which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue.' for one, I follow that man. He meant that we shall have an open mind, and not let a little bit of truth check the rush of a big truth, like a small rock does a railway truck. We get the small truth first. good1 We keep him, and we value him; but all the same we must not let him think himself all the truth in the universe.'

'Then you want me not to let some previous conviction injure the receptivity of my mind with regard to some strange matter. Do I read your lesson aright?'

'Ah, you are my favourite pupil still. It is worth to teach you. Now that you are willing to understand. you have taken the first step to understand...' "

religious USA 1954 Knight, Damon. "Special Delivery " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1954); pg. 96. "...good historical adventure novel. Its chief characters were Cyrus the Great... there were also courtesans, spies... lepers, priests.... "
religious USA 1958 Knight, Damon. "Thing of Beauty " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1958); pg. 118. "'For instance, that commission for stained glass for a church--'Religion,' 'People,' 'Palestine,' 'Ancient,' and there you were. "
religious USA 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. 120. "'Just read this.' And I picked the Whole Earth Catalog off Cory's desk. I showed him their statement of purpose:
We are gods and might as well get good at it. So far, remotely done power and glory--as via government, big business, formal education, church--has succeeded to the point where gross defects obscure actual gains. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate personal power is developing--power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by the Whole Earth Catalog.

'I'd like to speak to that,' I said. 'I don't have any final solutions. In 15,000 words I'm not going to lay out a viable and functioning and uncriticizable utopia, but...' "

religious USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 69. "The more he thought and studied and read, however, the more his mind summoned up an old image. It was an allegory in which a swarm of scientists, social theorists and scholars in their academic robes and laboratory coats carried heavy backpacks full of slide rules, significant survey samples and advanced degrees up the sheer face of a hostile mountain. Some fell off. When the survivors among the company of hard-nosed realists reached the summit, they were amazed to find a collection of mystics, sorcerers and wild-eyed prophets already there, engaged in pleasant conversation and the consumption of the contents of a community hookah. The mystics had no idea where they were or how they had gotten there. They knew only that this was their destination and that one day sometime ago a giant hand had plucked them out of the darkness and gently deposited them on the mountaintop. The scientists and other realists, though, had the satisfaction of having climbed the mountain. "
religious USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 69. "Luthor considered teleportation to be basically a waste of time and energy until he made his new discovery. Before this, he had generally regarded people who studied or promoted the various mystic arts--from meditation to astrology to demonology to whatever--to be charlatans, fools or madmen. He still believed this... however... What Luthor had recently discovered, what was essentially going to make it possible for him to walk through a wall and emerge a free man, was the nature of the human soul. Lex Luthor, climbing the sheer face of a hostile mountain, had found positive evidence of the existence of the souls of every living thing. " [More.]
religious USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 70. "As far as anyone but Luthor knew, there was nothing for the stuff of Creation to be besides matter or energy. Souls were certainly examples of the stuff of Creation, but the stuff of souls was neither matter nor energy. Souls were made of gas-waves. The mystics and crackpots whom Luther [sic] envisioned sitting serenely at the top of the mountain when he and the intellectuals got there had another name for gas-waves. They called them ectoplasm.

The crackpots, in their benign ignorance, had a name for just about everything Luthor had discovered or could postulate in connection with gas-wave physics... There might also exist, moving among the countless universes of Creation, angels, devils, demonic possession, miracles, leprechauns, warlocks, and other world seen in dreams. "

religious USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 27. "They sat in silence awhile, Great-aunt Cloud's a calm and smiling silence, his expectant; he wondered why he wasn't taken within, introduced; he was conscious of the heat rising from his shirt's open neck; he realized it was Sunday. He cleared his throat. 'Dr. and Mrs. Drinkwater at church?'

'Why, in a sense, yes.' It was odd the way she responded to everything he said as though it were a notion that had never occurred to her before. 'Are you religious?'

He had been afraid of this. 'Well,' he began.

