Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Christianity Ecuador 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 178. "Quoth Mandarax:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

--St. John (4 B.C.?-30?)

Christianity Egypt 1810 Powers, Tim. The Anubis Gates. New York: Ace (1983); pg. 9. "...their Master had for quite a while been using a secret army of agents, and an unchartably vast fortune, in an effort to purge Egypt of the Moslem and Christian taints and, even more difficult to throw out the governing Turkish Pasha... "
Christianity Egypt 1810 Powers, Tim. The Anubis Gates. New York: Ace (1983); pg. 10. "They had met him in the huge chamber in which he lived, alone except for his ushabtis, four life-size wax statues of men. From his peculiar ceiling perch he had begun by pointing out that Christianity, the harsh sun that had steamed the life-juices out of the now all but dry husk of sorcery, was at present veiled by clouds of doubt arising from the writings of people like Voltaire and Diderot and Godwin. "
Christianity Ethiopia 1986 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 149. Pg. 149: "...he'd spent a year in a Christian school and had a few words of English. "; Pg. 150: "...but his English skills were limited to a few nouns, including 'chocolate,' television,' and 'Jesus Christ.' "
Christianity Europa 2060 Collins, Ron. "Out of the Blue " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 226. "But the doors hung open like gates to an ancient crypt and Sara could almost picture a sign--Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here--posted across the entrance... "
Christianity Europa 2060 Collins, Ron. "Out of the Blue " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 232. "The melody of 'Amazing Grace' came to her then, wrapped in the sound of her mother's voice. She was hallucinating, she knew, but didn't care. She tried to sing along with her mother, her voice cracking in halted steps against her dehydrated throat.

A minute later--or was it an hour--Sara fell again. Her cheeks were cold and rigid... She was freezing to death, she knew with her last lucid thought.

'Help me,' she whispered, her voice rasping inside her helmet. 'God, help me.'

Another sound came to her then, a foreign voice, a low vibration that was sweet and sorrowful, filled with harmonics and overtones, deeper than anything Sara had ever heard before. She recognized a rhythm, and then she could pick out the melody.

The clear tune of 'Amazing Grace,' joining both her and her mother.

The ice grew blue around her.

She smiled, and hummed along with the song.

At that moment, Sara felt more at peace than at any other in her life. "

Christianity Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 581. "'It's appropriate,' Amerie said when they were all together, 'that the traditional Introit for this service should be King David's prayer for victory. It can serve for all of us as well as for Claude and Angelique:

May the Lord send you help from his holy place
and defend you from Mount Zion!
May he grant you your heart's desire
and make all your plans succeed!

Now repeat after me: 'I, Angelique, take thee, Claude . . .' ' " [One significant character is a nun. Some other refs., not in DB, but references to Christianity are minimal.]

Christianity Europe 800 C.E. Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1962); pg. 149. "Vision, too, of Charlemagne: united Christendom, totally at peace not only with itself but with the balance of the world. "
Christianity Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993) [Book jacket] "What if... the Gods of Asgard challenged Christianity for the future of mankind?

865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings. Powerful bishops and black-robed priests fill their cathedrals with gold, while threatening all who oppose them with damnation. But there are those who do not fear the priests, and they are the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia.

Among these Northern invaders, those who follow the Way of the Gods of Asgard carry the Hammer of Thor as their emblem, and they are sworn to increase mankind's knowledge and strength by conquest and by craft. And as Viking warlords cast hungry eyes upon a weak and divided Britain, the Way collides with the Church, launching an all-out war between The Hammer and the Cross.

At the center of this... is Shef... driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. " [Refs. to Christianity throughout novel.]

