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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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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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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Is Eru Iluvatar subject to Biblical numerology?

I am curious about Tolkien's intent in Eru's relationship to Ea's sacred numbers. Tolkien's own background, of course, is Roman Catholic; this puts him in a position of considering certain numbers ...
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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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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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Radio show where man regrows leg after entering lake

As I recall a man turns up in a mid west town and allows people to believe he is capable of performing miracles. He either regrows his own arm / leg after bathing in a lake or someone else's. I know ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...