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« Reply #15: February 22, 2008, 10:25:23 am »


What makes something a *god* to you?  What characteristics are essential?

Do they change, or are they stagnant?

What restrictions are there on who can worship this god, if any?

I recall getting into a heated discussion of this on the old board ... from my point of view, there are two different definitions of "a god."

One is a definition of nature: a powerful, noncorporeal and probably immortal being with perception and abilities far beyond the human.

The other is a definition of role: a being who takes on worshipers, accepts prayers and offerings, gives guidance and emotional/spiritual support, and lays down rules.

The difference between these two definitions is something like the difference between the words "woman" and "wife." Thus, in my view, an entity could be a god in the first sense but not the second sense, if it had no interaction (or no desire for interaction) with mortals. And a mortal being could theoretically become a god in the second sense, though I doubt they would be any good at it.

Oh, that brings up another question: do you believe it is possible, hypothetically, for gods to be bad/incompetent at being gods?
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