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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Christian Science Illinois: Chicago 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 28. "They had met almost three years ago, when Alyce had come to work part time in the Christian Science Reading Room where Ramsey had found Rebecca. Their relationship had been casual at best, but they would often talk during slow moments or on breaks from work, discussing their shared faith. Rebecca had been impressed with Alyce's devotion, and Alyce, in turn, had looked to Rebecca for her unique insights into the Scriptures. When Rebecca had left the Reading Room to devote her full time and attention to her evangelical movement, Alyce Ruste had been the first to volunteer to join her. She had, as far as Rebecca knew, no one else in her life, nothing save her faith in Jesus and her devotion to Rebecca Chandler. "
Christian Science Illinois: Chicago 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 89. "She remembered how they met. Two years, yet it seemed like two centuries. She had been working in a Christian Science Reading Room, filing mostly, sorting the books. She lived in a tiny room, a single room with a shared bath in a boarding house on the South Side of Chicago. her life had been drab, colorless, and she would have been the first to admit she was, herself, very much like her life. "
Christian Science Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 85. "The Martians were not without religion, we learned. There were over 23,000 registered sects in the main population centers, ranging from the exotic... to the familiar (Church of Christ Dry Cleaner--Alterations While U Wait... " [Name patterned after Church of Christ, Scientist]
Christian Science Massachusetts: Boston 1972 DuBois, Brendan. Resurrection Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1999); pg. 50. "He recognized the reporter and photographer each from the Boston Herald and the Christian Science Monitor, and a couple of radio reporters. "
Christian Science New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 2. "The rent for two places stretched an already tight pocketbook, and my supply of Christian Scientists in need of a private investigator was running dry. Despite their religious convictions against getting LINKed, the Scientists were, at least, respectable clients. More importantly to me, they could pay in credits rather than barter. The government recognized their objection as legitimate because it was based on religious belief against surgery. As conscientious objectors, they were allowed official external hardware.

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 demo

Christian Science North America 2030 Willis, Connie & Cynthia Felice. Light Raid. New York: Ace (1989); pg. 159. [Faux newspaper article] "from the Christian Science Enquirer " [4 paragraph newspaper article, titled 'Ari's Whereabouts Revealed'] "Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Hellene Ariadne, please contact the Christian Science Enquirer. " [There appears to be no particular significance attached to the choice of this newspaper, other than that it is a national newspaper. Faux news articles from this paper are also on pg. 46, 114, 126, 193.]
Christian Science Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 142. "They had come up to the two standing figures. 'Brother Paul,' one said. He was an old man, white-haired but upright. 'I am Pastor Runford, Jehovah's Witness. This is Mrs. Ellend, Church of Christ, Scientist.'

'I am glad to meet you,' Brother Paul said. Separately, to the woman, he added: 'That would be Christian Scientist?'

The woman nodded. She seemed even older than the pastor, but also healthier, as befitted her calling. Christian Scientists commonly refused conventional medical attention, believing that all illness was illusory.

'We two have been assigned to watch over your experiment, remaining neutral ourselves,' Pastor Runford said...

'We do not wish to interfere in any way with your belief or your investigation,' Mrs. Ellend said. Her voice was oddly soft, yet carried well: the quiet authority of the grandmother figure. " [some other refs. to this character, not in DB.]

Christian Science United Kingdom: England 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 253. "L'Unita and Hoy published identical denunciations of Short's elevation, l'Osservatore Romano and the Christian Science Monitor ignored it, Times of India snickered at it... "
Christian Science United Kingdom: London 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 258. [In this future society, Fordianism has replaced Christianity. Hence, the name of the Fordian Science Monitor is based on the Christian Science Monitor.] "...four other reporters, representing the New York Times, the Frankfurt Four-Dimensional Continuum, The Fordian Science Monitor, and The Delta Mirror, called that afternoon at the lighthouse and met with reception of progressively increasing violence.

From a safe distance and still rubbing his buttocks, 'Benighted fool!' shouted the man from The Fordian Science Monitor, 'why don't you take soma?'

...the Savage... picking up a thick hazel switch, strode forward.

