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"god is a human concept that has nothing to do with spirituality."
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The worship of or belief in more than one god.
from Greek polutheos, polytheistic : polu-, poly- + theos, god.]
- pol´ythe´ist noun
- pol´ytheis´tic adjective
Polytheism, belief in the existence of many gods or divine beings. It has been widespread in human cultures, past and present, and has taken many forms. Natural forces or objects have been identified with deities, as have plants and animals. The assumption of human forms and characteristics by divine beings (anthropomorphism) also is virtually a universal feature of polytheism. Many polytheistic religions, such as Hinduism and ancient Egyptian religion, tend toward monotheism, the belief in and worship of one god or divine power, and polytheistic beliefs and practices sometimes coexist with an essentially monotheistic theology.
deism: animism, pantheism, polytheism, henotheism, monotheism, dualism
Political Events, 363
The emperor Julian sustains a mortal wound June 26 in a battle with the Persians. The last champion of polytheism, he is succeeded by the captain of his imperial bodyguard, Flavius Iovianus, 32, who will reign for 7 months as the emperor Jovian.
since there is no objective truth, and everything is a shared and consensual hallucination, my preference is that of polytheism.
monotheism came about in wanting an answer. we ask questions, and we want a comforting, soothing caretaker. so we invent a version of reality and force it down others' throats. the "god" of monotheism is defined as all knowing, all seeing, all enveloping. i simply laugh at this notion. it's just bad taste, like bad art.
others excuse this infantilism by claiming that there is a "god within". hogwash. i'd rather live in a world where each defines their own deities. they do anyway. the wars and arguments start when one claims their version to be some sort of objective truth.
i say instead, let's fuck with the gods and goddesses.
- @Om* 11/11/01
The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad
"One of the longest experiments in history, the approximately 3,000-year-old Eastern ideology of Oneness, was first developed in the Upanishads. . . . The failure of its renunciate morality to diminish self-centeredness is a powerful statement that something is amiss. . . . It is our contention that this morality has failed not because there is something wrong with people, but because the framework constructs ideals that are impossible to achieve, thus setting people up for failure and self-mistrust."
"The ideal of enlightenment at first blush seems completely innocent of human corruption because it is defined as being totally selfless. Yet it is this sacrosanct concept of perfection that allows authoritarianism to manifest, and indeed flourish."
"Monotheism with one god on top is obviously authoritarian. The authoritarianism embedded within the Eastern ideology of Oneness is less obvious. . . . Whereas monotheism makes the revealed Word of god sacred, Eastern religions make presumed enlightened beings sacred. Thus the concept of enlightenment brings authoritarianism at the personal, charismatic level (gurus, masters, avatars, and buddhas)."
"Accepting selflessness as the highest value is where the insidious authoritarianism of the old order unwittingly seeps into many modern paradigms that attempt to be new."
With god on their side
Don't expect sweetness and light from the US government's latest religious phase, writes Duncan Campbell
Tuesday March 5, 2002
On his recent visit to China, "President" Bush informed his hosts that "95% of Americans", including the president, believed in god. While those figures may be accurate in the same way that the Florida presidential election results in 2000 were accurate, he is right in saying that a much larger percentage of Americans believe in god, heaven and hell than most other nationalities do.
The attorney general John Ashcroft, who comes from the Pentecostal wing of the christian church, informed a recent gathering of christian broadcasters that "civilised people - Muslims, christians and Jews - all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the creator." Since the current war is being fought on behalf of "civilisation", this would seem to indicate that those 5% who do not believe in God should now also be classified as the enemy.
Certainly, faith in god has often been linked to patriotism in the US through the pledge of allegiance, which contains the words "I pledge allegiance to the flag ... one nation under god." But god is, in fact, a relative newcomer to the pledge and was only included in it because of a right-wing religious lobby's efforts during the McCarthyite era.
The original pledge was written in 1892 by a Baptist socialist minister, Francis Bellamy, and was first published in a magazine called the Youth's Companion. The magazine's editor had hired Bellamy after the latter had been sacked by his church for delivering controversial socialist statements from the pulpit. Bellamy had even considered including the word "equality" in the pledge but knew that the state superintendents of education would be unwilling to endorse something that hinted at equal rights for women and blacks.
It was more than 60 years later, in 1954, that Congress, at the height of the anticommunist McCarthy period, added the words "under god" following a campaign by a rightwing Catholic organisation, the Knights of Columbus. Bellamy's grand-daughter later said that Bellamy would have resented the words being added, not least because at the end of his life he had become disenchanted with organised religion and had stopped attending church in Florida because of racial bigtory.
I learned all this from a reader's letter in the Santa Ynez Valley News. The person who wrote the letter, Jim Farnum, turned out to be a local businessman and community activist in the small town of Los Olivos, in southern California. He explained that many Americans believed that the pledge had been written by the founding fathers.
What is disturbing about the way in which people's beliefs - or lack of them - are being drafted into the national debate is the level of assumptions that are taking place. The "civilised people" in John Ashcroft's phrase and the 95 per cent of the president's believers include many who are highly selective about the commandments they obey - thou shalt not kill being the most obvious example.
But perhaps an indication of the dangers inherent in marrying church to state came from a very unexpected source over the weekend: the late President Nixon, who himself had come to power in the wave of 50s McCarthyism. Nixon received much succour during his time in office and his prosecution of the Vietnam war from evangelist Billy Graham, perhaps the one person seen as closest to god by Americans and a man who threw his weight behind the war in Vietnam.
The release of old tape-recorded conversations between the two men reveal Graham to have been an antisemite and a hypocrite. Graham talked about what he saw as a Jewish domination of the media and complained about the way Jews "swarm" around him: "this stranglehold has got to be broken down or this country's going down the drain," he told the then president, who agreed with him and complained that he could not say so in public.
"But if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do somthing," said Graham, who apologised last weekend for his remarks, which he did not recall making. Interesting what "civilised" people get up to when they think no one is listening.
In a sense the network takes the ritual place of the gods. As Gil writes, 'the gods can do what people can't do. They can make energy circulate freely, since they embody both loose and overcoded energy, the loosest and most overcoded of all'. This is why we still find magic - or at least something that is effectively like magic - at the heart of any exercise of power. Thus the importance of Chris Chesher’s concepts of ‘invocational media’ and ‘invocational aesthetic’ within computing. Indeed, the ambiguity of the relations between ‘secular’ and variations of ‘spiritualist’ magic have long been an under-recognised part of media/technological development (as recently documented with regard to the nineteenth development of the cinema and the entertainment industries in general by Simon During).
- Andrew Murphie - _When Fibre Meets Fibre – Networking As Ritual Meeting Of Body, Brain & Technics
_Courtald Talks_ (1989) by Killing
Joke - Jaz
Coleman delivers a monologue and is eventually backed by constant percussion
and sporadic guitar. His talk on demonology and numerology suggests that only
the present day magician
(sometimes masquerading as musician,) can hope to survive the imminent arrival
of the "elder gods."
"It does me no injury for my neighbor
to say there are twenty gods, or no god." -