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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Christianity California: Orange County 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 84. "Lucy opines, shaking her head in disapproval. It's not Christian, it's not good for his health, it's not good for his career... Of course she's ambivalent about it; Sheila wasn't a Christian, and she'd really like Jim to settle down with a Christian girl, even get married--in fact she knows some candidates down at the church. On the other hand, she met Sheila many times and liked her, and the real and actual always count more for Lucy than the theoretical. " [Other refs., not all in DB, e.g. pg. 106, 117, 249-251, 304-308.]
Christianity California: Orange County 2065 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Pacific Edge. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 25. "...was sworn in as the new mayor... and he stumbled on his way to the circle of officials. 'What a start!' someone yelled. Hot-faced, he put his hand on a Bible, repeated something the judge said. "
Christianity California: San Francisco 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 106. [Chapter 25] From his exalted position Passepartout observed with much curiosity the wide streets, the low, evenly ranged houses, the Anglo-Saxon Gothic churches, the great docks, the palatial wooden and brick warehouses...
Christianity California: San Francisco 1906 Baker, Kage. "Son Observe the Time " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 580. "'Jesus, Kelly, you'd better stow that. Where've you been?'

...'Marching in the Easter Parade, O'Neil.'

'O, like enough.' He ran his eyes over me in dismay. "

Christianity California: San Francisco 1906 Solosan, Don. "Great White Hunter " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 410. "2076

...Even though San Francisco is destroyed in cataclysms of biblical proportions in 1906 and 2011, people rebuild. "

Christianity California: San Francisco 1955 Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 122. "Ahead of him was Stow Lake. At the center of the lake was an island connected to the shore by a stone bridge. At the peak of the island was a grove of trees, and a Jesus Christ cross, and an aritifical fountain, the waters of which were pumped up and released. "
Christianity California: San Francisco 1955 Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 178. "'Why did Rome fall?'

'Rome fell because their society became hollow. And then the barbarians swarmed in and that was the end.'

'They burned all the libraries and buildings,' Joe Mantila said.

'Tough,' Ferde Heinke said.

'That was wrong; they killed all the Christians, they walled them up in the catacombs and set animals on them.'

'It was the Romans that did that,' Ferde Heinke said. 'In the gladiator fighs. The Romans hated the Christians because they knew that the Christians would pull down their empty society, and they did.'

'The Emperor Constantine was a Christian,' Joe Mantila disagreed. 'It was the barbarians who killed the Christians, not the Romans.'

They argued indefinitely. "

Christianity California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 71. Pg. 68: "Very distressing, but it's the common fate of Judases... "; Pg. 71: "Scanning the 'Ladies of Sorrow' prose poem in Suspiria, he wondered, not for the first time, whether those creations of De Quincey had anything to do with Christianity. True, Mater Lachrymarum, Our Lady of Tears, the eldest sister, did remind one of Mater Dolorosa, a name of the virgin; and the second sister, too Mater Suspiriorum, Our Lady of Sighs--and even... "
Christianity California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 138. "...of Francis Drake... and of Shakespeare and Socrates and Solomon... "
Christianity California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 16. "...a white concrete building with red letters on the side proclaiming itself to be the 'Whole Life Mission.' below that, in italic lettering, was the legend 'The Church of the Profiting Christian.' " [Many other refs. about this church, not in DB. Some refs. under 'religious - fictional']
Christianity California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 18. "He held out a signed paper, insisting that the bones were from the forearms of Joseph of Arimathea, the first of the so-called Fisher Kings, according to some of the Grail legends. The bundle included the two radii, recovered from beneath a church in Lithuania. "
Christianity California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 71. "...what might have been an old Chevy from around 1965. Only you couldn't quite tell now, because it was utterly covered in layers of cheap religious icons--Day of the Dead skulls and bleeding Christs and robed Virgin Marys made out of painted plastic and plaster of Paris. " [Other refs. include pg. 98, 213-214 (Christ Church Cathedral), 217, 230, 323-234.]
Christianity Cameroon 1966 Ballard, J. G. The Crystal World. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1966); pg. 31. "Many of the carvings were made from lumps of impure jade and amber, and the sculptors had abandoned all pretence to Christian imagery and produced squatting idols with pendulous abdomens and grimacing. "
Christianity Cameroon 1966 Ballard, J. G. The Crystal World. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1966); pg. 32. "Leaving her, Dr. Sanders ran through the crowd toward Father Balthus. The priest now stood along, surrounded by a circle of onlookers, holding in his upraised hands a large native carving of a crucifix. Brandishing it like a sword over his head, he waved it from left to right as if semaphoring to some distant peak. Every few seconds he stopped and lowered the carving to inspect it, his thin face tense and perspiring.