The man from The Fordian Science Monitor made a dash for the helicopter. "

Christian Science USA 1954 Knight, Damon. "Special Delivery " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1954); pg. 95. "Little Leo, it appeared, was working his way simultaneously through biology, astrophysics, phrenology, chemical engineering, architecture, Christian Science, psychosomatic medicine, marine law, business management, Yoga, crystallography, metaphysics and modern literature. "
Christian Science USA 1963 Simak, Clifford D. Way Station. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Robert Bentley, Inc. (reprinted 1979; copyright 1963); pg. 14. "He subscribed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Star... "
Christian Science USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 32. "'...You're all a delusion, the whole town, the whole country, the whole world, the whole universe! I dunno--it just kinda feeds into my natural paranoia at a time when I'm down, I guess.'

'I had an aunt who believed that, you know.'

'Huh? You did?'

'Yeah. She was a Christian Scientist. Thought the whole universe was an illusion, and all pain and misery and even death were fakes, too.'

'Did it work?'

She shrugged. 'I dunno, but I always had this funny feeling when I saw their reading room. It was always filled with real old people, so maybe there was at least something to it.'

I laughed. 'Or Darwin was right and they've bred themselves into a high state of immunity! Heck, I'd still figure you would find that one attractive.'

'How's that?'

'Only major denomination I can think of founded by a woman. Only major one of anything in that area, at least the respectable religions, anyway.' " [The character is an avowed feminist.]

Christian Science USA 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 81. "To the editor of The Christian Science Monitor: Sir . . .

...'One is dismayed to find a journal with an international reputation echoing the cries of what I have no hesitation in calling scare-mongers--people who apparently would have us revert to the wild state without even the caveman's privilege of wearing furs.'

...Having read once more through the editorial in the Monitor that had so offended him--it might, in his view, have been written by that bigot Austin Train himself--he sharpened the next barb of his reply. "

Christian Science world 1900 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 98. "The Scottish Astronomer-Royal Piazzi Smith had discovered the history of the wold and its ominous future in the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. While in the law courts, Mary Baker Eddy and her chief female acolytes were hurling accusations of witchcraft and black magic at each other. "
Christian Science world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 15. "...the trickle turned the key and in came Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures... "
Christian Science world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 200. "Typical Cancerians who exemplified Unordnung are Julius Caesar, Mary Baker Eddy (whose philosophy was an explicit denial of the biogram), Albert Parsons... "
Christian Science world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 217. "Those who think they are 'materialists' and think that 'materialism' requires them to deny all facts which do not square with their definition of 'matter' are loath to admit the well-documented and extensive lists of individuals who have been cured of serious maladies by that very vulgar and absurd form of magick known as Christian Science. Nonetheless, the reader who wants to understand this classic work of immortal literature will have to analyze its deepest meanings, guided by an awareness that there is no essential difference between magick, Behavior Therapy, advertising, and Christian Science. All of them can be condensed into Abra-Melin's simple 'Invoke often.' " [More on pg. 217-218.]
Christian Science world 1993 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 170. [Julie Katz apparently visits Hell.] "Day by day, the categories of iniquity grew even more arbitrary and excessive. Julie could understand why there was an Island of Atheists. Ditto the Island of Adulterers, the Island of Occultists, the Island of Tax Dodgers. Depending on one's upbringing, the precincts reserved for Unitarians, Abortionists, Socialists, Nuclear Strategists, and Sexual Deviates made sense. But why the Island of Irish Catholics? The Island of Scotch Presbyterians? Christian Scientists, Methodists, Baptists?

'This offends me,' she said...

The devil's [replied] 'Throughout history, admission to Hell has depended on but one criterion... You must belong to a group some other group believes is heading there.'

'That's perverse.'

'It's also the law...' "

Christian Science world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 145. "Poe was too devoted to his literary fame to undertake the hard word of founding a new religion, but that task was undertaken, not long after his demise, by two extraordinary women... The other was Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science.

It would be more precise to say that Ms. Eddy found Christian Science, rather than founded it, for it was the invention of New England mesmerist-turned-faith-healer, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. Mrs. Eddy, an imaginary invalid of indestructible strength, first was Quimby's patient, then his student, and finally his usurper and plagiarist, who lifted her magnum opus, Science and Health, from his own radically gnostic writings. According to Quimby (and Mrs. Eddy), ill health is only a mistaken idea. Illness, evil, death, and even poverty exist only in the mind, and if one will only rid one's mind of such ideas, the Goodness of Everything will become manifest. This can be a very liberating gospel... " [More, pg. 145-146, etc.]

