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Is this a vampire from Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” movie or a character from one of the author’s "sermons"? Both, pastors say.
June 2nd, 2012
10:00 PM ET

The Gospel of Stephen King

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When the horror novelist Stephen King was once asked why he wrote such gross stories, he said he did it because he had the heart of a small boy - which he kept in a jar on his desk.

With his beady eyes and I-just-killed-the-cat grin, King looks and sounds like a horror novelist. But when the Rev. Paul F.M. Zahl read several of King’s novels, he learned something new about the author: There’s a lot of faith behind his fright.

Zahl says some of the most stirring affirmations of Christian faith can be found in the chilling stories of King. The horror master has been preaching sermons to millions of readers for years, only most of King’s fans don’t know it, he says.

“People tend to think that Stephen King is anti-religious because he is a horror writer, but that’s completely mistaken,” says Zahl, a retired Episcopal priest who has written about King’s religious sensibility for Christianity Today magazine. “Several of his books are parables of grace in action.”

Want to read a powerful meditation on Jesus’ sacrificial love? Check out how King links the death of the mammoth death row inmate John Coffey (note the initials, J.C.) to Jesus’ crucifixion in “The Green Mile.” King’s “Storm of the Century” is a creepy retelling of Jesus’ eerie encounter with the demon called “Legion” in the  Gospel of Mark’s fifth chapter. And King’s epic apocalyptic novel, “The Stand,” reads like a contemporary retelling of the Book of Revelation, with a little Exodus thrown in, Zahl says.

Zahl’s claim about King's faith may sound ludicrous. King, who just released his latest novel, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” has written at least 50 horror novels such as “Carrie” and “Misery.”

Yet there is an actual body of literature devoted to King’s religious sensibility. Several pastors and authors say King displays a sophisticated grasp of theology in his books, and his stories are stuffed with biblical references and story lines taken straight from the Bible.

“If God brought lawsuits, Stephen King would face a charge of plagiarism,” says J.M. Rawbone, an English horror novelist who has written an essay about the Christian themes in “The Stand.”

King, whose publicist did not answer a request for an interview, has talked about his faith before. He describes himself as a Christian on his website and elsewhere has said he was raised as a “hard-nosed” Methodist taught to believe in the Antichrist.

Some of his literary influences are Christian authors. In one interview, King said he was shaped by C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Lord of the Rings.” Both Lewis and Tolkien were devout Christians who layered their fiction with Christian themes.

“I’ve always tried to contrast that bright, white light of real goodness or Godliness against evil,” he said in a 1988 interview. “I’m not a proselytizer, and I hate organized religion. I think it’s one of the roots of real evil that’s in the world. If you really unmask Satan, you’ll probably find that he’s wearing a turnaround collar.”

The best way, though, to understand King’s faith is not through his words, but through his stories. There are at least three biblical themes that run through them.

A child shall lead them

Every horror writer seems to write a vampire story eventually, and King is no exception. “Salem’s Lot” is one of King’s most popular novels. It depicts a vampire’s attempt to colonize a modern-day New England town.

Traditional vampire stories are loaded with Christian symbolism, but King inserts another biblical theme into “Salem’s Lot” that would reoccur in many of his books.

It comes in a scene showing a standoff between a priest and vampire. Father Callahan tries to protect a teenage boy with him by brandishing a cross. The vampire dares the priest to toss the cross away and face him on faith alone.

Father Callahan hesitates, his faith long diluted by alcohol and skepticism. The vampire wrenches the cross from the priest’s hands, while the boy escapes and becomes one of the vampire’s most formidable enemies.

When the Rev. David Squyres read this passage from “Salem’s Lot,” one of Jesus’ most popular sayings flashed before him: “… Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

In the moral universe of King, children get God better than the adults, Squyres says.

“The vampire humiliates the priest because the priest doesn’t have real faith, but the kid has real faith,” says Squyres, pastor of the Palms Baptist Church near Palm Springs, California.

“The priest represents the Pharisees. They believe in relics. But the children, and the teenager, have a simple faith. They don’t put their trust in institutions. They trust in the Lord,” says Squyres, who has written about King’s Christian sensibility at his website, "talkstephenking."

Many of King’s most popular novels are filled with young heroines driven by faith. It’s a reflection of a famous passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: “And a little child shall lead them.”

In “The Talisman” and “It,” King features adolescent heroes who risk their lives battling evil, according to Marylaine Block, who wrote about King’s religious sensibility in an essay called "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

“In both novels, the adults are incapable of understanding the evil that is about to envelop and destroy their world. They see the signs, but choose not to understand them. Only the children know what is happening, and know that it is up to them to save the people they care about,” she wrote.

