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Author Topic: "Bring back the Greek gods"  (Read 4470 times)
Altair
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« Reply #1: October 27, 2007, 01:04:31 pm »

The L.A. Times had an op-ed article on Oct. 23rd from Dr. Mary Lefkowitz, professor emerita at Wellesley College. In it, she argues for a return to polytheism, but her reasons are some I haven't seen often discussed in quite that way.


Definitely thought-provoking. I agreed with a lot, was more skeptical of other claims (particularly the idea that polytheism encourages more philosophical and scientific inquiry; there are plenty of Muslim, Hebrew, and Christian scholars to disprove that).

I think of religion as the operating system for the human mind: We all get essentially the same raw data, but we make sense of it in very different ways. As Lefkowitz suggests, polytheistic "operating systems" have a lot of advantages in today's world, which is probably why I'm a polytheist (albeit a very "soft" one).

What's most interesting to me is that we humans seem to need an operating system in the first place. We seem to need to put a story to the world around us and our own lives. It may very well be a fundamental aspect of being human.
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