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|Christianity||California||1985||Dick, Philip K. "Introduction: How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later " in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985); pg. 7.||"In Plato's Timaeus, God does not create the universe, as does the Christian God; He simply finds it one day. " [Extensive Christian refs. throughout the rest of the introduction, pg. 7-23.]|
|Christianity||California||1985||Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 26.||"'Just let me know when you find a cheap cure for herpes,' she said. 'We can make a bundle from the Christian Action League just to keep it off the market.' "|
|Christianity||California||1985||Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 65.||"Edward drove to the La Jolla Museum of Modern Art and walked across the concrete to a payphone near a bronze drinking fountain. Fog drifted in from the ocean, obscuring the cream-plastered Spanish lines of the Church of St. James by the Sea and beading on the leaves of the tree. "|
|Christianity||California||1989||Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 293.||"'I'm not Sherlock Holmes. But the bumper stickers on your car say 'I Love Jesus' and 'Christ Has Risen.' And there's a Baptist convention in town, and you're all dressed in dark suits.' "|
|Christianity||California||1994||Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 74.|| "'Do you think,' he said aloud as he painstakingly drove, 'that when we die and appear before god on Judgment Day, that our sins will be listed in chronological order or in order of severity, which could be ascending or descending, or alphabetically? Because I don't want to have God boom out at me when I die at the age of eighty-six, 'So you're the little boy who stole the three Coke bottles off the Coca-Cola truck when it was parked in the 7-11 lot back in 1962, and you've got a lot of fast talking to do.' '
'I think they're cross-referenced,' Luckman said. 'And they just hand you a computer printout that's the total of a long column that's been added up already.' "
|Christianity||California||1994||Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 74.|| "'Sin,' Barris said, chuckling, 'is a Jewish-Christian myth that is outdated.'
Arctor said, 'Maybe they've got all your sins in one big pickle barrel'--he turned to glare at Barris the anti-Semite--'a kosher pickle barrel, and they just hoist it up and throw the whole contents all at once in your face, and you just stand there dripping sins. Your own sins, plus maybe a few of somebody else's that got in by mistake.' "
|Christianity||California||1994||Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 100.|| "'Barris, I'm going to read to you.' He began to read from the book, in a particularly fluent way. ' 'He to whom it is given to see Christ more real than any other reality . . .' '
'What?' Barris said.
Luckman continued reading. ' '. . . than any other reality in the World, Christ everywhere present and everywhere growing more great, Christ the final determination and plasmatic Principle of the Universe--' '
'What is that?' Arctor said.
'Chardin. Teilhard de Chardin.' " [Also, pg. 172, 195.]
|Christianity||California||1994||Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1977); pg. 174.||"I wonder if St. Paul had bad breath. "|
|Christianity||California||1995||Bonta, Vanna. Flight. San Diego, CA: Meridian House (1995); pg. 213.||"Mendle reminded himself of what St. Augustine said. 'Miracles don't occur in opposition to Nature, but in opposition to what we know about Nature.' "|
|Christianity||California||1995||Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 195.||"...and stashed it in the bedside table drawer, beside the Gideon Bible... " [Some other refs. not in DB.]|
|Christianity||California||1995||Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 379.||"...bonfires and waving torches, and the smells of ocean and wet leaves on the cold wind, all made him think of some pre-Christian Mediterranean island, with mad, half-human gods demanding worship and sacrifice. "|
|Christianity||California||1999||Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 172.||"Eve... looked serene, almost beatific. She could have posed for a Renaissance painting of the Madonna. As for her father, Noah, the evangelist who had called us to the hilltop, he looked like the God that Michelangelo had painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Or maybe, with his theatrically long gray hair, dramatic beard, and powerfully built body, it was the actor Charlton Heston in his Moses role that he resembled. "|
|Christianity||California||1999||Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 173.|| "Until Noah and Eve had appeared in our small Northern California city the year before, I had been among those complacent nonbelievers who, Noah said, were about to be plunged into eternal darkness. It's not that I was an atheist; it was just that, like a lot of people, I'd been indifferent to religion most of my life -- even though some of my earliest memories are of sitting in a hard church pew as I leaned contentedly against one of my parents and dozed while some man in a white robe droned on and on at the front of the sanctuary.
