In Parable of the Sower, Richard Moss has put together his own form of religion that narrator Lauren calls a mix between Old Testament teachings and traditional West African religion. His religion is predicted on the idea that men are meant by the god Moss worships to be patriarchs who have vast holdings and are the rulers, as well as protectors, of women. For this reason, Moss believes and advocates that a man may take as many women as wives and children as his wealth can support. In keeping with this, Richard Moss, himself, has three wives. Their names, from first acquired to last, are Karen, Natalie and Zahra. Karen came first and Richard is lawfully wedded to her, as Lauren says, "Karen is the one with the marriage license." Natalie came second when Karen had three children. Two more children later, he found Zahra as a homeless teen and took her home as his third wife.