The role of religion and the philosophy shaping cultural belief figure prominently in the Trilogy. The dividing line between the two is unclear just as it is in real life.
The main figures in the Trilogy, good and bad, have a direct connection with the Catholic Church. I am not a Catholic, but since the Catholic Church is the only Christian denomination with an institutional memory dating back to the birth of Jesus Christ and the history of man along the way since, I have elected to feature the Church prominently. The description of the Church is partially invent, though some is accurate at least as described by Catholic ex-girlfriends, especially those who attended parochial schools. There are various views of the Roman Catholic faith represented by those who are themselves raised in the faith in the novels. Some detest the Church as voodoo and mythology, while two of the main characters are devout; others are “cafeteria Catholics” while others adhere nominally to the faith, but have in every other respect severed their ties almost entirely. They do like Christmas, as do I.
Those severing ties almost completely are not simply atheists or agnostics; belief in God is irrelevant. They simply believe that organized religion does more harm than good. Not just Catholics, but all religions.
For the record, I am a Deist, have no dispute with the Church, am an ardent admirer the Jesuit Order dating back to my University days. My regard, respect and admiration for the Jesuit Order has remained strong all my life.
I have respect for what the Church has accomplished, but will acknowledge they have much to atone for. The institution has endured and continues to do good and ill.
My Deism acknowledges the existence of an infinite and unknowable God, does not believe in mystic miracles, and God simply lets us exist as we will. There is no such thing as “God’s will”; moral code in man-made. This is not the God of Christians, Muslims and Jews.
However, in my life I have experienced phenomena that I believe proves the existence of God in my life; without God, I find it hard to explain life.
The Trilogy introduces Immortal beings and while they may appear to be some sort of substitute for God as we understand God in our various monotheistic iterations, it is not the character I intend. This Immortal acts more like a gods of ancient Rome as this Immortal reveals itself over time.
The existence of any theology in the Trilogy relates to the issue of the relationship between humanity and God, the issue raised in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. What does God, the Creator, owe to humanity, the created?
There is probably either no answer or a thousand answers, but there is conflict between those who believe, those who do not believe, and those who believe that something is out there, but do not know what.
I am also an ardent believer in science and the scientific method, but not as applied to religion. The two are different issues in my mind and the two schools should stop slandering each other. When science can explain the Big Bang in its entirety, and what was going on before it, and can explain how life came about from this event, I’ll be happy to listen and perhaps rethink my beliefs.
Too much devotion to the scientific method is just as dangerous in my mind as too much adherence to Scripture as being fact.
Contrariwise, the Universe is not five or six thousand years old. The Bible is metaphorical, not literal, and I believe that what most folk think. My father, an old Testament fundamentalist, taught me this as a child though his lesson took decades to impact my life.
I believe you can be a card-carrying scientist who attends church every Sunday without contradiction.
I have had two mystic experiences with God, so I am a believer. But organized religion is where I draw the line.
Religion and Science writ large are not in conflict with each other and the fools on each side of the divide shouting at each other should stop.