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Baptists
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Current number of novels and stories in list: 49.

References in bold are those with the most extensive references to Baptists.



Author Title Approx.
year
Sample Quote and/or Description
Poul AndersonThe Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989) 1872Pg. 227:
"But Rufus, he's a primitive soul. He wants something to cling to--which is what immortals never can have, right? He's gone through a dozen Christian faiths. Last time he got converted was at a Baptist revival, and a lot of it still clings to him. Both before and after the war he took seriously what he kept hearing about the white race's right and duty to lord it over the colored."
Piers AnthonyVision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980) 1770Pg. 34:
"...Walking through the coastal forest [Murray] came upon a good-sized church, all by itself in dense woods. Amazed, he inquired at the next house and learned that an illiterate farmer had built the church at his own expense in thanks to God for his successes. The Baptists had petitioned to use that church, but the man told them 'If you can prove to me that God Almighty is a Baptist, you may have it.' He said the same to other denominations, for he wanted all people to be equally welcome there..."
Pg. 200:
...Protestant groups, and the latter into multiple splits. The Lutherans, the Calvinists, Episcopals, Presbyterians, Puritans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Quakers, Methodists...
Virginia Baker"Rachel's Wedding" in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989) 2075Pg. 132:
"Listen. When I was in Jerusalem, during the debates for disbanding the Mossad, we used to bait the Hasid kids with quotes. We went at them like Baptists--quoting form the New Testament. We'd say things that sounded like the commentaries, and the Hasids would get confused..."
John BarnesMother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994) 2028Pg. 59:
"...It's going out on public channels too, but it will probably disappear in the background noise of all the different outfits that are also speculating, plus probably what two astrologers, three Baptist ministers, and the Vegetarian League have to say..."
Greg BearBeyond Heaven's River. New York: Dell (1980) 2350Pg. 62:
"What about that planet you come from, with all the zealots. Didn't any of their sense get through to you?"

Elvox rubbed his eyes and laughed. "Sense? Tivvers, they were Baptists and three or four other kinds of fool. They schismed from the lot that colonized God-Does-Battle, but they have the same goal--to bring Christian heaven down to Earth. Well, they couldn't have Earth, so they settled for Ichthys..."

Greg BearStrength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988) 3460Pg. 96:
"Children are exiled as much as adults."

"Are children filled with sin?"

"Yes. This city's creed is Baptist. Those--"

"Stop that! You're repeating the very contradiction that makes you sick. I am the leader. You will send our city parts to retrieve the sick children."

Michael BishopThe Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987) 1982Pg. 77:
"We really should go to church here, Cal. I've wanted us to since the first day we arrived."

"Dear God." Me? thought Cal. Squeezed into a pew of the First Baptist Church? I'd have to put my Indian braid down my shirt collar. It even bugs Mr. Kemmings, and the folks at First Baptist are going to find it harder to take than he does. But maybe you might really meet God over there. In Georgia, He has to hang out somewhere around Baptist churches. Too many of the... things to ignore.

Pg. 77:
Aloud, he said, "'Philip K. Dick is dead, alas. / Let's all queue up to kick...'"

..."Go on."

"That's it. That's the whole thing."

"First line's okay, but the second's contemptible. Irreverent for the sake of irreverence. Which is crap typical of teenagers or maladjusted adults."

"That's a psychological interpretation."

"What did you want?"

"How about an unbiased aesthetic judgment?"

"There's not such animal, Cal."

"A decade in Colorado couldn't completely wipe out your uptight Southern Baptist biases, could it?"

"What you'll never figure out, Pickford, is that I'm not upset because your stupid 'kick...' line rubs me wrong. I'm upset because it demeans you."...

"But you give me a psychological judgment instead of a literary one. A judgment tainted by small-town religiosity."