Christianity Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 24. "'...The archbishop, our reverend father and former brother, has reminded us of the foul deeds done by this Ragnar against Christ's Church. Deeds done against us as men and Christians--those we are commanded to forgive. But deeds done against Holy Church--those we must avenge with our heart and all our strength. How many churches has this Ragnar burned? How many Christian men and women carried off to sell to the pagans and worse, to the followers of Mohammed? How many precious relics destroyed? And the gifts of the faithful stolen?' " [Other Christian refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Christianity Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 75. "All this began, he said, many generations before, maybe a hundred and fifty years ago. At that time a great jarl of the Frisians--the people on the North Sea coast opposite England--had been a pagan. But because of the tales that had been told him by missionaries in Frankland and from England, and because of the old kinship felt between his people and the now-Christian English, he had decided to take baptism.

As was the custom, baptism was to take place publicly, in the open air, in a great tank that the missionaries had constructed for all to see. After the jarl Radbod had been immersed and baptized, the nobles of his court were to follow and soon after that the whole earldom, all the Frisians. Earldom, not kingdom, for the Frisians were too proud and too independent to allow anyone the title of king. "

Christianity Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 16. "Had then successively defeated the dreaded Ivar Ragnarsson of the Vikings, followed by Charles the Bald, Christian king of the Franks and deputy of the Pope himself. Now Alfred ruled unchallenged in England, through sharing his dominions with some heathen jarl whose name seemed almost a joke. But it was no joke that in retaliation for the Crusade sent against him by Pope Nicholas Alfred had declared the Church in England out of communion with the Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome itself. Even less of one that he had stripped the Church in England of its lands and wealth, allowing Christ to be preached an served only by those who were prepared to earn their own livings by free offerings, or even--it was said--through supporting themselves by trade.

'For that defeat, and that apostasy, he must go,' repeated Gunther. He looked around the table. 'I say, Pope Nicholas must go to God. He is an old man, but not old enough. We must hasten his departure.' "

Christianity Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 29. "A forgery? The letter had clearly been copied several times, but that was natural over the centuries. If the copier had been concerned to stress its importance, would he have made such a shabby copy, with such inferior penmanship? As for the tale itself, Erkenbert had no doubt that a centurion in Jerusalem in the Year of Our Lord 33 might well have been from the Rhineland. Or from England for that matter. Had the great Constantine, who had made Christianity the religion of the Empire, not himself been proclaimed on the very site of Erkenbert's own Minster at York?

The critical text was the third, a modern work, written no more than thirty years before, or so Erkenbert judged from its style. It was an account of the life and death of the great Emperor Charlemagne, whose degenerate descendants, in Archbishop Gunther's view, now incompetently ruled the West. "

Christianity Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 32. "How did Christianity get here?Hamburg and Bremen were pagan towns to Charlemagne. It was brought here by the English missionaries, by the men of my own blood, by the blessed Willibrord and Wynfrith and Willebald the breaker of idols. My ancestors brought them a great gift, Erkenbert told himself with a flush of pride. The Christian religion and the learning with which to understand it. If any check me with my foreignness, I will remind them of that. "
Christianity Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 88. "'You can't have them,' he said in stilted Norse, his voice carrying in the sudden silence. 'Neither of them. They are priests of Christ, and they are under my protection. The protection of the Lanzendorden.' He called suddenly in a louder voice... They outnumbered the Swedes. But there were two hundred Norsemen watching, all armed as well. If they made common cause against the Christians . . . Or if King Hrorik's men decided to protect their trade and market . . .

'We'll pay for one of them,' called the blond man conciliatingly. 'Eight ounces. Christian money is as good as heathen.'

'Ten ounces,' said the leader of the Swedes.

The auctioneer looked questioningly at the blond man.