God can be cruel

King’s most explicit Christian novel is “Desperation,” which features another adolescent hero driven by faith. The boy, David, is converted by a miracle and prays to God for help. King depicts his faith without irony and with reverence.

“Desperation,” though, contains an unusual description of God that reveals some heavy theology from King, several pastors say. During the bloody climax of the story, a character tells the boy that God is “cruel.”

That line caught the attention of Zahl, the Episcopal priest. It speaks to what he calls “the answerable sovereignty of God.”

Zahl says King is depicting a side of God that’s woven into the Bible. It is not the God whose eye is on the sparrow, but the Holy Other, incomprehensible, the one who allowed Job to suffer.

It’s the same side of God that the narrator in “The Green Mile” reflects on when he reminisces about the death of the innocent John Coffey, the Christ-like figure who never hurt anyone, but perished while a villainous guard lived on.

Zahl points to this passage from ”The Green Mile”:

“Yet this same God sacrificed John Coffey, who tried only to do good in his blind way, as savagely as an Old Testament prophet ever sacrificed a defenseless lamb. ...  If it happens, God lets it happen, and when we say, ‘I don’t understand,’ God replies, ‘I don’t care.’ ”

Zahl says King can say things about God in books that pastors can’t say in the pulpit. In King’s novels, people often suffer while doing good.

“Americans generally want to hear that everything is really terrific all the time,” Zahl says. “Americans want to control and manage everything, and they’re eager for anything that pumps them up. When you preach a message from the Bible that life is much more difficult, and there’s a huge amount of suffering, those messages don’t always go down well.”

'God chose the weak things'

As a teenager, King used to collect scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings detailing the crimes of serial killers, says Stanley Wiater, co-author of “The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King.”

King's mother grew so concerned that one day she asked him why he kept the scrapbook.

Wiater says King answered with: “I think there’s evil out there. I want to know what it is, so when it comes, I can recognize it and get out of the way.”

In King’s books, characters can’t avoid evil. They have to confront it, but they often don’t fit the conventional definition of heroes.

“The Stand,” another explicitly Christian novel, illustrates this pattern. A plague has wiped out mankind, and a group of unarmed survivors are dispatched via a vision from God to confront a satanic figure called the Darkman.

The group seems to have no chance. One is an elderly, genial professor; another a deaf mute, and a third figure is a genial man with the mental capacity of a child. Against them: the Darkman’s ruthless army, which literally crucified its foes.

The makeup of the group underscores another popular religious theme in King’s work that’s reflected in this line from the apostle Paul in the first Book of Corinthians: “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Zahl, the Episcopal priest, says so many heroes in King’s books are broken people: physically frail, alcoholic, disabled and lonely. Even the evil people are rendered with compassion.

“King understands grace at a deep level,” says Zahl, author of  "Grace in Practice." “He typically concentrates on the marginalized and the outsiders who ultimately carry the day. God often does his work where people are the most messed up.”

King may have converted Zahl, but the priest and others admit there’s a risk invoking the horror novelist in the pulpit.

When Zahl mentions King in church, he says many listeners think first of books they want to keep away from teenagers.

Still, there are secret converts.

“Half of the other people in the congregation have read Stephen King, though they may not want to shout it out to the world,” he says. “They know what I’m talking about. They come up later and they say I’m really thrilled that you know about him.”

The doubters shouldn’t be surprised that King’s stories contain religious themes, says Rawbone, the English horror novelist and author of "Bunker."

The Bible is filled with terror: demons, ghosts, floods wiping out mankind and the rising of the dead.

“Good horror examines the struggle between good and evil,” he says. “The Bible is the history of that struggle.

“The Bible is in many ways the ultimate horror novel.”

- CNN Writer

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  1. Derpa Derpa Derpa

    Yes, I saw a lot of faith in "The Green Mile" and "Carrie".

    June 3, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  2. bible thumper

    I am having a book burning ceremony tomorrow. i will burn the bible book of mormon torah and the koran. steven king is my new lord almighty.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  3. Smarterest Human

    That dude is creepy looking! Oh, and there is no god.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  4. Robert

    The funny thing is that King's stories represent many other religions, not simply Christian's Bible. Read the Ramayana or compare Buddhist acts of contrition and you will find common ground.