Also pg. 279.
Michael BishopCatacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979) 1973A timeline of Atlanta history, pg. 13:
1973: Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr., dies at hands of gunman in Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Mark Bourne"Boss" in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997) 1945In this story, gangster Al Capone, with the help of Baptist supporters, is elected President of the United States. Pg. 19:
He gets up on the wooden crate he totes the scope in and said, "Listen here, everybody!" They all hush up. He thanks them for coming and says, "It sure looks like the good Lord give us some fine seeing weather." Someone yells "Amen!" Probably someone from the First Baptist Church. He gives the night time to go dark by telling them about the glory of the heavens. "Which," he decrees, "you can see if you got the God-given sense to just look up." He feels like Moses himself.
Later, 1957, pg. 24:
A bunch of us was setting up our campaign headquarters at the First Baptist Church down on Main Street. We had posters and balloons and signs all ready to put up all over the place. That day, the Arkansas Gazette said Dewey might just pull ahead of Al [Capone], even though Al was all over the radio and the newspapers and going everywhere with Robert and his brothers Ralph and a bunch of his rich friends and supporters. Why'd I go with Dewey? I was younger then, but that's no excuse. I don't rightly know. But when the biggest fire this town ever did see burned down the church while he was inside it, well, that almost stopped our work right there for good.
Ray Bradbury"Almost the End of the World" in The Day it Rained Forever (anthology). London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959) 1961Pg. 105-106:
Sighting Rock Junction, Arizona at noon on August 22, 1961... But there stood the band pavilion, the Baptist church, the firehouse...
Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451. New York: Simon and Schuster (1967) 1990Pg. 64:
"...Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the... doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians..."
Ray Bradbury"The Renaissance Prince and the Baptist Martian" in Horizon (July 1979) ?
John BrunnerStand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968) 2010Pg. 315:
"You're a Muslim, you say. Have you read the Christian gospels?"

"I'm a convert, raised as a Baptist."

Edward Bryant"The Second Coming of Buddy Holly" in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988) 1987Buddy Holley tells his story, pg. 203:
"You keep searching," said Cordelia.

"I do that," said Holley. "I learn... As for what I'm learning" [spiritual practices from various shamanistic/primal-indigenous traditions], it ain't easy to work with a hardshell Baptist growin' up, but that's what I've tried to do."

Octavia ButlerParable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998) 2032Pg. 15-16:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2032

...Humboldt County... Church service is already going on, and, of course, my father is preaching. He looks as he always has in his church robes... The congregation of our neighbors sits before him in the large, not-quite-open area by our living room, dining room, and family room. this is a broad L-shaped space into which even more than the usual 30 or 40 people have crammed themselves for Sunday services. These people are too quiet to be a Baptist congregation--or at least, they're too quiet to be the Baptist congregation I grew up in. They're here, but somehow not here. They're shadow people. Ghosts.

[There are many other references to Baptists in this novel. The author was raised as a Baptist, and her grandfather was a Baptist preacher.] Pg. 24:
Jarret condemns the burnings, but does so in such mild language that his people are free to hear what they want to hear. As for the beatings, the tarring and feathering, and the destruction of "heathen houses of devil-worship."... His opponent Vice President Edward Jay Smith calls him a demagogue, a rabble-rouser, and a hypocrite. Smith is right, of course... I'm sorry to say, Jarret was once a Baptist minister like my father. But he left the Baptists behind years ago to begin his own "Christian America" denomination.
John ByrneWonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997) 1997Pg. 221-222:
"My borough is almost entirely black, as you know, Mr. Mayor, and blacks are hesitant to point the finger at someone because of their race, or creed, or color. We've been on the receiving end of that much too often. Still, there is a strong sentiment against Wonder Woman. We're overwhelmingly God-fearing Christians in my borough. Mostly Baptist. We believe what Rebecca Chandler has to say."
Thomas M. DischOn Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978) 2010Pg. 19:
There were either books or pictures on all the walls, including a very careful watercolor of the First Baptist Church and a store next to it (where there wasn't any now) called A & P.
Pg. 24 (approx. year 2030):
The real aristocracy of Iowa, the farmers, were undergoders--Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists--but it was impossible to pretend to be an undergoder since it involved giving up almost anything you might enjoy--not just music, but tv and most books and even talking with anyone who wasn't another undergoder. Besides, the farmers lumped all the townspeople together anyhow, with the great unregenerate mass of agitators, middlemen, and the unemployed that comprised the rest of the country, so it didn't do much good even for those who tried to pretend.
James T. Farrell"A Benefactor of Humanity" in Isaac Asimov (ed.) Laughing Space. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982) 1960Pg. 494:
Young Ignatius Bulganov went to a little red country schoolhouse hard by a Baptist church in a land where the tall corn grows the tallest. He was not a promising pupil. He couldn't read; he did not know how to write; and every time he added up a sum, his addition was different from that of his teacher...

But just as he loved books, he hated authors. Every time he saw an author, he remembered how as a boy in a little red country schoolhouse hard by a Baptist church in the land where the tall corn is tallest, he used to be switched, birched, and in plain language, whipped, because of his inability to read books. Some author had written those sentences that he had been lambasted for because he couldn't read them.

Pat FrankAlas, Babylon. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. (1959). 1959Pg. 19:
When they were boys, he and Mark used to sneak up to the back of the First Afro-Repose Baptist Church on Sunday nights to hear Preacher Henry calling down hell-fire and damnation on the sinners in the big cities. Preacher Henry always took his text out of the Revelation of St. John. It seemed that he ended every lurid verse with, 'Alas, Babylon!' in a voice so resonant you could feel it, if you rested your finger-tips gently on the warped pine boards of the church. Randy and Mark would crouch under the rear window, behind the pulpit, fascinated and wide-eyed, while Preacher Henry described the Babylonian revels, including fornication. Sometimes Preacher Henry made Babylon sound like Miami, and sometimes like Tampa, for he condemned not only fornication--he read the word right out of the Bible--but also horse racing and dog tracks.
Other references in book, such as on pg. 19-20, and 157.
William GibsonVirtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993) 2005Pg. 18:
...Mr. Turvey being described as a skilled craftsman, a steady worker, a loving father-figure for little Rambo and Kelly, a born-again Christian, a recovering addict to 4-Thiobuscaline, and the family's sole means of support.

"Recovering?" Rydell asked Karen Mendelsohn in his room in the airport Executive Suites. She'd just shown him the fax from Jenni-Rae's lawyer.

"Apparently he's been to a meeting that very day." Karen said.

"What did he do there?" Rydell asked, remembering the Last Supper [tattoo] in drying blood.

"According to our witnesses, he openly horned a tablespoon of his substance of choice, took the podium by force, and delivered a thirty-minute rant on President Millbank's pantyhose and the assumed current state of her genitalia. He then exposed himself... [did something obscene] and left the basement of the First Baptist Church."

Joe HaldemanForever Peace. New York: Ace Books (1998; first ed. 1997) 2050Pg. 254:
"That's an angle we ought to map out," Marty said. "Using religion--not your kind, Ellie, but organized religion. We'll automatically have people like the Cyber-Baptists and Omnia on our side. But if we could be endorsed by some mainstream religion, we could have a big bloc that no only preached our gospel, but demonstrated its effectiveness..."
Keith Hartman"Sex, Guns, and Baptists" in Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction. Edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel. Overlook Poress (1998) 2050Description by Wendy Pearson (Science Fiction Studies #77, Volume 26, Part 2, July, 1999):
Both genetics and religion come together in Keith Hartman's "Sex, Guns, and Baptists." This exploration of the all too probable consequences that might ensue if a "gay gene" is ever identified certainly serves to clarify Sedgwick's assertion of the centrality of the homo/heterosexual difference to our cultural consciousness. Here Catholicism becomes a sign of gayness, because the Catholics have remained unbending on the practice of abortion, which in this landscape has become an even more polarizing social issue due to the ability to identify potentially "gay" fetuses. As the gay private investigator points out to his female client, "[t]he Southern Baptist Convention doesn't like abortions. But it really doesn't like homosexuals" (14). When the narrator does what he's been paid to do and exposes his client's Baptist husband-to-be as a closeted homosexual, she's also able to overcome her scruples about the sixth commandment: she tries to murder her fiance. When the narrator foils the attempt, she then tries to kill him and, finally, she tries to avoid paying her bill. While the story is actually quite funny, the narrator, despite believing that the woman has a right to know if she's about to marry a gay man in hiding, is left with the sense that, although he's followed all the rules, nothing he's done has been right. The reader is left asking if any of the narrator's actions--doing his job, saving "the damsel in distress" (25), exposing a fraud--make sense in a world that has little problem murdering gay fetuses. The story thus, on the one hand, exposes the naive assumption made by some gay scientists that a genetic basis for gayness will end prejudice and, on the other, that sexuality is the one essential basis for identity.
Robert A. HeinleinFriday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982) 2020Pg. 13:
"And your father met your mother at a swing ding. And he didn't take off his hat."

"They met at a Baptist Sunday-school picnic and both of them believed in the Tooth Fairy."

