Thanks for that - I may be a lumper
in the wiki, but in the forums I like fairly specific subjects.
So far, I haven't written a work with a religion as a whole playing a major role in the work - there are several powerful churches in my fantasy setting and at least one alien species in my comics is a theocracy, but the former is unwritten and will quite possibly stay that way, and the latter are not a major player in the comics space setting, and so aren't terribly relevant.
Individually, however, religion is one of the many aspects I try and incorporate into a character. The role it plays varies depending hugely on the character (like most other things) - for some, it's almost negligible, while for others it's a major motivating force. I've never had any problem with my own religious beliefs affecting a work, since I try to treat my works as worlds of their own - the existence, or lack thereof, and nature of god(s) in a fictional work has no reason to have anything to do with the same in our own.
I did, however, adopt a stance of "metaphysical neutrality" for my comics - effectively, embracing the Lowest Cosmic Denominator
, except that I left even vague stuff like The Powers That Be
out of it. While my comics characters certainly have their religious beliefs, whether any of them were right or wrong was (mostly) left unanswered. I did this for two reasons: firstly, while it is explicitly Alternate History
in the future, my comics are closer then anything else I've ever written to taking place in the real, modern world, and secondly, they are primarily, well, comedic
- bringing up the Big Questions of metaphysics is not something that would fit well with the tone.
edited 26th Sep '11 9:47:25 PM by nrjxll