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 - fictional world 1002 C.E. Eddings, David. The Hidden City. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 4. Pg. 4: "'Colleagues,' he began, 'before Professor Itagne favors us with his remarks, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some visitors of note. I'm sure you will all join with me in welcoming Patriarch Emban, First Secretary of the Church of Chyrellos; Sir Bevier, the Cyrinic Knight from Arcium; and Sir Ulath of the Genidian Order located in Thalesia.' "; Pg. 109: "The Church Knights grimly forced their way through sodden drifts as they followed the valley of the south fork on the River Esos toward the Zemoch town of Basne. Patriarch Abriel of the Cyrinic Knights had begun this campaign with a certain sense of well-being. His health was good, and a lifetime of military training had kept him in peak condition... "; Pg. 110: "'...I also want them to tell all their friends that they've seen a hundred thousand Church Knights coming down out of the mountains...' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 1002 C.E. Eddings, David. The Hidden City. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 284. Pg. 284: "'The message from Archimandrite Monsel helped to quiet things, though. Peloi religious thought isn't really all that profound, your Reverence. We trust God and leave the theology to the churchmen. If the Archimandrite approves, that's good enough for us. If he's wrong, he's the one who'll burn in Hell for it.' ";

Pg. 285: "'He drew back from this personage that standard Church doctrine told him did not--could not--exist.

'You're being silly, your Grace,' she told him. 'You know that I couldn't even be talking to you if I didn't have permission from your God, don't you? I can't even come near you without permission.' "

religious - fictional world 1002 C.E. Eddings, David. The Ruby Knight. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 26. Pg. 26: "Caught at times unawares, the preceptor, one of the stalwarts of the Church, sometimes seemed almost half Styric. As an Elene and a Knight of the Church, it was Sparhawk's duty to reveal his observations to the Church authorities. He chose, however, not to. His loyalty to the Church was one thing--a commandment from God. His loyalty to Vanion, however, was deeper, more personal. "; Pg. 27: "This was something that a Church Knight should reveal to the Hierocracy in Chyrellos. ";

Pg. 89: "'Beware of what you say, Sir Sparhawk,' Patriarch Ortzel said ominously. 'The Church does not recognize the existence of the Styric Gods. You are treading very close to the brink of heresy.' "

religious - fictional world 1004 C.E. Eddings, David. The Secret of the Stone. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 3. "The Church found little to attract her attention to so poor and unpleasant a region; and as a result, the tough chapels of Zemoch became largely unpastored and their simple congregations untended. Thus the Zemochs were obliged to take their religious impulses elsewhere. Since there were few Elene priests in the region to enforce the Church ban on consorting with the heathen Styrics, fraternization became common. As the simple Elene peasantry perceived that their Styric neighbors were able to reap significant benefits from the use of the arcane arts, it is perhaps only natural that apostasy became rampart. Whole Elenic villages in Zemoch were converted to Styric pantheism. Temples were openly erected in honor of this or that topical God, and the darker Styric cults flourished. Intermarriage between Elene and Styric became common, and by the end of the first millennium, Zemoch could no longer have been considered in any light a true Elenic nation. "
religious - fictional world 1004 C.E. Eddings, David. The Secret of the Stone. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 20. "The Church Knights were largely engaged in making the world safe for other, gentler, Elenes to perform those ceremonies the clergy felt were pleasing to God. Sparhawk seldom concerned himself with God. Today, however, he had gone through some rather profoundly spiritual events. Ruefully he admitted to himself that a man with a pragmatic turn of mind is never really prepared for religious experiences of the kind that had been thrust upon him today... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 1004 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Star. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 196. Pg. 7: "'Every prophecy, mage, of every race we know of, whether Daikini or Faery, dragon or demon. All the stories tell of a time of great change, when the hearts and souls of all the Realms will be put to the test. And a Sacred Princess will stand forth as Savior.' "; Pg. 196: "'...I am the Sacred Princess, I will be Savior of the World. Too much is at stake...' "; Book jacket: "Elora Danaan has done the unthinkable. She has slain the dragons that were the embodiment of the soul of Creation. It was a desperate act--the only way to save the dragons from the Deceiver, who would have used them to rule the Realms. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Innkeeper's Song. New York: Penguin Books (1993); pg. 190. [A fantasy novel. Year unknown.] "No chance of that, anyway--there must be jokes and proverbs in a hundred tongues about the vrajis' antipathy to human beings. One of my own folk's nastier religions is based upon it. "
religious - fictional world 1957 Knight, Damon. "The Dying Man " in Three Novels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 182. Alfurs of Poso:
[Year or place unknown.] "'Again, the Alfurs of Poso, in Central Celebes,' ' she reads aloud, ' 'tell how the first men were supplied with their requirements from heaven, the Creator passing down his gifts to them by means of a rope. He first tied a stone to the rope and let it down from the sky. But the men would have none of it, and asked somewhat peevishly of what use to them was a stone. he Good God then let down a banana, which, of course, they gladly accepted and ate with relish. This was their undoing. 'Because you have chosen the banana,' said the deity, 'you shall propagate and perish like the banana, and your offspring shall step into your place. . . .' ' ' She closes the book slowly. 'What was a banana, Alf?'