Robert A. HeinleinStranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961) 2088Pg. 316:
"...we work together to show other Fosterites that the Church of All Worlds doesn't conflict with the Faith, any more than being a Baptist keeps a man from joining the Masons."
Ted Holden"38-Double-Ds: A Mississippi Baptist in Harun Ar-Rashid's Harem" in Gateways (Fall 1993) ?
Stephen KingBag of Bones. New York: Scribner (1998) 1998Pg. 486:
What she doesn't know is today is also Dedication Day for the new Grace Baptist Church, the first real church ever to be built on the TR. A slug of locals have gone, heathen as well as Baptist.
Also: pg. 145, 435.
Stephen KingThe Regulators. New York: Penguin Books (1996). [written as Richard Bachman] 1996Pg. 221-222:
Herb came in waving a religious tract he found sticking out of the mailbox... and yelling "Hallelujah! Yes, Jesus!"... Anyway, the tract was typical Baptist bull... Had a picture on the front of a man in agony, with his tongue sticking out and sweat running down his face and his eyes rolled up. IMAGINE A MILLION YEARS WITHOUT ONE DRINK OF WATER! it says over the face. And under it, WELCOME TO HELL! I checked on the back and sure enough, Zion's Covenant Baptist Church. That bunch from Elder. "Look," Herb says, "it's my dad before he combs his hair in the morning."
Pg. 224:
Herb said he knew that, then turned over the stupid Baptist tract and wrote on the back of it "what are we going to do?"
Stephen KingThe Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978) 1978Pg. 229:
"Used to be part of the communion set at the Grace Baptist Church in Woodsville," Bateman said. "I liberated it. I don't think the Baptists will miss it. They've all gone home to Jesus. At least all the Woodsville Baptists have..."
Pg. 529:
...biked out to north Boulder... Boulder's "old" residents. Stan Nogotny said it was as if the Catholics, Baptist, and Seventh-day Adventists had gotten together with the Democrats and the Moonies to create a religious-political Disneyland.
Also page 100.
Fritz LeiberThe Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964) 2015Pg. 59:
...in the heart of old Los Angeles... Tonight the inhabitants of Pershing Square spilled into Olive Street at the Fifth, where a bronze statue of Beethoven broodingly faces the Biltmore Hotel, Bunker Hill, and the Baptist Auditorium which serves as one of the city's chief theaters.
Scott Lobdell & Elliot S. MagginGeneration X. New York: Berkley (1997) 1806[History of a church in downtown Boston.] Pg. 100:
In the early days of the nineteenth century--when English and Arab slave traders were still dropping boatloads of kidnapped Africans onto the docks of Charleston and Annapolis and New Orleans like so many striped bass--a prominent black preacher from New Hampshire named Thomas Paul came to Boston to found the First African Baptist Church. Black people were allowed to attend white churches in Boston in those days, as long as they sat up in the balconies and did not try to speak or vote at congregational meetings.

For a little over a year, Preacher Paul led worship services at Faneuil Hall, a stop on the Freedom Trail. A generation earlier, the Adams boys had raised the rabble against their British overlords in that same location. Then, near the end of 1806, Preacher Paul's followers opened the spanking new African Meeting House on land that the black Baptist congregation had bought in a little cul-de-sac off Joy Street near Smith Court.

At the dedication ceremony [of the First African Baptist Church], attended and celebrated by the creme de Boston's creme, there was only the cremey faces of white officials and abolitionists allowed in the floor-level pews while the members of the congregation huddled in their own balcony and craned to see [Rev.] Thomas Paul sitting behind the pulpit and listening to the mayor speak.

Nearly two hundred years later, with his friend Angelo tapping a foot impatiently at the doorway, a young black mutant from St. Louis vaulted over the cloth barrier that still attempted to keep history buffs of all races, creeds, colors, and genetic conditions off the merchandise. He plopped himself down in a high-backed chair behind the pulpit and...

[Scene in the church continues pg. 101-102, but doesn't mention Baptists again.]
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994) 1994This is an alternative history novel. There are not really "Anglican-Baptists." Pg. 122-123
ST. LOUIS (RPI) -- A series of explosions ripped through the Aster Memorial Electronic Sciences Center at the University Missouri at St. Louis shortly after midnight this morning... Governor Danforth denounced the action as that of "ill-informed zealots." Speaking for the Alliance for World Peace, Northrop Winsted added the Alliance's condemnation of violence. Similar statements were also issued by the Midwest Diocese of the... Catholic Church and the Missouri Synod of the Anglican-Baptists.
Pg. 122:
"I have to sing for the Anglican-Baptist chapel tomorrow."

"Why?"

"Because they will pay me."

"That's as good a reason as any."

Pg. 209:
"I cannot believe you are going to sing for the Anglican-Baptists. Especially for just ten dollars."
Pg. 369:
Llysette pursed her lips and nodded. "It will just follow you. Tomorrow, I must sing for the Anglican-Baptists."

"Again? You don't want me to drive?"

Pg. 251:
Leaders of virtually all major religious orders, but particularly those of the Anglican-Baptists, the... Catholic Church, the Spirit of God, the Unified Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and the Latter Day Saints, have taken positions firmly opposing such [ghost] research...
Also pg. 332.
Judith Moffett"Fast Glaciers" in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000) 2002This is one of the most thorough, balanced and sympathetic portrayals of Southern Baptists in a work of mainstream science fiction. One of the two main characters is a devout Southern Baptist, as are many other characters. Well known Southern Baptists such as Jimmy Carter and Billy Graham are mentioned, and issues such as personal conversion, baptism, etc. are discussed.
A. R. MorlanTime, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992) 2026Pg. 292:
In his field notes, Dr. Ridley often spoke of the Mayans, and what the Spanish Catholics did to them--their culture, their history. Strange equals inferior. Then and now. And now the Catholics have help; the Baptists and Methodists are stomping around Peru's jungles, too, competing for souls, racking up holy brownie points for the Almighty. But not the All-caring--how could He be, if he lets something so insidiously wrong take place?
Pg. 295-296
Or her husband, the ones the Bible-thumpers dubbed Inocencio. He's older than she is, at least fifty-something. The few teeth he has left are deeply stained by coca-leaves. Despite his having given them up, as most of the villagers have done, urged to do so by those well-meaning Bible-belters. I think the Methodists, or the Baptists, were responsible for that alteration in the Whistlers' lifestyle. God, why didn't they just stay home?
James MorrowTowing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994) 1994Pg. 114:
"Why, oh, why, are you wasting your time like this?" Winston Hawke, an intense, nervous little man for whom the collapse of Soviet communism merely heralded the True Revolution to come, sprang to his feet. "The Baptists are taking over," cried the Marxist, "the yokels are on the march, the yahoos are at the gates, and you're giving us a lot of... about a supertanker!"
Pg. 111:
In conspiratorial tones, Barclay outlined his committee's plan. Under the cover of night, a small subset of the [Englightenment] League, a kind of atheist commando unit, would crawl across the luxurious lawn of the First Baptist Church of Dallas--"the Pentagon of Christianity," as Barclay put it--and jimmy open a basement window. They would sneak into the church. Infiltrate the nave. Secure the pews. And then, unholstering their Swingline staples, they would take up each Bible in turn and, before replacing it, neatly affix a thirty-page precis of On the Origin of Species between the table of contents and Genesis.

Equal time for Darwin.

... Sylvia Endicott: skepticism's oldest living warrior... "You know my views on scientific creationism... You know where I stand on Dallas Baptists. But come on, people. This so-called 'counterattack' is really just a prank. We're the children of... Voltaire... We aren't the... Marx Brothers."

David MorseThe Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998) 1773Pg. 19:
They found the hillside overrun with people and carriages. A company of Shakers had arrived from Shrewsbury and was singing and whirling about like dervishes, and a congregation of Baptists had waded into the floodwaters.
Larry NivenRingworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970) 1970Pg. 216:
Louis laughed... "You're a Kdaptist," he said. "Admit it."

"I was raised so, but the teachings did not take."

"Sure they didn't..."

