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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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Scientists Smoke Ring 3000 Niven, Larry. The Integral Trees. New York: Del Rey (1983); pg. 22. Pg. 22: "At the passing of Gold, Gavving had been ten years old. He remembered hating the Scientist for his predictions of disaster, for the fear those predictions raised. "; pg. 23: "Meanwhile . . . yes, here came the Chairman, carefully robed and hooded against the light, attended by the Scientist and the Grad... The Scientist spoke, praising Martal's last contribution to the health of the tree, reminding those present that one day they must all fulfill that obligation. He kept it short, then stepped aside for the Chairman. " [Many refs. throughout book to 'Scientists' as a distinct caste, always capitalized. Other refs. not in DB.]
Scientists Solar System 2436 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 22. "Between Mars and Jupiter is spread the broad belt of the asteroids. Of the thousands, known and unknown, most unique in the Freak Century was the Sargasso Asteroid, a tiny planet manufactured of natural rock and wreckage salvaged by its inhabitants in the course of two hundred years.

They were savages, the only savages of the twenty-fourth century: descendants of a research team of scientists that had been lost and marooned in the asteroid belt two centuries before when their ship had failed. By the time their descendants were rediscovered they had built up a world and a culture of their own, and preferred to remain in space, salvaging and spoiling, and practicing a barbaric travesty of the scientific method they remembered from their forbears. They called themselves The Scientific People. The world promptly forgot them. " [Other refs. to this group of people, not in DB.]

Scientists Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 11. "'Read Popper on the philosophy of science,' Alan said. 'I don't wholly agree with him, but he has a point when he says the scientist's job is to disprove rather than prove theories. Humans are passionate believers. The history of philosophy and religion is a grand testament to our will to believe. Scientists just try to inject a little sanity into the whole business, and that often requires a passion not to believe.' "
Scientists United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 564. "And it is a mistake to believe that Arthur's civilization was weak in this famous science of ours. The scientists, although they happened to call them magicians at the time, invented almost as terrible things as we have invented--except that we have become accustomed to theirs by use. The greatest magicians, like Albertus Magnus, Friar Bacon, and Raymond Lully, knew several secrets which we have lost today, and discovered as a side issue what still appears to be the chief commodity of civilization, namely gunpowder. They were honored for their learning, and Albert the Great was made a bishop. One of them who was called Baptista Porta seems to have invented the cinema--though he sensibly decided not to develop it. "
Scientists United Kingdom: England 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 99. "Both women wear gilded sandals, and white draperies, somewhat akin to Greek toga... Lady Ada, her arms bare save for a signet-ring on her right forefinger, places a laurel wreath about the brow of a marble bust of Isaac Newson... Lady Ada was forty-one years old in late June 1855, when this daguerreotype was taken. "
Scientists United Kingdom: England 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 119. "'It is no use, our having any false modesty about a matter so important. We have certain vital duties to perform; to ourselves, to the outside world, and to Science... The nation's resources are finite; competition is sharp. The niche of Science and Education must be defended; nay, expanded!' Huxley smiled grimly. 'Somehow we must grasp the nettle The alternative would be to lie still and let the devil have his way with the world to come. And I for one should rather burst to pieces, than see Science prostituted!' "
Scientists United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 116. "'Perhaps you should ask Master Wheldrake to attend the Court of Bohemia,' suggested Lady Lyst. 'He claims we're Philistines here. And it's well known that the Elfbergs are great artists in their own right--and scientists.'

Doctor Dee clapped the King on the back. 'And this is the finest Elfberg of them all. Soldier, poet, scientist!' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Scientists USA 1972 Wolfe, Bernard. "Monitored Dreams and Strategic Cremations " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 338. [Afterword] "I see capitalism once and for all overthrown; truly overthrown, not just replaced with a new power structure just as fawning upon scientists and just as exploitative of them and their fake charisma as ever was the old. The only kind of socialism of communism I'm interested in is one that makes science and scientists look a bit ridiculous, to be humored, maybe, but never taken in by; never catered to, always kept in their place. Humanism--and if communism isn't humanism, as Marx and Engels defined it, it is nothing--is incompatible with scientism.