'Twelve ounces,' he said in a slow, deliberate voice. 'Twelve ounces and I will forget to ask how one of you comes to have a Christian priest--and what you others want Christian priests for. Twelve ounces and think you are lucky.' "

Christianity Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 264. "The vision faded, left Shef sitting on the barren rock. He blinked, thinking about what he had seen. he trouble is, he saw in a moment of contrast, that the Christians put their trust in rescue, and so do not struggle for themselves, just put their faith in their Church. The pagans struggle for victory, but they have no hope. So they bury girls alive and roll men under their longships, for they feel there is no good in the world. The Way must be between these two. Something that offers hope, which the pagans do not have: even Othin could not bring back his son Balder from the dead. Something that depends on your own efforts, which the Christian Church rejects: to them salvation is a gift, a grace, not something mere humanity can earn. "
Christianity Europe 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996) [Book jacket] "Set during an alternate Dark Ages that never was... gripping saga of Shef... First, he led a mighty Viking horde to victory over England... Now, in the powerful conclusion to Harry Harrison's acclaimed trilogy, Shef must face the reborn power of the Holy Roman Empire.

Ruled by the German knight Bruno, who wields the Holy Lance with which Jesus Christ was slain, Rome threatens Shef's fearsome Viking navy with a new invention of unparalleled destruction: Greek fire. Unable to defend his fleet against this awesome weapon, Shef travels to the East in search of new wisdom... and, ultimately, to the secret hiding place of the Holy Grail.

While the ancient Norse gods observe Shef from distant Asgard, visions and portents warn of the coming Ragnarok, the ultimate Twilight of the Gods. Faiths and empires clash in the final battle between The Hammer and The Cross, and not even the gods can predict the outcome. "

Christianity Europe 900 C.E. Bradbury, Ray. "The Dragon " in The Day it Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959); pg. 29. "'...Out here in this desolation I cannot tell what year this is!'

'Nine hundred years since the Nativity.' " [This entire short story may be a Christian parable.]

Christianity Europe 1000 C.E. Giblin, James Cross. "Night of the Plague " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 158. Pg. 158: "'Help me, Brother,' she whispered. 'My face is on fire. I can't see. I can't breath!'

'Water! the child called again... The young monk went to a small table between the woman's cot and the next one and dipped a cloth in a bowl of water. "; Pg. 159: "Anthony nodded to another monk, Brother Paul, who was sitting on guard by the doorway... "; Pg. 162: "The wind hit him full in the face as he struggled along the path that led away from the monastery. Clutching his cloak more tightly about him, he headed toward the monastery's pond. "; Pg. 164: "'None of us want to die,' [Brother Paul] said, 'and his voice was softer now. 'But we can't allow our selfish worries to interfere with our duties to God -- and to our fellow man.' "

Christianity Europe 1000 C.E. Giblin, James Cross. "Night of the Plague " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 165. Pg. 165: "'Remember the psalm of David that we studies together last fall? 'The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?' '

'I remember,' Anthony said, and he spoke the next words in the psalm: ' 'The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?' ' ";

Pg. 166: "'You know we're living in the year of Our Lord 1000?' Brother Paul said patiently. "; Pg. 170 [Author's Note]: " Western Europe, where my story is set, the year 1000 was a time of political and military strife. Wherever fighting occurred, epidemic diseases like bubonic plague were sure to follow. Christians everywhere feared that the end of the world and the Last Judgment were at hand. " [Refs. to the monks in a monastery throughout story; other refs. no in DB.]

Christianity Europe 1050 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 57. "'...The Finns have, uh, wooden shoes for walking on snow. They're wizards. Told me how to sing up a good wind, though it doesn't always work for me and, uh, naturally a Christian shouldn't.' They registered puzzlement, since to them he had just said that he was an anointed one; but evidently they decided he must be an initiate of some mystery cult. " [Other refs., not in DB. One of the main characters is an 11th century Russian Christian.]
Christianity Europe 1150 C.E. Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Barrow " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 6. "...but they had sprinkled holy water on the ram and it made no more trouble, indeed was a fine breeder, and the girl, who had been pregnant out of wedlock, had married a good peasant from Bara and borne him five little Christians, one a year. 'Heresy, adultery, ignorance!' the foreign priest had railed [about Arianism]. Now he prayed for twenty minutes before he ate his mutton, slaughtered, cooked, and served by the hands of heretics. What did he want? thought Freyga. Did he expect comfort, in winter? Did he think they were heathen, with his 'Arianism'? No doubt he had never seen a heathen, the little, dark, terrible people of Malafrena and the farther hills. No doubt he had never had a pagan arrow shot at him. That would teach him the difference between heathens and Christian men, thought Freyga. "
Christianity Europe 1150 C.E. Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Barrow " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 10. "'What do you mean?' the stranger's voice was sharp, and Father Egius, cowering slightly, said, 'They--they kill goats, too.'

'Sheep or goats, what's that to me? Where do they come from, these pagans? Why are they permitted to live in a Christian land?'

'They've always lived here,' the old priest said, puzzled.

'And you've never tried to bring the Holy Church among them?'

'Me?' "

Christianity Europe 1150 C.E. Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Barrow " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 13-14. "Count Freyga's name lived long in the history of his province. During his lifetime the Benedictine monastery on the mountain above Lake Malafrena was established. Count Freyga's flocks and Count Freyga's sword fed and defended the monks in their first hard winters there. In the bad Latin of their chronicles, in black ink on the lasting vellum, he and his son after him are named with gratitude, staunch defenders of the Church of God. "
Christianity Europe 1150 C.E. Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Barrow " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 5-6. "The guest, a travelling priest, was talking about his travels. He came from Solariy, down in the southern plains. Even merchants had stone houses there, he said... The guest had already complained of the stables, of the cold, of mutton for breakfast dinner and supper, of the dilapidated condition of Vemare Chapel and the way Mass was said there--'Arianism!' he had muttered, sucking in his breath and crossing himself. He told old Father Egius that every soul in Vermare was damned: they had received heretical baptism. 'Arianism, Arianism!' he shouted. Father Efius, cowering, thought Arianism was a devil and tried to explain that no one in this parish had ever bee possessed, except one of the count's rams, who had one yellow eye and one blue one and had butted a pregnant girls so that she miscarried her child... " [Whole story is about Christianity.]
Christianity Europe 1150 C.E. Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Barrow " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 6-7. "The boy smiled and sat up, and begun at once in a high, sweet voice:

King Alexander forth he came,
Armored in gold was Alexander,
Golden his greaves and great helmet,
His hauberk all of hammered gold.
Clad in gold came the king,
Christ he called on, crossing himself,
In the hills at evening,
Forward the army of King Alexander
Rode on their horses, a great host,
Down to the plains of Persia
To kill and conquer, they followed the King
In the hills at evening.

The long chant droned on...

'Why do you have the boy sing of pagan kings?' said the guest.

Freyga raised his head. 'Alexander was a great king of Christendom.'

'He was a Greek, a heathen idolator.'

'No doubt you know the song differently than we do,' Fregya said politely. 'As we sing it, it says, 'Christ he called on, crossing himself.' ' " [Other refs. throughout story, most not in DB.]

Christianity Europe 1170 C.E. Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 11. "In 1170 A.D., Peter Waldo, a wealthy merchant of Lyons, France, suffered a religious conversion, renounced his possessions, and wandered about the countryside in voluntary poverty. This obvious folly attracted both persecutions and followers, the latter called the 'poor men of Lyons.' In 1183 Pope Lucius III excommunicated the growing sect of 'Waldenses,' who appealed to the Scriptures instead of to papal authority, repudiated the taking of oaths, and condemned capital punishment. They never made the sign of the cross, as they refused to venerate the torture device on which Christ hung, or the painful and mocking crown of thorns. Nevertheless, the Waldenses prospered in Christian lands; many thousands of them settled in the Cottian Alps on the French-Italian border. " [Many refs. to Christianity (historical and contemporary) throughout novel. Often the refs. relate to a specific denomination, and are listed under a specific denominational category.]
Christianity Europe 1200 C.E. Card, Orson Scott. "The Bully and the Beast " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1980); pg. 118. "'What's today?' asked the Count.

