An Article of Faith

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Title: An Article of Faith
Author(s): April Pentland
Date(s): 1977
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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An Article of Faith is a Star Trek: TOS story by April Pentland.

It was published in the print zine Interphase #4.


Mevran Al-Azar has committed the sacrilege of stealing from the ElIysians their Temple of Tendra-Galing. When the Enterprise captures the lady pirate along with the temple, McCoy finds himself strangely drawn to her. When Kirk is injured it is Mevran who uses the power of the temple to help McCoy save his life.

Reactions and Reviews

Second is a very good story, 'An Article of Faith.' This story deals with the theft and return of a priceless alien artifact, which when coupled with human faith, has strange powers. The story takes several interesting if not down right shocking twists and if the story quality deteriorates a bit toward the end, it is more than compensated for by the plot twists. [1]
Enterprise pursues thieves who have made off with the entire Temple of the Ellysians, which those people credit with maintaining the peace and perfection of their disease and violence-free planet. Despite a plot based on mysticism (the temple turns out to be some kind of lens that captures and uses the power of faith), which is always annoying to me, the story is well-plotted with nice twists and has excellent characterization both of the familiar and new folks. Points, too, for having the beautiful thief fall for McCoy, the only one aboard who seems immune to her charms, rather than the Captain. [2]


  1. from The Sehlat's Roar #5
  2. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex