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31st Aug '16 9:19:13 AM Discar
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29th Aug '16 2:22:39 PM Discar
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
29th Aug '16 2:22:19 PM Discar
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
29th Aug '16 2:21:42 PM Discar
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
29th Aug '16 2:18:39 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic "[[http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=282&chapter=3 Lessons from the Mountain]], during his soul's trial, [[AntiHero Maedhros]] asks Manwë -the King of the [[CouncilOfAngels Valar]]- why he never granted him a quick death when he begged for it during [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]]'s torture. Manwë replies that he intended to release him from his torment as soon as possible.
-->'''Maedhros:''' I have always wondered... Why you granted his request instantly, Manwë-to-whom-all-birds-are-dear, while you had studiously ignored mine for years.\\
'''Manwë:''' You have just answered your own question. In all those years, you begged only for death. But when the time was right, I sent you freedom. If I seemed to be silent, it was because you insisted on asking for too mean a boon.\\
'''Maedhros:''' You… you did not abandon the Noldor? Not even…the sons of Fëanor? I thought your silence was…\\
'''Vairë:''' Little did you know of the Valar when you left Valinor. Seldom have you perceived our actions, and little do you understand our thoughts.

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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic "[[http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=282&chapter=3 Lessons from the Mountain]], during his soul's trial, [[AntiHero Maedhros]] asks Manwë -the King of the [[CouncilOfAngels Valar]]- why he never granted him a quick death when he begged for it during [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]]'s torture. Manwë replies that he intended to release him from his torment as soon as possible.
-->'''Maedhros:''' I have always wondered... Why you granted his request instantly, Manwë-to-whom-all-birds-are-dear, while you had studiously ignored mine for years.\\
'''Manwë:''' You have just answered your own question. In all those years, you begged only for death. But when the time was right, I sent you freedom. If I seemed to be silent, it was because you insisted on asking for too mean a boon.\\
'''Maedhros:''' You… you You--you did not abandon the Noldor? Not even…the even the sons of Fëanor? I thought your silence was…\\
was--\\
'''Vairë:''' Little did you know of the Valar when you left Valinor. Seldom have you perceived our actions, and little do you understand our thoughts.



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* One of the most common interpretations of Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; despite doing seemingly very little, she seems to always have things set-up to turn out alright…even if such plans had to be so convoluted and unlikely to barely be noticeable at all. For example, is the only reason she was so calm about Nightmare Moon's return because she's ''somehow'' known (or arranged for) all the potential Elements of Harmony to be in Ponyville at the correct time?

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* One of the most common interpretations of Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; despite doing seemingly very little, she seems to always have things set-up to turn out alright…even alright--even if such plans had to be so convoluted and unlikely to barely be noticeable at all. For example, is the only reason she was so calm about Nightmare Moon's return because she's ''somehow'' known (or arranged for) all the potential Elements of Harmony to be in Ponyville at the correct time?

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24th Aug '16 4:44:23 AM NoxSky12599
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* God/satellite/satellite which collided with God in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', believes that this is the way {{God}} ''should'' behave. Unlike many examples, it actually explains ''why'' it believes this way: If a deity does too much for its people, they will become dependent on it; if it does too little, then its people will not be able to deal with problems beyond their abilities. By working in mysterious ways the people are motivated to work hard and expand their knowledge, but can still receive help if they need it.

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* God/satellite/satellite which collided with God in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', believes that this is the way {{God}} ''should'' behave. Unlike many examples, it actually explains ''why'' it believes this way: If a deity does too much for its people, they will become dependent on it; if it does too little, then its people will not be able to deal with problems beyond their abilities.abilities and will lose hope. By working in mysterious ways the people are motivated to work hard and expand their knowledge, but can still receive help if they need it.
18th May '16 2:18:15 AM PaulA
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** In the short story "Spell My Name With an S", two angels, on a bet, manage to completely avert nuclear war just by convincing one man to spell his name with an S instead of a Z.

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** * In the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Spell My Name With an S", two angels, on a bet, manage to completely avert nuclear war just by convincing one man to spell his name with an S instead of a Z.




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* In ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', Tinling Alfvaen is a "serendipitist", which means she possesses a psychic power that causes things to turn out well when she's involved, sometimes in ways that don't seem so lucky at first. Nobody understands how it works, just that it does. Shortly before the novel starts, she's fired because her employer figures that nobody whose serendipity is working at full strength would catch an incurable disease like she just did; it turns out that she needed to have been fired in order to be in the right place at the right time later on. And before the book's over, the incurable disease has been cured, thanks to a chance meeting with a biochemist who finds her case interesting, on a planet she went to for other reasons without having the slightest idea it had any biochemists of that caliber.
27th Apr '16 10:04:44 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': When Shinji complains that he and Asuka have failed to change the past, [[spoiler:Kaworu cites this trope and points out that even the small changes they've made have improved the outcome, resulting in Toji playing a critical role in fighting back the MP-EVAs. It also seems likely Kaworu guided Rei and Aki into meeting, which was the catalyst for Rei refusing her role in Third Impact.]]
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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic "[[http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=282&chapter=3 Lessons from the Mountain]], during his soul's trial, [[AntiHero Maedhros]] asks Manwë -the King of the [[CouncilOfAngels Valar]]- why he never granted him a quick death when he begged for it during [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]]'s torture. Manwë replies that he intended to release him from his torment as soon as possible.
-->'''Maedhros:''' I have always wondered... Why you granted his request instantly, Manwë-to-whom-all-birds-are-dear, while you had studiously ignored mine for years.\\
'''Manwë:''' You have just answered your own question. In all those years, you begged only for death. But when the time was right, I sent you freedom. If I seemed to be silent, it was because you insisted on asking for too mean a boon.\\
'''Maedhros:''' You… you did not abandon the Noldor? Not even…the sons of Fëanor? I thought your silence was…\\
'''Vairë:''' Little did you know of the Valar when you left Valinor. Seldom have you perceived our actions, and little do you understand our thoughts.



* Kenneth Miller's book ''Finding Darwin's God'' uses this as part of its demonstration that acceptance of evolution does not actually ''have'' to have any effect on one's belief in God, as a deity who can create life through manipulation of natural laws would have a greater claim to omniscience than one who could create life from dust. Deals primarily with Christianity (after all, who ''else'' is having the running battle with Darwin?) and makes excellent points about how a truly omnipotent, omniscient God working in evolution is not only ''more'' impressive than the "boom, stuff happened" God, but also completely compatible with Christianity.

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* Kenneth Miller's book ''Finding Darwin's God'' uses this as part of its demonstration that acceptance of evolution does not actually ''have'' to have any effect on one's belief in God, as a deity who can create life through manipulation of natural laws would have a greater claim to omniscience than one who could create life from dust. Deals primarily with Christianity (after all, who ''else'' is having the running battle with Darwin?) and makes excellent points about how a truly omnipotent, omniscient God working in evolution is not only ''more'' impressive than the "boom, stuff happened" God, but also completely compatible with Christianity.



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23rd Feb '16 7:52:20 PM MetaFour
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* Music/DanielAmos touch on this quite a bit. In "On the Line" (from Music/HorrendousDisc) God constantly communicates with the listener, as much through the physical world as through any direct revelation.
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