    Even more common is King's connection to the imagination of 10 yr old's. He connects to the child in all of us, the child that has passed on, only to be reborn as a teen, then young adults, then adult, then middle age... proof of reincarnation even before death. Dream on....

    June 3, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Pastapharian

      Agreed!

      June 3, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  5. MandoZink

    This just goes to show – once you get good at interpreting passages in the Bible to defend anything you want, you can start to see the same messages in practically anything! Hey, listen! It's not a message! It's your "visionary" ability to read whatever you want to see in whatever you read

    It's just not real. It's a literary form of Pareidolia. "I swear. Now I see Jesus' message in my Walmart ad!"

    June 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Drew

      Quite some time ago (I forget the year, you can find it on YouTube), Stephen King was on Celebrity Jeopardy!. One of the categories was "Bible" and King rattled off every answer, boom boom boom boom boom. I don't think someone who sees Christian or Biblical themes in King's work (as I do) is just "envisioning" a predetermined belief in what they're reading. King knows his Biblical stuff. And you may not be familiar with the Bible enough, but there are very interesting interweavings of Christianity in several of his stories. Now, if you are implying that the author of this particular article goes a little too far, I'm inclined to agree. I wouldn't necessarily say that King is a Christian (I'd have to ask him in person), but I would say that he's a masterful storyteller who incorporates a lot of fascinating and intriguing content into his books' themes.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  6. bible thumper

    Its a shame. I bet God enjoys steven kings books. my only problem wwith u haters is u are to cowardly to mock the jews and muslims too. racist is the n word for u white people.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Get real

      You haven't been paying attention. We mock every idiotic religion when the subject comes up. In case you haven't noticed, the article was on Christianity, so guess what? And guess which religion is trying hardest to pervert the American political system into a theocracy?

      June 3, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Pastapharian

      We are not haters. We just mock the insipid beliefs of all religions. It's irrelevant which religion. They are all myths and fairy tales.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • veggiedude

      God doesn't exist. But for arguments sake, if it did, out of the trillions of civilizations that must inhabit the universe, why would it like to read a novel by Steven King? Why would it even be concerned with the earth, much less the entire galaxy in which we reside?

      June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  7. Vashney

    Has CNN ever wrote an article on Christianity that wasn't sensationalistic, demeaning, or trivial?

    June 3, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Pastapharian

      Written

      June 3, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Has CNN ever wrote....?"

      It hardly needs to write anything at all. The comments you people post do more damage to your own cause than any article ever could.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Dale

      It will never happen, Vash. CNN is the liberal, Democratic party mouthpiece, and they naturally take the other side the the conservative, GOP mouthpiece (Fox News). So if Fox news is pro family, Christianity, whatever, then CNN has no choice but to be the anti to those subjects. IT's just how things have unfolded in American media. Sad but true.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:41 am |
  8. xirume

    If you disagree with this article, read The Stand. It will change your mind.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • renjikuchiki1

      It was a good series, though I have to admit the ending gave me mixed feelings.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  9. Mark

    I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! What the hell is wrong with this "news" network? Obviously someone at CNN made a conscious decision to start focusing on religious crap (even if that means making up the news yourself with 98% "opinion" pieces). I just want to know why?
    Did you guys ever think you might perhaps just report on the damn news instead? FOX went to the darkside by abandoning the prnciples of news reporting and now it looks like CNN is in a hurry to beat them at their own game. It's sickening.
    From now on I'm getting my news from therealnews.com.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • xirume

      Go elsewhere then. Plenty of other news sites. We don't need you or your stupid comments here.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Paris

      Moron.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • ProveIt

      Xirume,

      What part of CNN are you? – "We don't need you or your stupid comments here." Right on, Mark! Leave the religious filler to the sci-fi sites along with discussions about Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Tooth Fairy!

      June 3, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • For A Deeper Understanding

      If you want to understand what is really going on in the media, read the book "Manufacturing Consent" by Noam Chomsky. He is way deeper than the shallow usual "liberal press" canard. You don't have to believe everything he says (I don't), but he is definitely onto something that has some major ramifications.

      There is a film documentary that is pretty good which you can see here in full for free, but it distorts and waters down the concepts a bit. The book is much better.

      http://www.hulu.com/watch/118171/manufacturing-consent

      June 3, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      The days of real journalism are gone. Mainly because the readers now have the IQ of people like xirume and Paris.

      It is a sad day for humanity that we have abandoned any upward movement of the intellect and now cater to a Jerry Springer audience member mentality. You can thank GWB for making being stupid in America acceptable.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • scott

      I would rather hear about this than the gays wanting more rights. Thats all you ever hear anymore lately.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      scott is a ho- mo – phobe.