In fact, until I as five, my mom and dad had been conventional, card-carrying Christians who went to church two or three times a month, always taking me along.
All of that changed, though, when Dad got cancer and Mom was helpless to do anything but watch him die, a process that took two years of unrelieved, unremitting agony... "
|Christianity||California||2000||Ing, Dean. Loose Cannon. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (2000); pg. 45.||"'I hope you can avoid too much fraternizing,' was the nearest thing to restraint that Ethan voiced as he prepared his first martini. 'It's one thing to show a little Christian charity, but, ah, socially--' "|
|Christianity||California||2010||Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 317.||"The crowd was dead silent, like Sunday school children who know they are about to be told that they stand a high chance of burning in Hell. All of the people here at the Southern California Rightist Coalition who had been brought up Christian (which was most of them) knew what was coming. The non-Christians were already so alienated by the heavily pork-oriented meal that they weren't talking much anyway. "|
|Christianity||California||2050||Dick, Philip K. The Simulacra. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1964); pg. 14.|| "'Heavenly Father,' Doyle read, 'we the residents of the communal apartment building Abraham Lincoln beseech you to bless our assembly tonight. Um, we ask that in your mercy you enable us to raise the funds for the roof repairs which seem imperative. We ask that our sick be healed and that in processing applicants wishing to live amongst us we show wisdom in whom we admit and whom we turn away. We further ask that no outsiders get in and disrupt our law-abiding, orderly lives and we ask in particular that lastly, if it be thy will, that Nicole Thibodeaux be free of her sinus headaches which have caused her not to appear before us on TV lately, and that those headaches not have anything to do with that time two years ago, which we all recall, when that stagehand allowed that weight to fall and strike her on the head, sending her to the hospital for several days. Anyhow, amen.'
The audience agreed, 'Amen.' " [Also pg. 42.]
|Christianity||California||2050||Dick, Philip K. The Simulacra. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1964); pg. 43.||Pg. 42: "latest Jewish joke ('One day God met Jesus and Jesus was wearing--' or however it went; she could not remember... "|
|Christianity||California||2051||Niven, Larry & Steven Barnes. Dream Park. New York: Ace (1981); pg. 268.||"...a heavenly choir performed Handel's Messiah... "|
|Christianity||California||2053||Rucker, Rudy. Freeware. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 6.||Pg. 6: "In the past she'd used the gaseous verbiage of the King James Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran, but these days she modeled her speech patterns on the style of science journals. ";
Pg. 12: "'Shaped like the Koran or the Book of Mormon? Or maybe like the... works of Shakespeare!'
'Like the Bible. Remember? Andrea's into Christianity these days. She's all... 'I am interested in a relationship with a God-fearing Christian man.' ' ";
Pg. 14: "'One of these days a Heritagist tourist is going to pure alcohol on you and light you. A lot of Heritagists are Christians. Do you really think they dig seeing you imitate their sacred book?' ";
Pg. 15: "'I am the Bible,' said Andrea in a sweet, reasonable voice. 'The Good Book of your Savior. I'm interested in pursuing a dialogue on religious issues.' " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 164.]
|Christianity||California||2103||Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 45.|| "Tom, standing a little way apart from them, said, 'For the indignation of the Lord is upon all the nations, and His fury upon all their armies: He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughter.'
'What's the looney saying now?' Stidge asked.
'It's the Bible,' said Buffalo. 'Don't you know the Bible?'
'And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.'
Charley said, 'You know it all by heart?'
'A lot of it,' said Tom. 'I was a preacher for a time.'
'Whereabouts was that?'
'Up there,' Tom said, jerking his thumb over his right shoulder. 'Idaho. Washington State, some.' " ['Tom' referred to here is Tom O'Bedlam, the title character. Many other refs. to him and to Christianity. Most not in DB. Also, for example, pg. 55, 73 (Christmas), 96 (Moses), 119 (quote from Corinthians), 192, 259, etc. Also: many refs. listed under 'Catholic.']
|Christianity||California||2103||Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 149.|| "'For example, what if these shared multiple hallucinations are not hallucinations at all, but rather the first signs of the advent upon our world of the actual numinous force, the divine spirit, the Godhead, if you will?'