The statuette, a cruder cousin to the jeweled orchid Dr. Sanders had seen, was carved from a pale-yellow gemstone.. the outstretched figure of the Christ embedded in a sheath of prismlike quartz. As the priest waved the statuette in the air, shaking it in a paroxysm of anger, the crystals seemed to deliquesce... " [More. Many refs. to Christianity throughout novel, because Father Balthus is a prominent character. Essentially all Christian refs. here are Catholic-oriented.]

Christianity Canada 1993 Katz, Welwyn Wilton. Come Like Shadows. Regina, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books (2001; 1993); pg. 19. Pg. 3: "English laws would take precedence over Alban, rich English bishops would trip their dainty feet down the aisles of Culdee churches. "; Pg. 7: "The Hag's body was too old. It had served her for centuries, since before Columba brought the Christ worship from the west. " [Also pg. 5.]; Pg. 19: "Someone where was writing one of those entertainments for the masses, like the one she had materialized into, or the passion plays the Christ Church favoured. "
Christianity Canada 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 166. "'You were raised a Christian, even if you don't practice that faith in any meaningful way. Your religion says we were created in God's image. Well, that's ridiculous, of course--God would have no need for a belly button. What 'created in His image' means to me is simply that He provided the selection criteria--the target vision--and the form we evolved to take was one that was pleasing to Him.' "
Christianity China 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 117. Pg. 117: "The devils [aliens] seemed perfectly happy in the heat. She remembered how warm the mat on which the devil was sitting had felt, just a few hours before. And the Christian priest, she recalled, had said devils lived in a hot place. She hadn't taken him seriously, but he must have known what he was talking about. Maybe, being a Western devil himself, he'd had more intimate acquaintance with other sorts of devils than was possible for a Chinese. "; Pg. 282: "But when Ssofeg tasted it, he might have died and gone to the heaven Christian missionaries always talked about in glowing words. "
Christianity China 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 40. "Ttomalss walked up to her and set the palm of his hand on her belly. His skin was dry and scaly, like a snake's, but arm, almost feverish, against hers. The little devils were hotter than people. The few Christians in the camp said that proved they [the Lizard aliens] came from the Christian hell. Wherever they came from, Liu Han wished they'd go back there and leave her--leave everyone--alone. "
Christianity China 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 441. "The thing he called doctrine told him what he needed, almost as if it let him toss the coins for the I-Ching inside his own head. That made it a valuable tool. But he also sometimes seemed unable to think outside the framework his doctrine gave him, as if it were not the tool but master. The Communists in the scaly devils' prison camp had acted the same way. She'd heard Christian missionaries gabble about a Truth they claimed to have. The Communists thought they owned truth, too. It sometimes made them uncomfortable allies, even if she could never have struck the little devils such a blow without them. "
Christianity China 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 91. "'...Just last month I was privileged to be in the People's Republic of China to visit one of the few remaining seminaries there . . .' "
Christianity China 1996 Ing, Dean. Systemic Shock. New York: Tor (original 1981; 1st Tor edition 1992); pg. 26. "'Pity there aren't many Christians in the SPC,' said the ambassador.

While it may have been a pity, all three men knew it had been no accident. While the Socialist Party of China carefully nurtured mosques, they regulated churches and synagogues on the mainland, and those were in major cities where worship could be watched easily. "

