On Turning Away From Zeus…

I just came across a Facebook posting wherein a true (Christian) believer was lamenting the sorry state of America, asserting it was all because we, or some of us anyway, had “turned away from God”.

I began to chortle but, when you get to thinking about such a contention, it begins to make sense.  Seriously. Permit me to explain.

Archaeologists, historians, and comparative religion scholars have identified roughly 20,000 distinct deities that have been created by humankind since we split from our hominid cousins some 200 millennia ago, all to explain what we couldn’t then understand and to instill meaning in life beyond the daily struggle to survive.

Think about that. Americans largely focus on only one god, and a quite recent one to the banquet at that. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the chances against picking the correct deity out of that tangle are pretty darned high and, in fact, the odds are only one in 20,000 that the vast majority of Americans have chosen the correct one to worship.

Ergo, it is not just possible, but incredibly probable, the aforementioned believer was correct, albeit not quite in the way she so self-righteously assumed.

Or not.

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4 responses to “On Turning Away From Zeus…

  1. John Shuey

    Interesting post. Whether God or gods exist, I leave to others. But the odds that any one person correctly understands the nature of either are slim.

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