On Western polytheism

30 06 2010

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With these points, we can come to a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the history of Western polytheism. While different forces were in fact given different names, these ‘gods’ were ultimately part of a common unity. They became more separate only after becoming more human. Similarly, the Western Christian God has evolved to become increasingly ‘personal,’ and abstract. He has been increasingly divorced from his creation, seen less in our world but rather more confined to the heavens. While the ultimate fall of the ‘paganisms’ lay in the gods becoming too human, Christianity has been made abstract to the point of becoming obsolete in the eyes of secular humanists for example, who claim to follow its values but call themselves atheists.