Christian Science world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 235. "Willa Cather and Georgine Milmine, The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993). Milmine appeared as the sole author on the first publication of the book in 1908, as a serial in McClure's magazine, but her contribution was the research; Cather was the actual author. "
Christian Science world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 315. "He [Eda, the Ahmadiyyan physicist] told her a little of the religion he had been born into.... It was a comparatively new sect--contemporaneous with Christian Science or the Jehovah's Witnesses... "
Christian Science world 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 172. "...the Ecucatholic Movement [Pope Paul John Paul] had launched [2003] was the kicker... By canonizing practically every Protestant leader since the Reformation... PJP had somehow gotten millions of Protestants to come back under the Roman umbrella. Realizing that there was now a Saint Brigham Young and a Saint Mary Baker Eddy gave me an idea of how far things had gone. "
Christian Science world 2007 Knight, Damon. A Reasonable World. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 152. "Or something closer to home, the Christian Scientists ('neither Christian nor scientists,' her mother had said with icy scorn). There had been a family of them in the neighborhood, and she remembered her family saying that they had changed their attitude when the son fell ill with leukemia Yes, and had he been cured? She seemed to remember that there had been a cure or a remission, but he had died anyhow a few years later... "
Christian Science world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 77. "Case shuffled into the nearest door and watched the other passengers as he rode. A pair of predatory-looking Christian Scientists were edging toward a trio of young office techs who wore idealized holographic vaginas on their wrists, wet pink glittering under the harsh lighting. The techs licked their perfect lips nervously and eyed the Christian Scientists from beneath lowered metallic lids. The girls looked like tall, exotic grazing animals, swaying gracefully and unconsciously with the movement of the train... "
Christian Science world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 135. "If people must go to church, why the devil couldn't they be dignified, like Catholics, Christian Scientists, or Quakers? "
Christian Science world 2087 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 290. "She came back to their flat one day to find him doing nothing, surrounded by books--many books: The Talmud, the Kama-Sutra, Bibles in several versions, the Book of the Dead, the Book of Mormon,... the Koran, the unabridged Golden Bough, the Way, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, sacred writings of a dozen other religions major and minor... "
Christian Science world 2089 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 348. "Bishop Oxtongue, at the New Grand Avenue Temple, preached on the text (Matt. XXIV:24): 'For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.' He made clear that his diatribe did not refer to Mormons, Christian Scientists, Roman Catholics... nor to any fellow travelers whose good words counted more than inconsequential differences in creed or ritual... but solely to upstart heretics who were seducing faithful contributors away from the faiths of their fathers [i.e., the Church of All Worlds]. "
Christian Science world 2130 Clarke, Arthur C. Rendezvous with Rama. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 76, 132. Pg. 76: "As indeed he was, being a devout member of the Fifth Church of Christ, Cosmonaut. "; Pg. 132: "'...Is this a personal emergency?'

'No, Commander. It is much more important than that. I want to send a message to the Mother Church.'

..He had never known Rodrigo to lose control, to be other than completely self-assured. All the Cosmo Christers were like this; it was one of the benefits of their faith, and it helped to make them good spacemen. " [The 'Church of Christ, Cosmonaut' is a fictional religious group distinctly different from Christian Science, i.e., the Church of Christ, Scientist. But some characteristics of the members and certainly the naming convention (including 'the Mother Church') are derived directly from Christian Science.]

Christian Science world 2301 Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1953); pg. 117. "There was a faithful reproduction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the center of the cemetary. It was painstakingly labeled: Ye Wee Kirk O Th' Glen. From the mouth of one of the gargoyles in the tower, a syrupy voice roared: 'SEE THE DRAMA OF THE GODS PORTRAYED IN VIBRANT ROBOT-ACTION IN YE WEE KIRK O TH' GLEN. MOSES ON MT. SINAI, THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST, MOHAMMED AND THE MOUNTAIN, LAO TSE AND THE MOON, THE REVELATION OF MARY BAKER EDDY, THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD BUDDHA, THE UNVEILING OF THE TRUE AND ONLY GOD GALAXY . . .' Pause, and then a little more matter-of-factly: 'OWING TO THE SACRED NATURE OF THIS EXHIBIT, ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY. TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE BAILIFF.' "
Christianity Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 43. "...she told me about a group of Christians returning from a rally by canoe across Lake Victoria. They encountered a boatload of rude boys out for a pleasure cruise with their girlfriends, who jeered at them and told them they were no good Christians, they had no faith, going in canoes, why they should walk on the lake like their God. Valiantly responding to the challenge, fifteen leaped up and stepped over the side. 'They sank like stones,' Mrs. K said, rocking with laughter... 'They were pulling bodies out of the water for days. Six were never accounted for, but there are a lot of crocodiles in Lake Victoria.' "
Christianity Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 47. Pg. 47: "'Given that God created the aliens behind the Chaga, the question is, were they created in a state of grace, or are they fallen creatures, like us? If they are angels, then they run the risk of falling should the come into contact with sinners like us. Me, I like the idea of being responsible for the fall of an angel. If they are already fallen, then do they have a means of salvation, or must we evangelize them?'