'The women tend to be more so, don't you think?'

'I guess. No one I grew up with cared much about it.'

'My mother and I felt it far more strongly than my father, or my brothers. Though they suffered from it, perhaps, more than we.'

He had no answer for this, and couldn't tell if her close inspection of him just then awaited one, or didn't, or was merely short sight. "

religious USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 28. "'As for religion,' Mrs. Drinkwater said, 'ask Auberon.'

'Ah. There you see. Not a religious man.' To Smoky: 'My older brother.'

'It's all he thinks about,' Mrs. Drinkwater said.

'Yes,' Cloud said thoughtfully, 'yes. Well, there it is, you see.'

'Are you religious?' Mrs. Drinkwater asked Smoky.

'He's not,' Cloud said. 'Of course there was August.'

'I didn't have a religious childhood,' Smoky said. He grinned. 'I guess I was sort of a polytheist.'

'What?' said Mrs. Drinkwater.

'The Pantheon. I had a classical education.'

'You have to start somewhere,' she replied...

'My brother August,' Cloud said, 'Alice's grandfather, he was perhaps religious. He left. For parts unknown.'

''A missionary?' Smoky asked.

'Why yes,' Cloud said, again seeming newly struck with the idea. 'Yes, maybe so.'

'They must be dressed by now,' Mrs. Drinkwater said. 'Suppose we go in.' " [Much more material about religion, not in DB.]

religious USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 82. "Then Grandy and John insisted on publishing some of the pictures he had collected in a little book--' religious book, for children,' John said, and Grandy wrote his own commentary, including his views on photography, and made such a hash of it that no one paid the slightest attention to it, not even--especially--children. Auberon never forgave them. "
religious USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 94. "'So Claud Berry's dad got in trouble for keeping him out of the public school, and it became a case,' Cloud was saying. 'All the way to the State Supreme Court.'

'Bent our bank accounts out of shape,' Doc said.

'And eventually was decided in our favor,' Mom said.

'Because,' Cloud said, 'It was a religious thing, we claimed. Like the Amish, do you know about them?' She smiled slyly. 'Religious.'

'A landmark decision,' Mom said. "

religious USA 1987 Anthony, Patricia. "What Brothers are For " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1987); pg. 12. [Year estimated.] "...even though his brother wetting his pants wasn't anything Zeke would have told to anybody except God. He'd have to declare it to God because Zeke figured that somehow, someway, he'd come close to one of those little bitty sins. The little bitty sins counted up, and if you lived long enough, they'd get you. God'd drop down out of the air like a hawk and take your soul someplace so bad you'd wish you'd never been born. "
religious USA 1993 Brust, Steven. Agyar. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 18. "'Why is everyone down on sociology? I think the study of how people live together is fascinating.'

'People are down on sociology,' I said, 'because it was invented by people who felt someone ought to answer Marx, and there's no answer for Marx outside of religion, a field any civilized person ought to avoid.'

'That's preposterous--' he began.

'What is?'

'Your contention about sociology.'

'Oh. I thought you meant my contention about religion.' "

religious USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 126. "For five years Soul Dad spoke to no one... working in the prison library, reading in his prison cell: the philosophy he had studied--beginning with a brief conversion to Christianity, and then, in the sixties with the influx of a new breed of black criminal, a second conversion to the Black Muslim creed, and then moving beyond dogma into real theology, real philosophy. Soul Dad had read and studied Berkely and Hume and Kant and Heidegger. Soul Dad had reconciled Aquinas with the ethical imperatives of the mean streets and had discarded Nietzsche as just another pimp-rolling, self-justifying zoot suiter with a chip on his shoulder.

Soul Dad's own philosophy was beyond words and images. It was something closer to Zen or to the elegant nonsense of nonlinear mathematics than to anything else Bremen had ever encountered. Soul Dad had rejected a world rampant with racism and sexism and hatred of every sort, but he had not rejected it with anger. "

religious USA 1995 Bonta, Vanna. Flight. San Diego, CA: Meridian House (1995); pg. 351. "'It's so incomprehensible, maybe that's why it's difficult to see. 'Political correctness' is just cowardice,' Aira said.