[A 'Kdaptist' is a member of the heretical kzinti religious sect started by the 'Mad Kdapt-Preacher'. It is probable that the name of the group (Kdaptist) is derived from 'Baptist.']
Paul Park"The Last Homosexual" in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois, St Martin's/Griffin (1997) 2020?Review:
Paul Park's 'The Last Homosexual' leads us through a Christian moral majority future that is utterly chilling in its sheer normality. In a society that its citizens regard as everyday and proper, any deviation from the New Baptist norm is believed to have viral origins and 'sufferers' must be isolated in 'hospitals'. We see a group of people in a glassed-in room, diagnosed as 'obese'; none seems particularly overweight but then, as the doctor explains, these are the carriers...
Frederik PohlThe World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990) 2103Pg. 128:
The Baptists had refused to be ecumenical with the Unitarians; the Church of Rome had separated itself from Greek Orthodox and Episcopalian. Even Captain Bu had declared himself a born-again Christian, and every other soul on Newmanhome tragically doomed to eternal hellfire.
Kim Stanley RobinsonGreen Mars. New York: Bantam (1994) 2114Pg. 338: The word 'Baptists' is used in a passing reference, but apparently refers to Mandaeans.
Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996) 2019Pg. 112:
"Dalton Wesley Yarbrough, New Orleans Provincial of the Society of Jesus, from Waco, Texas, Vatican City of the Southern Baptists." he announced...
Pg. 119:
"From Waco, Texas, ma'am," D. W. Yarbrough began.

"Yes, I know, Vatican City of the Southern Baptists," Anne said.

Geoff RymanThe Child Garden; or A Low Comedy. New York: St. Martin's Press (1989) 2075Pg. 168-169:
"In five minutes, we'll be over Mount Ararat. From up here, the outlines of Noah's Ark are clearly visible."

"Mmmmmmm!" said Milena, trying to sound impressed.

"Of course, Ararat would have been underwater for most of the Flood. We know how deep the Flood was: two-thirds of the highest mountain. Now. Mount Everest is 8,840 metres high, which means the Flood was 5,893.32 metres deep. Which is very nearly the height of Mount Ararat. Do you believe in reincarnation, Mr. Shibush?"

"Mmmm mmm," said Milena, shaking her head.

"Neither do I," he said... "Post-millenarian Baptists such as myself do not. But I have a thought I'd like to share with you. If only Noah survived, then he is the ancestor of us all. And we would have his memories stored in our racial subconscious. Many is the time that I've sat in this spacecraft, Ms Shibush, and felt that I was Noah. If there was a Flood, I could repopulate the Earth, grown by Chris from memory."

Pg. 218:
"I'd be your Christian Soldier, too, Milena."

Ficken again.

"I know you're not a Postmillenarian Baptist and are therefore damned, but I pray for your soul, Milena, for the good that I know is in you."

Milena paused for thought, she pressed shut her pouch of cooling egg. "I've got to go use the head," she said, and escaped. She floated upwards to he john.

Robert Shea & Robert Anton WilsonIlluminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975) 1975Pg. 148:
"You're giving the peace sign, only with your fingers together," George said, confused.

"That's what comes from being an ignorant Baptist." Joe laughed. "As a son of the True Church, I can tell you, George, that Hagbard is giving a Catholic blessing."

Wilson TuckerThe Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970) 1980Pg. 39:
...the first few columns were solidly rooted in the census figures of 1970, while the following columns on the following pages were his projections going forward to 2050...

Marriages and trial marriages: with subsequent divorces and annulments forecast on an annual basis after 1980, first full year of trial marriage decree (trial marriage not appreciably contributing to the birth rate except in Alabama and Mississippi, but tending to increase the murder and suicide rate, and contributing to the slow decline of long-term marriage).

Harry TurtledoveHow Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997) 1881Pg. 55:
"...Presbyterians like me, Catholics, Baptists, Jews, what have you--in Utah Territory, we're all outsiders looking in..."
Walter Jon WilliamsDays of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991) 2010Pg. 126:
"Birthplace?"

"New Delhi, India."

..."Someone told me you were Pakistani."

"I was born in India. My grandparents were killed by Hindus in a riot following the death of dictator Indira Gandhi. My surviving family fled to Rawalpindi, in Pakistan."

The words were matter-of-fact, said with a slight smile. Loren tried to picture Atocha divided along those kinds of bitter ethnic lines, with... armed Knights of Columbus cruising the plaza armed with shotguns, blasting Baptist heretics with iron pellets...

Pg. 197:
"I'm an atheist, so I'm not exactly an authority on matters theological." He fell silent for a moment, then added irrelevantly, "I was raised Quaker, though."

"I was raised Baptist," Kurita blurted, "but so what? Listen! We can make a universe! It'll be terrific! Some thesis, huh?"