And so, an end, finally, to the reactionism that is at the heart of sf, all technology-worship. An end to all the soupy mysticisms that, whether they mean to or not, bolster the slobbering profit economy, all low-level intellectual handmaidens to the Great God Mammon.

And, of course, to this slime of a capitalist terminal-case order that breeds such scientist slaveys and sf hangers-on--what a bonus. "

Scientists USA 1979 King, Stephen. Carrie. New York: Pocket Books (2000; c. 1974); pg. 39. "There are, of course, still these scientists today--regretfully, the Duke University people are in their forefront--who reject the terrific underlying implications of the Carrie White affair. Like the Flatlands Society, the Rosicrucians, or the Corlies of Arizona, who are positive that the atomic bomb does not work, these unfortunates are flying in the face of logic with their heads in the sand... "
Scientists USA 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 69. "The more he [Luthor] 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... The scientists and other realists, though, had the satisfaction of having climbed the mountain. "
Scientists USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 79. "At the teacher's college where he had learned about the scientific method and logic, he had also been given a new Bible, that is Darwin's Descent of Man; in fact it was between its pages of careful Victorian science that he flattened Nora and Timmie Willie's camera-work when the finished prints had dried into scrolls. "
Scientists USA 1983 Bear, Greg. "Blood Music " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1983); pg. 10. "I'd always regarded Vergil as ambitious, a trifle cracked, and not terribly sensitive. His relations with authority figures have never been smooth. Science, or him, was like the woman you couldn't possibly have, who suddenly opens her arms to you, long before you're ready for mature love--leaving you afraid you'll forever blow the chance, lose the prize. Apparently, he did. "
Scientists USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 4. "Scientific discoveries are the same way. People like to think of science as rational and reasonable, following step by step from hypothesis to experiment to conclusion. Dr. Chin, last year's winner of the Niebnitz Grant, wrote, 'The process of scientific discover is the logical extension of observation by experimentation.'

Nothing could be further from the truth. The process is exactly like any other human endeavor--messy, haphazard, misdirected, and heavily influenced by chance. Look at Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin when a spore drifted in the window of his lab and contaminated one of his cultures. " [More.]

Scientists USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 12. "The effect, especially with the Coke-bottle glasses, should have been science geek, but it wasn't... Science geeks wear black shoes and white socks. he wasn't even wearing a pocket protector, though he should have been. "
Scientists USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 71. "'So, doctor, about those seventeen people, and the fact that all you scientists agree they are human--'

'We have not reached a consensus on that, although we are close. Besides, if three scientists ever agree completely on anything, it's a cult.' "

Scientists USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 135. [Congressional hearing in D.C.] "'I daresay we're about the same age. So we've both witnessed the same changes in our society.'


'The distrust of technology. The loss of faith in scientists, engineers--in fact, a kind of rejection of the scientific method itself, and of the scientific explanation of the world. Do you agree that we've seen a flight to the irrational?'

'Yes. Yes, I agree with that. But I don't necessarily agree with your implication, that the irrational is all bad.'

'Oh, you don't.'

'There are many mysteries science has not dealt with, perhaps never will. What is consciousness? Why does anything exist, rather than nothing? Why am I alive here and now, and not a century ago, or a thousand years from now? We all have to confront such questions in the quiet of our souls, every minute of our lives. And if the irrational is the only place to look for answers, well, that's where we look.' "

Scientists USA 2015 Sheffield, Charles. Brother to Dragons. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1992); pg. 107. "When the Quiebra Grande came and the population was up to nine billion, they picked their pagano: science. Scientists made technology possible. Technology produced wastes and pollution. Ergo, scientists were to blame for everything.

'Your colonel knew the party line. Science courses are seditious. Science is seditious. If you are a scientist, you have a choice: go into hiding, do something else for a living, study in secret and hope you don't get caught. Or be sent to the wilderness...' "

Scientists 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. "
Scientists 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.]
Scientists USA - Southwest 2043 Morse, David. The Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998); pg. 122. "'Destiny is just a human construct. You don't believe in some large inevitability?'

'Dunno. Can't say. As a scientist I see an order to the universe that lies outside our comprehension. What Mr. Ho calls li. But I'm not comfortable giving it a name. And what human beings call destiny or God's will or Natural Law is a spit in the ocean compared to that orderly flow. Invariably those terms become political.' "

Scientists world 1900 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 98. "In 1900... Spencer preached science. Ingersoll thundered against superstition. "
Scientists world 1910 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 73. "It was in the early twentieth century that Theodor Kaluza and Oskar Klein formulated the human race's first decent model of how gravity worked. it wasn't a wholly successful model. There was still a lot to learn. But it managed to relate electromagnetism and gravity as manifestations of a higher-dimension space-time in ways that seemed to fit together pretty well--in ways, in fact, that Wan-To had understood for many billion years. His own understanding of gravitation was more or less a Kaluza-Klein model, though with considerable important amendments. He understood that the three basic mediating particles of the gravitational interaction between masses were what human scientists of the Kaluza-Klein faith would call the vector bosons--the graviton, the graviphoton, and the graviscalar. "
Scientists world 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 17. "He could not absorb any more of this reality. He preferred his own. The reality of frozen tissue, the reality of supreme service. If he could manage to bring it about, he would be rendering inestimable service, as had his namesake Thor, to gods and man. Did it make a difference that his gods were the immutable laws of science and the logic of thought? "
Scientists world 1975 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 71. "Though few realized it as yet, the fall of religion had been paralleled by a decline in science. There were plenty of technologists, but few original workers extending the frontiers of human knowledge. Curiosity remained, and the leisure to indulge in it, but the heart had been taken out of fundamental scientific research. It seemed futile to spend a lifetime searching for secrets that the Overlords had probably uncovered ages before.

This decline had been partly disguised by an enormous efflorescence of the descriptive sciences such as zoology, botany, and observational astronomy. There had never been so many amateur scientists gathering facts for their on amusement--but there were few theoreticians correlating these facts. "

Scientists world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 97. "'Go back no more than four hundred years or so. Over all the time since, Christendom has been a tyranny of a rare sort. By way of the soul it rules the minds of most and the acts of all. As effect, no wars throughout Europe but the one, a war with long breaks of peace, a war against a power that can never be crushed and can be held in only by standing in arms from year to year: the best possible form to draw off any will to rebel or quarrel. And, in the last fifty years, Christendom has finally drubbed a power much more awful than the Turk could ever be, one that now lives on as it can in New England among boors and savages: science. God be praised.'

'Amen,' said Lyall automatically.

'Amen to amen. It was a close thing. A little longer, and science would have abolished God and brought our world to ruin.'

'You don't mean abolish, you mean take attention from, leave on one side.'

'I mean abolish, I mean deny, I mean disprove. Come, Matthew.' "

Scientists world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 78. "'...Science tends to frighten those who are infrequently exposed to it, while the practitioners of science are often the most misunderstood people in the world...' "
Scientists world 1984 Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1949); pg. 194. "In Oceania [referring to the Western hemisphere and British Isles] at the present day, Science in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc. And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards. The fields are cultivated with horse plows while books are written by machinery... "
Scientists world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 76. [Other refs., not in DB. See all of pages 72-76.] Pg. 76: "Science, say scientists, is real history. The specific mixing, steaming and boiling on the stove of the cosmos that gave rise to planet Earth x billion years ago is real history; what happened in the hypothalamus and cortex of Homo sapiens x million years ago to give you a consciousness is real history. So the technopriests would have you believe. Bastards. Numbers suck. They don't exist. There's no such thing as Four. Even worse, there's especially no such thing as Minus Four. I mean, no wonder the world fell apart after Gresham and Descartes. Allowing minus numbers to stalk the globe. A thousand years in which usury was rightly banned and then--Bam!--debt, credit, minus numbers and the positing of 'minus one hundred tons of coffee.' Negative equity... Numbers suck. "
Scientists world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 118. "'What's with Jews and science anyway?' I said.

