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Religions: Mythos vs. Ethos

To: soc.religion.paganism
From: "Scathach's Sojourner" 
Subject: Re: Religions:  Mythos vs. Ethos
Date: 22 Mar 1997 18:13:12 -0600

Sean East wrote:

> Actually, the "Light-bringer" was never a "god" but an angel of the
> highest power. There are still many angels (and demons) but never have
> they been given the authority or status of God.  The "younger god" who
> was crucified was risen again and never really eliminated from the scene.
> He was not really a younger god however but a manifestation of the same
> diety, just in a different form.
> S.>

	This kind of commentary really evidences a tired naivite that should be
put to rest by a bit of study.  If you examine the record of the texts
of Israel, as well as the historical context of those texts, and the
theories of source criticism, historical criticism, et. al., what you
discover is a pantheon of gods beneath the texts as subtexts.  I am
really not interested in proof texting, as it just becomes a tired game,
nor am I really interested in teaching, as I find my general enthusiasm
for educating Christians about their texts to be waning, but I would
just point out in passing that the roots of modern Judaism and modern
Christianity share the understanding of a council of heavenly gods and a
main god, El, who is often described in terms much akin to Ba'al.  In
fact, Saul's children were named with names which honored Ba'al.  So,
this imaginary line of demarcation between Christianity and a pantheon
of Gods (as in the first testament) or in relation to a dying and rising

god (as in middle eastern mythos in general) or in relation to a younger
god and a light bringer (as in greek mythos, among others) is really
	Best wishes, nonetheless,


Whoever undertakes to set himself up
as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is
shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
		 -Albert Einstein

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