'A phallic symbol, my dear,' he says... "

religious - fictional world 1960 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 104. Bellamism:
"Bellamy's book is the first sustained fictional presentation of the modern welfare state, in which 'no man any more has any care for the morrow, either for himself or his children, for the nation guarantees the nurture, education, and comfortable maintenance of every citizen from the cradle to the grave.' The idea was hugely popular in its day, and Bellamy Clubs were formed by middle-class enthusiasts who aspired to become the administrators of a Bellamist system. Introducing Looking Backward in a 1960 paperback edition, Erich Fromm buys everything Bellamy is selling, praising this... where, as Fromm explains, 'There is no individual antagonism, but a sense of solidarity and love. . . . They are frank, and they do not lie, and there is complete equality of the sexes, with no need for deceit or manipulation. In other words, it is a society in which the religion of brotherly love and solidarity has been realized.' "
religious - fictional world 1960 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 104. Bellamism:
"It [the Bellamist system] is also one big gulag where everyone between ages twenty-five and forty-five is conscripted into an industrial army employed in producing an abundance of modern conveniences. In short, Bellamy provided the theory for the world we would be living in now--if only its residents would behave as the theory requires.

Science-fiction writers have generally steered clear of writing out-and-out utopias from a sense that they are likely to be preachy, undramatic, and, like Bellamy's, terminally genteel. Good people leading wholesome lives in conflict-free polities are not the stuff novels are made of. "

religious - fictional world 1964 Hoyle, Fred. The Black Cloud. New York: Harper & Row (1957); pg. 147. Sun-worship:
"Those who have experienced the coming of sunrise after a cold night in the desert will have a faint idea of the joy brought by the dawn of 24th October, 1964. A word about religion may be in order. During the approach of the Cloud all manner of religious beliefs had flourished mightily. During the spring, the Jehovah's Witnesses had robbed all other speakers in Hyde Park of their audiences. Incumbents of the Church of England had been astonished to find themselves preaching to overflowing congregations. All this was swept aside on 24th October. Everyone, men and women of all creeds--Christian, Atheist, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew--all became pervaded to their innermost beings with the emotional complex of the old Sun-worshippers. True, Sun-worship never became an established religion, for it had no central organisation, but the undertones of the ancient religion were set vibrating and were never again dumped out. "
religious - fictional world 1969 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 164. Sith:
"This is a mystical expression of one of the theories used to support the expanding-universe hypothesis, first proposed by the Mathematical School of Sith over four thousand years ago and generally accepted by later cosmologists... " [This is part of a footnote. By 'four thousand years ago', it is not totally clear whether the author means four thousand years before the events of the story, which takes place in about 4870 AD, or four thousand years before the time the novel was written--1969.]
religious - fictional world 1970 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 7. [Author's Forward] "The theology in this novel is not an analog of any known religion. It stems from an attempt made by William Sarill and myself to develop an abstract, logical system of religious thought, based on the arbitrary postulate that God exists. I should say, too, that the late Bishop James A. Pike, in discussions with me, brought forth a wealth of theological material for my inspection, none of which I was previously acquainted with...

All material concerning Wotan and the death of the gods is based on Richard Wagner's version of Der Ring des Nibelungen, rather than on the original body of myths.

Answers to questions put to the tench were derived from the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes.

'Tekel upharsin' is Aramaic for, 'He has weighted and now they divide.' Aramaic was the tongue that Christ spoke. There should be more like him. " [As the foreword indicates, a fictional religious system is central to this novel. Other refs. not in DB.]

religious - fictional world 1977 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 5. Holy Order of Vision:
[In an unusual move, the author dedicates his novel to the fictional religious order that he creates and describes in this novel.]

"Dedicated to
the Holy Order of Vision

religious - fictional world 1981 Knight, Damon. "Forever " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1981); pg. 224. Church of Self-Satisfaction:
"McDonald Wilson Slipher, the founder of the Church of Self-Satisfaction "
religious - fictional world 1984 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 57. Revelationists:
"From pole to pole, Christians are feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Just last week, Wyvern heard a Baptist minister say it was wrong to kill.

True, the sect called Revelationism holds some promise, but the devil doesn't trust it. 'Revelationism,' he tells the snagged fish, 'is a flash in the pantheon. No, there must be a new religion, a faith as apocalyptic as Christianity, fierce as Islam, repressive as Hinduism, smug as Buddhism. There must be a church of Julie Katz. "

religious - fictional world 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (2002; c. 1985); pg. 210. noocytes:
I cannot really comprehend the size of the population within me. They come in many classes: the original noocytes and their derivatives, those converted immediately after the invasion; the categories of mobile cells, many of them apparently new to the body, newly designed, with new functions; the fixed cells, perhaps not individuals in a mental sense having no mobility...; the as-yet unaltered cells (nearly all the cells in my brain and nervous system...

