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14th Jan '17 4:18:53 PM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/MartinScorsese's ''Film/{{Silence}}'' and the novel by Creator/ShusakuEndo from which it derives has several characters wondering why God is doing nothing while persecution is visited on true believing Christians. [[spoiler:Near the end, the main character Fr. Rodrigues hears a voice that tells him that God is suffering with Rodrigues and all his people]].


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* Many of Creator/IngmarBergman's films were devoted to dealing with "the silence of God", wondering if God really exists in a modern world:
** ''Film/ThroughAGlassDarkly'' has one character believe that [[spoiler:God [[EldritchAbomination is a spider]] utterly indifferent to human suffering]].
** ''Winter Light'' deals with a priest losing his faith in his service and vocation after many years running a flock where fewer and fewer people attend church.
13th Jan '17 8:24:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', the Terris Keepers have been actively looking for their religion and which god they worshipped for a millennium (since the setting is ruled by a tyrannical GodEmperor who tried his hardest to wipe out all other religions and had a particularly virulent hatred for the Terris for spoilery reasons). [[spoiler:Turns out that though all the religions they'd collected on the way had truth, the Terris religion was the only one to directly revere the real gods. What's more, at the end of the trilogy the last Keeper actually BECOMES the new God.]]

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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', the Terris Keepers have been actively looking for their religion and which god they worshipped for a millennium (since the setting is ruled by a tyrannical GodEmperor who tried his hardest to wipe out all other religions and had a particularly virulent hatred for the Terris for spoilery reasons). [[spoiler:Turns out that though all the religions they'd collected on the way had truth, the Terris religion was the only one to directly revere the real gods. What's more, at the end of the trilogy the last Keeper actually BECOMES the new God.]]
3rd Jan '17 8:23:08 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Film/MajorLeagueII'', it turns out that between seasons he became a [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddhist]], of the excessively pacifistic variety. Without his "edge" he can now barely hit at all let alone just missing curve balls, and is so peaceful doesn't seem to even CARE to improve. After some needling and comments about [[UnusualEuphamism his "marbles"]], he eventually "introduces" Jobu and Buddha, figures out how to channel his aggressive strength without losing his center, and begins (as stated by the [[BigBad team's owner]] "bashing the ball like the Cerano of old."

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* In ''Film/MajorLeagueII'', it turns out that between seasons he became a [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddhist]], of the excessively pacifistic variety. Without his "edge" he can now barely hit at all let alone just missing curve balls, and is so peaceful doesn't seem to even CARE to improve. After some needling and comments about [[UnusualEuphamism [[UnusualEuphemism his "marbles"]], he eventually "introduces" Jobu and Buddha, figures out how to channel his aggressive strength without losing his center, and begins (as stated by the [[BigBad team's owner]] "bashing the ball like the Cerano of old."
28th Dec '16 10:04:22 PM MelancholicMonkey
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* In ''Anime/DeathParade'', after people die, they are sent to be judged by beings known as arbiters to determine if they will reincarnate or get sent to [[TheNothingAfterDeath the void]]. The most powerful of the arbiters, Oculus, claims that [[AGodAmI he is the closest thing to a god in the series]]. When another arbiter calls him out on this, he privately says to himself that God hasn't been around for quite some time.
28th Nov '16 6:30:36 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Tower Of The Elephant", ConanTheBarbarian prefers the hands-off approach of his people's gods.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Tower Of The Elephant", ConanTheBarbarian "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian prefers the hands-off approach of his people's gods.
25th Nov '16 9:31:22 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Valdorian Age'' setting for ''[[{{Champions}} Fantasy Hero]]'', the earth's level of ambient magic has fallen past the point required for gods to even exist. The problem is, people generally remember a time when the gods not only existed, but their priests had fantastic powers. Now that the priests have lost those powers, most people believe the gods have "turned their backs" on humanity in response to some horrific sin on mankind's part.