'Religious teachings paint the picture that man is evil and an animal,' Mendle said, thinking, This is one of the best damn conversations I've ever had.

'Religious teachings do that?' Aira asked, appalled.

'Political powers took over religion. What we see is other factions taking advantage of that corruption. Rather than correcting it, they use the failings toward their own end, to incite people to revolt against what's called religion; they promote perversion and lack of spiritual value and ethics under the guise of freedom for people's 'rights' to do what they please.'

'Someone must have altered an interpretation. I don't think a religion would have started out claiming a human being is evil.'

Mendle beamed a little. 'I could never understand why any God would want people to remain in ignorance.' " [More.]

religious USA 1995 Bonta, Vanna. Flight. San Diego, CA: Meridian House (1995); pg. 352. "'Truth makes sense,' Mendle said. 'You're right, religion has been altered and poisoned to the point of getting people to reject spiritual pursuit. The political maneuvers to discredit religion manipulate people into thinking it's a fraud. But the corruption and short-comings they hold up as evidence, isn't religion. All religion means is 'a binding of beliefs.' It should be the recognition and practice of divinity in life. It's been around since the ages. The pursuit of survival of the spirit, Thought, Life . . . and Beauty, Truth. That is the soul. Religion has been around since forever. And now it's not cool to think of divinity.' " [More.]
religious USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 199. "'I am way out of my depth here, Mr. Hicks. This is not clear-cut. We're certainly not dealing with angels with flaming swords. We're not dealing with anything predicted in apocalyptic literature.'

'Not in religious literature,' Hicks corrected.

'I don't read science fiction much,' Ormandy said pointedly.

'More's the pity.' "

religious USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 173. [Radio interview with Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. 'Angel' of the X-Men.]

"Finckley: In light of that last caller, and with the nom-de-guerre Angel, I have to ask: are you religious? Do you follow a particular faith?

Worthington: [pause] I've known women who believed they were goddesses, beings who have been called gods for centuries, and creatures who might as well be demons because I can't think of anything else to explain them. But as for actually knowing God--[pause] the best answer I have is that I believe that the closer you get to understanding God, the farther He slips away from you. My belief is that the mind of God is perpetually unknowable, and forever changing. Change is God, probably. "

religious USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 173. [Radio interview with Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. 'Angel' of the X-Men.]

Finckley: Do you follow a particular faith or religion?

Worthington: My religious beliefs have been hard thought out and are constantly under revision. I suspect that every holy person has gotten a chunk of it and passed on what he could; I think every religious belief has a hunk of truth, and/or every religion is true for the one who believes in it.

But I'll tell you this much--I used to be a hell of a lot more tolerant of organized religion before I heard of William Stryker.

Finckley: Obviously. Reverend Stryker tried to wipe out every mutant in the world. "

religious USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 177. "Worthington:... We were talking about religion before and how mutations fit into all of it. Kurt Vonnegut said, 'A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete.' I really believe that. There is nothing in science that contradicts the works of mercy recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas--teaching the ignorant, consoling the sad, bearing with the oppressive and troublesome, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting prisoners and the sick, and praying for us all. We all need you--on the side of the angels. "
religious USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Driving Blind " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 83. "Tonight there was five minutes of uproar concerning politics, three minutes on religion, and then the best talk about the food set before them... "
religious USA 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 29. "You see, we've become a nation of parasites. We need to sacrifice, and we need to make changes, and we need to cut spending and turn this country around before it goes to the theological place of eternal damnation in the proverbial wicker container. " ['Hell in a handbasket']
religious USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 49. "Other [newspaper] stories littered his desk:... 'Unarius Temple Firebombed.' 'Jehovah's Witnesses Torn by Schism.' 'High-Tech pioneer Founds American Atheist Party.'

