Questions about the use of religion in a work of speculative fiction, whether the religion is a real-world one or a fictional one

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Why did Númenóreans fear and dislike Valar?

Sauron taught the people of Númenor many things, and in most of his speeches he spoke against the Valar, who most Númenóreans already feared and disliked. ( Ar-Pharazôn @ Tolkien gateway ) Why ...
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Was there a Church in LOTR/Middle Earth? [duplicate]

We know that there were active deities in Middle Earth (Eru Ilúvatar - who performed at least one tangible modern act, namely resurrection and return of Olorin/Gandalf) and that people were aware of ...
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Is barring Holy O's in “Irredeemable” a Mark Waid thing, Boom Studios thing, or something else?

Reading Irredeemable, my first Boom Studios comic, and I've noticed in a few issues that when divine words are used -- God, Lord, etc. -- the O is barred. Take a look at page 1 of issue 17, first ...
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Time travel story/book similar to Behold the Man, but closer to the bible

The book/story starts with the author, perhaps an athiest, appearing on a talk show and upon leaving the show, has some sort of accident, and wakes up in the time of Jesus. That's as close to Behold ...
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What about gods in A Game of Thrones?

Gods are omnipresent in A Song of Ice and Fire, but do they exist? The old gods have never listened to the Starks' prayers; the only time was when Arya was in Harrenhal and she heard voices. Was it ...
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Novel series about space colonization and religion by (star wars EU author?)

Trying to identify this series I never finished. I'm almost positive it was written by one of the more famous star wars EU authors, but I could be wrong about that as I can't find it when looking ...
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Siblings survive an attack in a religious war and are helped by siblings of a different species

I remember getting a book at an airport once ( part of a trilogy ) on my way to a vacation. I really want to read it again so any help would be apreciated. The book is about a kingdom devided by ...
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Fantasy novel from the 80s, quest led back home

Read this book in my religious high school's library back in the 80s. It was a book about a young man who goes off on a fantasy quest, only to realize that the answer to everything was right back at ...
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story about god in diner, early '90s asimov science fiction magazine

I read a story in the early to mid '90's in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and I am trying to come up with the title of the story and the author. The story is about a man meeting God in a diner. ...
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Short story about Tibetan monks who want to know the name of God?

I can't remember the title or the author of the following story: Some Tibetan monks want to know the name of God. They buy a supercomputer in order to calculate the name. Then...
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Short story in which candidates for political office act as deities to tiny, synthetic creatures

I'm looking for a short story, probably from the mid '60s to mid '70s, in which two candidates, possibly senators running for president, undergo a public test of how well they perform as leaders by ...
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Identify a book about founding of Scientology where female protagonist has sheep DNA and is an intended sacrifice

Identify a book about founding of Scientology where female protagonist has sheep DNA and is an intended sacrifice.
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Book about an isolated space ship where a new society/religion develops after order collapsed

I don't remember much of this book and may misremember some of it but essentially the setting was a fully self sufficient ship that was out in space and at some point there were officers, scientists, ...
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Identify story: A man owns creatures that build statues of him

I am trying to recall the name of a story I read when I was fairly young (maybe 20 years ago, but not sure how old the story is). What I remember: A man acquires a set of creatures that he keeps in ...
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Title of a book about a mysterious light in the sky from the late 90s?

I vaguely remember a book and it has been driving me crazy for years. It had these things: A mysterious light in the sky (maybe healing people) Religious overtones/themes (not a religious book to my ...
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Jews in Star Trek [closed]

Throughout the various Star Trek TV shows and movies, I've wondered "where are the Jews?" There are Jews today living on every continent and leading in areas such as particle physics. Moreover, early ...
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Humoristic book about Jesus' brother and an AI

I remember the description as follows: Jesus and God Christ (Christ is used as a family name) go on a holiday (golf, maybe?) and leave an AI in charge of creation Jesus' brother (Kevin Christ?) is ...
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Why are the Roknari Quadrene and the Chalions Quintarian?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, one of the primary differences between the Five Kingdoms and the Roknari is their faith. While both faiths worship the same gods, the Roknari Quadrene ...
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Is the Christian symbolism specific to one sect?

The anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is rife with Christian symbolism, Biblical allegory, and strong evangelical imagery. However, there are lots of different sects of Christianity -- from ...
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Is there any truth to the rumor that Speaker for the Dead was ghost-written by a committee of Mormons for theological purposes?

I've heard and read from more than one source that Speaker for the Dead is an allegory of Hitler and his crimes against humanity and the Mormon doctrine that claims even sins so great as those are, in ...
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Why do alien cultures tend to have one language, one religion etc

What are some common logical reasons given within any sci-fi universe for the lack of cultural diversity within a single alien race? Examples of what I mean: Star Trek: Vulcans come from Vulcan and ...
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Is “House of El” related to Hebrew “El” word for God?

Superman was born on Krypton with the name Kal-El in the House of El. Does this term "El" in Superman relate in any way to the Hebrew word "El" which kind of means God (and IIRC is linguistically ...
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Christianity within Snow White

Within the movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White recites the Lord's Prayer, which comes from the Bible's New Testament. Is there any depiction of Christianity within the original story ...
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Why were the ways of the Force considered a “religion” in the Galaxy Far Far Away during ANH by non-Force-users?