'Thursday, my lord.'

'The day, the day!'

'Eleventh past Easter Feats.'

'The tribute's due today,' said the Count. 'Due on Easter, in fact, but today the Duke will be certain I'm not paying.' "

Christianity Europe 1213 C.E. Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1969); pg. 20. "Romance, on the other hand, dilates upon their piety and heroism, and portrays, in her most glowing and impassioned hues, their virtue and magnanimity, the imperishable honor they acquired for themselves, and the great services they rendered to Christianity.

...Mackay told us that the Children's Crusade started in 1213, when two monks got the idea of raising armies of children in Germany and France... " [More.]

Christianity Europe 1300 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 65. "That put him back somewhere in the Middle Ages, probably Europe. Sanitation was not well regarded then. Not by the Christians. In fact it had been said that Christianity was the only great religion where dirtiness was next to Godliness. The Moslems in particular had ridiculed that attitude, perhaps angered by the impertinence of the Crusades. Only in relatively recent times had the Christian attitude changed. "
Christianity Europe 1366 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon and The Gnarly King. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 46. Pg. 46: "Brian shook his head. 'All this, on top of your yearly tithe to Holy Church'--he crossed himself--'and others such as that, which of course we do not mislike, but which, with these new collections added...' "; Pg. 65: "'Then not a fire-demon,' said Sir John, turning to Jim, 'but by all the Saints, it seems no Christian thing. Mayhap the talk of a fairy was not amiss?' "; Pg. 320: "But we seldom see them for they are of an Under-Earth persuasion, and only occasionally share our mine-workings with us--normally fleeing at the very sound of a Christian voice or movement. Nor did I summon them.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 23. Pg. 23: "She prayed for war the way other little girls her age, in convents, pray to the chosen bride of the Green Christ. ";

Pg. 40: "'Not voices. A voice.' She pushed with her bare feet at the clay pot of witch hazel ointment. 'Maybe it was sweet Christ. Or a saint.'

'You, hear a saint?' the woman snarled incredulously. 'Little whore!' ";

Pg. 81: "Sweet Christ! Ash thought. I am in the middle of the camp of His Grace the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick III. The second most powerful ruler in Christendom. In open court. "; Pg. 126: "Half the royal families of Christendom are married to the other half... "; Pg. 184: "'That isn't very Christian of you, Godfrey... I'll go take a look. Godfrey, go show your Christian charity to Asturio Lebrija and his mate...' " [Many other Christian refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 222, 235, 254, 261, 273, 303, 311, 329, 374.]

