© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
City of Bones

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

Religion Theme

Religion factors in everyone's life, whether you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, or anything in between. You have your own beliefs (or don't), and you interact with people of different beliefs on a daily basis. City of Bones is no different, but it has a surprise or two up its sleeve. In a world filled with angels and demons, settings in some fabulous churches, and allusions to the Good Book itself, you might expect more references to Christianity sprinkled like Holy Water throughout the book's pages. But you won't get them. These are some of the most secular angels you'll ever meet. And Jace is losing his religion faster than you can say Michael Stipe.

Questions About Religion

  1. In what ways is Shadowhunter mythology similar to Christian beliefs? How does it differ?
  2. What is the significance of Clary's dream, heavy in religious imagery, in Chapter 5?
  3. Why don't Shadowhunters associate themselves with any particular religion?
  4. What does it mean that the Institute seems to be housed in an abandoned holy building?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Clary shouldn't judge Jace for his belief that God doesn't care, because she's never been in a church herself.

Jace's anger at losing his father is being projected onto God himself because he feels helpless.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement