I've really only watched Stargate: Atlantis, so I don't know if this is brought up in SG1 or Universe.

Are the Ancients ever described as being religious, or worshipping any deities?

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The ancient Alterans didn't have a religious faith but they did worship science. That was the entire crux of their argument with the forces of the Ori who eventually forced them out of their home galaxy.

ALTERAN WOMAN TWO: We believe in the systematic understanding of the physical world through observation and experimentation, through argument and debate, but, most of all, freedom of will. I will not compromise the fundamental tenets of my devotion in order to preserve it.

Stargate: The Ark of Truth

Eventually both branches of the Alteran people ascended. The Alterans in the Milky Way became the Ancients and the Ori founded their own religion.

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    There's also the Destiny which was investigating a deep structure in space time that might have indicated some intelligent hand behind the universe, IIRC? Nov 25, 2017 at 17:41
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    @starpilotsix - Yeah. But we never found out what it was.
    – Valorum
    Nov 25, 2017 at 17:42
  • @Glen_b - It says tenants in the script :-)
    – Valorum
    Nov 26, 2017 at 1:02
  • @Valorum Wow. I withdraw my objection ... but facepalm with both hands.
    – Glen_b
    Nov 26, 2017 at 7:39
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    You don't really "worship" science unless you're doing it wrong. Religion is basically without exception a matter of faith and belief. Science is all about evidence and theory.
    – John LA
    Oct 2, 2019 at 0:14

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