George had cut the deck all possible ways, sorting the stories by category, by place, by date... He then plotted the incidents according to date and place:... yellow for religious conversions, green for total losses of faith... "

religious USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 123. "He paused, watching the man with the videoboard: LATEST SURVEY OF U.S. RELIGIOUS BELIEFS... SEVENTY PERCENT OF AMERICANS SAY JUDGMENT AT HAND. "
religious USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 354. [Table lists various dichotomies, with numbers 1 through 10 between each pair. People's personalities fall somewhere along a spectrum for each pair of words:

Kind, Gentle/Belligerent "

religious USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 252. "Similarly--in ways she failed to understand, relating to constraints on particle-decay lifetimes and so forth--various other branches of physics were being turned over. On the other hand, some philosophers argued it was bad for the mental health of the species to be given answers to so many questions without the effort of discovery.

The churches had pretty uniformly condemned the downstream visions for their godless logic. Science fiction sales in all media had taken a hammering... "

religious USA 2013 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 48: "Ashes of the Heart ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1987); pg. 11. Roberto: "Sam, what happened? How--why--did everything go wrong? "; Alternative future Sam Guthrie: "Beats me. Anything bad in the world... all of a sudden got blamed on mutants... The drought of '86 was our fault, an' the winter of '90. An' the great quake. We were responsible for the decline of morality. We were a sign of God's displeasure--You name it, we took the rap. "
religious USA 2015 Dick, Philip K. "Novelty Act " in The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick. New York: Kensington (2002; c. 1963); pg. 214. "'Study the late 1980s and the religio-collectivist movements in particular. Got it?' "
religious USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 138. "Amy had never gone in much for religion. It was hard to have faith when you were homeless and on your own. Still, she believed in God and said her prayers ever night... "
religious USA 2024 Clarke, Arthur C. & Mike McQuay. Richter 10. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 46. "She winced, and kept her eyes closed. Ugly. So ugly, the ways of humankind in its prejudices and hatreds and violence. People had been divided and pitted against each other by racial, religious, or ethnic differences every since she could remember. " [This is a central theme of the novel.]; Book jacket: "Now he's thirty-seven, an expert seismologist with a fierce hatred for earthquakes. He's developed a unique theory of quake prediction, determined to protect people from the fate of his parents. But in a world run by Chinese-held corporations and an America split along racial and religious lines, there are those who don't want him to succeed. "
religious USA 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 249. "'...It's like they're seekers, like Orrin said--kind of a religious thing. Seekers after truth, or salvation . . . though the Hubbells weren't religious, not in the sense I am, or most of the people at Scofield are, and they sure never tried to make converts.'

'Were they, like, spiritual, though?...'

...'I honestly don't know if they were spiritual or not... They were reverent, I'll say that much. They way they lived--I think you could call it prayerful, not that they went in much for praying in the prayer-meeting sense. Or even in the private sense, far as I know... but all their actions, everything about the way they lived, was . . . I'm having trouble figuring out how to say this.' "

religious USA 2050 Soukup, Martha. "Living in the Jungle " in Writers of the Future: Volume III (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 88. "'And you want to do good, don't you?' He paused, waiting for her response. She stared at him. 'Of course you do. We all do.'

'That's what GIVE is for. All we ask you to do is fill out one questionnaire. We take a complete psychological profile of you, we find out exactly what your own individual values are.

'And from then on, you have nothing to worry about! Your profile tels us what you want to give to each cause. Abused children, homeless kittens, the Lunar station, your church of choice, the gun lobby--they'll all get the fraction of your donation that your profile dictates. So if you'll sign up now, we can run you through right away.' "

religious USA 2051 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 122. "Were it not for the solace and quite of morning and afternoon prayer, she didn't think she could face some of her days. 'But you have no religious faith,' Richard had said, smiling, 'you're not even a believer' Jennifer hadn't tried to explain to him that religious belief was not the point. The will to believe created its own power, its own faith, and, ultimately, its own will. Through the practice of faith, whatever its specific rituals, one brought into existence the object of that faith. The believer became the Creator.