Together, they number in the tens of trillions.

Ata crude guess, perhaps two trillion fully developed, intelligent individuals exist within me.

If I multiply this crude number [2 trillion] times the number of people in North America -- half a billion, another rough guess -- then I end up with a billion trillion, or on the order of 10^20. That is the number of intelligent beings on the face of the Earth at this moment --neglecting, of course, the entirely negligible human population.
religious - fictional world 1988 Anthony, Piers & Robert E. Margroff. Serpent's Silver. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 20. "'And you be the Roundear of Prophecy, son?'

Kelvin & Heln looked at each other. Kelvin felt as though the floor had vanished.

'A Roundear there Shall Surely be... Born to be Strong, Raised to be Free.'

'Fighting Dragons in his Youth,' Heln continued faintly. 'Leading Armies, Nothing Loth.'

'Ridding his Country of a Sore,' the man said, reciting the prophecy of Mouvar. 'Joining Two, then uniting Four.' He looked directly at Kelvin.

'Until from Seven there be one,' Kelvin said reluctantly. He had been thrilled by the prophecy as a child when his mother had told him..., but as an adult, he had been wary of it. 'Only then will his Task be Done.'

'Honored by Many, cursed by Few,' the man concluded. 'All will know what Roundear can Do.'

Kelvin experienced the old embarrassment. 'I've heard it all my life, but I'm not sure that it applies.'

Hmpth. I'm not sure either, son. But you did slay dragons in your recent youth, and you did...' " [Many refs. not in DB.]

religious - fictional world 1988 Anthony, Piers & Robert E. Margroff. Serpent's Silver. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 310. "Heln, now rapidly approaching parturition and all that it implied, began reciting without the help of wine:

'A Roundear there Shall Surely be
Born to be Strong, Raised to be Free
Fighting Dragons in his Youth
Leading Armies, Nothing Loth
Ridding his Country of a Sore
Joining Two, then uniting Four . . .'

'You've joined two, Kelvin,' she pointed out. 'Now that the citizenry of Aratex has voted to unite its country with that of Rud!'

'That means,' said St. Helens, now permanently reunited with the group, 'that the next task you face is uniting four. I suggest--' "

religious - fictional world 1989 Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 46-47. Logology:
"...Logology... K.D. Thierry... had been an actor in his youth. He had played small roles in bad chemstock films, one or two tiny appearances in good ones. He was known to film buffs but not to many others. In time he found his real strength lay in putting together deals, and so he began to produce and even direct films. By the late 1980s he had made a reputation as the director of a series of bizarre mystery films in which a peculiar flavour, half lunacy, half ironic humour, attracted a faithful following. He began to lecture at colleges and universities. He allegedly once told a screenwriter in New York that 'Movies are a weak shadow. Religion is where we ought to go.' And so he went. Not an uneducated man, he joined the chorus then intent on knocking the last crumbling chunkds of Freudian doctrine from its pedestal. He tried to add all the rest of psychology to the scraps; his first wife had been a psychotherapist, and the parting had been memorably cruel to both. "
religious - fictional world 1990 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 83. Chrislam:
[1] "Chrislam was not yet officially a hundred years old, though its origins went back another two decades to the oil war of 1990. One of the unexpected results of that disastrous miscalculation was that large numbers of American servicemen and women had, for the first time in their lives, direct contact with Islam--and were deeply impressed. They realized that many of their prejudices, such as the popular images of man mullahs brandishing the Koran in one hand and submachine guns in the other, were ludicrous oversimplifications. And they were astonished to discover the advances that the Islamic world had made in astronomy and mathematics during the Dark Ages in Europe--a thousand years before the United States was born. "
religious - fictional world 1990 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 84. Chrislam:
[2. Origins of Chrislam.] "Technical Sergeant Ruby Goldenberg was not merely white; she was the daughter of a rabbi and had never seen anything more exotic than Disneyland before being posted to King Faisal Base, Dhahran. Although she was well versed in both Judaism and Christianity, Islam was a new world to her; she was fascinated by its serious-minded concern for fundamental issues as well as its long-standing though now badly eroded tradition of tolerance. She particularly admired its wholehearted respect for those two prophets of different faiths--Moses and Jesus. However, with her 'liberated' Western outlook, she had strong reservations about the position of women in the more conservative Muslim states. "
religious - fictional world 1990 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 85. Chrislam:
[3. Origins of Chrislam.] "Sergeant Goldenberg was much too busy servicing the electronics of ground-to-air missiles to become heavily involved in religious affairs until Desert Storm had blown itself out, but the seeds had been planted. As soon as she returned to the United States she used her veteran's educational entitlement to enroll in one of the few Islamic-oriented colleges--a move that involved not only a fight with the Pentagon bureaucracy but a break with her own family. After only two semesters she gave a further demonstration of independence by getting herself expelled.

The facts behind this undoubtedly decisive event have never been fully established. The Prophet's hagiographers claim that she was victimized by her instructors, who were unable to answer her penetrating critiques of the Koran. Neutral historians gave a more down-to-earth explanation: she had an affair with a fellow student, and left as soon as her pregnancy was obvious. "

religious - fictional world 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 29. Drokpas:
"'Modern echoes of a distant past,' said Justin, 'The Dragon has always represented the darker side of nature, the cunning beast, the tempter and in more recent times, the devil.'

'This item,' he said, tapping the formica table top for effect, 'Rightly belongs with an Eastern group known as Drokpas, or Dragon People. They are a real cult, not some gathering of students or con-artists, seeking a quick buck, though nothing has been heard of them for over a century.'

'Drokpa thinking says that there were once two breeds of Dragon, Eastern and Western. They say that, in the dim prehistory, man and dragon battled for control of the land. The dragons ruled the Earth, and man rebelled against the rule. The Eastern Dragons were driven away from the Earth itself, into another mystic land, where they gained the name of the Dragons Beyond...' " [Much more about this group, not in DB.]

religious - fictional world 1992 Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn. The Meri. Riverdale, NY: Baen Books (1992); pg. 1. Meri:
"There is a bridge between the finite and the Infinite. This Bridge is the Meri, the Spirit of the Spirit of the Universe, which men call God. Nothing may cross that Bridge: neither day nor night, nor old age, nor death nor sorrow nor evil nor sin.

Only the pure of heart may cross that Bridge, because the world of the Spirit is pure. In the crossing of this Bridge, the eyes of the blind will see, the wounds of the ailing will be healed, and the sick man will become whole.

To the crosser of the Bridge, the night becomes day, because in the world of Spirit there is everlasting Light.

--The Book of the Meri, Chapter I, Verses 34-36 "

religious - fictional world 1992 Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn. The Meri. Riverdale, NY: Baen Books (1992); pg. 19. Meri:
"The mind is beyond the senses and reason is beyond the mind. Reason is the essence of the mind. But beyond reason is the spirit of man, and beyond this is the Spirit of the Universe, the Evolver of all.

Its form is not in the field of vision: no one sees That with mortal eyes. That is seen by a pure heart and mind and thoughts. Those who know That attain life everlasting.

--The Corah, Book I, Versus 30, 31 "

religious - fictional world 1992 Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn. The Meri. Riverdale, NY: Baen Books (1992); pg. 25. Meri:
"'...The Corah tells us we must seek out knowledge with open minds and that when the conscious spirit commands the mind, the mind can think all thoughts. All thoughts, not just two or three, not just thoughts of here and now, but of spiritual things. Thoughts of the Meri. Thoughts of the First Being.'

'So, you think you can study your way into the Meri's good graces, do you? Recall, Prentice, what the Book of the Meri tells us on that score; Chapter Two, Verse 5: 'One does not reach the Meri through much learning. Nor is She reached through the intellect or religious teaching. She is reached only by those chosen. To Her chosen, the Meri reveals Her glory. On Her chosen She bestows Her kiss.' Her chosen, Prentice Meredydd, not the well-studied or the thoughtful or the hard-working.' "