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* In the ''Valdorian Age'' setting for ''[[{{Champions}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Fantasy Hero]]'', the earth's level of ambient magic has fallen past the point required for gods to even exist. The problem is, people generally remember a time when the gods not only existed, but their priests had fantastic powers. Now that the priests have lost those powers, most people believe the gods have "turned their backs" on humanity in response to some horrific sin on mankind's part.
5th Nov '16 1:30:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Literature/DuneMessiah the Reverend Mother Gaius Hellen Mohiam asks Emperor Paul-Muad'dib Atreides if he believes in the God whose Word forms the basis of his right to rule. His answer comes out to "eh, maybe", as he (correctly) judged that they were trying to undermine his religion. Considering that the Bene Gesserit ''manufacture'' religions to suit their needs, they were being blatantly hypocritical.
* In TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe, every aspect of this is subverted. The heroes have to learn that it's not their business to find out what happened to said deity and that only Aslan can set things right; the setting is revealed not to be a CrapsackWorld despite the best efforts of the White Witch; there is no welching on which religion is right (though it does not become overly obvious until later books); the Narnian parallel to angels seem helpless until they regain "their Boss' moral and philosophical baggage"; Aslan does ''not'' want "the universe to save itself" but to recognize that it is incapable of saving itself; and finally, although the heroes' actions have weight, Aslan (and prophecy) remains as an obvious Deus ex Machina to save them from themselves, literally in the case of at least one character in every single book of the series.

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* In Literature/DuneMessiah ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' the Reverend Mother Gaius Hellen Mohiam asks Emperor Paul-Muad'dib Atreides if he believes in the God whose Word forms the basis of his right to rule. His answer comes out to "eh, maybe", as he (correctly) judged that they were trying to undermine his religion. Considering that the Bene Gesserit ''manufacture'' religions to suit their needs, they were being blatantly hypocritical.
* In TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe, ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', every aspect of this is subverted. The heroes have to learn that it's not their business to find out what happened to said deity and that only Aslan can set things right; the setting is revealed not to be a CrapsackWorld despite the best efforts of the White Witch; there is no welching on which religion is right (though it does not become overly obvious until later books); the Narnian parallel to angels seem helpless until they regain "their Boss' moral and philosophical baggage"; Aslan does ''not'' want "the universe to save itself" but to recognize that it is incapable of saving itself; and finally, although the heroes' actions have weight, Aslan (and prophecy) remains as an obvious Deus ex Machina to save them from themselves, literally in the case of at least one character in every single book of the series.
2nd Nov '16 10:29:21 PM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheElenium'': unlike the many, many other deities in the setting, the Elene God never makes his presence known and doesn't deign to grant [[ReligionIsMagic magic]] to his followers, despite being incredibly powerful due to his huge number of worshipers. However, he's later confirmed to be present, albeit "stuffy" and happy to delegate; the minor goddess Aphrael complains about having to chat with him when she visits someone inside his church.
31st Oct '16 9:53:56 AM Jeduthun
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* The 16th-century Catholic mystic St. John of the Cross argued in his book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Night_of_the_Soul Dark Night of the Soul]]'' that a sense of God's absence is a significant stage in the development of healthy spirituality, as it requires the believer to trust in God by faith rather than relying on subjective religious experiences. A number of other saints and mystics have written about similar periods of "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_dryness spiritual dryness]]".
29th Oct '16 1:54:15 PM nombretomado
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* The Human Gods of ''GuildWars'' have withdrawn more and more from the world since the Exodus. As of ''GuildWars2'', they are all but absent, though most humans remain devoutly religious. Most believe that the Gods merely wish humanity to stand on its own.

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* The Human Gods of ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' have withdrawn more and more from the world since the Exodus. As of ''GuildWars2'', ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', they are all but absent, though most humans remain devoutly religious. Most believe that the Gods merely wish humanity to stand on its own.
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