Rich with Religious Association?

Attention Rohan01, et al. In the story of Chicken Little, an acorn falls on the head (representing an idea or the belief) of a young chicken. The chicken panics, and believes the sky is falling. Believing this myth, he convinces his friends that the world is ending. His friends agree and join a mission to save the world. Eventually, they meet Foxy Loxy, who promises the group of believers that they will be safe in his den. The group is never seen again. The moral of the story: ‘Beliefs have consequences.’

I would also invite you to consider reading ‘The Emporer’s New Suit.’ A great story about religion.

What are some other good stories with religious associations?


No wonder I wasn’t allowed to read chicken little :smirk:

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I always liked ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter,’ but Lewis Carroll swore he was not writing about religion. Of course, at the time he wrote the poem, admitting the poem was about religion might have cost him his career as a writer. What a great poem… Just in case you don’t know it. (I can’t imagine anyone on this site hot-having heard of it… well… there is Rohan. LOL

"The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done —
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun.”

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
If this were only cleared away,’
They said, it would be grand!’

If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,
That they could get it clear?’
I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

O Oysters, come and walk with us!’
The Walrus did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.’

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head —
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more —
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’

But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,
Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!’
No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,
Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.’

But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!’
The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.
Do you admire the view?

It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf —
I’ve had to ask you twice!’

It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,
To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
The butter’s spread too thick!’

I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:
I deeply sympathize.’
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,
You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one."


Robert A. Heinlein: “Orphans of the Sky”

Wonderfully entertaining story of how a religion develops over the course of several generations within a massive self-sustaining colonizing spacecraft that got stuck in a perpetual orbit through the galaxy on its way to colonize a distant planet. Fascinating insight into how easily religious beliefs can form over time.


There’s the raven called Moses, from the book Animal Farm. In the book Moses keeps the oppressed workers motivated with tales of an afterlife in Sugarcandy Mountain. Sugarcandy Mountain is the place that animals go when they die to reap their rewards from their work on Earth.


There’s this sci fi comedy/drama called The Orville. Kind of a Star Trekkie campy vibe. At one point they’re exploring a primitive earth like planet and a small child ends up with a nasty cut. They’re not suppose to interfere or make their presence known but the medical officer uses a device to heal the wound. For some reason the planet is on a different time loop and they get to view it in something like 500 year progressions. The wound healing incident turns into a religion with wars over it and a corrupt clergy causing wounds on any opponents saying that “God will heal the wound if the person has that god’s favor”. I think it takes about 4000 years for the civilization to finally stop killing each other over this god.
I need to check and see if that shows still on. One funny bit they were trying to teach an android about pranks and it cuts off a crew mates leg while he’s asleep thinking it’s a good “prank”.
The late Norm Macdonald voiced a blob like creature that was verrrrrry inappropriate with female crew mates.


Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” reminded me of any controlling religion. The stories, the superstitions, the lengths to reinforce the lies and fears….


The Handmaids Tale……


Outstanding film that…

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Season 4 is booked…

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Ohhhhhhh I hope it’s true. Everything I’ve found doesn’t sound very optimistic about another season. I love the way it points out the absurdity of religion, like the alien species that turns its yearly urination into a religious ritual to share with friends. I’ve never really cared for Seth Macfarland’s other show Family Guy, the characters are just too unlikable, except for the dog. I suppose that’s the point. Macfarland was the first guy with the nerve to publicly call out Harvey Weinstein so he has a lot going for him in my book.

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My partner and Captain Cat scan the trade papers …if I learn anything I will let us all know!!!

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Thanks! It would be great to know.


hmmm…Outstanding film that…