'Are you going Hindu on us now?' Waldstein said.
'Crisply Patel replied, 'There is nothing specifically Hindu, I believe, in what I have just suggested. Or eastern in any way, so far as I can see. I think that if we were to consult Father Christie on the subject of the Second Coming we might find that there are Christian elements in the concept, or Jewish messianic ones. I say simply that we are attempting to approach this matter in a scientific way when in fact it may be entirely outside the scope of scientific technique.' "
|Christianity||California: Gateway City||1997||Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 15.|| "How do you tell a child she's dying? Father Donald Morris asked himself, not for the first time. How do you tell a child that the benevolent God she's been taught about the god who made the Heavens and the Earth, the God who crafted Adam and Eve and filled the world with all the things that fly and swim and walk and crawl--how do you tell a child that same God has now directed a small portion of His infinite energy toward the creation of a cancer, a tumor, a terrible, consuming thing in that child's brain or stomach or lungs or bones?
...he caught the reflex, instinctive thought, breaking it off like a dry branch on a dead tree. Nothing to do but pray. " [Many other refs. to Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant, as a central thematic element in novel. Most other refs. not in DB. The chief 'villain' in novel is an Evangelical preacher, but most Catholic priests and nuns are portrayed positively.]
|Christianity||California: Gateway City||1997||Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 74.|| "'Some people say that the Christian God and the God of the Jews are the same,' Esther Schorr said... 'I've never been quite able to see that. Christians and Jews believe in different things. Like the Messiah.'
'This would be the man Jesus of Nazareth?'...
'Jesus is called the Messiah,' Esther said, 'but we don't think He is. God promised us a messiah, to lead us out of bondage. Would He send us one we wouldn't recognize?' "
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990)||[Book jacket:] "Hollywood in the 1950s... The excited narrator has just been hired as a sci-fi film writer at one of the great studios. An anonymous invitation leads him to a graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall--and to the discovery of a body frozen in time and poised to climb from the city of the dead to the city of light. A bizarre mystery unfolds through a series of curious encounters with a monocled director, and an actor who has played the role of Jesus for twenty-five years, with philistine studio heads, and fanatical autograph hounds... " [Clearly there are many refs. to Christianity in the novel.]|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 4.||"Here also were the Stations of the Cross and a trail of ever-replenished blood as screenwriters groaned by to Calvary carrying a backbreaking load of revisions... " [Many refs. to Christianity, not in DB.]|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 17.|| "'...God help me, on a hopeless film about Christ, Herod Antipas, and all those knucklehead saints. The film started nine million dollars back with a dipso director... I have been elected to bury the corpse. What kind of Christian are you?'
'Good! Don't be surprised if I get you fired from your dumb dinosaur epic. If you could help me embalm this Christ horror film, it's a step up for your. The Lazarus principle!...' "
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 51.|| "'I came to this studio in 1927 when they made Jesus the King. I was a woodworker out back in those sheds. I cut and polished the three crosses on Calvary, still standing. There was a contest in every Baptist basement and Catholic backwash in the land. Find Christ! He was found here. The director asked where I worked. The carpenter's shop. My God, he cried, let me see that face! Go put on a beard! 'Make me look like holy Jesus,' I advised the makeup man. I went back, dressed in robes and thorns, the whole holy commotion. The director danced on the Mount and washed my feet. Next thing you know the Baptists were lining up at Iowa pie festivals when I dusted through in my tin flivver with banners 'THE KING IS COMING,' 'GOING ON BEFORE.'
'Across country in auto bungalo courts, I had a great ten-year Messiah run, until vino & venality tattered my smock... Women felt it was blasphemy if they so much as breathed my air...' " [More.]
