Orange Catholic Bible

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The Orange Catholic Bible, also known as the Koranjiyana Zenchristian Scriptures or Zenchristian Navakoran, is one of the most important religious texts in the Dune universe. The scriptures of Galactophasic Determinism, it is supposed to be a fusion of all significant religious thought in human history, viz "the Maometh Saari, Mahayana Christianity, Zensunni Catholicism and Buddislamic tradition". It was produced by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators in the wake of the Butlerian Jihad. According to the glossary in the paperback edition of Dune, its supreme commandment is considered to be "Thou shalt not disfigure the soul".

In Dune, Doctor Yueh gives Paul Atreides his copy of the OCB during their initial trip to Arrakis. This copy is a space-traveler's miniaturized edition of the tome, set in tiny print on fragile pages made from electrostatic film.

Books of the Orange Catholic Bible

(Fictional) These books are just the known ones mentioned in The Dune Encyclopedia (often considered canonical by fans, but not by Brian Herbert) and the Dune series; there may well be more.

Jewish books (derived from the Hebrew Bible)

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Laws
  • Promises
  • Kings
  • Refugees
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Preacher
  • Prophets

Note: Song of Songs was deliberately omitted.

Christian and Gnostic books (derived from the New Testament)

  • Gospel
  • Apostles
  • Epistles
  • Revelation

Islamic books

  • Saari (derived from the Qur’an)
  • Kalima (derived from the Qur’an)
  • Siret (derived from the Qur’an)
  • Masnavi
  • Traditions

Hindu and Buddhist books

  • Upanishads
  • Vedas
  • Puranas
  • Gita
  • Sutra
  • Bodhisatvara
  • Avatara
  • Eisai

Zensunni books

  • Koan Answers
  • Ohashi
  • Hui-Neng
  • Tao

Confucian books

  • Analects

Zoroastrian books

  • Pahlavi

Recent books

  • Arran
  • Blake Skul Visions
  • Revelations
  • Hymns
  • Holy Lives
  • Testimonies
  • Kimla Septima

Religions that contributed to the Orange Catholic Bible

Note: All these faiths are listed as contributors in The Dune Encyclopedia.

  • Astronomical Christian Observers
  • Baptismal Cosmotheists of Shingon
  • Belt Hypostatical Program
  • Ben Kalism in Gangshre
  • Black Vedantist Conclave
  • Church of the Holy Atta
  • Confucian Statists of the Imperium
  • Hasidislamic Union
  • Ikebana Shakitst Order of Anthos
  • Jerusalem Urbanite Citizens of Nework
  • Lican Universalism
  • Lutheran Amida Worshippers
  • Lutheran Catholic United Church
  • Muslim Fideists on the Naraj Worlds
  • New Philadelphia Friends Yearly Meeting
  • Palislamic Fellowship
  • Panafrican Reformed Churches in Union
  • Socratic Christian Dialoguists, IV Anbus
  • Space Baptist Mission, Poritrin
  • Sugislamic Congregationalists of Tupali
  • Taoist Pilgrims in Space
  • Tenri Kyo Science in the Galaxy
  • Tenth-Day Adventist Church of Rapide
  • The Ahmadiyah Christian Council
  • The Assemblies of Allah
  • The Bhakti Votaries
  • The Buddhist Pali Movement
  • The Buddislamic Christian Church of Sikun
  • The Buddislamic Jain Faith of Lankivek
  • The Calvinistic Genetical Determinant Elect Body, Incorporated
  • The Cape Separatist Union
  • The Cathloa Church of Erzulie
  • The Catholic Protestant Tribe of Deri
  • The Catholic Zenvestran Council
  • The Christian Zionist Pilgrims
  • The Church of Eurasia
  • The Church of Selene
  • The Congregation of Molitor
  • The Cosmic Charismatic Movement
  • The Cybernetic Reformed Churches
  • The Diasporic Council of Rabbis
  • The Ecumenical Sectarian Council
  • The Episcopalian Methodist Church
  • The Evangelical Missionary Campaign on Position I
  • The Faiths of Beulah
  • The Galacian Orthodox Church
  • The Galactic Spiritual Assembly of Bahais
  • The Great Mother Church
  • The Grummanian Orthodox Establishment
  • The Hasidic Lutheran Dynasty
  • The Hellenic Orthodox Ecclesia
  • The Hinayana Buddhist Way
  • The Jain Buddhist Assembly
  • The Jainite Foundation
  • The Jesuitical Evolutionist Church of Chardin
  • The Kubebe Cultists of Kosmos
  • The Latin Revivalist Ministers
  • The Mahayana Buddhist Union
  • The Mahayana Christian Temple of Enfeil
  • The Mahayana Lakavatara Friends of Truth
  • The Modified Hanuman Church of Sinj
  • The Muadh Quran Faithful of Caladan
  • The Navachristian Church of Chusuk
  • The Nebuloid Dervish Spire
  • The Neomaimonidist Rabbirate
  • The Ommanean Variationists (Reformed)
  • The Orange Protestant Army of True Believers
  • The Ortho-Catholic Circle of Sigma Draconis
  • The Orthodox Gregorian Chantry
  • The Ramakrishna Gospel Mission to Biarek
  • The Ray Space Worshippers
  • The Roman Catholic Episcopal Church
  • The Sacerdotal Hermeticists of Bela Tegeuse
  • The Servants of Light, Olaf
  • The Solarian Centrist Tradition
  • The Stellar Deist Watchment of Ix
  • The Sunni Orange Co-operative, Jaf’r
  • The Sunsufi Chapter of Kadrish
  • The Talmudic Zabur Followers, Salusa Secundus
  • The Tantric Rhythmists of Richese
  • The Tawrah Collegiate, Salusa Secundus
  • The Tendai Fundamentalist Church
  • The Terran Orthodox Church of Novenbruns Planet
  • The Thomasian Faith
  • The Unitarian Galactic Church
  • The United Church of Rossak
  • The United Moravian Assembly
  • The Universal Hindu Faith Headquarters, Hagal
  • The Universal Pantheist Religion
  • The Vatsyana Evangelical Mission, Position III
  • The Visionaries of Los
  • The Vudu Reformed Cult
  • The White Kirk of Maclean
  • The Zabulonian Mennonites
  • The Zen Baptist Union
  • The Zen Hekiganshu Faith of III Delta Pavonis
  • The Zenshintoist Imperial Church
  • The Zensunni Wanderers
  • Vivekrishnan Disciples
  • Zensunni Catholic Amalgamation
  • Zoroastrian Dualists of Tupile

