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8th Jun '16 2:22:02 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* In ''{{Zootopia}}'', the only reference to religion comes at the very beginning of the movie, in a character dressed as what is clearly an angel for a play. She has a rainbow for a halo rather than anything explicitly Judeo-Christian, probably a winking nod to Noah's Ark.

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* In ''{{Zootopia}}'', ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the only reference to religion comes at the very beginning of the movie, in a character dressed as what is clearly an angel for a play. She has a rainbow for a halo rather than anything explicitly Judeo-Christian, probably a winking nod to Noah's Ark.
8th Jun '16 2:21:50 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** Given that RealLife Scandinavia is chock full of current or until-quite recently state churches, this might well be TruthInTelevision

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** Given that RealLife Scandinavia is chock full of current or until-quite recently state churches, this might well be TruthInTelevision
TruthInTelevision.
* In ''{{Zootopia}}'', the only reference to religion comes at the very beginning of the movie, in a character dressed as what is clearly an angel for a play. She has a rainbow for a halo rather than anything explicitly Judeo-Christian, probably a winking nod to Noah's Ark.
5th May '16 10:41:20 AM MsChibi
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Compare JesusTaboo. Contrast ChristianityIsCatholic, InterfaithSmoothie. See also CrystalDragonJesus, AnimeCatholicism, and SaintlyChurch.

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Compare JesusTaboo.JesusTaboo and AmbiguouslyChristian. Contrast ChristianityIsCatholic, InterfaithSmoothie. See also CrystalDragonJesus, AnimeCatholicism, and SaintlyChurch.
24th Apr '16 8:00:32 PM StarSword
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* Shepherd Book in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is part of an unnamed Christian religious order, though most of the beats are Catholic: he wears Catholic-like clothing (loose shirt with a circular straight collar), lived in a monastery for a while, and is apparently celibate. The ExpandedUniverse states he's a member of an entirely fictional group called the Order of Shepherds.
11th Apr '16 6:35:34 PM StarSword
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* Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' explicitly does believe in God (she at one point queries Shepard on whether s/he has a problem with it, implying she's gotten flak for her faith in the past), but which exact religion or denomination she belongs to is never stated.
27th Mar '16 5:19:00 PM MsChibi
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Interestingly, this trope is very much TruthInTelevision. Much as SecularHero and JesusTaboo are common in communities that have diverse religious practices, it's common to see non-denominational "places of worship" in funeral homes, wedding chapels, hospitals and airports in these communities. And there ''are'' some denominations that combine elements of the theology and practices of preexisting ones (e.g. Anglicanism, being somewhere between Catholicism and Protestantism), to say nothing of ones that syncretize Christianity with ''other'' religions (aka InterfaithSmoothie).

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Interestingly, this trope is very much TruthInTelevision. Much as SecularHero and JesusTaboo are common in communities that have diverse religious practices, it's common to see non-denominational "places of worship" in funeral homes, wedding chapels, hospitals hospitals, prisons, and airports in these communities. And there ''are'' some denominations that combine elements of the theology and practices of preexisting ones (e.g. Anglicanism, being somewhere between Catholicism and Protestantism), to say nothing of ones that syncretize Christianity with ''other'' religions (aka InterfaithSmoothie).
23rd Mar '16 7:25:46 PM Jhonny
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** Given that RealLife Scandinavia is chock full of current or until-quite recently state churches, this might well be TruthInTelevision


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* The "generic church" thing has gone so far in Europe that quite a few churches that were shut down in recent years due to lack of a congregation have been "profanized" and now serve as community gathering places, warehouses or whatever. Some cannot even be recognized as former churches any more. The German Lutherans for instance don't build any steeples in the rare cases they still build new churches.
22nd Mar '16 5:12:08 PM penguinist
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* Even some Protestant and evangelical churches (especially if descended from Calvinism) can appear to be this. They might have little religious symbolism beyond a plain cross, sometimes not even an altar. If they have stained-glass windows, they might be geometric designs instead of pictures of saints. The minister might deliver the service in a suit instead of holy vestments. Replace the pews with chairs, and it would look like any union or civic hall. The names are usually simply the name of the denomination like "First Baptist Church", not "the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation and St Michael".
7th Feb '16 7:12:20 AM yellowrobot27
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* In the anime adaptation of the ''Creator/KeyVisualArts'' visual novel ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', we see Yuuichi coming out of a fairly generic church in the final episode.
1st Feb '16 11:19:05 AM FF32
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* BenjaminFranklin wrote about a building designed to accommodate preachers of all religions in his [[http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/chapt10/ autobiography]]. This building was created after a wandering Irish preacher was forbidden to preach in existing churches and had to preach outside, drawing huge crowds. Franklin said that "even if the Mufti of [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Constantinople]] were to send a missionary to preach [[{{UsefulNotes/Islam}} Mohammedanism]] to us, he would find a pulpit at his service." He might've been exaggerating a bit (colonial Pennsylvania had what was then a very progressive guarantee of religious freedom, but only monotheists had any rights and only Christians could hold office; only Rhode Island had an absolute guarantee of religious freedom before the Revolution), but the point was well taken.

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* BenjaminFranklin Creator/BenjaminFranklin wrote about a building designed to accommodate preachers of all religions in his [[http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/chapt10/ autobiography]]. This building was created after a wandering Irish preacher was forbidden to preach in existing churches and had to preach outside, drawing huge crowds. Franklin said that "even if the Mufti of [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Constantinople]] were to send a missionary to preach [[{{UsefulNotes/Islam}} Mohammedanism]] to us, he would find a pulpit at his service." He might've been exaggerating a bit (colonial Pennsylvania had what was then a very progressive guarantee of religious freedom, but only monotheists had any rights and only Christians could hold office; only Rhode Island had an absolute guarantee of religious freedom before the Revolution), but the point was well taken.
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