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 113.||"'Forgetful Christian! The Last Supper was not the Last Supper. It was the Penultimate Supper! Days after the Crucifixion and entombment, Simon called Peter, on the Sea of Tiberias with the other disciples, experienced the miracle of the fishes. On shore, they witnessed a pale illumination. Approaching, they saw a man standing by a spread of burning charcoals and fish. They spoke to the man and knew it was Christ, who gestured and said, 'Take of these fish and feed thy brethren. Take of my message and move through the cities of the world and preach therein forgiveness of sin.' ' " [More.]|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 223.||"Father Kelly laughed. 'As a young man I rote nine screenplays, none ever shot... Then I said to hell with it and joined the priesthood, late. It was hard. The church does not take such as me off the streets frivolously. But I sprinted through seminary in style, for I had worked on a mob of Christian documentary films...' "|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 256.||"...to toss us as lunch to Constance Rattigan's seals, and shock the ghost of Aimee Semple McPherson trudging up the surf the other way, astonished but reborn in the Christian dawn. "|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1955||Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 282.||"No, I thought, maybe not Napoleon, but Barnum, Gandhi, and Jesus. Herod, Edison, and Griffith... "|
|Christianity||California: Hollywood||1997||Bradbury, Ray. "If MGM Is Killed, Who Gets the Lion? " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 13.|| "'Holy Jeeze, damn. Christ off the cross!' said Jerry Would.
'Please,' said his typist-secretary, pausing to erase a typo in a screenplay, 'I have Christian ears.'
'Yeah, but my tongue is Bronx, New York,' said Would... "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1960||Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 126.||"For five years Soul Dad spoke to no one... working in the prison library, reading in his prison cell: the philosophy he had studied--beginning with a brief conversion to Christianity, and then, in the sixties... a second conversion to the Black Muslim creed, and then moving beyond dogma into real theology, real philosophy. Soul Dad had read and studied Berkely and Hume and Kant and Heidegger. Soul Dad had reconciled Aquinas with the ethical imperatives of the mean streets... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1974||Dick, Philip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. New York: Doubleday (1974); pg. 124.|| "'The drinkers of intoxicating liquor have made you the subject of their songs and those sitting by the gate are concerning themselves about you, and according to them Police General Felix Buckman wants to interrogate you.' He explained, 'That was from Psalm Sixty-nine. I sit here by you as a Witness to Jehovah Reborn, who is in this very hour creating new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. Isaiah 65:13, 17.'
'A police general?'
Jason said, numbed. "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1974||Dick, Philip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. New York: Doubleday (1974); pg. 124-125.|| "'So they say,' the obliging young Jesus-freak pol answered... 'All flesh is like grass,' the Jesus-freak pol intoned. 'Like low-grade roachweed most likely. Unto us a child is born, unto us a hit is given. The crooked shall be made straight and the straight loaded.'
'Do you have a joint?' Jason asked him.
'No, I've run out.' The Jesus-freak pol rapped on the forward metal wall. 'Hey, Ralf, can you lay a joint on this brother?'
'Here. 'A crushed pack of Goldies appeared by way of a gray-sleeved hand and arm.
'Thanks,' Jason said as he lit up. 'You want one?' he asked Ruth Rae.
'I want Bob,' she whimpered. 'I want my husband.'
Silently, Jason sat hunched over, smoking and meditating.
