Best Author-Created Religions

Please add any books in which the author has created an original (fictional) religion, philosophical or theological framework as a key element.

Note, this is *not* a list for conventional (of any denomination) religious books.
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3.90 avg rating — 179,033 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 79,383 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 54,295 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 196 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 37,208 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 173,110 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 6,269 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 95,197 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 74,174 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 340,503 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 27,033 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 271 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 259,370 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 45,917 ratings
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2.55 avg rating — 774 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 148,167 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 98 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 80,909 ratings
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4.60 avg rating — 54,279 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 197,090 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 17,204 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 311,641 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 73,225 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 109,144 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 12,616 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1,204 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 956 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 537,406 ratings
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84 books · 101 voters · list created August 8th, 2010 by Jennifer (aka EM) (votes) .
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo i don't know of any!!!!


message 2: by Manny (new)

Manny Check out Luskentyrianism ( Whit, Or Isis Among The Unsaved ).


message 3: by Marvin (new)

Marvin It is tempting to put Dianetics on this list but I'll resist it;)


message 4: by Jennifer (aka EM) (last edited Aug 08, 2010 09:35AM) (new)

Jennifer (aka EM) manny, perfect! I am *so* going to read this...soon, I promise (great review, btw)

ETA: I added it to the list even tho' I've not yet read it.


Jennifer (aka EM) jo wrote: "i don't know of any!!!!"

I'm sure I've read more than I've listed, but I'm drawing a blank too!


Jennifer (aka EM) Marvin wrote: "It is tempting to put Dianetics on this list but I'll resist it;)"

hahah! thank you for adding S of T -- I forgot that one (gah, and I just re-read it too!).


message 7: by Manny (new)

Manny jakaem wrote: "manny, perfect! I am *so* going to read this...soon, I promise (great review, btw)"

Thank you! It's really a fun book.

Oh, and I just remembered that there's another nice fictional religion in Damon Knight's Analogue Men - it's a kind of wacky version of Satanism. The Prayer of Thanks starts something like this:

"For thy curses, All-Lowest, we thank Thee; lift not Thy maleficient rump from us; let Thy darkness enfold our steps..."


Jennifer (aka EM) Manny wrote: Thank you! It's really a fun book.

Oh, and I just remembered that there's another nice fictional..."


I'll add that one too.

Here's a question for all on the thread: are made-up religions *always* satirical? I think not (which is why Earthseed fails for me as a literary device). But Atwood's God's Gardeners is so fascinating (and, I'd say, so successful) because of the ambiguity of the satire.

... just mulling ... it's Sunday after all. ;-)


message 9: by Manny (last edited Aug 08, 2010 10:48AM) (new)

Manny I'm not sure Bokononism is entirely satirical. It's quite beautiful in some ways.

A couple more candidates! How did we forget the Followers of the Second Coming of the Great Prophet Zarquon from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? The scene where he makes his belated appearance is one of my favourites. And, a much more obscure one, Dort-worship, from Mose Mallette. I must post about this!


message 10: by Manny (new)

Manny OK, look here.


message 11: by Manny (new)

Manny Non-satirical made-up religions: how about the one in the Dune books, e.g. God Emperor of Dune?


Jennifer (aka EM) Bokononism non-satirical? A religion founded on foma? Maybe you're right, maybe the irony swallows itself like a snake swallowing its own tail.

I haven't read Dune.

And Hitchhiker's Guide! Yes, a grievous omission ... I'll add that one, coz at least I've read it...


Jennifer (aka EM) ... trying to remember if Another Roadside Attraction has a fully articulated counter-religion to the Catholicism it mocks... hmmmmm. Anyone?


message 14: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 08, 2010 12:12PM) (new)

jakaem wrote: "... trying to remember if Another Roadside Attraction has a fully articulated counter-religion to the Catholicism it mocks... hmmmmm. Anyone?"

I'd say no. I'd vote yes on the Dune books too.

ETA: Eeeeeeeeeeeeek! Equus


Jennifer (aka EM) Manny wrote: "OK, look here."

truly odd.

Ceridwen wrote: "ETA: Eeeeeeeeeeeeek! Equus..."

Yikes. :-(


message 16: by Ross (new)

Ross H Of course there were "clever" people who voted for the Bible and Qu'ran.


message 17: by PigeonSquid (last edited May 18, 2016 08:11PM) (new)

PigeonSquid Were any of the gods in American Gods created by Gaiman? I guess the forgotten god was (and Delirium of the Endless makes a cameo) but the others are based on existing religion/folklore.


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