I believe, Jennifer said each dawn and each noon, kneeling on the grass or the leaves or the snow, in Sanctuary.

...What would her paternal great-grandfather, Najla Fatima Noor el-Dahar, have said about a faith such as hers? "

religious USA 2075 Asimov, Isaac. "Let's Get Together " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1956); pg. 165. [Year est.] "'Small X-ray devices are being installed in key places in the large cities. In the mass arenas, for instance--'

'When ten humanoids might slip in among a hundred thousand spectators of a football game or an air-polo match?'


'And concert halls and churches?'

'We must start somewhere. We can't do it all at once.' "

religious USA 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 3. "Anyone else not on the LINK was either a dissenter or couldn't afford the process. America, as my letters to the editor often lamented, was no longer the home of democracy. We were becoming, instead, a theocracy, and had been since the last Great War, twenty-one years ago. Science, which had brought an ugly end to the fighting by producing and detonating the Medusa bombs, and the secular humanism that spawned it, had fallen so far out of favor that it was not officially a crime not to be at least nominally part of an organized religion. "
religious USA 2150 McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 27. Pg. 27: "There is a book lying on the floor near Gu's chair, The Social Matrix: Religious Communities in Capitalist America. "; Pg. 29: "'I'd like to continue to make choices because they fit my life rather than some sort of ideology,' I say. 'In my experience ideology is a lot like religion; it's a belief system and most people cling to it long after it becomes clear that their ideology doesn't describe the real world.' "
religious USA 2199 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 55. "As a young man Michael O'Toole had loved all learning, but three subjects had especially intrigued him. He could not read enough about religion, history, and physics... Michael O'Toole had no difficulty recognizing which questions in life should be answered by physics and which ones by religion. " [More.]
religious USA - South 2000 Barnes, John. "Upon Their Backs, to Bite 'Em " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 324. "ATN already had some pretty grim member timelines--some descended from Nazi and Communist world-states that liberalized, and a stomach-turning one that resulted from the Confederacy conquering the world before it was overthrown by theocrats. "
religious USA - Southwest 1981 Zelazny, Roger. "The Last of the Wild Ones " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1981); pg. 36. "Following the heat trail, they bore steadily to the left, racing down a widening sand slope past castles, minarets, and cathedrals of stone... " [The story appears to have no references to any specific religious groups. There are references throughout story to an 'Angel of Death,' however. Also: the 'Devil Car'.]
religious Washington 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 333. "Governor Harris [of Washington] was giving yet another press conference...

'...We are a community, a state, a region, a nation, out of control with grief and panicked by an incomprehensible act of God.' "

religious Washington, D.C. 1993 Anthony, Patricia. Brother Termite. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1993); pg. 46. "The huge detective laughed. 'Homeless man? Bernard Martinez wasn't a homeless man, sir. Or at least he was homeless by religious conviction. Karma seller. That's what Martinez was.' "
religious Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 5. "I met them in Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion. A fitting place, that magician's grove within the enchanted forest that was the Divine... " [Religious refs. throughout novel, not in DB. A major setting of the novel is The University of the Archangels and Saint John the Divine. Other references to the Religious Studies department and professor.]
religious Washington, D.C. 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 131. "And then she turned, and there was the White House, right in front of her: still--arguably--the most important decision-making center on the planet. There was what looked like a permanent shantytown on the other side of the road, opposite the White House, panhandlers and protesters and religious crazies doing their stuff in full view of the chief executive's bedroom window. Police drones buzzed languidly overhead. "
religious world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragon Wing. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 82. "'The high froman considered doing just that. Ending the trial now accomplished three things: it would rid him of his mad geg, and his headache, and restore the circulation in his lower extremities. Unfortunately, however, it would appear to his constituents as if he had caved in to the church, plus, his brother-in-law would never forgive him... 'I have made my ruling,' said the high froman... 'It stands!' "
religious world -5000 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragon Wing. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 214. "At the sight of this formidable, frightening creature, the head clark, forgetting completely about church protocol, turned and fled. Most of the coppers, seeing the church abandoning the field, figured doom had descended and took to their heels. Only one stalwart copper remained--the one who had sighed the god and had reported it to be small and puny. Perhaps he thought he had nothing to lose.