'Don't give up,' the Jesus-freak pol crammed in beside him said, in the darkness. "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1980||Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 97.||"'...What kind of name is Harod, eh? You say you are from Midwestern Christian stock and you certainly invoke the name of Christus frequently enough, but I think maybe the name Harod has other origins, yes? I think maybe my dear nephew is a Jew. Ah, well, it does not matter now. We can speak of it should we meet again in paradise...' " [Other refs., not in DB, or under other, denomination-specific categories. One of the major characters is a Christian Fundamentalist televangelist based on Jerry Falwell/Jim Bakker/etc.. Another significant characters is a devout Christian: Shayla Berrington, an actress who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.]|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1985||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 30: "The Singer & Her Song ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Aug. 1985); pg. 15.||Sam: "Wonder why he [the Beyonder] came to Earth? "; Illyana: "Boredom probably--a celestial sadist out for some cheap thrills. "; Sam: "I don't buy that, Illyana. There's gotta be a better reason. He possesses the sort of power only the Lord's supposed to have. "; Illyana: "Maybe that's who he is. "; Sam: "Unless he's the Devil. Whichever, how the heck do we fight him? "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1986||Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 80.||"...David Lynch's Black Easter... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1986||Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 127.||"The next day, at eleven in the morning, two Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizes came to the door... Michael listened wearily to their prophecies and Bible quotations... They preached the Apocalypse. He knew it was coming--but not as they visualized it. "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1986||Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 160.||"All this poetry had his thinking. He had something. So now there's this. No people might believe about Hill women and fear and cutting hair short to stop something not right, not Christian. When he went away . . . I felt where he was, and I couldn't tell even you, my husband. "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1986||Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 161.||Pg. 161: "Mrs. Dopso sat in her overstuffed chair, the light of the reading lamp missing her face and casting a warm glow on her lap, which held a Bible opened to Revelation. Robert sat on a dining room chair next to her; Michael sat on the couch...
'I've been reading the good Book,' Mrs. Dopso said. 'I'm afraid it doesn't give me much comfort.'
Michael, remembering the debate with the Jehovah's Witnesses, said nothing.
'Will there be a war?' she asked. ";
Pg. 162: "She closed the Bible. 'Will Christ come to Earth again?'
'Mother . . .' Robert said with only mild disapproval
'I need to know. Is this the Apocalypse? I don' think you could be the Antichrist . . . but is it Clarkham, then? Or one of the . . . what did you call them . . . the Shee?'
'I don't think so,' Michael said softly.
...Mrs. Dopso simply placed her hand on the bible in her lap.
'Godspeed,' she said. "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1986||Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 162.||"The enormity of the confusion was awesome. Billions of people becoming aware of a new reality almost overnight. . . . He could not encompass such an upheaval. Some would welcome the change, taking it as an adventure--the disenfranchised, the disillusioned, those who yearned for apocalypse, whether it be Christian, nuclear or any combination thereof. " [Other refs. not in DB.]|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 13.||"...and many of the homeless people in East L.A. and Florence... cowered behind their shopping carts and shouted about Jesus or the FBI or the Devil or unfathomable personal deities... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 38.|| "'...'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'--'We won't go until we got some, we won't go until we got some, we won't go until we got some, so trot 'em out now.'
'What the hell, Suke,' Pete had said, bewildered by her manic cheer.
'I figure that's what the Sodomites and--what would you call 'em, Gomorrites?--were singing outside of Lot's house, you know? In the Bible, when all of Lot's neighbors wanted to bugger the angels what were visiting him...' "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 44.||"Sullivan recognized the line as something from the Alice in Wonderland books. So many of them had read and somehow remembered them. Sukie had always said that the Alice books were the Old and New Testaments for ghosts--which Pete had never understood... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 62.||"One Easter her father had trucked home a live pig, and they had killed it and butchered it and cooked it in a pit the men dug in the yard... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 94.||"She puffed rapidly, not inhaling, and when she had a half-inch of ash she tapped it off onto the glass and with a fingertip rapidly smeared it into the shape of a six-pointed Star of David... If this was done correctly, with the heel of the hand imprinting a beardlike semicircle and the curled-under fingernails scraping clean spaces that looked like shadowed eye sockets and then jiggling the ash forehead, the result was a face that was plausibly that of Jesus, identifiable by the beard and a sketchy crown of thorns. ELizalde's grandmother had reduced grown men to tears with the apparently miraculous image. " [Other refs., not in DB.]|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 102.||"The wedding was held in April of 1959, at St. Alban's Church on Hilgard... The reception was at Chasens... "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 31.|| "[The main character, an assassin, is hired by Reverend Emil Zacharias, a televangelist.] "'The project involves a single killing. One being.'...
'He is known by man names. Jehovah. Allah. Brahma. The King of Kings. The First Cause. God.'
'The All-Powerful. The Creator.'