religious - fictional world 1992 Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn. The Meri. Riverdale, NY: Baen Books (1992); pg. 42. Meri:
"'Believe, anwyl, that such a subtle and invisible essence is the Spirit of the Universe. That is Reality. That is what men of religion call God--the First Being from which grew this all.' His arms made a sweeping, all-encompassing azure gesture. 'The essence of the tree finds expression in the tree. The Unseen finds expression in the visible Universe.' " [Many other references, not in DB. A central focus of this fantasy novel is the religion of this other world, which may not be formally named 'Meri'. This novel may be, in essence, a theological treatise in narrative, as are many fantasy novels. But this novel may present an unusual perspective in that the author is a practicing Baha'i.]
religious - fictional world 1993 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 85. Chrislam:
[4. Origins of Chrislam.] "There may be truth in both versions. The Prophet never disowned the young man who claimed to be her son, nor did she make any serious attempts to conceal later involvements with lovers of both genders. Indeed, a relaxed attitude to sexual matters, almost approaching that of Hinduism, was one of the most striking differences between Chrislam and its parent religions. It certainly contributed to its popularity: nothing could have been a greater contrast to the puritanism of Islam and the sexual pathology of Christianity, which poisoned the lives of billions and culminated in the perversion of celibacy. "
religious - fictional world 1993 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 122-251. "Leaders of virtually all major religious orders, but particularly those of the Anglican-Baptists, the Roman Catholic Church, the Spirit of God, the Unified Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and the Latter Day Saints, have taken positions firmly opposing such research... "
religious - fictional world 1995 Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 47. Logology:
"Then, when [Thierry] was forty-three years old, came a night of revelation. Sitting on a beach near the California city of Newport, he was confronted--so he claimed--by a massive figure, tall as a skyscraper, who gave him a piece of rock crystal the size of his fist. The figure was female in shape, but masculine in strength, and it said to him, 'I don't have much time. I've been dead too long to stay here and talk to you in person. This crystal tells the entire story.' Thierry surmised that the huge figure was a hologram... to reach his presumed audience... he used the jargon and concepts of the 1990s. He stared into the crystal, wrote down what he saw in a series of secret books not published in his lifetime. That epitome was called The Old and the New Human Race, and in it he revealed the cosmic science of Chromopsychology. "
religious - fictional world 1995 Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 47. Logology:
"The enormous hologram had been the last of the True Humans, and the crystal she had given him had helped him unlock the power of his mind. He published and promoted the book personally. It sold ten thousand copies the first year, and five hundred thousand copies the next. Later editions revised the name and some of the doctrines of the cosmic science: it became Logology, his final break with even the word psychology. The Old and the New Human Race was soon available not just in paper, but in cube text, LidVid, Vid and five interactive media. "
religious - fictional world 1995 Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 48. Logology:
"Through a series of seminars, he converted a few disciples at first, then multitudes, to the belief that humanity had once been godlike in its powers, & was now shackled by ancient chains which made us small, dependent on our bodies, and stupid. Thierry said that all humans were capable of transforming themselves into free-roving, very powerful spirits. The crystal told him how to break these chains through a series of mental exercises, and how to realize that humanities ancient enemies--all but one, whom he called Shaytana--were dead, powerless to stop our self-liberation. All one's personal liberation required was concentration, education and discipline--and a lifetime membership in the Church of Logology. "
religious - fictional world 1995 Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 48. Logology:
"Shaytana was Loki and a watered-down Satan combined, too weak to destroy us or even stop strong individuals from breaking free of the chains, wily enough & persistent enough to convince the great majority of humans that death was our destiny & weakness our lot. Those who opposed Thierry were dupes of Shaytana, or willing cohorts (as Freud, Jung, Adler and all other psychiatrists and psychologists had been). There were many dupes of Shaytana, including presidents, priests, and fellow prophets. "
religious - fictional world 1995 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 125. "Church of God, Crusader/Doomsday Chiliasts":
"Those with predispositions favoring such cheerful prognoses sometimes found themselves edging uncomfortably toward ground that had been occupied for a decade by the chiliastic movement. Some chiliasts held that the imminent arrival of the Third Millennium would be accompanied by the return of Jesus or Buddha or Krishan or The Prophet, who would establish on Earth a benevolent theocracy, severe in its judgment of mortals. Perhaps this would presage the mass celestial Ascent of the Elect. But there were other chiliasts, and there were far more of these, who held that the physical destruction of the world was the indispensable prerequisite for the Advent, as had been unerringly foretold in various otherwise mutually contradictory ancient prophetic works. The Doomsday Chiliasts were uneasy with the whiff of world community in the air and troubled by the steady annual decline in the global stockpiles of strategic weapons... " [Some other refs. not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 222. Ancient and Mystical Order of the Dodecahedron:
"The diagrams were published in an eight-volume 'coffee table' book set that was soon reprinted worldwide. All over the planet people tried to figure out the pictures. The dodecahedron and the quasi-biological forms were especially evocative... The Ancient and Mystical Order of the Dodecahedron was announced. " [The name of this group is patterned after the actual group 'Ancient and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis'.]
religious - fictional world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 271. "Church of God, Crusader/Doomsday Chiliasts":
"Organizations publicly claiming responsibility included the Earth-Firsters, the Red Army Faction, the Islamic Jihad..., the Doomsday Chiliasts (although Billy Jo Rankin denied any conection and claimed that the confessios were called in by the impious, in a doomed attempt to discredit God)... "
religious - fictional world 2000 Cox, Greg. X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest: Book 3: Friend or Foe?. New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 193. Skrull:
Pg. 193: "Thinking of the many uses to which he [the Super-Skrull] had put the strength of the Thing or the flames of the Human Torch raised an unsettling doubt in his mind. Had the Leader's procedure produced any negative effect on his original abilities? He prayed to Sl'gur't, eternal God of Battle, that the changes made to his genetic structure had not stripped him of the valuable powers provided by his bionic implants. "; Pg. 194: "By the Sacred Halls of Val'ka'mor, the Ultimate Skrull thought, how could a sentient lifeform be so brilliant and at the same time so unwitting? " [Other refs. to Skrull culture, perhaps some to Skrull religious beliefs, not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 307. Church of Betelgeuse:
"Meanwhile, Christian fundamentalists were scouring the Bible, looking for bits of scripture that could be bent to this occasion. Others were invoking predictions by Nostradamus. A Jewish mathematician at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem pointed out that the six-limbed entity was topologically equivalent to a six-pointed Star of David and suggested that what had been seen heralded the arrival of the Messiah. An organization called the Church of Betelgeuse had already set up an elaborate web site. And every bit of pseudoscientific crap about ancient Egyptians and Orion--the constellation in which the supernova happened to have occurred--was being given sensationalist play in the media. "
religious - fictional world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 237. Forhilnors:
"Their conception of an afterlife consisted of two possible destinations, a heaven (although it was not as blissful as the Judeo-Christian one--'even in heaven, the rains fall' was a Forhilnor platitude) and a hell (although it was not a place of torture or suffering; theirs had never been a vengeful god). Forhilnors were not creatures of extremes... Anyway, the two Forhilnor souls could each go to heaven, each go to hell, or one could go far and the other farther (the postmortal realms were not 'up' and 'down'--again, a human notion of opposite extremes). If both souls went to the same place, even if it was hell, it was a better afterlife than if they were split up, for in the splitting whatever personality had been manifest in the being's physical form would be lost. A split-soul person was truly dead; whatever he had been was gone for good. " [More about Forhilnor beliefs, not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 2001 Aldiss, Brian. "The Old Mythology " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 52. Sun God:
Pg. 52: "The day was as yet hardly spent. The Sun God had spread layers of mist to hank close to the ground. ";