Christianity China 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 25. "He'd already tried to join the Boers a few years back... Bud had paid a few visits to the local laager, studies some of their training ractives on his home mediatron... even gone to a couple of horrific bible-study sessions. But in the end, Bud and the Boers weren't much of a match. The amount of church you had to attend was staggering--it was like living in church. "
Christianity China: Peking 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 181. "Once or twice, she'd heard foreign devil Christian missionaries talking in their bad Chinese about martyrs. At the time, she hadn't understood the concept--what point to suffering when you didn't have to? These days, she was a martyr herself... "
Christianity Colorado 1881 Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 14. "Once a man got past his Biblical threescore-and-ten, his flesh reminded him of its imperfections more often than it had in his younger days. " [Many other refs. in book, not all in DB.]
Christianity Colorado 1949 Knight, Damon. "Not with a Bang " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1949); pg. 5. "Louise heard a phrase here and there; each of them fathered chains of thought, binding her reverie tighter. 'Our duty to humanity . . .' Mama had often said--that was in the old house on Waterbury Street, of course, before Mama had taken sick--she had said, 'Child, your duty is to be clean, polite, and God-fearing. Pretty doesn't matter. There's plenty of plain women that have got themselves good, Christian husbands.'

Husbands . . . To have and to hold . . . Orange blossoms, and the bridesmaids; the organ music. Through the haze, she saw Rolf's lean, wolfish face. Of course, he was the only one she'd ever get; she knew that well enough. Gracious, when a girl was past twenty-five, she had to take what she could get.

Bit I sometimes wonder if he's really a nice man, she thought. "

Christianity Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 35. Pg. 35: "'...He was already living in this monastery near Brussels at the time, and the brothers would play music to try and calm him, like David with Saul...' "; Pg. 89: "Augustine says in his Confessions (I, 1): 'It may come about that the supplicant invoked another in the place of the one he intended--and without knowing it.' "; Pg. 97: "...and provided capsule accounts of the lives and contributions of earlier benefactors: Christ, Alexander the Great, Henry Ford... "; Pg. 111: "Among his sources we may list: the Bible, Aquinas, the Kabbalah... Bunyan, Milton... "
Christianity Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 100. "'...and just as Thy only begotten Son is at once God and man, just as He, born without sin and job subject to death's dominion, chose to die that we might be free of sin and live eternally in His presence, just as He rose glorious on the third day, just so is the Carmot, philosophic gold, without sin, ever the same and radiant, able to survive all trials, yet ready to die for its ailing and imperfect brothers... So do we now, in the name of that same Christ Jesus, ask of Thee this food of angels, this miraculous cornerstone of heaven, set in place for all eternity, to govern and reign with Thee, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.'

Even Busk joined in the response. 'Amen.' " [Much more to this Christian prayer and ritual conducted by the character known as the Bishop as the prisoners attempt to perform alchemy, or make a convincing play at performing alchemy. Many refs. to Christianity throughout novel, most not in DB.]

Christianity Colorado 1979 Willis, Connie. "Samaritan " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979); pg. 214. [Author's introduction.] "Some of the stories in the Bible are really old. Bible scholars think parts of Genesis date back to the Bronze Age, but I think they may be far older than that. Consider the tale of Esau and Jacob: " [2 more paragraphs discuss this Bible story, the basis for the story "Samaritan ", about an orangutan which wants to be baptized.]
Christianity Colorado 1982 Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985); pg. 307. "Recently, not far from us here, an older woman and her grown daughter, both self-described 'good Christians,' baked her grandson in the oven to drive out the demons that made him cry in the evening. "
Christianity Colorado 1986 Willis, Connie. "Chance " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1986); pg. 284. "'You were at the Tupperware party, weren't you?'...

'At the party you said you like Jesus,' Elizabeth said. 'Are you a Christian?'

Janice had been peeling off a paper filter. She stopped and looked hard at Elizabeth. 'Yes,' she said. 'I am. You know, Sandy Konkel told me a Tupperware party was no place for religion, and I told her that any place was the place for a Christian witness. And I was right, because that witness spoke to you, didn't it, Elizabeth?'

'What if you did something a long time ago, and you found out it had ruined everything?'

' 'For behold your sin will find you out,' ' Janice said, holding the coffeepot under the faucet... " [More, pg. 285-286.]

Christianity Colorado 1987 Willis, Connie. "Ado " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1988); pg. 118. "The College Students for Christ were marching around the school carrying picket signs that said, 'Shakespeare was a Secular Humanist.'

Delilah was lying on the front steps, reeking of suntan oil. She waved her 'Shakespeare is Satan's Spokesman' sign languidly at me. ' 'Ye have sinned a great sin,' ' she quoted. ' 'Blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou has written.' Exodus Chapter 32, Verse 30.'