For some reason, the ways of the Force are nearly universally considered a religion in the Galaxy Far Far Away during year 0 BBY by "laymen" (e.g. non-Jedi-nor-Sith): Han Solo: Hokey religions ...
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Why did Stannis convert to the R'hllor religion?

Stannis is a strict follower of the law, and appears to be a sensible military commander, but to me he doesn't seem to have a religious character or be someone who'd worship and have faith in ...
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Seva, the fictional Greek Goddess of Destruction, in a pre-1955 book

My father named me after a character he read in a Science Fiction novel published prior to 1955. The character's name is Seva, who is the Greek goddess of destruction within the context of that book. ...
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First Amalgamated Church

In Futurama there are a series of religions, the most diverse being the robot faith. The reason for that is because Religions of Earth joined into one religion. Why and when did the Religions combine ...
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What was the first appearance of Olympic gods as characters in modern SciFi or fantasy?

What was the first appearance of any of the Olympic gods as character(s) in modern (1880+) SciFi or Fantasy outside of ancient greek settings? I'm talking about them being major characters, ala Neil ...
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Are there practiced religions in the wizarding world?

The question of why is there religion in Harry Potter made me wonder as to whether wizards, any of them, do practice religion. Whether there be magic-person only religions or shared muggle faiths, I ...
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What is the nature of Christmas observance in the Potterverse?

Every winter, Hogwarts students return home and celebrate Christmas with their families. However, given their extensive use of magic, it does not seem likely they'd understand Christianity the way ...
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What's the meaning of Lucifel's corrected years in the opening?

The opening to El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron begins with Lucifel saying Let me tell you a tale. It took place 360,000 - no, 14,000 years ago. Well. To me it seems like yesterday. To you, ...
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Identify: book about a Jesuit arguing that lizard people are Satanic?

I got most of the way through this book a while back but had to return it to the library. Now I can't remember the title or who wrote it. I do remember it was written sometime around 1955. An ...
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What religious effects did Thor's appearance have?

With Thor referred to as a god in the Marvel universe, what effect did the explicit appearance of a god (especially one not of their pantheon) have on mainstream religions in the Marvel universe? ...
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Religion in the Marvel universe?

With Thor referred to as a god in the Marvel universe, do modern day religions get any references in the Marvel universe, e.g. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc?
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Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek?

We see that in DS9 the Bajoran religion is alive and kicking, but I've never seen any mention of a religion that came from Earth, or one practiced by humans. Are any of Earth's religions still ...
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The Navras mantra used in Matrix 3. Mantras religious context

At the end of Matrix Revolutions (Matrix 3), before the words "it is done", the Hindu mantra Navras is played. What context is Navras usually placed in? How do the Hindus view the mantra and how is ...
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Were Gnostics/Gnosticism a recurring religion in Heinlein's work?

Jelly glanced over at Sergeant Migliaccio, first section leader. "Five minutes for the Padre," he stated. Some of the boys dropped out of ranks, went over and knelt in front of Migliaccio, ...
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Cross breeding of men and orcs in Lord of the Rings

A question was asked: Why is breeding men and orcs considered evil? Specifically it's described as Saruman's greatest evil, and since Saruman committed many appalling acts the questioner wondered why ...
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What denomination is Kemp?

In Being Human (the original British series) season 2, what Christian denomination does Kemp (and presumably his partners) belong to? I seem to recall him being described as Catholic, but that was a ...
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Are Jews in Chapterhouse: Dune the same cultural group as in our universe/timeline?

Religion features a huge role in Dune universe and there are many religions involved in the story line. These fictional religions are mostly ecumenical or syncretic combinations of existing ...
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Was crucifom a symbolic criticism of church?

Was cruciform organism from Dan Simmons' Hyperion supposed to be a symbolic criticism of Christian church? One can easily notice several possible allusions to church (spoilers ahead): On the ...
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Help finding a novel where a man goes through a wormhole to a futuristic religious dystopia

I read a novel about ten or fifteen years ago (which I didn't really enjoy very much) but it is now bothering me that I can't remember what it was. At the start, this guys is on Earth and I think he ...
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Who is the unnamed God in the book 'American Gods'?

In Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel, many of the gods and other mythological creatures are recognizable from real-world cultures. With most of these, the link to the real-world is very clear (either ...
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Originator of the “Gods Require Belief” Trope

Terry Pratchett (and Neil Gaiman afterwards) seems to have popularized the idea of gods as supernatural beings that require belief in them to exist. But is this idea truly original to him? Or are ...
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What is the explanation for the basis of Buddhislamic faith in Dune Universe?

As a follow-up to a previous Dune question, Buddhislamic religion always struck me as a somewhat strange concept. From my limited (but greater than a random westerner) understanding of both, they ...
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Are there any churches in Dune?

In the Dune series there are several mentions of the Orange Catholic Bible and quotations from it. But it looks like the book from the long forgotten past. Are there any mentions of major functioning ...
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Which short story was about aliens thinking soccer was a form of worship?

I read a collection of short stories a while back. One story, I think it was the final one in the book, was about aliens visiting a sports event (I think it was a football (soccer) match). They ...