Here are just threereligions which were once prevalent in their localities and times
(you would have belonged to them if you’d lived there and then) that have completely
There were over sixty different Norse Gods with names from Aegir (God of the sea)
through the alphabet to Vor (Goddess who knows all) each of whom lived in a ‘Realm’
with names from Alfheim to Yggdrasill. Worship usually took place around a stone
altar in the home. One eye-witness account tells of the sacrifice of a slave-girl
who volunteered to accompany her Lord to Valhalla, their ‘next world’.Wikipedia
The Egyptian religion lasted for thousands of years in pre-Roman times. Although
they may have worshipped only one god at a time, they had more than sixty over the
period. Some were thought to be Creators. Many gods and goddesses had an animal form
and there was an underworld presided over by Osiris. Pharaohs were deified after
death and their mummified bodies were supposed to be launched to the abode of the
gods from their pyramid tombs.Wikipedia
The Aztecs had over one hundred gods. Practically
everything they came into contact with, from salt to
fire, had a god. They adopted and combined several
traditions into their own and therefore had several
Isn’t it noticeable how many similarities there are? Creators, Catastrophes, Heavens.
Could there be a human need to write a story of existence and weave in comforting
wishes? Our very lives are a narrative so we like a good tale.
There are many thousands of other dead religions; the Romans had numerous gods which
they worshipped in Latin, one of the thousands of dead languages (about 100 were
based on US soil alone). Each one was spoken by a society which, doubtless, had a
religion that died when their language died. Also doubtless, all the priests of the
dead religions hoodwinked their congregations for centuries and lived comfortable
Ifbeliefs can become extinct does this mean
that religions are just ideas in men’s heads that die
when they change their minds (as when Cassius
Clay changed from Christian to Muslim and became
Muhammad Ali) or when the men die themselves?
Don’t you think that, until there is
convincing evidence supporting the existence of a god, religions should be regarded
Is God a Him?
Have you ever wondered why many languages assign a gender to inanimate objects? It
sounds strange to English ears to hear others talking about a male chair and a female
table, doesn’t it? In Spanish a zebra is feminine while a cheetah is masculine whatever
their actual sex!
Well, this probably originated in the early days of language development when people
assumed that everything had a ‘spirit’ living inside it. They decided that macho
things, like ‘sword’, should be male and things associated with women, such as ‘home’,
should be female.
This projection of humanqualities on to non-human things is known as anthropomorphism.
Film-makers often indulge in anthropomorphism when they voice-over an animal character
or refer to the human feelings they imagine it to have.
When supernatural beings were initially being imagined, mankind naturally assumed
they would be either Gods or Goddesses. So, your god is whichever sex you wish him
to be, including neuter!
The Christian god is supposed to be a father, so the assumption is that he is a male
and, since he first became popular in the northern Mediterranean, he has often been
depicted by artists as having a Caucasian appearance.
Don’t you agree that gods and religions are obviously human inventions?