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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.Joshua Graham quoting the Bible

Christianity is a pre-War religion, practiced both before and after the Great War.

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."[1][2]
  • 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.[3]
  • Pastor Clements is Diamond City's serving priest at the All Faiths Chapel. He makes a reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan.[4]
  • 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."[5]
  • Catherine's, the mother of the Lone Wanderer, favorite Bible verse was Revelation 21:6. James has it framed and will share its backstory.[6]
  • Merk in Shady Sands mentions the Job 28:18 verse, "the price of wisdom is above rubies."[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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."[9]
  • Revelation 9:6 is mentioned on the signage of Searchlight west church.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Father Clifford and his acolyte Diego of St. Monica's church are Catholic.[13]
  • O'Hanrahan, a private in the New California Republic Army, was raised as a Christian.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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"[17][18] 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."[19] 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."[20] 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.[21][22][23] 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."[24] Graham mentions other biblical characters such as Moses, Thomas, and Cain.[25][26] 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."[27] In addition, he mentions baptism, a Christian rite of passage.[23]
  • 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."[28]
  • 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."[29]
  • 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.[30]
  • 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."[31]
  • 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.[32]
  • 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.[33]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Christianity is based on the real world religion of the same name.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Lone Wanderer: "Well... okay... whatever works for you."
    Jack Smith: "Now, I know what you're thinking, and don't bother. We're perfectly happy good Christian people here, and we've been that way for 200 years. All the men work hard to put food on the table and all the women work hard to make nice homes for us. That's the way it should be. This is America, and I'll be damned if I let some Chinese Commies ruin that with a few bombs!"
    (Jack Smith's dialogue)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Yes, and I saw what you're hiding in there, you sick bastard!"
    Jack Smith: "I'm disappointed in you stranger -- so quick to judge us. Did you ever stop to think that I have a family to support here? Judge not, lest ye be judged as the good book says. Honestly, how many people have you killed? The only difference between us is that that I'm bringing home the bacon for my family."
    (Jack Smith's dialogue)
  3. The [[Chosen One: "{295}{}{We're looking for a GECK - a Garden of Eden Creation Kit. My village needs it to restore their crops.}"
    John Cassidy: "{298}{}{Them things come in kits now, huh? Man, the good book don't mention that, does it? Well, all right then. Let's get hunting.}"
    (John Cassidy's dialogue)
  4. The Sole Survivor: "Nick Valentine, huh? What's his story?"
    Clements: "You know the story of the Good Samaritan? Helps a man, even though he has no reason to? Well, I suppose you could say that Nick Valentine is living that parable out."
    (Pastor Clements' dialogue)
  5. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 4+] If you're on borrowed time, it seems only reasonable to give me your supplies."
    Dontrelle Haines: "For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. I believe that's first Timothy, chapter six, verse seven. The good book has brought me comfort these past few years. Maybe I can give you something that'll do the same. This is supposed to help with radiation. Won't do me much good now, so here, you take it."
    (Dontrelle Haines' dialogue)
  6. James: "Here we are. Where it all began. You remember your mother's favorite passage? Revelation 21:6. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life, freely. Don't you see? This is what it all means. The water, the purifier. THIS is the water of life. Your mother's dream. No point in wasting time. Let's get to work. There's much to be done."
    (James' dialogue)
  7. Merk: "{175}{}{"The price of wisdom is above rubies."}"
    (Scmerk.msg)
  8. Jesus Sunday's holotape - Part 5
  9. Marcella's journal; Marcella's terminal
  10. Searchlight Church sign
  11. The Courier: "What can you tell me about Gomorrah?"
    Cachino: "I banged Lot's wife and licked her salty ass. The fuck do I look like? I'm the one asking the questions here. Now tell me why you been dropping my name before I get some muscle over here and we find a private place to talk."
    (Cachino's dialogue)
  12. The Lone Wanderer: "You said you're not from around here?"
    Marcella: "I come from the Abbey of the Road. I'm what you might call a missionary. I travel the Wastes, spreading the Faith and doing good where I can."
    (Marcella's dialogue)
  13. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.69: "Diego
    Diego, 18, is Father Clifford's assistant. He came to Rivet City a few years ago with his father but was abandoned. Father Clifford took Diego in, and the two have become like father and son. Diego assists Father Clifford with his church work and wants to be a priest when he gets older. He has strong feelings for Angela and spends much of his free time with her. However, he is also a devoted Catholic. Because she is only 16, he does everything he can to keep his feelings secret, although Angela sees right through him."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  14. The Courier: "How'd you end up in the Army?"
    O'Hanrahan: "Well, as it turns out, we had a string of bad harvests a few years back. Pa said he couldn't afford to feed but three youngins, or we'd starve. As the biggest one it was my job to go join the Army so's my sisters could eat and so's we wouldn't all be killed by raiders and Jesus would love us. It's all right, I guess. I don't like all the fighting we gotta do, though."
    (O'Hanrahan's dialogue)
  15. Survivor story: Rev. Delbert Winters
  16. Vault Dweller: "Are you a religious man, Fisher?"
    Caleb Fisher: "Once upon a time. It's hard to shake what you're brought up to believe since birth, no matter how bad this world turns."
    Vault Dweller: "How do you go from Amish to here?"
