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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Effect of Angels amputating wings?

In several movies, series and books, Angels living on earth have amputated their wings - or had them amputated: The Hush book-series by Becca Fitzpatrick Lucifer comic-series Lucifer TV-series ...
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Who or what do the members of the Abbey worship?

In the Redwall book series, a lot of the action takes place in the Abbey. This, and the fact that the some characters are referred to as "Brother," "Friar" and "Abbot" would imply that it's a ...
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What was the first story in which crucifixes burned vampires?

In many stories, crosses or other religious symbols hurt vampires. In the Shadowhunters books by Cassandra Clare, vampires are weak to whatever religious symbols they believe in. In Buffy the ...
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Analog '90s? staff on abandoned alien space station infected with religion meme

I've been looking for this story for a long time. I believe it was published in Analog Science Fiction in the 1990's. In the story, an abandoned alien space station has been discovered at another ...
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Why these associations between DC characters and the Seven Deadly Sins?

I'm not much a DC fan as a Batman fan, so the less a character is related to Batman the less I know about them. I can't remember exactly from which series this picture is. It shows the 7 statues that ...
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Is Eru intended as a literal representation of the Christian God?

Given that ... Tolkien is on record as saying he envisioned Middle-Earth as being a literal precusor to modern day earth "in a different stage of imagination". As a Christian, a major theme of his ...
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In the Marvel Multiverse, Are Yahweh, God and the One-Above-All the same being?

In the Marvel Multiverse, there are at least three supreme beings who seem to represent an all-powerful, monotheistic God, Yahweh: God: The One-Above-All: Are these characters meant to ...
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Does Voldemort observe any religion?

Does he? I have never really thought about this, but a section in this answer got me thinking: I am confident that students of other faiths would not be obliged to take part in or even attend the ...
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If there are students of other religions at Hogwarts, why are only the Christian holidays celebrated?

We have a Word of God statement that there is at least one Jewish wizard at Hogwarts - it's in a question here somewhere. But if so, why are only the Christian holidays celebrated? Shouldn't they ...
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A book, two agents going to a possible lost colony, apparent religious background, very political

Novel from the 60s-80s, no later than the early 90s. A pair of agents of some sort are being sent to some planet, where the destination may be a recently rediscovered colony. Both the agents and the ...
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Protagonist becomes the avatar of an alien deity and has to cope with adversary god

I read this at least 20 years ago, and I believe it was originally published in the '60s. The main character is a human, but somehow "inherits godhood" from an alien, whose species is very long ...
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In-universe, is Aslan actually Jesus?

In the Narnia series, the character of Aslan bears many similarities to Jesus Christ: worshipped as a god but only the son of a much greater god (the Emperor-over-the-Sea) sacrificed for the sake of ...
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Does the concept of the Abrahamic god exist in the galaxy far, far away?

As noted in this question, the concepts of heaven and hell appear to exist in the galaxy far, far away; Han even mentions the latter in The Empire Strikes Back: RANDOM JERK REBEL GUY: Your ...
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Does the concept of heaven exist in the galaxy far, far away? [duplicate]

In Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is being urged not to go looking for Luke on Hoth, we hear this exchange: RANDOM JERK REBEL GUY: Your Tauntaun will freeze before you ...
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Why do only the 'little makers' produce the water of life?

In Dune by Frank Herbert, Sietch Tabr has a cave that contains a little-maker or stunted worm. This worm is surrounded by water so that it cannot escape. Paul decides to try and change the water of ...
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Does eating a monk really make you immortal?

In Journey to the West demons and assorted evil doers frequently capture the monk Xuanzang with the intent of eating him. They are said to believe that it will grant immortality and/or cleanse you of ...
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Is it implied that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are Jewish?

J.K Rowling has said on Twitter that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are distantly related to Anthony Goldstein, J.K. Rowling ‏@jk_rowling Well, I think it's widely known that that characters ...
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Who is the Maker?

C-3PO frequently speaks of “the Maker.” Is this a true droid religion, or is this a religious reverence by droids for their specific creators (in this case, Anakin, even though C-3PO has forgotten who ...
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Do Buggers go to heaven?

Orson Scott Card is a Mormon. Has he ever explained the status of Formics/Buggers in terms of having souls, going to heaven/hell, or any other aspect of how they fit into his religion?
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Did Bene Gesserit believe in god?

Bene Gesserit used religious beliefs to further their goals (Missionaria Protectiva). But did Bene Gesserit themselves hold genuine religious belief (e.g. in a supernatural power, preferably in a ...
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Which “God” is Luke referring to?