'A Chaga Messiah?' Gaby asked...

'There are no aliens,' Tembo said a little impatiently... ";

Pg. 49: "The true posse, like the True Church, was invisible, spiritual, virtual. It was the boy in Pumwani... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Christianity Africa 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 197. "...the old villager droned on... the historian jumped ahead to the time... villagers accepted Allah and added him to their other gods, although to the warriors they pretended to worship only the warriors' god. Generations later a new kind of man came upon their village, offering gifts of steel tools if the villagers would accept a new god whose symbol was a cross. The villagers accepted the gifts gladly, together with the new god. The men of the cross also thought that their god was the only god, yet the villagers knew better. One of their oldest gods died every year, to be reborn in the planting season; this was nothing new. And although the men of the cross said that their god was a jealous god and would have no other gods worshiped with him, the villagers soon found that there were many different men of the cross, who fought against each other, even killing one another while their god of peace and love watched impassively from his cross. "
Christianity Africa, West 2038 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 11. Pg. 11: "Johnny wondered if the minister's prayers would do him any good. David claimed that he tried to be a decent Christian, but that gorgeous heavyweight jazz singer with him at Mama's was not his wife. "; Pg. 12: "Without gold or oil, this area had been a significant continental trading mart since before the pyramids were raised. The modern country was a palimpsest of sub-Saharan history. Since the end of 'pagan times,' early thirteenth century by Christian reckoning, it had been Islamic, then Portuguese, then 'pagan' again... "
Christianity Alabama 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "Two hours each day before dinner are spent in a Gethsemane of dread and hope... Warden Smede... still refuses me library privileges, allows me only a New Testament and a prayer book. " [There are extensive references to Christianity, and many Christian characters, throughout the novel. Most refs. not in DB.]
Christianity Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 496. "Just where the white, gold, and silver grin ended, where the Boulevard of Faith passed out of the high security area and became County Road 251, were the Jimmy Wayne Sutter Bible College and the Sutter School of Christian Business. Eight hundred students attended the two nonaccredited institutions, 650 of them living on campus in rigidly segregated dormitories such as Roy Rogers West, Dale Evans East, and Adam Smith South... In anticipation of rapid financial growth in the 1980s, the World Bible Outreach Center was preparing to diversity into the Dothan Christian Shopping Mall, a chain of Christian Rest motels, and the 165-million-dollar Bible World amusement park under construction in Georgia. " [Much more about this televangelism-based center, pg. 495-509. See other refs. under 'televangelism' category.]
Christianity Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 505. "'Anthony, tell me who you think wrote this:

Preachers . . . 'dead the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies on which they live.' '

...'Tell me who you think wrote that, Anthony.'

Harod shrugged. 'H. L. Mencken? Madalyn Murray O'Hair?'

Sutter shook his head. 'Jefferson, Anthony. Thomas Jefferson.'


...'Don't you see, Anthony? For al the evangelicals' talk about this nation being founded on religious principles . . . this being a Christian nation and all . . . most of the Founding Fathers were like Jefferson . . . atheists, pointy-headed intellectuals, Unitarians . . .' "

Christianity Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 505. "'So the country was founded by a flock of fuzzy-minded secular humanists, Anthony. That's why we can't have God in our schools anymore. That's why they're killing a million unborn babies a day. That's why the Communists are growin' stronger while we're talking arms reduction. God gave me the Ability to stir the hearts and souls of common people so that we can make this country a Christian nation, Anthony.' "
Christianity Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 506. "'...There's nothing wrong with the idea of putting a good Christian in the White House for a change.'

'I thought Jimmy Carter was supposed to have been a good Christian,' said Harod.

'Jimmy Carter was a born-again wimp,' said Sutter. 'A real Christian would have known just what to do with the Ayatollah when that pagan put his hands on American citizens. The Bible says . . . 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.' We should've left those Moslem Shee-ite bastards toothless.'