Pg. 55: "Woundrel intervened, saying, 'Let Father make a last sacrifice to the Sun God before he dies.'

'Bugger the Sun God,' roared Harmon. 'I'll knock your blocks off if you dare come near me.' ";

Pg. 56: "So the argument continued. The Sun God rose, pale and etiolated... ";

Pg. 64, conclusion of story: "When the Sun God next spread his cloth of dawn over the world, all the children of Harmon were lifeless. But from the buried head of Harmon grew the Tree of Knowledge, and from his buried genitals two persons were created, a man and a woman. And from the intestines, lying in the forest, a serpent was created.

And the man and women, innocent in their nakedness, looked on the world and found it good. At least until the serpent turned up.

And so a new myth was born. " [Other refs.]

religious - fictional world 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 296. Neanderthal:
[1] "'People who break laws,' said Mary. 'People who intentionally hurt others.'

'Ah,' said Ponter [the Neanderthal]. 'We have little problem with that [crime] anymore, having cleansed most bad genes from our gene pool generations ago.'

'What?' exclaimed Mary.

'Serious crimes were punished by sterilization of not just the offender but also anyone who shared fifty percent of the offender's genetic material: brothers and sisters, parents, offspring. The effect was twofold. First, it cleansed those bad genes from our society, and... Besides directly eliminating the faulty genes, it gave families a strong incentive to make sure none of their own members ran seriously afoul with society...' "

religious - fictional world 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 296. Neanderthal:
[2] "'You, as a geneticist, surely know that the only immorality that really exists is genetic. Life is driven by genes wanting to ensure their own reproduction, or to protect existing copies of themselves. So our justice was aimed at genes, not at people. Our society is mostly free of crime now because our justice system directly targeted that which really drives all life: not individuals, not circumstances, but genes. We made it so that the best survival strategy for genes is to obey the law.' " [Extensive other references to Neanderthal culture, not in DB.]
religious - fictional world 2003 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 67. Universal Truth and Enlightenment Foundation:
With them were Alicia Wentrow, the secretary of the Universal Truth and Enlightenment Foundation... "
religious - fictional world 2005 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 179. Cybertao:
"There are several references to the Copy Transference Recovery Database. Since 'copy transference' is a cybertao term for what happens when you die but your ideas live on (like Jesus or Elvis), or for what happens in a religious service when people 'get the spirit'--I'm not sure which--my first thought is that it's a religious thing, but it's showing up as a government function. "
religious - fictional world 2008 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 173. Cybertao:
"The other force in the mix was cybertao, the only religious movement that looked like it might challenge Ecucatholicism. Of course nobody knew who the author of Forks in Time had been--the cybertaoists believed it had somehow grown in the net itself, like primitive life forming in the primordial soup--but it had spread rapidly among Western agnostics and atheists, and seemed to be absorbing (or being absorbed by) Buddhism and Taoism in the Far East. Even when it began to recruit some Christians, mostly Protestants who had lapsed after their churches re-merged with Rome, Pope PJP had been careful not to condemn it too harshly, apparently not wanting to start any new religious wars, and the cybertaoists referred to Ecucatholicism as 'special case literalism,' meaning as far as I could tell that the viewpoint was okay with them, if narrow. "
religious - fictional world 2008 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 174. Cybertao:
"...the cybertaoists were highly principled and at least as pacifistic as the old Quakers. (Who, of course, were all Ecucatholics now.) "
religious - fictional world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 103. Church of Holy Visions:
[News report] "The Church of Holy Visions, begun yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden, now claims 12,000 adherents worldwide, making it the fastest-growing religion on the planet. "
religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 159. Divine Daughters:
"''s fairly certain that Christianity won't last out the twenty-first century. To take but a couple of prime instances:...the appearance of the Divine Daughters as an influential pressure group... And the latter, who professedly model themselves on the mediaeval orders of nuns but who actually have borrowed the majority of their tents--anti-mechanisation, distrust of bodily pleasure and so on... "
religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 264. Divine Daughters:
"'They surely are condemned to Hell
Who rule their lives by greed and lust
And Satan waits for those as well
Who in machines repose their trust.'

