Background[edit | edit source]
Christianity has survived in post-War America, now practiced across the former nation alongside other religions that have been established. New Christian groups found after the war include Saint Monica's Church in Rivet City and the Abbey of the Road, a Christian monastery somewhere west of the Commonwealth. Mormonism is still practiced by the New Canaanites in Zion Canyon and other areas in the Mojave Desert region.
Mentions[edit | edit source]
- Jack Smith identifies as a Christian and quotes the Bible, stating "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
- John Cassidy makes a reference to the "good book" and shares that he did not know that the Garden of Eden came in a kit.
- Pastor Clements is Diamond City's serving priest at the All Faiths Chapel. He makes a reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan.
- Dontrelle Haines, whose younger brother has died and is himself dying of cancer, is a Christian and says that "the good book" has brought him comfort in recent years amid hard times. When speaking with him, he may quote 1 Timothy 6:7 from the Bible, stating "for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."
- Catherine's, the mother of the Lone Wanderer, favorite Bible verse was Revelation 21:6. James has it framed and will share its backstory.
- Merk in Shady Sands mentions the Job 28:18 verse, "the price of wisdom is above rubies."
- Jesus Sunday quotes John 3:15, "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life present in him." in his dying moments, shortly after having murdered his brother, reflecting on the irony of the statement.
- John 8:12 is written in Marcella's journal, reading, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life, John 8:12."
- Revelation 9:6 is mentioned on the signage of Searchlight west church.
- The name of the New Vegas Strip casino Gomorrah is a reference to the biblical city. An employee of the casino, Cachino mentions two characters from the city's biblical story in dialogue.
- Scripture is a book that Joshua Graham, Waking Cloud, and Daniel can be seen reading from.
- Marcella is a Christian missionary located at Point Lookout.
- Father Clifford and his acolyte Diego of St. Monica's church are Catholic.
- O'Hanrahan, a private in the New California Republic Army, was raised as a Christian.
- The New Canaan settlement is Mormon, as are Bert Gunnarsson. Joshua Graham and Daniel are Mormon missionaries who lead and teach Christianity to the Sorrows tribe in Zion Canyon.
- Father Gabe, a non-feral ghoul, appears to have been a pastor and is found defending his church from an intruding pack of feral ghouls.
- Reverend Delbert Winters was a minister that lent his church in Flatwoods to the Responders after the Great War.
- Caleb Fisher was born and raised among the Amish, which are a group of traditionalist Christian communities. After the Great War, he began to lose his faith, as many church leaders saw their survival as a vindication of their beliefs. Not wanting to be associated with such a mindset, Fisher used his Rumspringa, an Amish coming-of-age process, to leave the church.
- Joshua Graham is a Mormon from the state of Utah and speaks extensively about his religion. He explains his thoughts of his Lord, Jesus Christ, beliefs, and his missionary work, stating, "A day will come when our Lord returns to judge us all. Until then, we must honor his laws and start others along the path of salvation if we can" and tells the Courier that he believes, "our Lord was made flesh as Jesus Christ and died to redeem me. And you. And the Sorrows. Even the White Legs. Everyone." If the Courier is dismissive of his plans, he states that, "Living in willful ignorance is an ugly thing, but God often speaks loudest in the wild places of his creation, like Zion." Graham makes reference to several parables, themes, and rites of passage when speaking with the Courier, including that of the prodigal son, forgiveness, and baptism. When remarking about his counterpart missionary Daniel, he shares that they do not always see eye to eye, using biblical characters to demonstrate it by saying, "he is the John to our Matthew and Mark." Graham mentions other biblical characters such as Moses, Thomas, and Cain. The New Caananite quotes directly from the Bible several times, remarking that, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" and sharing a passage with the Courier, reciting, "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem who said, 'Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation.' O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed. Happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." In addition, he mentions baptism, a Christian rite of passage.
- Graham's unique weapon is named A Light Shining in Darkness, which is a reference to John 1:5. It has the verse inscribed in Greek on the sides of the gun, reading "καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει" on the right side and "καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν" on the left, which translates to "and the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
- Daniel is another missionary living amongst the tribes with Joshua Graham, and the Courier can learn about his views on the religion. Daniel shares that, "New Canaanites believe, as many once did, that God was made flesh here on Earth as a man named Jesus Christ. He sacrificed his life to save us. Every sin, every terrible thing that you, me, or any one of us have done for all time, was washed away by his blood. We just have to accept his love. That's why we visit the tribes, to spread the good news. For all we know, we New Canaanites may be all that remains of Christ's followers."
- The Yangtze Memorial is a large monument in the shape of a cross.
- Blind Diode Jefferson mentions Jericho, specifically the Battle of Jericho in which the Israelites used horns to bring down the walls of Jericho.
- Hopesmarch Pentecostal church makes direct reference to Pentecostalism, a Protestant Christian movement.
- If the Courier is aligned with Mr. House, Ulysses will make an allusion to a series of Bible verses comparing the Courier to Judas' betrayal of Jesus for "twenty-nine less coins."
- Thomas Eckhart of the Appalachian Enclave used his position as president to establish authority over the Enclave's supporters, believing that soldiers and statesmen only recognized two powers - God and the President of the United States.
- Father Donald is a Christian priest of Cold Water.
- The evangelist brain is one of eight brains that are wired to the Calculator. It used to belong to a prominent pre-War television evangelist, and the brain still maintains its faith in Christianity.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Christianity is based on the real world religion of the same name.