Christianity Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 374. "The oddities of religion apparently practiced among the fifteenth century cohorts of Ash bear no resemblance to contemporary Christian practice. A more robust age--indeed, an age less in imminent need of divine protection than our own--can afford religious satires which we should, perhaps, deem blasphemous. These scurrilous representations (which occur only in the Angelotti manuscript) are Rabelaisian satire. They are no more intended to bread as fact than are descriptions of the Jewish race poisoning wells and abducting children. The whole matter is a satire against a papacy which was, by the 1470s, not at all beyond reproach; and shows the feelings which would, in the next century, explode into the Reformation. "
Christianity Europe 1476 C.E. Gentle, Mary. Lost Burgundy. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 70. Pg. 70: "'..There's Messire de la Marche.' Ash shook her head. 'There's Burgundy. There's Christendom--I can't get my head around that one...' "; Pg. 84: "The half of Christendom that didn't starve this harvest is going to starve next year. There is going to be famine. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Europe 1478 C.E. Ford, John M. The Dragon Waiting. New York: Timescape Books (1983); pg. 362. Pg. 362, other refs., not in DB.
Christianity Europe 1720 Keyes, J. Gregory. Newton's Cannon. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 181. Pg. 181: Saint Paul's Cathedral; Pg. 187: "'It is just an arrangement we have,' Adrienne explained, 'to call each other by our Christian names. No one does that in Versailles.' "; Pg. 230: "A thin chapbook entitled The Secret Commonwealth by a Reverend Kirk with a 'studious' note by a T. Deitz. "; Pg. 349: "'...If this is not the time foretold in the Revelation of John, it is a time of testing nevertheless. It is a time to use the minds God gave us, to decipher the phenomena around us...' "
Christianity Europe 1790 Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam (1991; c. 1818); pg. 44. Pg. 44: "...covered to my sleepless and aching eyes the church of Ingolstadt, its white steeple and clock, which indicated the sixth hour... " Pg. 45: "...the same as that of the Dutch schoolmaster in The Vicar of Wakefield... "
Christianity Europe 1807 Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World in The Adventures of The Stainless Steel Rat (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1972); pg. 367. "Have you ever been trapped in St. Paul's Cathedral in the year A.D. 1807 with the entire world vanished into nonexistence outside... "
Christianity Europe 1815 Fawcett, Bill. "The Last Crusader " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 147. "...the man who had done more than any other in Europe to defend Christianity and Divine Rule. Even the Orthodox Christian Russians were obviously anxious to learn more though the man they were hearing about was not only a papist, but likely to be the next pope. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 215. "'Dr. Van Helsing, I don't quite like to 'buy a pig in a poke,' as they say in Scotland, and if it be anything in which my honour as a gentleman or my faith as a Christian is concerned, I cannot make such a promise. If you can assure me that what you intend does not violate either of these two, then I give my consent at once; though for the life of me, I cannot understand what you are driving at.'

'I accept your limitation,' said Van Helsing, 'and all I ask of you is that if you feel it necessary to condemn any act of mine, you will first consider it well and be satisfied that it does not violate your reservations.' "

Christianity Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 284. "'Oh, no! Far be it from me to arrogate to myself the attributes of the Deity. I am not even concerned in His especially spiritual doings. If I may state my intellectual position I am, so far as concerns things purely terrestrial, somewhat in the position which Enoch occupied spiritually!' This was a poser to me. I could not at the moment recall Enoch's appositeness; so I had to ask a simple question, though I felt that by so doing I was lowering myself in the eyes of the lunatic:--

'And why with Enoch?'

'Because he walked with God.' I could not see the analogy, but did not like to admit it; so I harked back to what he had denied:-- "

Christianity Europe 1938 Le Guin, Ursula K. "An die Musik " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976; story first published 1961); pg. 131. Pg. 131: "'This one merely nodded. 'It's four songs and p-part of a Mass,' he said... He went on to the Mass, or rather three fragments of a Mass, a Kyrie, Benedictus, and Sanctus. The writing was neat, rapid, and crowded; music-paper is not cheap, thought Otto, glancing at his visitor's shoes. At the same time he was hearing a solo tenor voice over a queer racket from organ, trombones, and double-basses, 'Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini'--very queer stuff... "; Pg. 133: "Can I produce four songs and half a Mass by an unknown student... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity Europe 1938 Le Guin, Ursula K. "An die Musik " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976; story first published 1961); pg. 135. "'...Well, Gaye, I don't know. You know, there was Schubert. I often wonder about Schubert, it's not just you that makes me think of him. Why did God create Franz Schubert? To expiate some other men's sins? Alos, why did he hill the man off the moment he reached the level of the last quintet?--But Schubert didn't wonder why God had created him. To write music, of course...' "
Christianity Europe 1956 Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Road East " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 62. "He would go to an inn down the street from the stout six-sided tower of the church. That was pleasant to look forward to. He had never come to the inn, though once or twice he had entered the town and stood beneath the church portal, a round arch of cavern stone. "
Christianity Europe 1964 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 136. "He kept going back there to see Grunewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, the only Crucifixion that he thought was worth a damn: Christ's body, not afloat in Disneyland like the one in El Greco, with its silly spigots of blood and its loincloth slipping coyly down like the tresses of the Botticelli Venus, and not like van der Weyden's Oriental monarch... but hanging under the weight of its pain, mouth open in rictus and the sweat of death on its skin... " [more]
Christianity Europe 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 40. "'...Christendom will never be safe until the Turk is thrown back by force into Asia and the Imperial Patriarchate restored at Constantinople.'