'To hear NCPAC tell it, it's the Christians who just put Reagan in,' said Harod...

'Bull-hockey,' said Jimmy Wayne Sutter. 'Brother C., Kepler, and that donkey's behind Trask, put our friend Ronald where he is... By 1988 or '92, however, the way will be prepared for a real Christian candidate.' "

Christianity Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 67. "Clusters... buildings comprising the campus of Brother Freddy's Hallelujah Bible College and Graduate School of Christian Economics seemed to solidify out of the predawn Alabama gloom. Far to the east, just visible above the pecan groves, rose the artificial mountain of the Mount Sinai Mad Mouse Ride in the Bible Land section of Brother Freddy's Born Again Family Amusement Complex and Christian Convention Center... one of six huge satellite dishes on the grounds of Brother Freddy's Bible Broadcast Center, sliced a black arc from the cloud-laden sky. Brother Freddy glanced at the rain-sullen weather and smiled. It did not matter what the real world beyond his office window offered. The large 'bay window' on the homey set of the Hallelujah Breakfast Club was actually a $38,000 rear-projection television screen which played the same 52 minute tape of a glorious May sunrise each morning. On Brother Freddy's Hallelujah Breakfast Club, it was always spring. "
Christianity Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 68. "'What's the line-up like?' asked Brother Freddy as he took a sip of his coffee...

'First half hour you got the usual lead-in from Brother Beau, your opening talk and Prayer Partner plea, six-and-a-half minutes of the Hallelujah Breakfast Club Choir doing 'We're On the Brink of a Miracle' and a medley of of-Broadway Christian hits, and then your Breakfast Guests come on,' said Brother Billy Bob Grimes, the floor director. " [Refs. to 'Christianity' throughout the story. Specifically, the story is about Protestant/Born-Again/Evangelical televangelism. Some other refs. under 'televangelism' in DB.]

Christianity Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 72. "'No, I am not Dale Evans,' agreed the stranger. 'My name is Vanni Fucci.' Again the hint of an Italian accent. Brother Freddy noted the name had been pronounced VAH-nee FOO-tchee. Brother Freddy had nothing against Italians; growing up in Greenville, Alabama, he had known very few of them. As an adult he had learned not to call them wops. He presumed most Italians were Catholic, therefore not Christians, and therefore of little interest to him or his ministry. But now this particular Italian was a bit of a problem.' " [This passage reflects the disdain that Evangelicals, such as Brother Freddy, feel toward non-Protestant Christians such as Catholics.]
Christianity Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 77. "'Alighieri did it,' said Vanni Fucci in soft, conversational tones. 'The man was a mental midget with the imagination of a moth, but he did it because no one before him did it.'

'Did what?' asked Brother Freddy...

'Created Hell,' said Vanni Fucci.

'Nonsense!' cried Rev. Frank Flinsey, author of fourteen books about the end of the world. 'The Lord God Jehovah created Hell as He did everything else.'

'Oh?' said Vanni Fucci. 'Where does it say so in that grab-bag of tribal stories and jingoist posturings you call a Bible?' "

Christianity Alabama 1992 Anthony, Patricia. "Blue Woofers " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1992); pg. 176. "It's the HEAD COOK of Hell talking again. Satan may baste you, but it's God who'll light your fire. I know better than to open my eyes. God loves surprises. Open my eyes and He'll get me, just like Moe used to get Curly, with two stiff fingers up the sockets. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Alabama 1993 Ellison, Harlan. Mefisto in Onyx. Shingletown, CA: Mark. V. Ziesing Books (1993); pg. 59. Pg. 59: "That institution for the betterment of the human race, the Organized Church, has a name for it. From the fine folks at Catholicism, Lutheranism, Baptism, Judaism, Islamism, Druidism . . . Ismism . . . the ones who brought you Torquemada, several spicy varieties of Inquisition, original sin, holy war, sectarian violence... "; Pg. 60: "Every pale, wormy Bible-reciting psycho who had stolen... "; Pg. 90: "You don't have to be Son of Sam or Cain slayin' Abel, or whatever... you could've been Moses or Galileo... "
Christianity Alabama 1996 McDevitt, Jack. Ancient Shores. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 222. "'Now I don't know what it is that we, in our insatiable curiosity, have blundered into. But it is disquieting to any good Christian...' " [More, pg. 272, etc.]
Christianity Albania 1944 Ing, Dean. Blood of Eagles. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 16. Pg. 16: "The Iskander boy, who often sketched on whatever was handy, seemed ready to weep. 'Stolen from our cathedrals and museums,' he said with a sweep of his arm. 'Why did the merciful God choose us as the destroyers of our own fine works?' "; Pg. 18: "It had been crudely minted, probably melted down in desperate haste by Nazi pigs who could not haul heavy religious artifacts intact. The benevolent God only knew how many of them lay in that tank. The sniper had spoken of a loot shipment. "
Christianity Albania 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 362. "Captain Spiromilos says, 'We're about a kilometer away. The Crusade will come through there, at dawn. By then, we'll have taken the town. It's an unChristian place full of werewolves and worse, but they lack discipline.' "
Christianity Antarctica 2037 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 344. "I am granted extra fruit on my birthday, and on Eastern and Western Christianity's Christmas, a legacy of Diomedes's devoutness that Gardiner has not altered, though he is cynic and not Christian. "
Christianity Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 20. "...converting the zeroes and ones [in the message from aliens] to light and dark pixels produced: [a meaningless image shown]