'First Corinthians 13:3,' I said. ' 'Though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.' ' "

Christianity Colorado 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 98. "'Dick, you're not a Christian, are you?'

Baedecker felt surprise change to anger. He had been asked that before and the question agitated him by its strange combination of aggressiveness and self-serving provincialism. Yet the answer, as always, eluded him. Baedecker's father had been a lapsed member of the Dutch Reformed Church, his mother an agnostic, if anything. Joan had been a Catholic, so for years, while Scott was growing up, Baedecker had attended Mass each Sunday. For the past decade he had been . . . what had he been? 'No,' said Baedecker, shielding his anger but returning Gavin's stare, 'I'm not a Christian.'

'I didn't think so,' said Gavin and squeezed Baedecker's arm again. Gavin smiled. 'I'm going to tell you right up front that I'll be praying that you become a Christian,' he said. 'I mean that with love, Dick. I really do.' "

Christianity Colorado 1994 Willis, Connie. "Time Out " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1989); pg. 311. [Author's introduction.] " don't have to go farther than your front yard to understand the universe... I've sung in church choirs, had Mary Kay facials, put on garage sales... "
Christianity Colorado 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 48. [faux newspaper article] "PLAY-FOR-PAY GIRL SAYS JESUS MADE HER DO IT

Denver--Mar 19----CLN--A woman charged with solicitation has told police that she took up prostitution as a result o a conversation she had with an angel of the Lord... Ms. Benzell... said she had attended the Good Faith Church for the past seven years... " [More, pg. 48-49.]

Christianity Colorado 2000 Bishop, Michael. "A Gift from the GrayLanders " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 71. "In the house where Mommy took him several months after she and Daddy stopped living together, Cory had a cot downstairs... Aunt Clara's kids had real bedrooms upstairs, but Mommy told Cory that he was lucky to have a place at all and that anyway a basement was certainly a lot better than a hot-air grate on a Denver street or a dirty stable like the one that the Baby Jesus had been born in. "
Christianity Colorado 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 56. "'Ah, someone else realized it was a Christmas present we have received!'

At the side of the road a parody of a Christmas tree had been erected: branches that must have taken hours to collect because the nearby terrain had been sterilized with herbicides, tied to a pole and lit with three candles. On a strip of white cloth, probably a bandage, someone had written VIVE LA PAIX JOYEUX NOEL.

'Are you Christian, Miss Ramage?'

Lucy was too tired to discuss theological doubts. She gave a nod.

'I also, of course.' "

Christianity Colorado 2010 Willis, Connie. "Samaritan " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979); pg. 216-217. "She had memorized the entire Ameslan handbook. She rattled on to Esau [an orangutan] for hours at a time, her fingers flying, telling him Bible stories and helping him with his reading.

'How do you know he wants to be baptized?'

'He told me. You know how we had the confirmation class last Sunday and he asked me all about confirmation and I said, 'Now they are God's children, members of God's family.' And Esau said, 'I would like very much to be God's beloved child, too.' '

...'That is so.' This was reversed, of course. Esau had signed something like, 'Me like be child God,' if that, and Natalie had transformed it into something a seminary professor would say. It was impossible to have any real communication with Esau this way, but it was better than pantomime.

'Esau,' he began resignedly, 'do you love God?'

'Of course he loves God,' Natalie said. 'He'd hardly want to be baptized if he didn't, would he?' "

Christianity Colorado 2010 Willis, Connie. "Samaritan " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979); pg. 218. "'It's a sign I taught him,' she said stiffly. 'In Sunday School. The word wasn't in the book. It means talents. He means--'

'Do you know the story of the ten talents, Esau?'

She translated. Again he nodded.

'And would you serve God with your talents?'

This whole conversation was insane. He could not discuss Christian service with an orangutan. It made no sense. They were not free agents. They belonged to the Cheyenne Mountain Primate Research facility at what had been the old zoo...

He tried something else. 'Do you love God, Esau?' he asked again. He made the sign for 'love' himself.

Esau nodded. He made the sign for 'love.'

'And do you know that God loves you?'

He hesitated. He looked at Reverend Hoyt solemnly with his round brown eyes and blinked... "

Christianity Colorado 2049 Knight, Damon. A For Anything. New York: Tor (1990; 1959); pg. 66. "As he spoke, the Rev. Dr. Hamper was coming slowly forward to stand in the center of the ground. With his fine white head bared..., the Book in his long hands, he looked around slowly before he spoke.

