Now, I’ve always said that imagination is very closely tied to irreligion—for me, it gave the imagination to imagine God not being real. In this NPR list, it turns out that many non-religious or irreligious authors are among the most loved in the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. Granted, it is on NPR, so we would need to take into account liberal bias (i.e. more liberals voting their favorite books) and it really doesn’t say much about my argument that fostering imagination can lead to less religion. Nonetheless, I find it exciting. One thing I am trying to figure out: where is the Chronicles of Narnia?
Of course nobody can beat Tolkien, so he obviously has the top spot (he was very religious). But in the top 10 alone, we have: Frank Hubert, Orwell, Asimov, Huxley, Neil Gaiman. Considering about 8-9 out of 10 people are religious, that’s exciting in my opinion.