Not quite gibberish, but certainly not instantly meaningful, either. Trying the other possibility yielded: [a cross, or a plus-sign]

A cross. Obviously a registration mark so that the recipient could be sure that the message had been decoded properly. Also, a quick check of the aspect ratio of the monitor being sued to view the messages. The horizontal and vertical arms were each five pixels long. If they appeared the same length, the ratio was correct. simple, straightforward, easy to comprehend. And yet, I am sure humanity must have made much of the fact that the very first image received from the stars was the sign of the cross. "

Christianity Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 68. [Aboard the starship Argo.] "The Place of Worship on level 11 wasn't more than an empty room, really. We didn't have the space to provide a dedicated church or synagogue or mosque or other specialized hall. Instead, this simple chamber, with seating for 500, served as called upon. "
Christianity Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 68. "Aaron had only been to church once with Diana, he had said, back in Toronto with her family, just before they had married. He had tried to describe the place to me as best he could remember it--dark and gloomy, with a musty odor, but a magnificent, oh, so magnificent, stained-glass window at one end. He had stared at it through most of the service.

I had a holographic library of generic architectural components, and with help from Aaron, I re-created as best I could what the Chandler family church had apparently looked like, at least in general appearance. "

Christianity Arizona 1943 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 65. "The neighbors were all gone except Gramma Reuther who always came to troubled homes and had folded the hands of the dead in Socorro from the founding of the town. She sat now in the front room holding her worn Bible in quiet hands, after all these years no longer needing to look up the passages of comfort and assurance. "
Christianity Arizona 1944 Horne, Lewis. "The People Who Were Not There " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1973); pg. 61. "Finding a box in the bottom of a pile, he told us to pull it out: mission. Opening it, he handed us a small smelly Bible. We couldn't read it.

'That is printed in Samoan,' he said. 'My mission was to Samoa. Look at this picture.'

He showed us six white-suited men, standing on a beach, palm trees behind. The young men stared, stiff, composed, and steady-eyed.

'That one... that one is me...' " [Many other refs. to Christianity (specifically, to Latter-day Saints), throughout story, not in DB.]

Christianity Arizona 1954 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 173. "'Mother had a mind-reading act. She was good. she was better than anyone knew--better than she wanted to be. It hurt and scared her sometimes to walk through people's minds. Sometimes she would come back to the trailer and cry and cry and take a long long shower and wash herself until her hands were all water-soaked and her hair hung in dripping strings. They curled at the end. She couldn't get all the fear and hate and--and tired dirt off even that way. Only if she could find a Good to read, or a dark church with tall candles.' "
Christianity Arizona 1954 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 191. Pg. 191: "'. . . since the devil was an imp and now there it is . . .'

...'Strange things going on around here.' Blue Nor's porchy eyebrows rose and fell portentously. 'Never heard of a balance rock falling before. And all them other funny things. The devil's walking our land sure enough!' ";

Pg. 201: "'Let him be like the others,' McVey half whispered. 'That limb of Satan ever be like anyone decent?... He don't want to be like anybody 'cepting hisself. And he's a devil!' "

Pg. 204: "'That McVey! She'd drive the devil to drink,' she said cheerfully. "

Christianity Arizona 1954 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 169-170. "I dragged the unresponsive half of me up onto the bed, arranging myself for sleep. I leaned against the pillow ad put my hands in back of my head, my elbows fanning out to either side. I stared at the light square that was the window until it wavered and rippled before my sleepy eyes. still my mind was only nibbling at what had happened and showed no inclination to set its teeth into any sort of explanation. I awakened with a start to find the moonlight gone, my arms asleep and my prayers unsaid.