--Hymn composed for Tenth International Rally of the Family of Divine Daughters "

religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 374. Divine Daughters:
"'Why can't they be honest about it? I'm in favour of people who don't breed, mostly. But not because I prefer dogmatic homosexuals, or because I favour religious fanatics like Divine Daughters, who put on celibacy to mask their borderline hysteria...' "
religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 96. Trainite/comensalist:
"He hadn't expected to leave behind, in that world he'd abandoned, such a surprising legacy: the Trainites, who had no formal organization, not even a newspaper, yet now and then manifested themselves--one might almost believe as the result of some telepathic trigger, some upsurge of the collective unconscious--to put a brand on some company or enterprise that was endangering mankind... And when he popularized the word 'comensalist' a little while later, the reference ['commie'] was rapidly transferred. But didn't stick. Instead the news media invented the name 'Trainite,' and now it was universal. " [Trainites are mentioned throughout the book, and are the central fictional socioreligious group. Trainites are radical, applied environmentalists.]
religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 194. Trainite/comensalist:
"Trainites were forever drawing skull-and-crossbones signs on cars, and not everyone could spare the time or money to clean them off right away. "
religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 306. Trainite/comensalist:
"'Well, there's one thing to be said in defense of the saboteurs, isn't there? They are striking at inustries with high pollution ratings. Oil, plastics, glass, concrete, producsts generally which don't decay. And of course paper, which consumes irreplaceable trees.'

'I had the impression you were on the side of progress,' Greenbriar muttered. 'This morning you sound like an apologist for the Trainites.'

'Oh, hardly.' A thin smile. 'Of course, I had to reread Train's work for incorporation in my program data, along with every other thinker who's had a major influence on the modern world--Lenin, Gandhi, Mao and the rest. But what I'm driving at is this. We've had centuries of unplanned progress, and the result can justly be called chaotic. Uninformed people, aware only tha their lives may be revolutionized without warning, are naturally insecure...' "

religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 343. Trainite/comensalist:
"He [Austin Train] gave a brief bitter chuckle. 'But that's the irony of it, Peg. Remember you once asked me whether it bothers me to have myname taken in vain? Well, it does. My God, it does! It was the thing I finally found I couldn't stand any longer. I'm not a Trainite!'

...He looked past her, into infinity.

'But then,' he said, 'Jesus wasn't a Christian, was he?' "

religious - fictional world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 94-95. Trainite/comensalist:
"...Austin Train... following the period of notoriety which had begun a a couple of years before with the publication of his Handbook for 3000 AD. Prior to that he had enjoyed moderate success; a group of his books had been reissued as matched paperbacks and attracted attention from an increasingly worried public, but it had all been low-key stuff. Suddenly... he had become a celebrity, in demand for TV interviews... "
religious - fictional world 2010 Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 14. Church of the Apostles of Elohim and the Nazarene:
"He looked down at his desk calendar. Yom Kippur, it said over today's date. (Begin at sunset.) Loren had put a little red tick mark against each of the seven days following. Jews had one Day of Atonement, but as a result of a church meeting in 1831 Loren was compelled to acknowledge seven... As a consequence of his rectitude the Jewish Day of Atonement was multiplied by a factor of seve: the Holy Church of the Apostles of Elohim and the Nazarene contemplated their sins for a whole week.

Anything worth doing, the Apostles figures, was worth doing right. "

religious - fictional world 2015 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 85. Chrislam:
[5. Origins of Chrislam.] "After her expulsion from college, Ruby Goldenberg virtually disappeared for more than twenty years. Tibetan monasteries, Catholic orders, and a host of other claimants later advanced proofs of hospitality, none of which stood up to investigation. Nor is there any proof that she spent time on the Moon; it would have been easy to trace her in the relatively small lunar population. All that is certain is that the Prophet Fatima Magdelene appeared on the world scene in 2015.

Christianity and Islam had been accurately described as religions of the book. Chrislam, their offspring and intended successor, was based upon a technology of immeasurably greater power.

It was the first religion of the byte. " [More about Chrislam throughout novel, not in DB.]

religious - fictional world 2015 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 89. Chrislam:
[6] "Thanks to her background in electronics, the Prophet Fatima Magdelene was the first to recognize the potential of the Brainman for spreading the doctrines of Chrislam. She had, of course, precursors in the Twentieth Century televangelists who had exploited the radio waves and the communications satellites, but the technology she could deeply was infinitely more powerful. Faith had always been more a matter of emotion than intellect; and the Brainman could appeal directly to both.