Pg. 237:
Loren had been inclined, for all sorts of good reasons, to disregard the stories, and in any case there hadn't been any complains. Unlike, for example the case of the Evangelical Baptist minister he'd hauled off to jail for statutory rape. Loren had been careful to use only soft-tissue strikes then, gut and groin and kidneys, driving in with the end of his baton--no chance of broken bones to embarrass the department, and scarcely any bruises. Whether the girls had consented or not--and in this particular case it appeared they had--Loren knew damn well they were still someone's daughters.
Pg. 50:
The city's tiny handful of black people clustered around the African Baptist Church in an informal no-man's-land north of Picketwire.
Robert Charles WilsonThe Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993) 1993Pg. 96:
He would be immortal. There would be a Place Prepared For Him, as Kindle's mother used to say. His mother had been religious. Dakota Baptist. Cold winter Baptist. Her philosophy went something like: Kick me till I go to heaven.
Pg. 20:
Places change. People pass on. Love dies. The world becomes, in time, almost uninhabitably strange.

Faith abides.

She seldom attended church. It was Miriam's opinion that the local churches--even the Truth Baptist, which people thought of as a fundamentalist church, misrepresented the Bible.

Also pg. 86, 97, 155.
Connie Willis"Samaritan" in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979) 2010Pg. 229:
"Have you thought, as my archbishop would say, who cannot forget his Baptist upbringing, about what our dear Lord would do?"
Robert Charles WilsonMysterium. New York: Bantam (1994) 1998Pg. 181:
Congreve... had assembled a delegation from every religious group in town... The churches had not always been on friendly terms, and it was still a chore to keep the Baptists talking to the Unitarians, for instance, but they all faced a common danger in this peculiar new world.
Pg. 183:
Reverend Lockheed of the Mission Baptist said his young people were also anxious to do something to mark the season, so how about decorating the big pine in the Civic Gardens near City Hall--as a kind of test case?... The combined Lutheran and Baptist youth groups... converged on the Civic Gardens east of City Hall...
Scott Winnett"Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church" in Locus (May 1993) ?

This annotated bibliography list, a subset derived from the Adherents.com Religion in Literature database, is intended as a resource for literary research. It should not be used as a source of information about any religious group. Rather, it indicates how Baptists have been portrayed in one genre of popular fiction: science fiction and fantasy (also termed "speculative fiction"). The way Baptists have been portrayed in science fiction and fantasy does not necessarily reflect how they are in real life. Unfortunately, many science fiction and fantasy writers seem to think that SBC stands for "Southern Bigot Convention." Their portrayal of Baptists is rarely positive, and does not reflect the diversity among the different Baptist denominations and churches, which range from more liberal organizations such as the American Baptist Convention to more fundamentalist groups. Not all Baptists are like the fundamentalist/conservative faction that controls the Southern Baptist Convention.

This page lists mainstream science fiction novels or short stories which contain references to Baptists by name. Many other works refer to fundamentalist or Evangelical religious groups which the author may have based on Baptists, but which have not been identified explicitly as Baptist. Such non-explicit references are generally not included in this page, but may be found under such categories as "Evangelical", "Christian Fundamentalists" or even "Christianity" in the main database. This is not necessarily a comprehensive list of such literature, but all Hugo- and Nebula-winning novels have been surveyed, as have many other major works.

Since the time that this "Baptists in Science Fiction" summary page was originally created, many more books and stories have been indexed. Some of these include references to Baptists, but are not listed on this summary page. To see the full list, click on "Baptist" or "Southern Baptist Convention" on the main index page.

One of the most thorough, balanced and sympathetic portrayals of Southern Baptists in a work of mainstream science fiction is Judith Moffett's novel Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. One of this novel's two main characters is a devout Southern Baptist, as are many other characters. Well known Southern Baptists such as Jimmy Carter and Billy Graham are mentioned, and issues such as personal conversion, baptism, etc. (even "ABCs") are discussed. The novel is also free of explicit sex and mostly free of vulgar/profane language. Most Baptist science fiction readers will find the novel inoffensive and interesting. The author is not a Southern Baptist, but this novel demonstrates the same deep understanding of her subject matter and open-minded approach that she displayed with Quakers in Pennterra.

   "Used to be part of the communion set at the Grace Baptist Church in Woodsville," Bateman said. "I liberated it. I don't think the Baptists will miss it. They've all gone home to Jesus. At least all the Woodsville Baptists have..."

- from The Stand
by Stephen King
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