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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.]]
16th Mar '16 8:53:43 AM Tron80
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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.
9th Feb '16 8:44:26 AM Prfnoff
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* In [[ReducedShakespeareCompany ''The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)'']], Solomon is asked to give his wisdom on how God in the New Testament could be so different from that in the Old Testament. He gives ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' as the answer:

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* In [[ReducedShakespeareCompany ''The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)'']], ''Theatre/TheBibleTheCompleteWordOfGodAbridged'', Solomon is asked to give his wisdom on how God in the New Testament could be so different from that in the Old Testament. He gives ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' as the answer:His answer, in a word, is ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'':
29th Jan '16 9:38:54 PM Thranx
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*** The formal branch of theology that wrangles with this problem is called theodicy. It's been going for thousands of years - the book of Job is an early Jewish treatise on the "ineffable plan" side of the argument.
17th Sep '15 3:34:32 PM eroock
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->''When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.''

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->''When ->''"When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.''"''
21st Jul '15 1:57:30 PM VVK
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Implies ForWantOfANail. See GambitRoulette for when this trope is not justified by the planner being omniscient. Compare MaybeMagicMaybeMundane and ButterflyOfDoom. Often used as flimsy justification for DeusExMachina and AWizardDidIt. Not to be confused with the Music/{{U2}} song "Mysterious Ways".

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Implies ForWantOfANail. See GambitRoulette for when this trope Usually overlaps with GambitRoulette, which is not justified by the planner being omniscient.about plans relying on seemingly chance events in general. Compare MaybeMagicMaybeMundane and ButterflyOfDoom. Often used as flimsy justification for DeusExMachina and AWizardDidIt. Not to be confused with the Music/{{U2}} song "Mysterious Ways".
5th Jul '15 1:00:28 PM RevDave
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** One demonic faction, the Integrators, believe that there is a larger purpose to their existence, and that they need to return to the God-Machine to fix something broken within. This point of view is tough to sell to other demons.

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** One demonic faction, the Integrators, believe that there is even their fall from grace serves a larger purpose to their existence, the God-Machine, and that they need to eventually return to the God-Machine G-M to fix something broken within.within it. This point of view is tough to sell to other demons.
4th Jul '15 8:44:21 PM RevDave
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* The qashmallim of ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', "angels" made of the Divine Fire that gives Prometheans life. They manifest for only a short while, and have one particular purpose they must complete in that time. This purpose can range from bringing two people together to causing a nuclear meltdown, all in service of "the Principle."
** It's been revealed that the upcoming God-Machine Chronicle and ''Demon: the Descent'' place angels, the agents of the God-Machine, in a similar role. WordOfGod casts them as more similar to the Observers on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' or the Strangers in ''Film/DarkCity'', agents of the great machine aiming to keep the machinery working. Strangely enough, sometimes the God-Machine will set two angels at cross purposes, then make both of them fall when neither truly achieves their goal.

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* The qashmallim of ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', "angels" made of the same Divine Fire that gives Prometheans life.life, but lack free will. They manifest for only a short while, and have one particular purpose they must complete in that time. This purpose can range from bringing two people together to causing destroying a nuclear meltdown, city, all in service of "the Principle."
** It's been revealed that * In a related [=WoD=] game, the upcoming angels of the God-Machine Chronicle Chronicles and ''Demon: ''DemonTheDescent'' have missions, but they are capable of looking at the Descent'' place angels, the agents of the God-Machine, in a similar role. larger consequences (in fact, that's often how their descent into demon begins). WordOfGod casts them as more similar to the Observers on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' or the Strangers in ''Film/DarkCity'', agents of the great machine aiming to who keep the machinery working. Strangely enough, sometimes working.
** One demonic faction,
the Integrators, believe that there is a larger purpose to their existence, and that they need to return to the God-Machine to fix something broken within. This point of view is tough to sell to other demons.
** The
God-Machine will set occasionally do things even demons find bizarre, like send two angels at cross purposes, then make to Earth with conflicting purposes (which practically ''guarantees'' one or both of them fall when neither truly achieves their goal.will fall), or send Exiles, angels who arrive with a nonsensical, unachievable purpose or none whatsoever.
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