'Humph!' Good Riddance,' muttered Darral. Turning to the god, he bowed so low his long beard dragged the wet ground. 'Your Wurship,' said the high froman humbly, 'we welcome you to our realm. Have you come for the Judgment?' " [More.]

religious world -3003 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. Atlan. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977; c. 1965); pg. 32. "He turned and recognized me. 'Goddess!' he stammered, and tried to fall to his knees. I put my hands on his shoulders and kept him standing. 'Your mother,' he said, 'is aged in the months since you saw her. The priests have incited the religious populace to anger at the way she and your husband allied to put the High Priest in prison...' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
religious world -3002 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. Some Summer Lands. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979; c. 1977); pg. 12. "'Not coming to dine?' my grandmother asks.

'You can say,' my mother explained in what she thought a cool voice, 'that I have taken a Vow of Silence, a religious thing, with which no one dare argue.' "

religious world -3002 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. The City. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978; c. 1966); pg. 31. Pg. 30: "Two faces were still in shadow under the hessian hoods, and the third face I found distinctly unlovable. Long and horselike as priests' so often are... "; Pg. 31: "'Cop tight,' he said. And as the priest led Gurul from the room... "; Pg. 52: "'There's only the Temple left,' they said... "; Pg. 54: "On a hill, the Temple. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
religious world -1000 B.C.E. Goodkind, Terry. Stone of Tears. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 7. "'Maybe we only know them as screelings because they have been name din the prophecy.'

'You have read this prophecy?'

'Well, no. Kahlan told it to me.'

'And she read it herself, with her own eyes, yes?'

'No. She learned it when she was young... In a song. She learned it from wizards.'

...'...Some wizards devote their lives to the study of them [prophecies], and yet even they understand only a tiny fraction of their truth.'

'This is a danger not to be taken so lightly.'

'Do you think the veil is torn that simply? Have faith, Richard. The Creator placed the veil. Have faith in Him.'

Richard rode in silence for a time... But it was difficult for him to think too hard on the subject...

'And you know he was sent to the Nameless One. You were in the underworld to see him arrive there, at the side of the Nameless One, yes?' "

religious world -998 B.C.E. Goodkind, Terry. Temple of the Winds. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 38. "'How would you know him?'

'From the Palace of the Prophets. I was a student there. Richard was brought there by Sister Verna. I knew him from the palace.'

'A student, at the Palace of the Prophets? Then you . . . How old are you?'

'Ninety-three, Mother Confessor.'

...The Palace of the Prophets trained boys in their gift. Ancient magic had aided the Sisters of the Light in their task by altering time at the palace so that they would have the time needed, in the absence of an experienced wizard, to teach the boys to control their magic.