    Caleb Fisher: "After the war, my faith... wavered. Anyone could understand that. But to some in my community, it vindicated them. They believed their survival meant they walked the true path. I couldn't be among that mind set, so I used Rumspringa as my chance to leave."[verification needed]
  17. The Courier: "Sounds like a good deal."
    Joshua Graham: "In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is light in the darkness. Every day, we move closer to our judgment. We must do our best to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and teach others how to do the same. For many of us, the road is a difficult one, but the path is always there for us to follow, no matter how many times we may fall."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  18. The Courier: "Pray? God? What are you talking about?"
    Joshua Graham: "I am a New Canaanite. We believe we are the heirs of a spiritual tradition given to our ancestors thousands of years ago. We have made and kept covenants with our Lord, God, to honor his laws. In exchange, we are promised eternal salvation after this life. 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. That's why we trade with others and work the tribes. We have more than food and medicine to offer. Good news is our most valuable commodity."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  19. The Courier: "Huh. If you say so."
    Joshua Graham: "Whether there is a God or not, his existence doesn't depend on what you believe or what I say. There is much to be skeptical of in this world, so it no longer surprises me to learn how many people don't really believe in anything. But I believe that our Lord was made flesh as Jesus Christ and died to redeem me. And you. And the Sorrows. Even the White Legs. Everyone."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  20. The Courier: "No, and I don't really care."
    Joshua Graham: "Living in willful ignorance is an ugly thing, but God often speaks loudest in the wild places of his creation, like Zion. Zion is a place, and a state of being, that has been lost to us several times in the past. Each loss is a new fall of man. And after each fall, we weep in strange new lands and dream of Zion, dream of visiting vengeance upon those who took it from us. But this is the waking world in which we live. There is no need to cry, no need to dream. We can act now and stop the White Legs here."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  21. The Courier: "How did you survive?"
    Joshua Graham: "I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me. I fell down into that dark chasm, but the flame burned on and on. The next morning, I woke up and crawled out of the northern edge of the Grand Canyon, that cursed place. It took me three months to reach New Canaan. It was as though the prodigal son had returned. They welcomed me like I had never left, never done anything to shame them. The fire that had kept me alive was love. Their love. God's love. I will never be able to repay the debt I owe to them, but I must try."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  22. The Courier: "This conversation just got pretty dark. What was that about happy... dashing the little ones?"
    Joshua Graham: "Happy are those who do the work of the Lord. Zion belongs to God and the people of God. It is a natural temple and monument to his glory. When our Lord entered the temple and found it polluted by money-changers and beasts, did he ask them to leave? Did he cry? Did he simply walk away? No. He drove them out. It is one thing to forgive a slap across my cheek, but an insult to the Lord requires... no, it demands correction."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Courier: "Ha ha ha! Wait... you don't actually believe that, do you?"
    Joshua Graham: "I know it may be hard for you to accept or even to understand. In my heart, I believe that though I am a sinner, I have been saved. And I believe there is something beyond this rock and this air and this water around us, something more that is waiting for us. I have been baptized twice, once in water, once in flame. I will carry the fire of the holy spirit inside until I stand before my Lord for judgment."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  24. The Courier: "You'll get no argument from me. These White Legs are human garbage."
    Joshua Graham: "They're still God's children, but if they turn against their brothers and sisters, won't listen to reason... If they pollute the Lord's temples on Earth, like Zion, who are we to stand by and let them continue? Daniel does not yet see things the way we do. He is the John to our Matthew and Mark. When you have a moment, speak with him. There may still be time to save Zion from the White Legs, to keep God's children here, in this living temple."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  25. The Courier: "And what kind of tribe is that?"
    Joshua Graham: "God told Moses that the tribes of Cain would not be welcome in Zion. The White Legs are as close as I have seen, beyond hope, beyond redemption. But if the Sorrows die in a state of ignorance, their salvation may be delayed as well, passing from life in this world to a spiritual prison. We have a responsibilty to protect this place and those who have come to dwell in it. If you feel the same way, speak with Daniel. There may yet be time to save Zion from those who are too ignorant to understand what they have come to destroy."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  26. The Courier: "Hmm. Okay."
    Joshua Graham: "You're not so certain. Fair enough. We all have doubts. Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. But you can be a Thomas for now. Fight the White Legs enough and you'll see the truth. I just hope that by the time you understand, there will still be time to convince Daniel that we have to fight for Zion to save it, and the Sorrows."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  27. Joshua Graham: "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. Do you know what it means?"
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  28. John 1:5
  29. The Courier: "Salvation? From what, the wasteland?"
    Daniel: "A spiritual wasteland, yes. We believe that before this life, our souls existed elsewhere. And after we die, our souls will leave this world. During our time here, we have the burden of choice. The choices we make determine where we go in the spirit world, and how we will face judgment. 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."
    (Daniel's dialogue)
  30. The Courier: "What's your purpose here?"
    Blind Diode Jefferson: "Dig, I'm-a acoustical wizard, kid. Ol' Doc Mo used me to prototype his sonic weapon designs. Get me a good sample base to work from and I can whip up a wave that makes Jericho look like a kazoo."
    (Blind Diode Jefferson's dialogue)
  31. Ulysses: Taking your chances, coming here. Just like bringing the lord of Vegas his tribute, bending your knee to Old World ghosts. You and that Chip - deserve each other, twenty-nine less coins than other traitors have carried, if history's true. Now see the road the Old World paves... and what the lights of New Vegas promise, if they haven't blinded your eyes."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  32. The Whitespring bunker terminal entries; Cabinet room terminal, Meeting transcript - Entry 5.7.8 (partial)
  33. MIS 26 Speech.txt#TV evangelist
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