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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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Short story where 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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Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek?

We see that in DS9 the Bajoran religion is alive and kicking, but I've never seen any mention of a religion that came from Earth, or one practiced by humans. Are any of Earth's religions still ...
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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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Do gods exist 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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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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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-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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What is the nature of Christmas observance in the Potterverse?

Every winter, Hogwarts students return home and celebrate Christmas with their families. However, given their extensive use of magic, it does not seem likely they'd understand Christianity the way ...
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Trilogy of books set in the future with "knights", "priests", and dwarfs and a rebellion [duplicate]

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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How many Gods are in Game of Thrones?

There seem to be six or seven different religions with even more Gods?
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Originator of the "Gods Require Belief" Trope

Terry Pratchett (and Neil Gaiman afterwards) seems to have popularized the idea of gods as supernatural beings that require belief in them to exist. But is this idea truly original to him? Or are ...
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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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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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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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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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Religion in the Marvel universe?

With Thor referred to as a god in the Marvel universe, do modern day religions get any references in the Marvel universe, e.g. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc?
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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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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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What is Captain America's religion?

In the Avengers movie this conversation occurs between Captain America and Black Widow: Natasha Romanoff: [discussing attacking Loki] They're basically gods. Steve Rogers: Ma'am, there's only ...
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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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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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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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Seva, the fictional Greek Goddess of Destruction, in a pre-1955 book

My father named me after a character he read in a Science Fiction novel published prior to 1955. The character's name is Seva, who is the Greek goddess of destruction within the context of that book. ...
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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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Cross breeding of men and orcs in Lord of the Rings

A question was asked: Why is breeding men and orcs considered evil? Specifically it's described as Saruman's greatest evil, and since Saruman committed many appalling acts the questioner wondered why ...
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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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How much of Tolkien's lore is based on Abrahamic religions?

There are a lot of similarities between specific events taking place in Abrahamic religions and Tolkien's writing. A few examples: The sinking of Ar-Pharzaon and his fleet by Eru (the one true God, ...
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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 Tauntaun ...
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Is Tony Stark an atheist?

I've seen an image multiple times on the Internet lately claiming that Captain America met two gods and still is a Christian (no doubt about this) while Tony Stark met two gods and is still an atheist....
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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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Why is "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman considered by some as anti religion?

I've read somewhere that His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman are attacked by many religious figures. I have only seen the movie "Golden Compass" but I would like to find out some more information as ...
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Why were the ways of the Force considered a "religion" in the Galaxy Far Far Away during ANH by non-Force-users?

For some reason, the ways of the Force are nearly universally considered a religion in the Galaxy Far Far Away during year 0 BBY by "laymen" (e.g. non-Jedi-nor-Sith): Han Solo: Hokey religions and ...
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Why did Stannis convert to worshipping R'hllor?

Stannis is a strict follower of the law, and appears to be a sensible military commander, but to me he doesn't seem to have a religious character or be someone who'd worship and have faith in ...
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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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Are there any churches in Dune?

In the Dune series there are several mentions of the Orange Catholic Bible and quotations from it. But it looks like the book from the long forgotten past. Are there any mentions of major functioning ...
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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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What religious effects did Thor's appearance have?

With Thor referred to as a god in the Marvel universe, what effect did the explicit appearance of a god (especially one not of their pantheon) have on mainstream religions in the Marvel universe? ...
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Are Jews in Chapterhouse: Dune the same cultural group as in our universe/timeline?

Religion features a huge role in Dune universe and there are many religions involved in the story line. These fictional religions are mostly ecumenical or syncretic combinations of existing ...
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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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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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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 ...
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