History Literature / UndergroundZealot

2nd May '17 4:02:22 PM MagBas
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* {{Jerkass}}: Paul. And how.

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* %%* {{Jerkass}}: Paul. And how.
2nd May '17 3:57:01 PM MagBas
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* AerithAndBob
* AuthorTract: But of course!

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* %%* AerithAndBob
* %%* AuthorTract: But of course!



* BlackAndWhiteMorality
* BrokenAesop: In-universe and out: Immediately after the zealots, with great effort, manage to spread pamphlets around Los Angeles saying that “We are no threat to the government or the status quo,” and asking themselves why the atheists feel so threatened by them when all they want is "the free exchange of ideas", they let the world know that they're praying for God to cut off the wafter supply to the city.[[spoiler: He chooses instead to remove all water from the city, killing thousands in the process.]]

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* %%* BlackAndWhiteMorality
* BrokenAesop: In-universe and out: I Immediately after the zealots, with great effort, manage to spread pamphlets around Los Angeles saying that “We are no threat to the government or the status quo,” and asking themselves why the atheists feel so threatened by them when all they want is "the free exchange of ideas", they let the world know that they're praying for God to cut off the wafter water supply to the city.[[spoiler: He chooses instead to remove all water from the city, killing thousands in the process.]]



* TheCasanova: Paul, before converting to BAC.
* ChivalrousPervert: Paul, after converting to BAC.

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* %%* TheCasanova: Paul, before converting to BAC.
* %%* ChivalrousPervert: Paul, after converting to BAC.



* TheFundamentalist: All the good guys.

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* %%* TheFundamentalist: All the good guys.



* GreatOffscreenWar: WW3.

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* %%* GreatOffscreenWar: WW3.



* HollywoodAtheist: The world has been taken over by them.

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* %%* HollywoodAtheist: The world has been taken over by them.



* IronLady: Bia Balaam.

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* %%* IronLady: Bia Balaam.



* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Much of ''Soon'' is set here.



* PathOfInspiration / ScamReligion: The pseudo-Christian cult in Las Vegas. It's leader is involved in drugs and prostitution although both those things are legal, so why the man would risk forming an illegal religion is unclear.
* PlotArmor: The only reason Paul isn't found out and executed within days of his conversion, seeing how poorly he hides it.

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* PathOfInspiration / ScamReligion: : The pseudo-Christian cult in Las Vegas. It's leader is involved in drugs and prostitution although both those things are legal, so why the man would risk forming an illegal religion is unclear.
* %%* PlotArmor: The only reason Paul isn't found out and executed within days of his conversion, seeing how poorly he hides it.



* SecretPolice: The National Peace Organization (aka [[FanNickname the Atheistapo]]), which "rose from the ashes" of the FBI and CIA.

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* %%* SecretPolice: The National Peace Organization (aka [[FanNickname the Atheistapo]]), which "rose from the ashes" of the FBI and CIA.



* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: They declared religion to be illegal, and apparently a capital offense.

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* %%* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: They declared religion to be illegal, and apparently a capital offense.



* WorldWarIII: In the book's backstory, all of the world's religious wars somehow escalated into this. After it was all said and done, the UN made it a capital offense to be religious.
* YouMeanXmas: In-universe example; the holiday of Christmas has been replaced with a completely secular substitute, Wintermas.
** Ironically, the 'mas' part is a reference to the religious ceremony, [[CriticalResearchFailure so why did the atheists leave that in]]?

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* %%* WorldWarIII: In the book's backstory, all of the world's religious wars somehow escalated into this. After it was all said and done, the UN made it a capital offense to be religious.
* YouMeanXmas: In-universe example; the holiday of Christmas has been replaced with a completely secular substitute, Wintermas.
** Ironically, the 'mas' part is a reference to the religious ceremony, [[CriticalResearchFailure so why did the atheists leave that in]]?
Wintermas.
2nd May '17 3:43:02 PM MagBas
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* ColdbloodedTorture: What the [[SecretPolice NPO]] uses whenever they can remember the advantages of finding more secret believers, as opposed to shooting the zealots on the spot. And of course what [[WhatTheHellHero the thousands of atheist civilians killed in the LA miracle will suffer for all eternity in hell]].

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* ColdbloodedTorture: What the [[SecretPolice NPO]] uses whenever they can remember the advantages of finding more secret believers, as opposed to shooting the zealots on the spot. And of course what [[WhatTheHellHero the thousands of atheist civilians killed in the LA miracle will suffer for all eternity in hell]].hell.
2nd May '17 3:37:35 PM MagBas
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* TheFundamentalist: All the 'good' guys.

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* TheFundamentalist: All the 'good' good guys.



* HeelFaceTurn: Paul, technically. In practice, he keeps treating his wife as a nuisance and shifts his sociopathic attitudes and bloodlust from the zealots to everyone ''but'' the zealots. Even other underground Christian sects are fair game.
* HeelFaithTurn: What Jenkins was aiming for with Paul, though he's ''still'' a [[JustForPun heel]] after getting religion.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Paul, technically. In practice, he keeps treating his wife as a nuisance and shifts his sociopathic attitudes and bloodlust from Paul,originally one member of the zealots to everyone ''but'' the zealots. Even other underground Christian sects are fair game.
villainous NPO, turned into a heroic zealot.
* HeelFaithTurn: What Jenkins was aiming for with Paul, though he's ''still'' a [[JustForPun heel]] after getting religion.considering that in the sect he joined are the good guys of the series .



* WarIsGlorious: There have been no wars anywhere on the planet for thirty years when the story takes place, and this is [[ValuesDissonance somehow]] supposed to be a ''bad'' thing.