Sometime during the first decade of the Twenty-first Century, Ruby Goldenberg had made an important convert--one of the extremely wealthy but now burned out (in his fifties) pioneers of the computer revolution. She gave him a new reason to live and a challenge that once again inspired his imagination; on his part, he had the resources--and even more important, the personal contacts--to meet that challenge. "

religious - fictional world 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 25. Sith:
Pg. 25: "The 'Prince Charles and the dory 'Endurance' went their diverging ways across the dark Atlantic. Most of the nylon-shod ones had gone to their rendezvous with sleep or each other, but Captain Sithwise was taking a turn on the bridge... "; Pg. 94: "Captain Sithwise became a prisoner in his own cabin... " [Also pg. 152, 300.]
religious - fictional world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 72-73. Cyclists:
"On the way over to McGregor's, Bysshe told me what he'd found out about the Cyclists. 'They're not a cult. There's no religious connection. They seem to have grown out of a pre-Liberation women's group,' he said, looking at his notes, 'although there are also links to the pro-choice movement, the University of Wisconsin, and the Museum of Modern Art.'


'They call their group leaders 'docents.' Their philosophy seems to be a mix of pre-Liberation radical feminism and the environmental primitivism of the eighties. They're floratarians and they don't wear shoes.'

'Or shunts,' I said... 'Any mind-control convictions?' I asked hopefully.

'No. A bunch of suits against individual members, all of which they won.'

'On grounds of personal sovereignty.'

'Yeah. And a criminal one by a member whose family tried to deprogram her. The deprogrammer was sentenced...' " [The 'Cyclists' are story's primary fictional religious group. Other refs. not in DB.]

religious - fictional world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 78-79. Cyclists:
"'The Cyclists are dedicated to freedom,' she said. 'Freedom from artificiality, freedom from body-controlling drugs and hormones, freedom from the male patriarchy that attempts to impose them on us. As you probably already know, we do not wear shunts.'

She pointed to the red scarf around her arm. 'Instead, we wear this as a badge of our freedom and our femaleness. I'm wearing it today to announce that my time of fertility has come.'

'We had that, too,' Mother said, 'only we wore it on the back of our skirts.'

I laughed.

The docent glared at me. 'Male domination of women's bodies began long before the so-called 'Liberation,' with government regulation of abortion and fetal rights, scientific control of fertility, and finally the development of ammenerol, which eliminated the reproductive cycle altogether. This was all part of a carefully planned takeover of women's bodies, and by extension, their identities, by the male patriarchal regime.' "

religious - fictional world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 79-80. Cyclists:
"'Men were against it,' Mother said, getting rather red in the face. 'And the religious right, and the maxipad manufacturers, and the Catholic Church--'

'They knew they'd have to allow women priests,' Viola said.

'Which they did,' I said.

'The Liberation hasn't freed you,' the docent said loudly. 'Except from the natural rhythms of your life, the very wellspring of your femaleness.'

She leaned over and picked a daisy that was growing under the table. 'We in the Cyclists celebrate the onset of our menses and rejoice in our bodies,' she said, holding the daisy up. ' "Whenever a Cyclist comes into blossom, as we call it, she is honored with flowers and poems and songs. Then we join hands and tell them what we like best about our menses.' "

religious - fictional world 2016 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 90. Chrislam:
[7] "It was a very straightforward project to incorporate the three Testaments of the Latter-Day Koran in electronic form, but that was merely the beginning--Version 1.0 (Public). Next came the interactive edition, intended only for those who had shown a genuine interest in the Faith and wished to proceed to the next step. However, Version, 2.0 (Restricted) could be copied so easily that millions of unauthorized modules were soon circulated: which was exactly what the Prophet intended.

Version 3.0 was a different matter; it had copy protection and self-destructed after a single use. Infidels joked that it was classified 'most sacred,' and there was endless speculation about its contents. It was known to contain Virtual Reality programs that gave previews of the Chrislamic Paradise--but only from the outside, looking in. . . . "

religious - fictional world 2016 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 90. Chrislam:
[8] "It was rumored--but never confirmed, despite the inevitable 'exposes' of disaffected apostates--that there was a 'Top Sacred' version, presumably 4.0. This was supposed to operate through advanced Brainman units, and to be 'neurologically encrypted' so that only the individual for which it was designed could receive it. Use by any unauthorized person would result in permanent mental damage--perhaps even insanity.

Whatever technological aids Chrislam employed, the time was ripe for a new religion, embodying the best elements of two ancient ones (with more than a touch of an even older one, Buddhism). Yet the Prophet might never have succeeded without two other factors, wholly beyond her control.

The first was the co-called 'Cold Fusion' revolution, which brought about the sudden end of the Fossil Fuel Age and destroyed the economic base of the Muslim world for almost a generation--until Israeli chemists rebuilt it with the slogan 'Oil for Food--Not for Fire!' "

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