'Half the scientists today are Asian. Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Korean. Something to do with being an alien maybe. No cultural roots, no place in society. Numbers are universal.' "

Scientists world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 268. [Telman is talking with the head lama in a monastery in Thulahn, a fictional country near where Nepal is.] "'Oh, I find physicists much more interesting. There have been some famous American professors and Indian Noble Price winners I have talked to, and it struck me that we were--as one says--on the same wavelength in many ways.'

'Physics. That's our Brahmin faith.'

'You think so?'

'I think a lot of people live as though that's true, even if they don't think about it. To us, science is the religion that works. Other faiths claim miracles, but science delivers them, through technology: replacing diseased hearts, talking to people on the other side of the world, travelling to other planets, determining when the universe began. We display our faith every time we turn on a light switch or step aboard a jet.'

'You see? All very interesting, but I prefer the idea of Nirvana.' "

Scientists world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 167. "'...Also, people are capable of self-deception. Scientists, too. All sorts of socially abhorent doctrines have at one time or another been supported by scientists, well-known scientists, famous brand-name scientists. And, of course, politicians. And respected religious leaders. Slavery, for instance, or the Nazi brand of racism. Scientists make mistakes, theologians make mistakes, everybody makes mistakes...

'So the way you avoid the mistakes, or at least reduce the chance that you'll make one, is to be skeptical. You test the ideas. You check them out by rigorous standards of evidence...' "

Scientists world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 248. "'Some choice!' the President said. 'The one's an atheist, and the other thinks he's from Vega already. Why do we have to send scientists? Why can't we send somebody . . . normal? Just a rhetorical question,' she quickly added. 'I know why we have to send scientists. The Message is about science and it's written in scientific language. Science is what we know we share with the beings on Vega. No, those are good reasons, Ken. I remember them.' "
Scientists world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 231. "Stephen Jay Gould had fought cancer, too; he'd been diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma in July 1982. He'd been lucky; he'd won. Gould, like Richard Dawkins, argued for a purely Darwinian view of nature--even if the two of them couldn't agree on the precise details of what that view was. but if religion had helped Gould get through his illness, he never said. Still, after his recovery, he'd written a new book, Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, which argued for the scientific and the spiritual being two separate realms, two 'nonoverlapping magisteria'--a typical bit of Gouldish bafflegab. Clearly, though, larger questions had preoccupied him during his bout with the big C.

Now it was my turn.

Sagan had apparently remained stalwart until the end. Gould seemed perhaps to have wavered, but he'd ultimately returned to his old self, the perfect rationalist. "

Scientists world 2003 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 189. "The scientist, who examines everything, should look at himself. Tentatively I would define him as a discovery-producing animal whose products fall from him as naturally and as thoughtlessly as a hen produces eggs. Like the hen, he is largely indifferent to the use made of his products. Scientists are mostly not in favor of atom bombs, of course, and hens presumably dislike omelettes; but both are realists and go along with the conditions they find.

--Robert Sheckley "

Scientists world 2007 Knight, Damon. A Reasonable World. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 38. "'I don't believe in invisible intelligences.'

'Nor do I, Comrade General, but as Marxists and scientists we must adhere to the principle of least hypothesis. All three of these possibilities are incredible, but the third is a little less than the others.' "

Scientists world 2010 Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 135. [A Sikh character is speaking] "'And all the new religions claim to be scientific. And they wouldn't know science if it bit them. But science has become a religion, at least for the masses--they don't know the difference between science and magic. UFOs and the space shuttle are like the same thing to them.' "
Scientists world 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 185. "Mukulin's world view was so cockeyed. So was the world view of hundreds of millions of supposedly normal people! Rationality hadn't made much headway. That logic was losing on all fronts was Valeri's fear [Valeri is a Marxist Communist]. Despite the official atheism the state was now in retreat before a crew of querulous Christians and maddening Moslems... What was worse, science itself was courting superstition and ceasing to be true science. Science was heading off in the direction of magic. Not only did theories flourish about time travel, about alternative realities, about the planet as a living organism with a mind of its own, but whole institutes of nonsense had sprung up to study Kirlian aura photography, psychotronics, radiesthesia, telepathy.