      June 3, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Mark

      The scary part is that people like the two saying "go away then" and calling me a "moron" are becoming more and more abundant every day. They sit there swallowing up every little biased puff piece the "news" can come up with and don't even think for a second that they might be getting manipulated. Both of them are probably watching reality tv right now and won't be back on the internet for another 5 hours or so.
      People today are so preoccupied with making it illegal to even roll your eye's at the thought of gay marriage meanwhile over the last 10 years the powers that be have removed some of the most basic human rights that even Muslim countries have!
      When I read actual news about what's going on in the U.S. and when I read comments online from the average American teenager (which could now be described as a sociopath) I can't help but think this might be similar to the social/political climate in Germany during the 30's.
      I fear for the future.

      June 3, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Olga Levin

      Mark,

      CNN.com is a news site, you just happen to walk into the "OPINION" side of it which a lot of news sites have. If you want to read the news just click on the homepage. This is the one thing that I enjoy about CNN is that it is more open minded than Fox or MSNBC. Its too bad that a lot of people who have never taken a critical thinking course in their lives don't see it that way because they need to be swayed. If you want to read the news articles then don't click on the ones that link you to the belief or opinion page. Go to the stuff that's on the left side or down below somewhere.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:16 am |
    • Mark

      Olga Levin, This opinion piece is on the front page of the site. It is the MAIN story and it has been in that position since yesterday evening. In other words with all the things going on in the world this long winded ambiguous rant about the religious beliefs of a horror writer whose name I've barely heard mentioned in the last decade is being presented as the most important information people need to know at this particular time.
      This is nothing new for CNN. Around 2 years ago (give or take) they suddenly began promoting religious discussion full time. I'm not sure why but it may be about trying to give liberals a playground to bad mouth "belief". In other words because FOX has been so successful at caterring to a particular political ideology by chosing bias stories and presenting stories more geared toward a certain group "we're going to do it too".
      Have you ever picked up a news paper and found something similar to the "belief blog" on the front page? NO, it would be completely ridiculous for a serious news outlet to do something like that.

      The press plays an extremely important role in a free democratic society. WHen they start turning lame like CNN and FOX then you know there is real trouble brewing. After 9/11 and the war in Iraq they should have been ashamed of themselves and that should have caused them to make some real changes. Instead they doubled down and becane much much worse.

      Therealnews.com is viewer supported and does not accept advertising, government or corporate funding. Take a look at the difference between what they have on their front page and what CNN or FOX has.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  10. Aunt Esther

    Hello, I'm your average insipid US liberal wailing and gnashing teeth about Christianity. Please excuse my embarrasing ignorance concerning the BIble while I accuse Christianity for being human. I can haz secular hypocrisy?

    June 3, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Rick James

      ROFL Let the ad hominems fly

      June 3, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • God

      And the Lord sayeth, "Let my followers spew ad hominem and knee-jerk lies! Let them exaggerate and distort and slander! For their diarrhetoric is in my name, and thus is good." Gospel of Bogus 3:43-17

      June 3, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Suki

      God is a meme.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  11. MaryM

    I Love Stephen Kingd nobels

    June 3, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Paris

      Learn how to spell, moron.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  12. Susie

    Where does C N N come up with this weird sh....

    June 3, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  13. Aunt Esther

    The Gospel According to Stephen King? I think it would go something like this:

    Blah! Native American haints and stuff! Blah!

    June 3, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  14. Ferit Tuzer

    please don't stain the best storyteller ever, Stephen King with your Bible and Gospel bull.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Veritas

      Steven King embraces the Gospel. And if it is "bull" as you put it, then why did you read an article about it?

      June 3, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  15. At death atheists believe

    Many "Christian Amercians" want the watered down version of the bible.Jesus was nailed to a cross,whipped till he bleed,and had thorns tacked to his skull.One of his disciples committed suicide.Everything that Job had was destroyed,including his family.

    Just a few examples..They claim to hate "horror" but the bible has many horrors they ignore. Life is horror sometimes,you can want the "watered down" version or face it.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • True Story

      Jesus wasn't the son of any "god" because gods are not real,
      and Jesus got just what he deserved for being a loud-mouthed liar and criminal.
      Sorry to break it to ya!

      June 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • At death, the snake-handling Christian stopped believing

      Oooooooooooooo! Spooky scary Jesus-zombie lake-of-fire Bible-voodoo!

