Created By: NimmerStill on May 19, 2012 Last Edited By: NimmerStill on May 20, 2012

Sentient Earth Christian

Someone insists on monotheism in a polytheistic world.

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A person adheres to Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheism despite clear evidence that the gods of some sort of polytheistic faith exist, their legends are true, their systems of magic exist, and so forth.

Compare Flat-Earth Atheist. Contrast Nay-Theist, because the person or people in question don't acknowledge the pagan gods' existence enough to hate them.


  • The Christians (Uther and his clan) in the 1998 Merlin miniseries, who exist in a world where you can talk to pagan gods face to face and magic exists.

  • Any Christians in the Buffyverse, where the Christian (and Jewish and Muslim) creation myth is utterly false, as is the idea of a personal god. (The only good gods, the "Powers that Be", are either lazy or Well Intentioned Extremists.
    • Especially applies to Christians in the know about the dark underground, such as implied for the Knights of Byzantium and the nun in "I've Got You Under My Skin" in Angel.
  • Part of a meme going around about The Avengers, where Captian America "personally knows two gods, still believes there's only one god".
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  • May 19, 2012
    The church of Om in Discworld
  • May 19, 2012
    The title makes it sound like the planet itself is sentient. I think what you mean is Polytheistic World Christian.
  • May 19, 2012
    Yes that's the point. (Your first sentence.) Many polytheistic religions view the earth as a god, i.e. a sentient being. And this relates it to Flat Earth Atheist in a convenient way.

    It doesn't have to be literally true, or the point, in all cases, any more than Flat Earth Atheist has to apply only to where the world is in fact flat.
  • May 19, 2012
    In Xena Warrior Princess Xena & Gabrielle encounter a group of proto-Christians, as well as Joseph & Mary on their way to Bethlehem via Greece. This in a world where the Greek Gods are most definitely real.
  • May 19, 2012
    confusing title
  • May 19, 2012
    I disagree with the Buffy assertion-crosses can injure or kill vampires, which strongly implies that there is a powerful force for good behind it.
  • May 19, 2012
    @Nimmer Still: That reference is too obscure though. And not universal, in Norse Mythology for instance the earth is a giant's corpse.
  • May 20, 2012
    Many polytheistic religions don't view the Earth as a god, and even of the ones that do, that's only one god among many, so the name is non-indicative. Furthermore, "Sentient Earth" brings to mind something more like Solaris than any sort of godhood. The suggested name is highly misleading, which is a lot more important than that it be a snowclone of some sort.
  • May 20, 2012
    I think that, to establish this as tropable, we need to consider how it relates to a large and fuzzy body of existing tropes.

    First, I wonder whether this is sufficiently distinct from Flat Earth Atheist. Just as that trope doesn't have to be about belief in a flat earth, it might not have to be about atheism -- might it not be about holding to some sort of philosophical belief (including monotheism), in spite of it clearly not making sense in the setting?

    Alternatively, this is at least a sister trope to, definitely overlaps with, and could maybe-sorta just be part of, No Such Thing As Wizard Jesus.

    If tropable, though, I agree it needs a clearer title. Maybe "My Religion Right Or Wrong", or "Selective Theism".

    Some other related tropes for consideration (and more title ideas, derived from them):
  • May 20, 2012
    I think that, while the two gods of Legend Of The Seeker are both recognized, some categories of people, mostly the pacifists, venerate only one (most often, the Creator).