Perhaps not exactly nonsense . . . Valeri was obliged to acknowledge that the irrational did have some basis. Yet such phenomena could not, must now, become the new foundations of knowledge... "

Scientists world 2025 Clifton, Mark & Frank Riley. The Forever Machine. New York: Carroll & Graf (1992; first ed. 1956); pg. 321. "They were only scientists. And scientists are noted for avoiding any responsibility for the implications of their work upon mankind. They asked only to be fed and housed and allowed to tinker around in their workshops, leaving it to the practical men to run the world the way it should be run. "
Scientists world 2025 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 24. "Perhaps that was why he was a failure as a scientist. 'A scientist is a man who wants to know why,' his teachers always had told him. "
Scientists world 2025 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 29. [Year is estimated.] "Within the chapel, the great Bible was decorously removed and the windows thrown open, to dispel somewhat the odour of sanctity. For though the early and spiritistic interpretations of relativity and quantum theory had by now accustomed men of science to pay their respects to the religions, many of them were still liable to a certain asphyxia when they were actually within the precincts of sanctity. When the scientists had settled themselves upon the archaic and unyielding benches, the President explained that the chapel authorities had kindly permitted this meeting because they realized that, since men of science had gradually discovered the spiritual foundation of physics, science and religion must henceforth be close allies. Morever the purpose of this meeting was to discuss one of those supreme mysteries which it was the glory of science to discover and religion to transfigure. "
Scientists world 2027 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 94. "'Just Jeremiah, and Jeremiah does not talk to atheists.'

'I am a scientist--'

'An atheist.'

'I want to talk to you about the Message.'

'I have heard the Message.'

'Directly?' "

Scientists world 2028 Hogan, James P. The Two Faces of Tomorrow. New York: Baen (1997; c. 1979); pg. 221. [Dyer calls Laura a fanatical convert to science.] "'If you insist on believing what you want to believe instead of accepting the facts, that's up to you,' Laura said sweetly. 'But personally I wouldn't say that was a very scientific attitude. Sounds more to me like ingrained habits of thought starched in prejudice. You really ought to try and be a bit more impartial, you know.'

'Do you know something,' Dyer said... 'If there's one thing I hate in life it's converts. They argue until they're blue in the face and then one day something flips and they've turned into fanatics. Then they're all over the place trying to convert everybody else. I hate 'em.'

'I'm not some kind of convert,' Laura insisted. 'I've always been keen on science. Why else do you think Zeegram gave me that job? Anyhow, you've been doing all the preaching so that must make you one.'

'Baloney. I hate converts.' "

Scientists world 2040 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 179. "'In the centuries before our coming, your scientists uncovered the secrets of the physical world and led you from the energy of steam to the energy of the atom. You had put superstition behind you: Science was the only real religion of mankind. It was the gift of the western minority to the remainder of mankind, and it had destroyed all other faiths. Those that still existed when we came were already dying. Science, it was felt, could explain everything: there were no forces which did not come within its scope, no events for which it could not ultimately account. The origin of the universe might be forever unknown, but all that had happened since obeyed the laws of physics.

'Yet your mystics, though they were lost in their own delusions, had seen part of the truth. There are powers of the mind, and powers beyond the mind, which your science could never have brought within its framework without shattering it entirely...' "

Scientists world 2050 Haldeman, Joe. Forever Peace. New York: Ace Books (1998; first ed. 1997); pg. 339. "'It's true. Presidential orders. There are no scientists here tonight. Just my loyal troops.'

...'You don't really think I'm normal, Dr. Harding, but you're wrong. You atheists in your ivory towers, you don't have any idea how real people feel. How perfect this is.'

'Killing everything,' I said.

