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Questions tagged [religion]

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 didn't Captain Pike say his background with religion after asking the others in New Eden?

In Star Trek Discovery episode "New Eden" we see Captain Pike ask Joann Owosekun and Michael Burnham what their background with religion is. Joann says she grew up in a Luddite community which had ...
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Book about persecuted group fleeing earth, finding and settling new planet, new life, get hunted down by earth persecutors

Read a book in the mid 2000s about a group that was persecuted, Christians I believe, that accidentally discovered FTL travel. They built a ship and left Earth. They discovered a new planet, and ...
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Spinning Silver: the first Jewish protagonist in fantasy?

Naomi Novik's recent novel Spinning Silver made me wonder: is it the first fantasy novel with a Jewish main character? Or were there others before it? I am not looking for a shopping list here. ...
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Trying to find a Sci-Fi Short story about aliens converting to Judaism

I read this story about seven years ago for a college class, and while I remember most of the plot, I cannot recall the title or author. In this story, there is a colony of orthodox Jews and one of ...
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Book set on an alien planet with a symbiotic plantlife [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a science-fiction book I read at least 20 years ago (late 1990s), though it was most likely a second hand book so I can't say how much older than that it might be. I can ...
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Woman Jesuit priest protagonist

I am looking for the title of a sf novel that features a Jesuit who is a woman? It’s a first contact scenario, I think. I remember that the priest had shaved her head as a token of her total ...
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Is Khan Noonien Singh a follower of Sikhism?

In TOS Space Seed, Lt. Marla McGivers identifies Khan Noonien Singh as a Sikh. (Looking at Khan) From the northern India area, I'd guess. Probably a Sikh. They were the most fantastic warriors. ...
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Looking for the origin of a perspective on religion

I've been trying to remember where I read a perspective on religion, which I think comes from some Science Fiction author. It goes somewhat like "we have observed many species, and those that ...
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Why is it called the Orange Catholic Bible?

A frequently mentioned and important text in the Dune series is the Orange Catholic Bible. Having read the appendices for the first Dune, I understand why this book exists. However, I do not ...
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Looking for an older anime floating crosses/people? Over earth

I have this scene of an old anime stuck in my head and it’s bothering me I can’t find it. In the scene the main character looks up and sees floating crosses and light beams/ cloudy weather above earth,...
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Short story where a missionary preaches to an alien species that communicates via differences in chemical concentration

I'm trying to recall the name of a science fiction short story about a missionary who tries to preach to an alien whose language consists not of words but of chemical diffusion gradients. The alien ...
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Have there been any changes, schism, heresy or branches of religions in Planetos?

Something that I always found strange in Planetos is the fact that each religion seems united : there is no Eastern Church of the Sevens opposed to a Western Church of the Sevens for example. This is ...
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Is Jesus Christ ever mentioned in Supernatural?

From what religious perspective is Supernatural aproached? I've seen god, Lucifer, darkness (Amara), angels, demons... pretty much all levels from heaven to hell. Is Jesus ever mentioned? If he does ...
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Was Herbert Influenced by Eric Frank Russell for the Buddhislamic faith?

I have occasionally wondered whether Frank Herbert might have been influenced by Eric Frank Russell. In The Great Explosion, reference is made to followers of a crank named Kassim who tried to ...
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Short story about a planet with a religion of fantastic stories

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story. Humankind had explored the galaxy but there was one religion that was pretty much in charge. A religious inspector from that religion went to this one ...
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Does a traditional afterlife exist in Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I know that, in the Lord of the Rings and associated works, Eru Ilúvatar is basically the Christian God, with Morgoth being Satan. Since Tolkien famously hated allegory, they should be understood as ...
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Fantasy series from the 80s or nineties

I am trying to remember a series of books, about three I believe, I read at least 20 years ago about a magic school / monastery. A series of magical attacks take place, where the blame is placed on a ...
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Last man on Earth walks with the devil

Trying to identify a short story: The last man on Earth is walking across a shattered wasteland. After a time he's joined by someone he's never met before, but our original person is still the last ...
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Why is the Gayatri mantra used the BSG opening theme? Are the Cylons or the Colonists Hindu?