'I get you.'
'Yahveh. Adonai. El Elion.'
The Lord. The Infinite Spirit. The--'
'All right!' I shouted. 'I understand. Kapish. Comprendo. You want me to bump off the Big One.!'
'Uh--no, not really,' he said quickly. 'Well, yes.'
'Zack--I don't believe in God.'
'You don't have to. Just assassinate Him.'
'You have flipped out.'
'I have not. He exists just as surely as I do. He threatens my control of this spiritual plane. Kill Him.' "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 46.|| "Bright orange letters glowed against a black background.
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|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 66.|| "'No,' he said. 'You begin. You define God.'
'Come now... Any God will do. Greek, Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Hebrew, African. . . .'
'The only thing I've found,' I began..., 'that is common to all the accounts I've read is that God is unknowable to varying degrees. That makes my search a bit difficult.
...'Epistemologial transcendence. Yes. Claiming to know that something cannot be known, ever. Claiming to possess the omniscience to know that something will never be known. Contradiction and conceit--the traits of a successful theologian. In my book, anyone stating that God is incomprehensible is merely confessing the specious nature of his own arguments.' "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 136.|| "'Can we get back to work?'
'Okay. How's this one--'Bored with the Lord? Feast with the Beast!' '
'Catchy,' the deeper voice replied, 'but we need something that'll really inflame them. I want you to escape within three inches of your life... How about this--you could explain that all good Christians should actively support the Beast and the Antichrist because the Kingdom of God won't return until we've had a thousand years of tribulation. After all, it's in the Bible, it's God's prophecy. And any good Christian can see the necessity of allowing God's prophecy to proceed. Hence, the most blessed Christians are the ones who put the Antichrist on the throne of the world.'
There was a long pause. 'Nah... too subtle.' " [Many other references to Christianity are in book, many not in DB.]
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 69-70.|| "That was too much. 'Are you saying that the Jews adopted the religion of their enemies?'
'Can you think of a better way to co-opt your foes?... How do you think the Christians co-opted the Jews and the pagans? Certainly not by offering a totally different religion to usurp its predecessors. They incorporated the old religions almost whole cloth while simultaneously stripping the symbols of their former meaning. The Babylonians still worship Ishtar? Substitute worship of the Virgin Mary. Egyptians believe that Osiris rose from the dead? Have Ya-Zeus do the same.'
Golding seemed to be warming up again. He began to spit out snippets of historicity as if they were theological watermelon seeds. The outcome was about as intellectually tidy.
'...The story of Christ is a slipshod retelling of the Mithras and Osiris legends grafted to the clumsy attempt of an aggressive rabi to be crowned King of Israel.' "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2005||Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 11.||"Turvey was white, skinny, hadn't bathed in a month, and had the Last Supper tattooed on his chest. It was a very fresh tattoo; it hadn't even scabbed over. Through a film of drying blood, Rydell could see that Jesus didn't have any face. Neither did any of the Apostles. " [Other refs., not all in DB.]|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2005||Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 51.||"There was a big painting of the Rapture in the window of Nightmare Folk Art. Rydell knew paintings like that from the sides of Christian vans parked beside shopping centers. Lots of bloody carwrecks and disasters, with all the Saved souls flying up to meet Jesus, whose eyes were a little too bright for comfort. This one was a lot more detailed than the ones he remembered. Each one of those Saved souls had its own individual face, like it actually represented somebody, and a few of them reminded him of famous people. But it still looked like it had been painted by either a fifteen-year-old or an old lady. " [Other refs. to Christianity, not all in DB.]|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2005||Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 53.||"Rydell looked around. That ol' Rapture was big at Nightmare Folk Art, he decided. Those kinds of Christians, his father had always maintained, were just pathetic. There the Millennium had up, come and gone, no Rapture to speak of, and here they were, still beating that same drum. Sublett and his folks down in their trailer-camp in Texas watching old movies for Reverend Fallon--at least that had some kind of spin on it. "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2015||Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 59.||"Pershing Square... in the heart of old Los Angeles... Tonight the winos and weirdos and anonymous wayfarers who... are the Square's most persistent inhabitants, had something more exciting to observe than the beards of Second Coming preachers and the manic gesticulations of threadbare lecturers. "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2040||Willis, Connie. Remake. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 83.|| "'I want--' I said, but I didn't know what I wanted. No, that wasn't true. What I wanted was to find a movie that didn't have a single AS in it. Only there weren't any.