'Men and ladies, before that thing is done which cannot be undone, it is my duty to ask you humbly whether this dispute may not be peaceably resolved. Men, I beg you to search your hearts. Are you determined that this quarrel shall proceed?' He turned and looked earnestly, first at Dick as the challenged party, then at Cash. No one spoke. Everyone stood around patiently, waiting for him to get it over with. Hamper faced front again and bowed his head over his jointed hands. 'Let us pray. O Lord, who in Thy Mercy watcheth over us, grant that we may retire from this field with hands unsullied, and with true humility in our hearts. In Jesus' name we ask it. Amen.' He straightened and walked back into he crowd. There was a hum of interrupted conversations. " [Blessing a duel]

Christianity Colorado 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 4. "I had my doubts, and not just since the excommunication. One of my main arguments all along against Letourneau was that new messiah ought to have similar basic tenets as Christ. A recluse holed up on the mountains of Colorado surrounded by all the fresh air money could buy fell pretty... short of my expectations. "
Christianity Colorado: Denver 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 121. "Dinner at JeSus Saves! nearer the train station or back at the Salvation Army storefront on Nineteenth. JeSus Saves! is actually the Christian Community Service Center, but everyone knows, but everyone knows it by the name on the cross-shaped sign out front where the middle S in the horizontal JeSus is the beginning s on the vertical Saves!... The food is much better at JeSus Saves!, but the preaching is longer, sometimes running so late that most of the waiting audience is asleep, their snores mixing with the rumbles of their bellies, before Reverend Billy Scott and the Marvell Sisters allow them to queue up for dinner. " [More, as Bremen has dinner there, pg. 121-123.]
Christianity Commonwealth 1001980 Wolfe, Gene. The Shadow of the Torturer. New York: Simon and Schuster (1980); pg. 162. [Gabriel in this passage, probably named for the angel Gabriel in the Bible.] "With her gleaming robes all dyed by her heart's blood, even as the boulevards were stained by the expiring life of the sun, she encountered Gabriel himself. His sword blazed in one hand, his great two-headed ax swung in the other, and across his back, suspended on the rainbow, hung the very battle horn of Heaven. 'Where wend you, little one,' asked Gabriel, 'with your breast more scarlet than the robin's?' 'I am killed,' the angel said, 'and I return to merge my substance once more with the Pancreator.' 'Do not be absurd. You are an angel, a pure spirit, and cannot die.' 'But I am dead,' said the angel, 'nevertheless. You have observed the wasting of my blood--do you not observe also that it no longer issues in straining spurtings, but only seeps sluggishly? Note the pallor of my countenance...' " [Much that is Christian-influenced in this novel, but allegorically so, or just terminology.]
Christianity Connecticut 1960 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 189. Pg. 189: "'Quite the Good Samaritan, aren't you?...' "; Pg. 199: "...a picture of Mary Magdalene washing Jesus' feet... "
Christianity Connecticut 1983 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 446. "Because of God, he believes. Because God is good. God is hard but God is good. He cannot bring himself to confess, but God seems to understand. Atonement and penance take time, but he has been given time. God has gone with him every step of the way... There's a verse from the Book of Matthew which he has committed to memory. They be blind leaders of the blind, so it goes. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Then there's the old saw that sayd in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Is he the one-eyed man? " [More along these lines.]; Pg. 447: "Sometimes he thinks of the good thief, the one who joined Christ in Paradise that very night. Friday afternoon, you're bleeding on Golgotha's stony hill; Friday night you're having tea and crumpets with the king. "
Christianity Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 20. "'There are many names we've used to describe the forces of evil,' Katherine went on. 'Satan. Lucifer. Asmodeus. Loki. Different cultures all have their name for it. All have different images, different tales.' "
Christianity Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 53. "Those scratchy drawings. Like etchings in an old Bible. But nothing like the pictures you'd find in a Bible. So crude. Crude in every sense. "
Christianity Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 211. "'It is not easy to make parapsychology work like that. We operate at the very edge of hard science. Almost into the realms of theology. I had a teacher once who said scientists try to quantify God, while priests try to enlarge Him. What we do, what I do, is something in the middle.