'You're worse than she is. This is not death; it's rebirth. God has used you scientists as tools, so He can cleanse everything and start over.' "

Scientists world 2059 Morrow, James. "Spelling God with the Wrong Blocks " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 90, 94. Pg. 90: "'The testaments,' said Miss Basilides.

'The Old Testament? The New Testament?'

'The First Testament of the prophet Darwin,' said Mr. Meracleon. 'Notes on the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.'

'And the Second Testament,' said Miss Basilides. 'The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.' "; Pg. 94: "'Is it not our duty as science missionaries to counter ignorance with knowledge, Piers?' Marcus asked rhetorically... Several hundred worshipers jammed the church to its steel walls... The alter was a replica of HMS Beagle, and the chancel niches contained frowning marble statues of Alfred Wallace, Charles Lyell, Herbert Spencer... and, of course, Darwin the supreme prophet. " [The entire story is about a future society in which science has become a literal religion.]

Scientists world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 75. Conversation between Joseph E. Douglas, Secretary General of the World Federation of Free States (chief executive of Earth), and his wife Agnes: "'But we can't. Scientists would spot the substitution at once. I've had the devil's own time keeping them away from him this long.'


'But they can, you know.'

'I don't know anything of the sort. Scientists indeed! Half guess work and half superstition. They ought to be locked up; they ought to be prohibited by law. Joseph, I've told you repeatedly, the only true science is astrology.'

'well, I don't know, my dear. I'm not running down astrology--'

'You'd better not! After all it's done for you.'

'--but these science professors are pretty sharp. One was telling me the other day about a star that weighs six thousand times as much as lead. Or was it sixty thousand? Let me see--'

'Bosh! How could they know a thing like that?' "

Scientists world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 135. "No, he could not swallow the 'just-happened' theory, popular as it was with men who called themselves scientists. Random chance was not a sufficient explanation of the Universe--random chance was not sufficient to explain random chance; the pot could not hold itself.

What then? 'Least hypothesis' deserved no preference; Occam's Razor could not slice the prime problem, the Nature of the Mind of God (might as well call it that, you old scoundrel; it's an Anglo-Saxon monosyllable not banned by four letters--and as good a tag for what you don't understand as any).

Was there any basis for preferring any sufficient hypothesis over another? When you did not understand a thing: No! Jubal admitted that a long life had left him not understanding the basic problems of the Universe. "

Scientists world 2087 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 292. V. Michael Smith: "'...there are only three places to look [for truth]. Science--and I was taught more about how the universe ticks while I was still in the nest than human scientists can yet handle. So much that I can't talk to them... I'm not disparaging scientists. What they do is as it should be... But what they are after is not what I am looking for--you don't [know] a desert by counting the grains of sand. Then there's philosophy--supposed to tackle everything. Does it? All any philosopher every comes out with is what he walked in with--except for self-deluders who prove their assumptions by their conclusions. Like Kant... So the answer ought to be here.' He waved at piles of [religious] books. 'Only it's not. Bits that grok true, but... they ask you to take the hard part on faith...' " [The rest of the novel deals with the character, who was raised by Martians, developing his own religious system: the Church of All Worlds.]
Scientists world 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 85. "Our main enemy was a popular creed called Reformed Darwinism, which came about through an accident of history. At the time the colony was being established, a debate was going on in America over the controversial claims of someone called Charles Darwin, a foreigner. Darwin evidently claimed that animals evolved, one species turning into another. This was supposed to happen by means of 'natural selection', in which the fittest members of a species survive, while the less fit perish. The question was, was this science?