'I'm sure many Christians share that dream,' said the priest.

'But not you yourself.'

'Oh, yes, sir. Indeed, I devoutly wish it were attainable.'

'It will never be attained while there are such as you within the Church, fortifying the cause of the heathen.' "

Christianity Europe 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 39-40. "'The Turk announces his departure from Greece in 1980. This follows his sending his High Delegate to the obsequies of his late majesty.'

'An encouraging development, master,' said Father Lyall...

'Is it so, Father? Never forget that ouradversary isn't bound by his word as Christians are. He means us to disarm ourselves to the point at which he may safely recross the Danube. Already his policy of 'pacific concomitance' has had frightening effects. You must have seen that the Papal and Patriarchal force along the north banks are to be reduced further. And I hear talk of a bill to be laid before Convocation intended to diminish our own navy. The argument's familiar enough: why should we English exert ourselves in that quarter when Naples and Venice and Hungary do so little?...I should very much like to know the number of secret Mahometan agents among our governors. Oh, this battle has continued for more than 600 years... "

Christianity Europe 1984 Farmer, Philip Jose. "A Scarletin Study " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 210-211. "The first was a representation of a man (he looked like the risen Jesus) coming from a tomb set in the middle of some trees. To its right and a little lower was a waistcoat. Next was what looked like William Penn, the Quaker...

'Another English-German hybrid pun... Ester sounds much like Easter, hence the risen Christ. And the wood is the holz, of course...' "

Christianity Europe 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 70. "...he chastises himself with a vision of the Islamic hordes overrunning civilized Europe. A muezzin calling from the cathedral at Orvieto, ulemas hacking off the limbs of honest Christians... " [Other Christian refs., not in DB. This chapter is entirely about a Catholic cardinal.]
Christianity Europe 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 365. "I know she would prefer the latter. So I shall lock away this volume--anyway during its earliest life--and write in it only what is meant for my eyes alone, and those of the supreme Being (my father's deity, when he does not seem to believe in much older ones, Lug, Dagda, Taranis. Christabel has a strong but peculiarly English devotion to Jesus, which I do not wholly understand, nor is it clear to me what her allegiances are, Catholic or Protestant). "
Christianity Europe 2039 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 227. "Throughout Federated Europe and the Community, budget travelers used the universities like the monasteries of old Christendom. It was someone's romantic fancy that had by chance survived. In theory they must prove themselves legitimate pilgrims of learning. "
Christianity Florida 1959 Frank, Pat. Alas, Babylon. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. (1959); pg. 157. "Randy saw a notice that was different:


An interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service will be held in Marines Park on Sunday, April 17th. All citizens of Fort Repose, of whatever faith, are invited to attend.

Rev. John Carlin, First Methodist Church
Rev. M.F. Kenny, Church of St. Paul's
Rev. Fred Born, Timucuan Baptist Church
Rev. Noble Watts, Afro-Repose Baptist Church

The name of the Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where there had always been a Bragg pew, was missing. Dr. Lucius Somerville, a gentle, white-haired man, a boyhead companion of Judge Bragg, had been in Jacksonville on the morning of The Day and therefore would not return to his parish. "

Christianity Florida 1973 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 182. "'It's religion in the schools,' said Salomon.

'That is not necessarily so.'

'Creationism isn't religion?' Salomon demanded.

'No, not necessarily. The Bible account of the creation is a myth. In Hindu religion there is also a creation myth, slightly different. All over the world there are these creation myths...' " [More.]

Christianity Florida 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 9. "'Are you serious?'

'Yes, sir.'

'The Bureau [of Standards] wants a biblical translator?'