      Always be suspicious of people selling fear – it is the tactic of sleazeballs who cannot persuade by more honest means. Christians sell their religion with fear.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • At death atheists believe

      If Christ came to save,NO believer should ever fear hell.

      Guess you don't know much about the bible but hide behind humor and immaturity.

      Can't mock what you don't understand

      June 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • At death atheists believe

      Got proof? Or is that just your opinion? Or opinion out of anger?

      No proof? Ok just admit that requires faith

      June 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Stephen King writes fiction. So do you, ADAB. Badly, both of you.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • At death atheists believe

      good one.How long did it take you to come up with that genius post?

      June 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Less time than it took you to fail with your comeback, Cletus. Better not quit your day job.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're such a lame-azz troll, too. Try harder.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Veritas

      "True Story" PROVE there is no God. It is idiotic to definitively make such statements. It is impossible to prove or disprove God; it is a matter of faith. The most you can say is that you don't have faith. And as to Jesus He taught us to love one another, help the poor, give to the needy, and stand up for justice. What is wrong with that?

      June 3, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • xirume

      The bible was written by the Stephen Kings of the first century. The first, original work of fiction ever published. I wonder if in 2000 years from now, King's books will be the cornerstone of human faith.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Pastapharian

      Lmfao! ADAB, the burden of proof is on the believer. Otherwise, a simple retort would include my request that you prove there is no Flying Spaghetti Monster or teapot orbiting around the Earth. Both are equally as ridiculous as your belief in an invisible sky fairy who is watching me type this comment, yet mysteriously not striking me down or showing himself. What an incredible waste of energy this debate is.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Pastapharian

      Xirume: like the book of Mormon! Mediocre science fiction, at best.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • John

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son...I see you are still listening to that delusional music of Satan the Piper who deceives people with sweet words of deceit and takes them down the path of destruction. The Truth may be bitter for some to hear but it does not change the fact that it is the Truth.

      Another thing. Leave my brothers and sisters in Christ alone! You will ask "Or else what?" That I leave to the One you deny.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Pastapharian

      John: let me get some boots so I can shake in them. Lol

      June 3, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • At death atheists believe

      this shows the great amount of immaturity in atheists.God isn't a "sky fairy".

      The burden of proof is on me? You too ignorant and selfish to do it yourself?

      Thats what you mean-your too lazy.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • TheyNotHim

      Jesus did not exist. There is no primary record that he was an actual human being. Third hand accounts are the best you come up with but are contained in a book that has been revised countless times over the centuries so therefore has no credibility. Complete lack of proof that something exists is evidence that it does not exist. Sorry, the truth hurts.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      The Truth may be bitter for some to hear but it does not change the fact that it is the Truth.

      Another thing. Leave my brothers and sisters in Christ alone! You will ask "Or else what?" That I leave to the One you deny.

      Amen, John!

      June 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  16. Danny

    redrum!
    redrum!
    REDRUM!
    REDRUM!!!
    REDRUM!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • xirume

      HAHA... just watched it last nigh, again!!!!

      June 3, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  17. Katie Kat

    That's Obama without his makeup on.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Kat-eating coyote

      How cute! How precious! You made an Obama funny! Maybe you can now tell us how you really aren't a racist or anything.

      June 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Katie Kat

      Ummmm...........you got racist out of that where, exactly????????????
      Sweet, you can see invisible things! Do you have x-ray vision?
      Wow are you one of the X-men?
      Say hi to Professor X for me, mister mutant x-ray vision invisible racism detector superhero man!

      June 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • Katapult

      I'm surprised she didn't impress us with her use of the word "libtard", that mark of true intellectuals able to intelligently defend their positions.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Big Dick

      That's funny, Katie Kunt!

      June 3, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      He got racist out of pure observation. You insidious racists post comment about Obama that are demeaning and degrading, like calling him and his wife monkeys, but then claim you're not racist. In your case, you've veiled it even further, but you're still crying the same retort.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  18. Lord Humongous

    Contemplate this Stephen King quote, then decide if these religious nutters are right, or just stealing his thunder with their delusions: “The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.”

    A few others to let the zealots know King is not one of the Borg: “When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, 'Why god? Why me?' and the thundering voice of God answered, 'There's just something about you that pisses me off”

    June 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Lord Humongous

      “As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?”

      “Oh no, praying is great, without it the thumbscrews and the Iron Maiden probably never would have been invented.”

      June 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  19. KC

    I, myself prefer Dean Koontz.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Denise

    All fiction, just as the bible is, but slightly more exciting and interesting.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
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