Writing Is A Bad Habit: Crystal Dragon Jesus! a.k.a. Religions In Fiction

So religion.  Always a touchy subject, right?  Let’s get one thing straight from the get go.  You do not need to deal with religion in your writing if you don’t want to.  However, you might not be able to avoid it, so we should have a talk about using religions, both real and fictional, in writing.

Maybe you want to simply approach a fictional culture in a realistic fashion, thus want to explore said culture’s faith and religion.  Maybe you are dealing with a historical, contemporary, or future Earth and feel a need to address the faiths of the time.  Maybe you want to deal directly with issues of faith and religion.  Whatever the reason, there are some guidelines you should keep in mind when you do introduce religion to your writing.