The Orange Catholic Bible (or OC Bible or OCB for short), also known as the Accumulated Book, was one of the most important religious texts in the known universe.
It was supposed to be a fusion of all significant religious thought in human history, with a strong emphasis on religious beliefs originating on Earth. These included the Maometh Saari, Mahayana Christianity, Zensunni Catholicism, and Budislamic traditions. It was produced by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators in the wake of the Butlerian Jihad. Its supreme commandment was:
"Thou shalt not disfigure the soul."
Devotees of the Orange Catholic Bible
Among the more prominent devotees of the Orange Catholic Bible were:
Selected Quotes from the Commission's Orange Catholic Bible Commentaries
- — and on the seventh day He rested.
- Thou shall not suffer a witch to live.
- The meek shall inherit the universe.
- 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.
- Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.
- Thou shalt not disfigure the soul.
- 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.
- Paradise on my right, Hell on my left and the Angel of Death behind.
- Some Lies are easier to believe than the truth.
- Knowledge is pitiless.
- Fate and Hope only rarely speak the same language.
- Beware the seeds you sow and the crops you reap. Do not curse God for the punishment you inflict upon yourself.
- Psalm 29
- 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? (5.44)
Behind the Scenes
The date of the compilation of the OCB has not been established by Herbert, although according to Sisterhood of Dune, it was compiled in 25 BG. Also, no explicit listing of the books contained within the Orange Catholic Bible are given in the Dune novels, although The Dune Encyclopedia provides such a list.
The Orange Catholic Bible is said to have been a book of only 1800 pages.
"Orange" appears to be an etymological corruption of the part of the official designation, Koranjiyana, using only the first two syllables and dropping the first consonant.
In other media
In Denis Villeneuve's 2021 Dune: Part One, Gurney Halleck is seen reading the Orange Catholic Bible and quotes from it several times, as he did in the novel (The book prop Josh Brolin is seen holding as Gurney in the movie is a copy of "Vier Bücher vom wahren Christenthum" by 16th century German theologian Johann Arndt). The name "Orange Catholic Bible" isn't mentioned on screen. Villeneuve admitted that he scripted the scene from the novel of Dr. Yueh giving Paul his wife's old copy, explaining in dialogue that it is the "Orange Catholic Bible", but it was cut for time and pacing reasons.