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Religion in Cyberpunk


Most cyberpunks are agnostics, atheists, or neo-pagan, and don't believe in any supernatual phenomena. They are intelligent free-minded technocrats and love their free life and machines more.

Those cyberpunks who identify with a religious affiliation tend to be relaxed about it, hostile to organized religion in general and all forms of religious bigotry in particular. Many enjoy `parody' religions such as Discordianism and the Church of the SubGenius.

Those who are religious, are seldom Christian. They tend to lean towards Zen Buddhism and to a lesser degree to Taoism. Often more than one religion is found in a single cyberpunk. Believe in technology creates also some kind of "new religion" of technopaganism and technoshamanism.

There is a definite strain of mystical, almost Gnostic sensibility that shows up even among those cyberpunks not actively involved with neo- or techno-paganism, Discordianism, or Zen. For example, hacker folklore pays homage to `wizards' and speaks of incantations and demons. It has too much psychological truthfulness about it to be entirely a joke.


Technopaganism and Technoshamanism
Introduction to technopaganism and technoshamanism.

Portrait of J. Random Hacker: Religion
"Religion" section in a random hacker's portrait.

Religion in Cyberpunk Science Fiction

New Future, Same Questions
By Katherine Sibley Angus.

The Place of Religion in Neuromancer
By Keith Feldman.

Voodoo in William Gibson's Neuromancer Trilogy
Voodoo and cyberspace.

Divine Accomodations
The Burning Bush and Other Divine Accomodations, by George P. Landow.

Neuromancer Afterlife
By Joshua Conterio.

Alternative Consciousnesses: A "Case" Study
By William Peña.



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