'Every day our universe is being expanded. Physicists and astronomers, mostly are pushing out our knowledge of the physical world. And every day they learn that each answer is really a question in its own right. But at least it's some kind of answer. In my field we usually have only the questions. And every question is a hundred other questions. Each of them a hundred more.' "

Christianity Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 212. "'I cannot use the scientific method in my work, any more than a priest can. A priest believes i his God because something deep inside, something that defies rational explanation, tells him what he believes is true. But there are no repeatable experiments to test the existence of God. No proof of the divine.

'I have the same situation in my work. For a priest it's not a problem. The lack of physical evidence only increases his faith. For me, it just makes my job that much harder. And makes my chosen field that much harder to justify as a true science. "

Christianity Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 212. "They represented one end of the spectrum. At the other, Ed Wheeler. Katherine guessed he probably believed in God, in his own way. A church goer. Money in the collection plate. An eye to the morals of the community. Protecting others from themselves, from the vices he cultivated for himself. "
Christianity Costa Rica 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 23. "...found there a life-size gold statue of the Virgin... wore a crown in the shape of a crescent moon embracing a sun disk--much more like the Egyptian goddess Isis than the Christian Mary. "
Christianity Cuba 1942 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 138. Pg. 138: "Occasionally I would raise my binoculars and look out at the Southern Cross where it was anchored beneath the guns of the Battery of the Twelve Apostles. "; Pg. 271: "'The Twelve Apostles are large rock formations,' said Hemingway. 'There used to be workers' shacks at the base of them, but they're overgrown as well.' " [May be some minimal refs. to Christianity, not in DB.]
Christianity Cuba 1942 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 215. "'...Papa said that fear was a perfectly natural thing and nothing to be ashamed of. He said that all I had to do was learn how to control my imagination but that he knew how hard that was for a boy. And then Papa would tell me stories about the bear from the Bible.'

'The bear from the Bible?' I said.

'Yes,' said Gregory. 'The bear he'd read about in the Bible when he was a little boy and wasn't very good at reading. You know, Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear.'

'Oh,' I said. "

Christianity Cuba 1942 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 255. "...quoted... Shakespeare... from... Henry the Fourth, and I've learned it and kept it with me since then, wearing it like an invisible Saint Christopher's medal.

' 'By my troth, I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death . . . and let it go which way it will, he that dies this year is quit for the next.'

'You are quit for the next, Santiago Lopez. And you were a brave man, no matter what age you were when you paid God his debt.'

Hemingway stepped back. The old gravedigger cleared his throat. 'No senor,' he said... 'There must be words from the Bible before we put the earth over this child.'

'Must there?' said Hemingway, his voice almost amused. 'Will not Senor Shakespeare suffice?'

'No, senor,' said the old man. 'The Bible is necessary.'

...'From Ecclesiastes, then--'One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever... The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down...' " [More.]

Christianity CY30-CY30B 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 15. [There is much that seems Jewish on this colony, but also Christian elements. Herb Asher's name seems Jewish, but he uses a Christian profanity.] "'It is the sound made when the primordial schism occurred in the cosmos, when part of the damaged cosmos fell into darkness and evil. originally we had the Garden of Eden, as [James] Joyce points out. Joyce--'

His radio sputtered on. The foodman was contacting him, telling him to prepare to receive a shipment.

'. . . awake?' the radio said. Hopefully.

Contact with another human. Herb Asher shrank involuntarily. Oh Christ, he thought. He trembled. No, he thought.

Please no. "

Christianity Darkover 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 411. "At last she said, 'The Darkovan mythology is fairly simple--two gods, two goddesses and no theology to speak of. They are more like forces of nature, invoked ceremonially on occasion, and otherwise not given much attention. There are other deities, lesser ones, as well. But I think that the general attitude of the people is that if the gods do not actively interfere in their lives, then they should just leave well enough alone... Up in Nevarsin there is a cult called the cristoforos. Their beliefs are monotheistic and not shared by most of the people of Darkover, but they have been a center of learning for centuries. In the past, many of the sons of Comyn were sent there to be educated...' " [More, not in DB. The cristoforos 'cult' appears to be this planet's Christians. Christianity is not otherwise mentioned in the novel. Also, pg. 43.]
Christianity Darwath 1996 Hambly, Barbara. Mother of Winter. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 10. "He'd trimmed his beard with his knife a couple of nights ago, and resembled St. Anthony after ten rounds with demons in the wilderness.