'The Ten Commandments,' I said, back in my room again.
There was drinking in the golden-calf scene and assorted references to 'the wine of violence,' but it was better than The Philadelphia Story. I laid in a supply of grappa and asked for a list of biblical epics, and went to work playing Charlton Heston--deleting vineyards and calling a halt to Roman orgies. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. ";
Pg. 90: "Guys and Dolls? No dice. Marlon Brando's gotten a missionary splatted on rum. "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2047||Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 10.||"Richards shivered. +Jesus. I am a peaceful man. Forgive me but I have earned this story. "|
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2047||Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 117.||Pg. 117: "'This is Christmas Eve, my dear. My contacts are very religious people . . . But I'll give it a try. I'm doing this reluctantly, I repeat...' "; Pg. 118: "Christmas Eve. She had forgotten. Brief picture: a three meter farm tree in suburban Irvine gaudy with tinsel and blown art glass, a bright hologram star twinkling and beaming at the top, casting light through the high ceilinged family room, brother Lee running his electric car at her while she tried to hit his plastic shoulder harness with a grainy spot of red light from her pistol. Even then pd masculine mentality.
Lee would appreciate Christmas. Last she heard, he was working a Christian commune refuge in Green Idaho. She blinked and cleared the images. Christmas had passed in more ways than one; she was no more a part of her family now than she was a Christian.
By tomorrow morning Christmas Day she would probably be on her way to Hispaniola. "
|Christianity||California: Los Angeles||2047||Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 131.||"Martin had suggested they start tomorrow, Christmas Day. Albigoni had shaken his head. 'My daughter was a Christian,' he said. 'I am not, but this we will respect.' " [Also pg. 133-135, 146-148, 160, 195.]|
|Christianity||California: Oakland||1971||Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 14.||Pg. 14: "Once God started talking to him he never seemed to stop. I don't think they report that in the Bible. ";
Pg. 24: "The New Testament manuscripts survived in koine Greek, although probably Q, the source of the synoptics, had been written in Aramaic, which is in fact a form of Hebrew. Jesus spoke Aramaic, which is in fact a form of Hebrew. Jesus spoke Aramaic. Thus, when Horselover Fat began to think in koine Greek, he was thinking in the language which St. Luke and St. Paul--who were close friends--had used, at least to write with. The koine looks funny when written down because the scribes left no spaces between words. This can lead to a lot of peculiar translations, since the translator gets to put the spaces wherever he feels is appropriate or in fact wherever he wants. Take this English instance:
GOD IS NO WHERE
Actually, these matters were pointed out to me by Beth... "
|Christianity||California: Oakland||1971||Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 20.|| "'Then why did she get well?' I asked. 'Did she subconsciously want to get well?'
David looked perplexed. If he consigned her illness to her own mind he was stuck with having to consign her remission to mundane and not supernatural causes. God had nothing to do with it.
'What C. S. Lewis would say,' David began, which at once angered Fat, who was present. It maddened him when David turned to C. S. Lewis to bolster his straight-down-the-pipe orthodoxy. " [More about science fiction writer and Christian theological writer C. S. Lewis, pg. 20-21.]
|Christianity||California: Orange County||1985||Dick, Philip K. "Strange Memories of Death " in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985; c. 1985); pg. 102.||"It is kinetic death. 'Place there is none,' St. Augustine wrote. 'We go backward and forward, and there is no place.' "|
|Christianity||California: Orange County||2027||Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 22.||"He doesn't even want to have the day's debate clarified. Jim and Lucy argue like that constantly, Lucy from the Christian viewpoint and Jim from the pseudo-socialist, both mixing large matters of philosophy with questions of daily life, and making a mash of everything. "|