'No, sir. The Bureau wantsa demographer, one who is experienced in both lab and field work... You have a background of stability, of constancy and resolution; you have demonstrated your ability to withstand pressurs. You are well adjusted mentally and your physical stamina is beyond question. Other than your biblical research, you have specialized in socio-political studies and have earned a reputation as an extrapolative statistician...' "

Christianity Florida 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 10. "'Chaney indicated the book in her hand. 'You're not interestd in my hobby? In that? The Bureau doesn't expect me to deny my translation of the Revelations scroll?'

...'No, sir. The Bureau is unhappy with your work, with the resultant notoriety, and Mr. Seabrooke wishes you hadn't published it--but he believes the public will have forgotten by the time you have surfaced again.' "

Christianity Florida 1981 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 253. "Three times the victim of heartbreaking, wholly unexpected divorce suits, he went to church every Sunday, but truly worshiped only Dizzy Gillespie, the memory of Bilie Holliday, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, no matter their record. "
Christianity Florida 1986 Anthony, Piers. Shade of the Tree. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 17. "'How can we plug in the fishes?' Sue inquired.

'That's fish, not fishes, stupid,' Chris said.

'The Bible says fishes,' she retorted. 'Isn't that right, Daddy?'

'It does, honey, but it means different species,' Josh said quickly. 'The normal plural for members of the same species is 'fish.' So you're both right, and don't fight.' "

Christianity Florida 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 300. "Then he could no longer doubt: he was in the belfry of the Old North Church... "
Christianity Florida 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 229-230. "At the foot of the graveyard was a small wooden church... The brown mark of the tide went up about eight feet on it, almost to the flaking but newer-pained black letters over the door, which read CHURCH OF JESUS THE SAVER... She looked around the watery plain. Florida was gone. The Church of Jesus Saver was floating off upside down with its eight short legs crookedly in the air. "
Christianity Florida 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 10-11. "Almost overnight, Leon had gone from being a simple scientist who lived his job to the Antichrist of the space program... Leon's mother had tried to teach him how to share her love for God, but even as a child, Leon found it impossible to respect a God that could allow the world to be so full of pain. Science had become his religion. Now, he had nothing. "
Christianity France 1200 C.E. Anthony, Piers. For Love of Evil. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1988); pg. 54. "'Are you Christian or heretic?' she asked at last.

'Christian, with heretical leanings.' That was the literal truth. 'Whatever kind of Christianity the crusade represents, I'm not it.' "; Pg. 58: "So she remained a Christian, but a disaffected one. That was why she was willing to swear falsely to Jesus' name. 'The Lord Jesus does not seem to have his eye on southern France at the moment,' he said wryly. "

Christianity France 1600 Nye, Jody Lynn. "Queen of the Amazons " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 100. "It was the proper action of any Christian to defend the seat of the faith, as the Holy Father had asked. He must save Jerusalem itself to save this soul. "
Christianity France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 87. "Noise struck her as the voices of thousands of people rose, rejoicing in the reconciliation between Louis and the Church of Rome. The courtyard, set between the wings of the chateau, concentrated and focused the cheers, as if the busts of philosophers and heroes were shouting their acclaim, as if Mars and Hercules on their pediment cried out to celebrate Christianity's ascendance. " [Other references to Christianity throughout novel, always referring to Catholicism.]
Christianity France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 309. "'Do you?' His Holiness said. 'Have you discussed souls with this creature? Have you discussed Christian faith? Have you converted it?'

'No, Your Holiness.'

'Then on what evidence do you believe your sister correct and the Church in error?'

'Not in error!' Yves exclaimed. 'I believe God put me in the position to witness a miracle. I believe He has raised the sea monsters toward humanity.' "

Christianity France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 320. "'If she were a Christian, she would have understood and submitted willingly.'

'I cannot fathom why you accept such arrant lunacy.' He spoke quietly. 'If she were a Christian, you'd consign her to hell, for she killed herself.' "

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