Religion plays a large part in the lives of most people. What role, if any, does religion play in science fiction?

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Postby temp » Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:04 pm what's scientology?

I seem to recall something in Asimov's "foundation" trilogy about people worshipping science as a religion...or maybe I have my source wrong...memory is foggy.
Wasn't scientology created by L. Ron Hubbard, the sci. fi. author? So is it science fiction or religion?
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Postby hegemon » Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:02 am

Oh, thetan, you see
By L Ron's early light...

Hubbard was a science fiction author until, as reported by his sf writing friends, he decided there was more money to be made in religion.

He got that right.
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Postby John Thiel » Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:40 pm

Hubbard created Dianetics, and Scientology was evolved from that. Scientology, I think, bears reference to Christian Science, in being considered a religion. Mark Twain was the first author to call Christian Science to widespread literary attention.
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