That was all ended, now. Richard had destroyed the palace and the prophecies, lest Jagang capture them. The prophecies would have aided them in their effort... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious world -108 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. Swords Against Death in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1970); pg. 300. Pg. 300: "'I am a thief. Yes. But so are you. The gods of this temple are banned and forbidden. The Great God himself cursed them. Centuries ago they left this place. Whatever else you may be, you are an interloper. Somehow, perhaps by magic, you taught the birds... You are no better than I, who guessed your secret and contrived a way to rob you in turn. You are no priestess, meting out death for sacrilege. Where are you worshippers? Where is your priesthood? Where are your benefactions?...' "; Pg. 301: "'Know, fool,' came the voice from the black shape, 'that gods do not cease to be when banned by false priests, or flee when cursed by a false and presumptuous god. Though priest and worshipper depart, they linger. I was small and I had no wings when I first climbed to this place, yet I felt their very presence in the very stones. And I knew that my heart was sister to them.'... from the lower interior regions of the temple... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
religious world -106 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Lean Times in Lankhmar " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1959); pg. 356. "The Gray Mouser entered the service of one Pulg, a rising racketeer of small religions, a lord of Lankhmar's dark underworld who levied tribute from the priests of all godlets seeking to become gods--on pain of various unpleasant, disturbing and revolting things happening at future services of the defaulting godlet. If a priest didn't pay Pulg, his miracles were sure to misfire, his congregation and collection would fall off sharply, and it was quite possible that a bruised skin and broken bones would be his lot.

Accompanied by three or four of Pulg's bullies and frequently a slim dancing girl or two, the Mouser became a familiar and newly-ominous sight in Lankhmar's Street of the Gods, which leads from the Marsh Gate to the distant docks and the Citadel... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious world -106 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Lean Times in Lankhmar " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1959); pg. 365. "As the Number One Racketeer of Religions in Lankhmar, Pulg certainly had first grab, but if he delayed for an unreasonable length of time in making it (no matter on what ground of omens or arguments about fattening the sacrifice) then Bwadres was anybody's victim--Basharat's in particular, as Pulg's chief rival. "
religious world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David & Leigh Eddings. Belgarath the Sorcerer. New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 231. "In a roundabout sort of way I was a religious personage, so, as I had in Arendia, I went looking for a church. The main temples of Nedra had been moved since I'd last been in Tol Honeth, so I had to ask directions. " [Many refs., not in DB.]
religious world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David & Leigh Eddings. Polgara the Sorceress. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 54. Pg. 54: "I've frequently made light, disparaging remarks about Alorns and their fascination with the sea, but there's a kind of holiness in it--almost as if true sailors have a different God. They don't just love the sea; they worship it, and in my heart I know why. "; Pg. 126: "'...and Elthek waves his religious office around like a war banner. He's half convinced most of the population that he speaks for Belar, and that's very difficult to counter. His Majesty's the keeper of the Orb, and that makes him a holy object in the eyes of the priesthood. IN a peculiar way the priests seem to think they own him. They have no real understanding of the Orb, so they seem to believe that it'll do anything Riva tells it to. They don't comprehend the limitations...' " [Many religious refs., not in DB.]
religious world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David. The Diamond Throne. New York: Ballantine (1989); pg. 324. Pg. 187: "'Look at it this way, your Grace,' Talen explained with mock seriousness. 'The Church distributes money to the poor, doesn't she?'

'Of course.'

'Well, I'm one of the poor, so I take my share when the plate goes by. It saves the Church all the time and trouble of looking me up to give me the money. I like to be helpful when I can.' ";

Pg. 223: "'When it involves the security of the Church or the State, yes, your Grace. I'm sworn to defend both.'

'...Does that not divide your loyalties, Sir Sparhawk?'

'It hasn't so far, your Grace. The interests of the Church and the State are seldom in conflict with each other in Elenia.' ";

Pg. 324: "'The place hasn't changed much,' he noted, looking around.

'The Church is timeless, Sir Sparhawk,' the abbot replied sententiously, 'and her institutions try to match that quality.' " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

religious world 1002 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Dawn. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 24. Pg. 24: "'We depend on them for so much. It's they who define the form and fabric of our world. And our lives. because we allow it. I mean, I look at the lot of you, listen to what you've been saying, arguing over whether or not a girl who's not seen even a score of summers is the rightful savior of the world. Simply because some prophecy'--and there was no hiding the contempt invested in that single word--'names her so? Pardon my bluntness, gentles, I say the devil take that. Mayhap the time's come we stood for ourselves...' "; Pg. 25: "Quickly, praying none of the merchants... noticed what was happening... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

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