Selected quotes from the Orange Catholic Bible

In the Dune Universe, many references are made to the Orange Catholic Bible, these are various quotes that illustrate the nature of the OCB, including how it pertains to the technophobia mindset, causing humans to become analytical devices. Also note that quotes may not be at the same chapter and verse they were in the source materials for the Orange Catholic Bible due to the text having been edited and condensed.

  • —and on the seventh day He rested. (Probably Exodus)
  • Thou shall not suffer a witch to live. (Derived from: Exodus 22:18 In the Old Testament)
  • The meek shall inherit the universe. (Probably Psalms and quoted in Gospel)
  • In the beginning was the word and the word was God. (Probably Gospel)
  • From water does all life begin. (4:67 Kalima)
  • Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and has powers of reality. (22 Kalima)
  • And I beheld another beast coming up out of the sand; and he had two horns like a lamb, but his mouth was fanged and fiery as the dragon and his body shimmered and burned with great heat while it did hiss like a serpent. (Probably Arran and soon before the following quote. This could also be a translation from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament.)
  • Thou didst divide the sand by thy strength; Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the desert. Yea, I behold thee as a beast coming up from the dunes; thou hast the horns of the lamb, but thou speakest as the dragon. (Arran 11:4)
  • Law and duty are one; so be it. But remember these limitations—Thus are you never fully self-conscious. Thus are you always less than an individual. (61 Revelations)
  • Behold, O Man, you can create life. You can destroy life. But, lo, you have no choice but to experience life. And therein lies both your greatest strength and your greatest weakness. (Kimla Septima 5:3)
  • There are many degrees of sight, and many degrees of blindness... Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us? What is there around us that we cannot—
  • Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
  • Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a man's mind. (Probably a play on the Decalogue in the Hebrew Bible.)
  • Thou shalt not disfigure the soul.
  • Only God can make living, sentient creatures.
  • Any sin can be ascribed, at least in part, to a natural bad tendency that is an extenuating circumstance acceptable to God.
  • Paradise on my right, Hell on my left and the Angel of Death behind.
  • Blindness can take many forms other than the inability to see. Fanatics are often blinded in their thoughts. Leaders are often blinded in their hearts.
  • You of fearful heart, be strong and fear not. Behold, your God will come with a vengeance; He will come and save you from the worshipers of machine.
  • Some Lies are easier to believe than the truth.
  • Beware the seeds you sow and the crops you reap. Do not curse God for the punishment you inflict upon yourself.
  • Knowledge is pitiless.
  • Fate and Hope only rarely speak the same language.

Selected quotes from the Commission of Ecumenical Translators’ Orange Catholic Bible Commentaries

  • Men, finding no answers to the sunnan [the ten thousand religious questions from the Shari-ah] now apply their own reasoning. All men seek to be enlightened. Religion is but the most ancient and honorable way in which men have striven to make sense out of God's universe. Scientists seek the lawfulness of events. It is the task of Religion to fit man into this lawfulness.
  • When law and religious duty are one, your selfdom encloses the universe.
  • Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
  • The Universe is God's. It is one thing, a wholeness against which all separations may be identified. Transient life, even that self-aware and reasoning life which we call sentient, holds only fragile trusteeship on any portion of the wholeness.
  • Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you've always known.

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