It was found in some states that the real guardians of science and scientific truth were religious leaders an lawyers, unswayed by facts. Scientists were generally so dogmatic an arrogant as to claim that some facts were just facts and not matters of religious preference at all. "

Scientists world 2100 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 58. [Year is estimated.] "The new sect of Energists claimed that the young Discoverer was himself an incarnation of Buddha, and that, since the world was still unfit for the supreme revelation, he had entrusted his secret to the Scientists. On the side of Christianity a very similar legend was concerned with the same individual. The Regenerate Christian Brotherhood, by now overwhelmingly the most powerful of the Western Churches, regarded the Discoverer as the Son of God, who, in this his Second Coming, had proposed to bring about the millennium by publishing the secret of his divine power; but, finding the peoples still unable to put in practice even the most primitive gospel of love which was announced at his First Coming, he had suffered martyrdom for man's sake, and had entrusted his secret to the scientists. "
Scientists world 2100 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 58. [Year is estimated.] "The scientific workers of the world had long ago organized themselves as a close corporation. Entrance to the International College of Science was to be obtained only by examination and the payment of high fees. Membership conferred the title of 'Scientist', and the right to perform experiments. It was also an essential qualification for many lucrative posts. Moreover, there were said to be certain technical secrets which members were pledged not to reveal. Rumour had it that in at least one case of minor blabbing the traitor had shortly afterwards mysteriously died.

Science itself, the actual corpus of natural knowledge, had by now become so complex that only a tiny fraction of it could be mastered by one brain. Thus students of one branch of science knew practically nothing of the work of others in kindred branches... "

Scientists world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 50. "Probably it was necessary that he not remember. Had he been able to recall into consciousness everything, the basis of it all, then the government would have killed him. There existed two heads of the best, the religious one, a Cardinal Fulton Statler Harms, and then a scientific one named N. Bulkowsky. But these were phantoms. To Emmanuel the Christian-Islamic Church and the Scientific Legate did not constitute reality. He knew what lay behind them. Elias had told him. But even had Elias no told him he would have known anyhow; he would everywhere and at every time be able to identify the Adversary. "
Scientists world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 64. "What she saw, through their eyes, was a monster. The Christian-Islamic Church and the Scientific Legate--their fear did not resemble her fear; hers had to do with... "
Scientists world 2160 Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 91. "He remembered that the world's scientists were neatly divided on the subject of Dr. Goldberg, into those who were sure that he was crazy, and those who had not yet made up their minds. He had been one of the most promising young men in the field of astrophysics when, five years ago, he had announced, 'Now that Starglider has effectively destroyed all traditional religions, we can at last pay serious attention to the concept of God.'

And with that, he had disappeared from public view. "

Scientists world 2250 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 59. [Year is estimated.] "When the Conference had registered the unity of the religions, it went on to establish the unity of religion and science. All knew, said the President, that some of the scientists were in possession of the supreme secret, though, wisely, they would not definitely admit it. It was time, then, that the organizations of Science and Religion should be merged, for the better guidance of men. He, therefore, called upon the International College of Science to nominate from amongst themselves a select body, which should be sanctified by the Church, and called the Sacred Order of Scientists. These custodians of the supreme secret were to be kept at public expense. They were to devote themselves wholly to the service of science, and in particular to research into the most scientific manner of worshipping the Divine Gordelpus.

Of the scientists present, some [were] uncomfortable, but the majority scarcely concealed their delight... "

Scientists world 2300 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 65. [Year is estimated.] "In the hierarchy of industry three occupations were honoured almost as much as the Sacred Order of Scientists, namely flying, dancing, and athletics. "
Scientists world 2377 David, Peter. Being Human (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 218. "'You are Thoth,' she said. 'The Egyptian moon god who oversees such disciplines as writing, astronomy, mathematics, law, magic . . .'

'Magic to the ancient Egyptians,' he clarified for her. 'I daresay that what you have here would certainly qualify as magic insofar as the ancients would be concerned. What is magic to some is, to others, science...' "

Scientists world 2500 Anderson, Poul. "The Sharing of Flesh " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 781. "'...cannibalism was among the Carib Indians of America. They ate man because they preferred man. They were especially fond of babies... In large part because of strong aversion to such practices, the Europeans exterminated the Caribs to the last man.'

The report stopped. Chena grimaced. 'I can sympathize with the Europeans,' she said.

Evalyth might once have raised her brows; but her face stayed as wooden as her speech. 'Aren't you supposed to be an objective scientist?'

