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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An average heaven where everyone has sexless golden bodies and is bored

In this story, the dying protagonist discovers that Heaven is a real, physical place, but not what he expected. On reawakening, he chutes down a miles-long slide into a bowl-shaped city that, he is ...
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What book has space arks crewed by slaves leaving earth?

I will give as much detail as I can remember. I first read the book in 1980. I have searched sci-fi books back to the 1940's and still can't find this book. I believe it may either be a really old ...
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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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Who is the unnamed God in the book 'American Gods'?

In Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel, many of the gods and other mythological creatures are recognizable from real-world cultures. With most of these, the link to the real-world is very clear (either ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this in a book from the 60s-70s, surely not 80s. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: Our Father, who art ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Does eating a monk really make you immortal?

In Journey to the West demons and 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 your most ...
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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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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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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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