Tucked in bed and ringed about with the familiar comfort of my prayers, I slid away from awareness into sleep... "

Christianity Arizona 1955 Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People. New York: Avon (1961); pg. 164. "'Maybe,' Melodye said, sobering, 'maybe it's because knowing there can be this kind of communication between the People, and trying to reach it for myself, I have made myself more receptive to communication from a source that knows no Outsiders--no East or West--no bond or free.'

'Hmm,' Dr. Curtis said. 'There you have a point for pondering.' "

Christianity Arizona 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 324. "My mother had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and decided to tell the story of me at Indian Bible School. This was the summer when I was ten, at Chaco Canyon National Park... My parents decided to send me to the Vacation Bible School with the Navajo kids. On the first day, in church... "
Christianity Arizona 2011 Willis, Connie. "The Last of the Winnebagos " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1988); pg. 48. "He had thought he'd found a connection... but here we were, a couple of dog lovers, a couple of Good Samaritans, and his theory had collapsed. "
Christianity Arizona 2095 Heinlein, Robert A. "'If This Goes On--' " in Revolt in 2100. New York: Baen (1981; story copyright 1940); pg. 77. "Afterwards I hung around, waited for a chance to speak to the priest, and told him how much I had enjoyed his sermon. He shook hands... 'Thank you, my boy. It's always good news to a new pastor to hear that his ministrations are appreciated.'

I guess my face gave me away. He added, 'Something wrong?'

I stammered, 'Oh, no, reverend, sir. You see, I'm a stranger myself. Then you aren't Reverend Baird?' I was in cold panic. Baird was my only contact with the brethren short of New Jerusalem; without someone to hide me I would be picked up in a matter of hours...

'No, I'm afraid not, my son. Did you wish to see the Reverend Baird?' "

Christianity Arkansas 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 104. "'...You say to me, 'Brother Bemis, the Hefn's interferin' in our God-given right to have a Christian family is a whole lot more important than the corruption of nine little children out in Washington, D.C. But I would remind you all this morning of the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when he said, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is he kingdom of heaven,' And I would remind you of the Book of Proverbs, chapter twenty-two, verse six, where we read: 'Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.' And I want to say to you that if Jesus Christ was here toady, he would go the parents of those Apprentice children, and he would tell them, 'Protect your sons and daughters from corruption! Keep your sons and your daughters, that God gave you to raise up in good Christian homes, away from he evil of the alien invader!' ' " [Much more to this sermon, in Little Rock, Arkansas.]
Christianity Armenia 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 241. "Petra... The one girl among them, the Armenian Joan of Arc... "
Christianity Australia 1987 Bryant, Edward. "Down in the Dreamtime " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 290. "'...Even the white Christ recognizes the turning of the great wheel that will groan and move again in little more than a decade...' "
Christianity Australia 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 118. "AAP/UK Net, October 8, 1996; Woomera, Local Church of New Australia:

The Reverend Brian Caldecott has proclaimed the Australian extraterrestrials to be 'patent frauds.' Caldecott, long known for his fiery harangues against all forms of government, and for leading his disciples in a return to 'the Garden of Eden,' which he claims was once located near Alice Springs, came to Woomera in a caravan of thirty white Mercedes-Benzes to hold a tent rally this evening. 'These 'aliens' are the Country Party's attempt to mislead the citizens of the world, and to make the Australian Government, under Prime Minister Stanley Miller, the center of world government, which I of course deplore.' Caldecott's crusade suffered a public relations setback last year when it was discovered he was married to three women. The Church of New Australia promptly declared bigamy to be a religious principle, stirring a legal stew as yet unsettled. "

Christianity Australia 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 180. "The Portuguese Brother belonged to a Christian group called the Order of Christ. This was part of the shadowy coalition that supported the Milton Foundation. The Order turned out to have roots going back to the fourteenth century. It was a religious-military society originally set up to attack Islam in its own territories. The Order had included Vasco de Gama, for example, one of whose specialties was hanging Muslims from his masts and using them for crossbow practice. "

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