'Yes. Yes. Still, there is such a thing as a value judgment. And they did kill Donli'

'Not they. One of them. I shall find him.' "

Scientists world 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 234. "...I like science. But truth's a menace, science is a public danger. As dangerous as it's been beneficent. It has given us the stablest equilibrium in history. China's was hopelessly insecure by comparison; even the primitive matriarchies weren't steadier than we are. Thanks, I repeat, to science. But we can't allow science to undo its own good work. That's why we so carefully limit the scope of its researches... "
Scientists world 3000 Aldiss, Brian W. "The Worm That Flies " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1968); pg. 327-328. [Year and location uncertain.] "'You are scientist! Before bygone time was another time, and then . . . then was child and different things that are not any longer, many animals and birds and smaller things with frail wings unable to carry them over long time . . .'

'What happened? Why was there change, old crow?'

'Men . . . scientists . . . make understanding of the gravy of bodies and turn every person and thing and tree to eternal life. We now continue form that time, a long long time -- so long we have forgotten what was then done... in that great former time, before scientists were on Yzazys, adults produced childs...' "

Scientology California 1994 Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 173. "They're... going to pull me off Arctor, he decided. I'll be in Synanon or New-Path or some place like that withdrawing and they'll station someone else to watch him... "
Scientology California: Oakland 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 3. "...and a week later Gloria threw herself out of a tenth floor window of the Synanon Building in Oakland, California, and smashed herself to bits on the pavement along MacArthur Boulevard... "
Scientology California: Oakland 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 8. "After the funeral, at the fancy restaurant where the waitress had moved the three of them out of view, Fat asked Bob what Gloria had been doing at Synanon, since she was supposed to be getting her possessions together and driving back up to Marin County to live with him--he had thought.

'Carmina talked her into going to Synanon,' Bob said. That was Mrs. Knudson. 'Because of her history of drug involvement.'

Timothy, the friend Fat didn't know, said, 'They sure didn't help her very much.'

What had happened was that Gloria walked in the front door of Synanon and they had gamed her right off. Someone, on purpose, had walked past her as she sat waiting to be interviewed and remarked on how ugly she was. The next person...

'Is that how Synanon works?' Fat asked.

Bob said, 'It's a technique to break down the personality...' " [More about the Oakland Synanon, pg. 8-9, 71, 113, 203.]

Scientology Canada 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 104. "'The Scientologists, of course, have had to fight for their rights many times; they fought with discipline, defended themselves, and disengaged rapidly--got out, taking their wounded with them. The Hairy Krishners fought like squawking chickens and left their wounded behind. But the Angels of the Lord fought as if they were crazy--and I think they are. They moved straight in, swinging clubs and fists, and didn't stop until they were down and unable to get up. It took about as many Mounties to subdue them as there were Angels . . . when the usual ratio is one Mounty, one riot.

'It appears that the Angels knew that the Hubbardites were arriving at that time and had come there to jump them; the Hare Krishna crowd showed up by accident--they were at the port simply because it is a good place to shake down cubes for money. But, having found the Hairies and being unable to pin down the Scientologists, the Angels settled for beating up the Krishna freaks.' "

Scientology Canada 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 103-104. "'...Last March, early April, I had driven to the port to pick up Ian. The Concourse was loaded with Hare Krishna freaks, saffron robes and shaved heads and jumping up and down and demanding money. A load of Scientologists was coming out the gates, heading for some do of theirs, a North American convention I think it was. Just as the two groups merged, here came the Angels of the Lord [an Evangelical/Christian Fundamentalist group] , homemade signs and tambourines and clubs.

'Marj, it was the gaudiest brawl I have ever seen. No trouble telling the three sides apart. The Hare Krishnas looked like clowns, unmistakable. The Angels and the Hubbardites did not wear robes but there was no trouble telling them apart. The Elronners were clean and neat and short-haired; the Angels looked like unmade beds. They carried the 'stink of piety,' too; I got downwind of them once, then moved quickly.' "

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