Not, thought Gil, that anyone in this universe by herself--and Ingold, because she'd told him--knew who St. Anthony was. "

Christianity Deep Space 9 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "Chief O'Brien looked up from repairing the Ops air-recycling duct long enough to say 'Jesus'; then... "; Pg. 47: "...Chief O'Brien... watched the readout, mentally tracking the invaders' progress around the Promenade. 'Jesus and Mary,' he breathed, 'they're heading away from us--toward the school.' "; Pg. 91: "'Keep yourself, Miles. I'll recite a Hail Mary for Keiko . . . not that I expect she needs it.' "; Pg. 264: "Inferno... Purgatorio... Paradiso "
Christianity Deep Space 9 2370 Gallagher, Diana G. Arcade (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 22. "Ancient Earth history had no practical value for a 24th century teenager living in a space station... Crusades was just another name for war. European monarchs had waged three campaigns against a distant, Mediterranean people who had different religious beliefs. They had also lived in the city of Jerusalem, which had symbolic significance for the European religion. The First Crusade conquered the city. The Second Crusade hadn't accomplished anything. And the Third Crusade, launched to take Jerusalem back from the Kurd, Saladin, had ended in a truce in A.D. 1192. Saladin kept the city, and the Europeans were granted permission to visit. " [More, pg. 23-24.]
Christianity Denmark 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "...21st of March of the year of our Lord's Incarnation 867... watching intently as the whole elaborate ritual of coronation of a Christian king unrolled its stately dance. "; Pg. 9: "They were now here to take the word back to their town and villages: the word that there was no doubt, no doubt at all that Alfred Atheling was now Alfred King of the West Saxons and of the Mark, by all the laws of man and of the Christian God. "; Pg. 13: "...the launch of the first ship, the start of the annual campaigning season that once again was to bring terror and ruin to the Christians and their allies of the South... Most years, here in Denmark in the month the Christians called March... "; Pg. 14: "'...I am no Christian, nor man of the Way. I am a Dane...' " [Many refs. throughout novel. Conflict between a strong Viking culture which brings with it Norse/Teutonic paganism and Christian Europe is a central theme of the novel.]
Christianity Denmark: Copenhagen 1925 Ebershoff, David. The Danish Girl. New York: Viking (2000); pg. 9. Pg. 9: " of the burgher houses in Christianshavn on the other side of the Inderhavn... " [Many other refs. to this city.]; Pg. 72: "Greta was painting in the living room that morning. Einar was trying to paint in the foyer, which had a view of the backside of St. Michel Church, its stone dark and red with morning shadow. "
Christianity Diego Garcia 1996 Ing, Dean. Systemic Shock. New York: Tor (original 1981; 1st Tor edition 1992); pg. 39. "I. F. Stone was right, of course; the Americans had lied in saying the cruise missiles had come from a Seventh Fleet Shangri-La. The birds had approached as parasites carried by US bombers from Diego Garcia Island to the Arabian Sea, then launched in their long dog-leg, to put the fear of a Christian God in New Delhi before dashing their brains out against Uttar Pradesh granaries. "
Christianity Ecotopia 2001 Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. New York: Tor (1977; c. 1975); pg. 96. "'What about the cross?' I asked.

'Well, Ecotopia came into existence with a Judeo-Christian heritage,' was the reply. 'We make the best of it. You will find many expressions of it in our culture still...' "

Christianity Ecuador 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 64. "Honor thy father and thy mother, that they days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth the.

--The Bible "

Christianity Ecuador 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 115. "You read the accounts of the Spanish explorers who destroyed the Inca Empire because it was so un-Christian-- "
Christianity Ecuador 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 131. Pg. 131: "None had close relatives on the mainland of South America or anywhere. Their ancestors might, too, have arrived on Noah's ark or a natural raft, since it was wholly out of character for a finch to set out on a flight of a thousand kilometers over open ocean. "; Pg. 132: "The principle nesting place of these queer finches, their Garden of Eden, was the Island of Santa Rosalia. "; Pg. 159: Noah's ark [Other refs. not in DB, e.g. 215]

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