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* WarIsGlorious: There have been no wars anywhere on the planet for thirty years when the story takes place, and this is [[ValuesDissonance somehow]] supposed to be a ''bad'' bad thing.



** TheExtremistWasRight: It worked. There's been a decade long peace and amazing scientific achievement. And the complaints of the zealots that they are innocent victims who just wish to practice their religion in peace is rather invalidated at the end of the first book [[spoiler: when they ask God to instantly wisk away all the water from Los Angeles, killing thousands of civilians.]]
2nd May '17 3:19:52 PM MagBas
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: What the author was shooting for
** GrayAndGreyMorality: The impression most people outside Jenkins' target audience will get.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: What the author was shooting for
** GrayAndGreyMorality: The impression most people outside Jenkins' target audience will get.
BlackAndWhiteMorality
27th Dec '16 5:15:00 AM spiritplumber
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** Partially lampshaded in that as the books' plot continues, futuristic tech shows up less and less: phone implants give way to cell phones and a landline phone shows up at the end of the third book, hydrogen-powered cars are replaced by gas guzzlers, and so on. No explanation for this is given. Then again, {{Word of God}} has it that by the following one or two generations, technology will have reverted to mid-nineties level as the Christian faction gains power. http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pub/web/Tripocalypse.UZLBLink.html
26th May '16 5:55:43 PM Whitewings
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* BrokenAesop: In-universe and out: Immediately after the zealots, with great effort, manage to spread pamphlets around Los Angeles saying that “We are no threat to the government or the status quo,” and asking themselves why the atheists feel so threatened by them when all they want is "the free exchange of ideas", they let the world know that [[spoiler: they're praying for God to remove all water from the city, which He does, killing thousands in the process.]]

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* BrokenAesop: In-universe and out: Immediately after the zealots, with great effort, manage to spread pamphlets around Los Angeles saying that “We are no threat to the government or the status quo,” and asking themselves why the atheists feel so threatened by them when all they want is "the free exchange of ideas", they let the world know that [[spoiler: they're praying for God to cut off the wafter supply to the city.[[spoiler: He chooses instead to remove all water from the city, which He does, killing thousands in the process.]]



* GoneHorriblyRight: The Christian Underground prayed for a miracle, in the form of God cutting off the water supply to LA. They didn't expect the Almighty to remove all moisture in the entire area for everyone but His followers (it's not clear what effect, if any, this has on animals and plants).

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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Christian Underground prayed for a miracle, in the form of God cutting off the water supply to LA. They [[spoiler:They didn't expect the Almighty to remove all moisture in the entire area for everyone but His followers (it's not clear what effect, if any, this has on animals and plants).]]



* MurderIsTheBestSolution: The atheist agents (even those too young to remember organized religion) will kill any Christians they find, rather than drill them for information on other Christians or publicly put them on trial. On a global scale, the government apparently agrees with these fatality rates. On the flip side, the zealots somehow know for certain that they have the full support of the almighty God and can ask for literally anything. Do they ask for supernatural protection, to command the safety of the Christians via a loud booming voice or the smiting of those personally responsible for killing them? [[spoiler: No, they think it's a better idea to have God remove all water from L.A. forever, killing thousands. And those thousands are likely the sick and old civilians who needed liquid medicine or lack the ability to evacuate on foot, rather than the well trained and disciplined soldiers who would have a much easier time marching out of the affected area.]]

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: The atheist agents (even those too young to remember organized religion) will kill any Christians they find, rather than drill them for information on other Christians or publicly put them on trial. On a global scale, the government apparently agrees with these fatality rates. On the flip side, the zealots somehow know for certain that they have the full support of the almighty God and can ask for literally anything. Do they ask for supernatural protection, to command the safety of the Christians via a loud booming voice or the smiting of those personally responsible for killing them? [[spoiler: No, they think it's a better idea to have They ask God to cut off LA's water supply, an attention-getting but relatively harmless act that could not happen naturally. Instead, God chose to remove all water from L.A. A, possibly forever, killing thousands. And those thousands are likely the sick and old civilians who needed liquid medicine or lack the ability to evacuate on foot, rather than the well trained and disciplined soldiers who would have a much easier time marching out of the affected area.]]
26th May '16 5:33:18 PM Whitewings
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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Christian Underground prayed for a miracle, in the form of God cutting off the water supply to LA. They didn't expect the Almighty to remove all moisture in the entire area for everyone but His followers (it's not clear what effect, if any, this has on animals and plants).
20th Jan '13 12:22:49 PM Rabukurafuto
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''Underground Zealot'' is a series by Jerry Jenkins (better known for co-writing the LeftBehind series). After the world's religious conflicts somehow turned into WorldWarIII, the UN decided to outlaw religion completely - with the usual punishment apparently being death.

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''Underground Zealot'' is a series by Jerry Jenkins (better known for co-writing the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind series). After the world's religious conflicts somehow turned into WorldWarIII, the UN decided to outlaw religion completely - with the usual punishment apparently being death.
9th Dec '12 2:25:53 PM SeptimusHeap
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: No need for an army? Donations to charity going to humanitarian relief efforts? The horror, the ''horror.'' Seriously, the book puts the lack of a sizable army waging war somewhere in the world and charity donations going to relief efforts on the same level of awfulness as the illegalization of religion.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous: No need for an army? Donations to charity going to humanitarian relief efforts? The horror, the ''horror.'' Seriously, the book puts the lack of a sizable army waging war somewhere in the world and charity donations going to relief efforts on the same level of awfulness as the illegalization of religion.
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