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What religious references are there in the Matrix trilogy?

I’ve been watching The Matrix, and I’ve noticed a few religious references in the movies, such as the ship named the Nebuchadnezzar (a king found in the Old Testament) and the city of Zion (also found ...
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Novel or short story. A planet is settled by Irish Catholics. Snakes are important part of ecosystem here. Change StPatrick and snakes story

The story is set sometime after the planet has been settled. The settlers found snakes to be important to the ecosystem. Also directly important for the well-being of humans on the planet as they eat ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

While interrogating Frodo, Faramir asks whether Frodo would grieve to know Boromir is dead. Frodo replies: "You have been trying to trap me in words, playing with me? Or are you now trying to ...
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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/gods ...
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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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Lord of Light—why is it a pun, and what is the pun? [closed]

I've just read the book and can't figure out why "Lord of Light" is a pun.
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Teaching alien race about scientific method and religion [duplicate]

I read a short-story/novella/novel 10 years ago, about a (scientist/astronaut) who crash(?)-landed on an unknown planet. He soon discovers these short and fearsome aliens with pointy teeth. He figures ...
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Science fiction short story about teleportation and a tiny civilization

The story features a man who is testing a prototype (I think) teleportation device the company he works for is creating to shorten his commute to work. When you step into the teleporter you walk ...
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Do the Calormenes worship any gods other than Tash?

In The Chronicles of Narnia, Tash is the principal god of Calormen. The capital city, Tashbaan, is named after him, and his temple stands at the summit of the city's main hill. Calormenes swear oaths ...
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How can different pantheons coexist in the Marvel Universe? [closed]

In the Marvel Universe there exist Norse gods, Greek gods, and some other pantheons from different civilizations. But how is this possible? The myths of each culture imply the existence of only their ...
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Short story regarding accidental creation of a messiah by the actions of a survey team

I’m looking for (name/author) of a short story I read some time ago. The theme is a space survey team ( a couple) arriving on a unexplored world. The prime directive for these survey teams are to NOT ...
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Why does Han refer to "Hell" in Star Wars?

In The Empire Strikes Back, as Han Solo leaves to look for Luke Skywalker he is confronted by a Rebel soldier Deck Officer: Your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker. Han: Then I'll ...
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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 ...
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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 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 panel: ...
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Religious characters in the MCU

People are making a big deal out of Ms. Marvel being the first explicit depiction of Muslim characters in the MCU, but it occurred to me that it's actually unusual to see characters who are explicitly ...
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What was Origin about, when it was the religion of the Ori only, i.e. as they were still on the mortal plane?

Origin seems like a fundamentalist religion from the get-go, given the conflict between the Ori and the Ancients.
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Short story: member of 'atomic priesthood' reminisces

This is a short short I remember reading, part of an anthology, possibly near the front. The main character is a member of an 'atomic priesthood', a monkish order charged in ancient times with keeping ...
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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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First contact with aliens who have not fallen into original sin

I read the story in the 1970s in translation. Aliens land, meet a priest living as hermit, who talks and tries to instruct them in the faith. Everything seems to be going fine, until he reaches the ...
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'90s-2000s science fiction movie about a group of hackers

A group of hackers are hacking in the Pentagon/Vatican to resolve the Bible code. The one guy at the end becomes godlike. One girl, two boys and a reporter, I think.
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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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Old site with the religious affiliations of most science fiction writers

A long time ago, when the Internet was young (*), I stumbled into a site that listed the religious affiliations of most science fiction authors, both contemporary and of the past, and bookmarked it: ...
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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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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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Story/Novella where philosophy students invent a religion

I found this online ages ago (probably around the mid-2010s -- maybe 2017) but long ago lost the tab, title, or any identifying info and searching has been no help. The basic outline of the story went ...
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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 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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Why does the protagonist of Asimov's Caves of Steel exclaim 'Jehoshaphat!' instead of 'Jesus!'?

The protagonist of Asimov's Caves of Steel, Elijah Baley, uses 'Jehoshaphat!' as an exclamation instead of 'Jesus!' throughout the book. Why does he do this? From the book, it seems that the Bible is ...
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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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Short story about annoying aliens going door-to-door to promote a religion

Golden-age short story starts with a guy shutting his door on an inoffensive but boring alien going door-to door promoting his alien god. They are all over Earth, and bother people several times every ...
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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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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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Did any Star Trek actors have issues with the anti-religious 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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What does Aslan mean about being a bridge builder in our world?

(Building on a bit of discussion from here: Are the "wood between worlds" and Aslan's Country related in some way? ) In the Chronicles of Narnia, it is well established that Aslan's ...
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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 other ...
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Was The 4400 based loosely on Scientology?

I just finished watching the 4400 up to its last season before its cancellation. I couldn’t help but notice its overtones to what seemed to match L Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology religion. Were ...
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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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Story ID: Star-based computers, human thought, climate change, god and religion

I just had a dream and I can't figure out if it's just based on memories of what I've read or seen. Is anyone familiar with a plot similar to the following? So it goes: In a distant future, some ...
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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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Unknown fantasy novel, 1970s/80s where the gods of various religions are real, Christian god overthrows the pagans in ancient times

Around 1985/86 I read a book that was probably at least a few years old. It was a fantasy set in ancient times, where the pagan gods (it mostly focussed on the Greek gods) are real and interact with ...
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Why did Tolkien describe religious cults in Numenor only?

In most of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, no organized religion exists, no prayers and no worship sites, temples, churches, holy groves or similar. The monotheistic-style god Eru Ilúvatar is mostly passive, ...
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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the crew find themselves in 1980’s San Francisco, and promptly realize that they are perceived as socially awkward. Kirk, in an apparent effort to explain the ...
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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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Looking for a Neal Stephenson passage on religion as inoculation / vaccination / prophylactic

I recall a section in a Neal Stephenson book where a couple that secretly went to church (or at least didn't make it known) with their kids. As I recall it, they did this not because they were ...
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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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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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Harry Potter and religion [duplicate]

Witch hunting was standard practice for muggles of old. One can argue that the main reason was fear of the unknown, but it is established (Beedle tales) that one major component of said fear was ...
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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 atheist, 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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How clear is it that Tolkien chose the 25th of March for the downfall of Sauron because of its Christian significance? [duplicate]

The downfall of Sauron and the end of the War of the Ring occurred on the 25th of March in the year 3019 of the Third Age. Many scholars and critics have speculated that Tolkien chose this date ...