From A New Hope's transcript: LUKE: (sighing) Oh, God, my uncle. How am I ever going to explain this? This ...
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Why did the Jedi preach in an uninspired way? [closed]

In the movies, the Jedi always seemed to expect everybody to believe in the Force. They also wanted the Republic to trust their powers and rely on them. However, they only trained a few to become ...
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Are the Klingon gods in Stovokor?

In the Deep Space Nine episode Homefront, Worf says: Our gods are dead. Ancient Klingon warriors slew them a millennia ago. They were more trouble than they were worth. So were they sent to ...
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Trilogy of books set in the future with “knights”, “priests”, and dwarfs and a rebellion

In the 80s, I was introduced to a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy of books. The books were set in the future. There were "knights", "priests", and dwarfs. The dwarfs were help for the knights. As the books ...
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Are there any actual groups who believe that the world will end after completing a task? [closed]

In Eric Frank Russell's Now Inhale and Arthur C. Clarke's Nine Billion Names of God there are described Buddhist monks who have a task which will seem to take aeons to complete in order to bring about ...
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Shouldn't the King's Landing godswood have a weirwood tree?

Is it not disrespectful of the people of the North for the King's Landing godswood not to have a weirdwood tree? I understand that there was some cutting-down of weirwoods south of the neck, but ...
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Looking for title of a film (could be tv show) about god in space

I'm not religious but I watched something like this when I was a kid and now I'm just curious and trying to find the title. The film starts with some astronauts traveling through some kind of ...
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Who originated the concept about how gods are actually aliens who need “worship energy”?

An early story I've come across is the Star Trek "Who Mourns for Adonais?" about how the Olympian gods were actually powerful aliens. When they realized that humanity no longer worshiped them, they ...
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What's going on with the end of Bread and Circuses pro-Christian sentiment?

At the end of Bread and Circuses... ... Uhura points out that the "Sun worshipers" were really "Son worshipers" and then Kirk waxes eloquent about how neat it would ...
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Is Nugganism supposed to be an allegory for Scientology?

Of all the Discworld religions, Nugganism is one of the stranger ones1 (similar to Scientology2 on Roundworld, in that aspect), with it's many decrees against abominations. Is it supposed to be an ...
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Widespread religions at the time of The Galactic Civil War

Were there any active, widespread, common, public religions in the Star Wars galaxy at the time of the rebel alliance? If so, what were they? By widespread, I mean religions that span multiple ...
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Who or what is Mr. Mighty?

In the comic Spider-Verse #2, one of the tales follows Anansi. I'm vaguely familiar with Anansi, as an African trickster god, and was able to find some information on Shango, who appeared in the ...
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Was Jesus Christ a wizard in the world of Harry Potter?

So we know that in the Potterverse they celebrate Christmas. Hopefully most people on here know the original reason for Christmas is the supposed birth of Jesus. What is Jesus considered to be when ...
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What was the armadillo/canine hybrid in Noah?

The 2014 film Noah (starring Russell Crowe) seemed to contain a number of very unusual animals. What was the armadillo/canine hybrid thing?
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Animal condition through religion in “The Stand” [closed]

After reading the long passage in Stephen King's "The Stand" where the first group of survivors joined Abigail mother, I had the impression that the author played with the contrast between the faith ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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Short story about the Dalai Lama: the next incarnation picks the short path

I am looking for a short story about the Dalai Lama. The next incarnation is force-grown and he picks the short path. In choosing the short path, his Holiness's behaviors are the antithesis of what ...
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Are the gods of water and sky ever explicitly equated?

In the world of Ice and Fire there are many religions whose gods are quite similar. In particular, here are some of the gods of water and sky/weather: Water Sky The ...
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What book has arks crewed by slaves leaving earth before the sun goes nova?

I will give as much detail as I can remember. I first read the book in 1980. The book starts on Earth with a powerful ruling class that forms their own religion. The first high priest starts a ...
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Story about space travelers who stumble across an alien civilization only to realize it is heaven and God has gone insane

Does anyone know what book or series I am thinking of? Honestly, this may be a movie, a book, a short story, etc. I can't quite remember. I just remember someone describing a story in which space ...
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Does Melisandre really worship R'hllor, or does she merely use that belief?

As far as I know, there once was magic in Westeros, just as there once were dragons. For example the Wall is said to be built with the help of magic. I don't recall anybody sneering about it, but I ...
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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 any kind of church in 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 appreciated. 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. ...