I (recently) watched the Battlestar Galactica TV series. It is steeped in religion and religious themes - the dialog and thoughts of characters, the objective events taking place, and the Colonists' ...
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Title/author of fantasy novel — the Puritans visit Ottoman Empire ? Alt. Hist

I'm looking for a female fantasy author who wrote a novel about an alternate reality in which the Puritans always ruled America, and visited the Ottoman Empire, seeking a trade deal. It's a commentary ...
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Is Schönweiser, the author of the quote on religion in “The Screwfly Solution”, a real person?

The Screwfly Solution is a short story by Raccoona Sheldon, in which men all over the world start killing women because they feel a religious voice is telling them it is the right thing to do. ...
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Is there a source for the story of the Nephilim in “All Souls”?

In the X-Files Episode "All Souls" (S5 E17), Fr. McHugh tells Scully the story of the Nephilim. In his version, there were four Nephilim, children of a Seraph1 and a human woman, who were not "meant ...
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Is religion “entirely” absent in the Harry Potter series? [duplicate]

I don't recall anything directly related to religion having been mentioned in the books from Philosopher's Stone to Half-Blood Prince (1-6). The only exception is that Christmas is widely celebrated. ...
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Why isn't the religion of R'hllor, The Lord of Light, dominant?

This has been puzzling me for a while now. Since red priests of R'hllor can, amongst many other seemingly "magical" things, bring people back from the dead, how come this religion isn't dominant ...
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Are hobbits religious?

For example, elves surely know stories about their creation and some of them remember so much that their religiosity is pretty clear. But I am not sure about hobbits. Do they believe in some god/...
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I'm looking for a short story about a monastery where people use data analysis to improve their lives

I'm looking for a short story about a monastery where people use data analysis to improve their lives, and go out into the world to investigate "anomalies". The story was set in the future, but not ...
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What makes the Lord of the Rings a Catholic work?

In Letter 142, Tolkien called the Lord of the Rings a "Catholic work", quote: The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but ...
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Did any Star Trek actors have issues with the anti-religous nature of the series?

We know from the question Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek? that Gene Roddenberry wanted the world of Star Trek to be a world that had "outgrown" religion. However, some Star Trek actors, such ...
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How many religions did we see Sazed preach?

Throughout the first two books in the Mistborn series - and even once or twice in the third, if I recall correctly - Sazed, the scholar of historical religions, will occasionally tell other ...
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Novel about rescuing the people of a dying planet

Trying to find a book I've read about ten years ago. It was translated into Russian, the original was (probably) written in English. It was about a planet in a solar system with a single red giant ...
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Does any version of Bruce Wayne give him a Jewish background?

Part of my long-running series of questioning TV Tropes. The TV Tropes page for Ambiguously Christian says this (emphasis mine): The Batman films from 1989-1997 take place in a Christian world, ...
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Religious Group Sends Man to the Past, Man Ends up Being Their Messiah

This is a fairly recent short story perhaps written within the past ten years. As far as I know it's not by any major author and was posted on reddit or 4chan or something. A religious group has ...
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How does religion work in Zootopia?

Throughout Zootopia, there are quite a few references to religion. A few examples: Fru Fru: Oh my god, did you see those leopard print jeggings? Nick Wilde: No, it's true. I think I was eight ...
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Sci Fi story about AI and flawed religious interpretation

I'm trying to find the title of a story about a space traveler in a deep space vehicle (probe? shuttle? pod?) who is dying. The on-board AI has been loaded with information about all the religions of ...
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Are there any Christian characters in LOST who aren't Catholic?

Because, in fiction, Christianity is Catholic (TV Tropes Warning!), the vast majority of LOST characters who are Christian, are nominally Christian or used to be Christian are or were Catholic. ...
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Those weirdos in Stross' Missile Gap

have weird ontological ideas. They fear will decide they're "doomed to create God". They also seem to think "creating God" is their mission or fate or something, and at least think they understand ...
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Effect of Angels amputating wings? [closed]

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 Vampire ...
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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 be the same ...
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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, Anthony Goldstein (it's in an answer here somewhere). But if so, why are only the Christian holidays celebrated? ...
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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 ...