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Concerning the various theological debates held in this forum-
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Why must all discussion about religion include the word God in its singular form? Shouldn't we consider the posibility of a pantheon of Gods, or must every discussion be about the Abrahamic conception of God?
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I suppose that has something to do with the one true God belief.
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Why must all discussion about religion include the word God in its singular form? Shouldn't we consider the posibility of a pantheon of Gods, or must every discussion be about the Abrahamic conception of God?
I think it's due to some individuals' unrealistic expectation of perfection, that inspired them into making the entitlement claim of a single perfect being that rules all. In other words the Abrahamic conception of God is fundamentally self-serving and selfish, IMHO.
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I do not buy into God or religion if I had a preference for Viking gods would be nice.
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I do not buy into God or religion if I had a preference for Viking gods would be nice.


Viking Gods are too, I don't know, dreary and fatalistic. I prefer the Greek Gods, they were rather creative in their punishments and their love lives.
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I don't like to use the word God unless I am refering to a monotheistic religion. I rather use the concept of diety then God...
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I don't like to use the word God unless I am refering to a monotheistic religion. I rather use the concept of diety then God...


Diety is also singular- suggesting a rather monotheistic approach to religion.
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It's probably just cultural. In Western culture, the concept of a deity is very much Judeo-Christian, with some Islam thrown in. When we are taught of "gods" it tends to be in the context of Greek/Roman/Norse etc. mythology, emphasising that they are stories rather than beliefs.

The excption to this is Hinduism, though I have always been under the impression that even that is actually monotheistic and the various "gods" are merely different aspects of a single being (though I may have misunderstood that.)
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It's probably just cultural. In Western culture, the concept of a deity is very much Judeo-Christian, with some Islam thrown in. When we are taught of "gods" it tends to be in the context of Greek/Roman/Norse etc. mythology, emphasising that they are stories rather than beliefs.

The excption to this is Hinduism, though I have always been under the impression that even that is actually monotheistic and the various "gods" are merely different aspects of a single being (though I may have misunderstood that.)


Hindooism, as we all well know, if we are ever blest with the great misfortune of meeting the Hare Krishna or similiar groups, are seperated into a multitude of sects, each divergent in theology. I am sure that while some may be monotheistic, and other pantheistic, many others can be straight out polytheistic.
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But, Mafoo, dear sir, you do make a great point in the emphasis on Mythology: Books on the religion of Hindoos, Chinese, Japanese, and of several, still living, religions are often described as 'Books of So-and-So Mythology'.
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maffoo wrote:

It's probably just cultural. In Western culture, the concept of a deity is very much Judeo-Christian, with some Islam thrown in. When we are taught of "gods" it tends to be in the context of Greek/Roman/Norse etc. mythology, emphasising that they are stories rather than beliefs.

The excption to this is Hinduism, though I have always been under the impression that even that is actually monotheistic and the various "gods" are merely different aspects of a single being (though I may have misunderstood that.)


No you're right on the money. All deity are merely manifestations of God, as it is known in West, but in Hinduism the concept of God means the "Ultimate Reality." Every diety has a sect that worships them, so that all the manifestations of God are satisfied even the manifestations that are considered "dark" or "evil" in the West. For example the Aghori:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOP0psCtRno&feature=player_embedded#!
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Versailles89 wrote:

I don't like to use the word God unless I am refering to a monotheistic religion. I rather use the concept of diety then God...


Diety is also singular- suggesting a rather monotheistic approach to religion.


Yes, I agree to some point.
In my opinion it depends on how you as an idividual interpreters the word. When I hear 'God' I think of the monotheistic religions but if somebody says 'diety' I immediately thinks of nature or something less definable then God.
When I grew up my teachers used God when refering to Christianity or Islam and Diety when talking about Hindu, Shinto, the Norse belief and other nature based religions so I guess I define diety more polytheistic then monotheistic.
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orangeflute wrote:

Why must all discussion about religion include the word God in its singular form? Shouldn't we consider the posibility of a pantheon of Gods, or must every discussion be about the Abrahamic conception of God?
I think it's due to some individuals' unrealistic expectation of perfection, that inspired them into making the entitlement claim of a single perfect being that rules all. In other words the Abrahamic conception of God is fundamentally self-serving and selfish, IMHO.


Are we still dealing in pseudo-psychological judgments, Dom?

It's a simple fact that the majority of people on this forum believe in a singular god or no god at all. Thus when we discuss theology, it usually centers on the Judeo-Christian deity.
Posted 6/2/10 , edited 6/2/10

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DomFortress wrote:


orangeflute wrote:

Why must all discussion about religion include the word God in its singular form? Shouldn't we consider the posibility of a pantheon of Gods, or must every discussion be about the Abrahamic conception of God?
I think it's due to some individuals' unrealistic expectation of perfection, that inspired them into making the entitlement claim of a single perfect being that rules all. In other words the Abrahamic conception of God is fundamentally self-serving and selfish, IMHO.


Are we still dealing in pseudo-psychological judgments, Dom?

It's a simple fact that the majority of people on this forum believe in a singular god or no god at all. Thus when we discuss theology, it usually centers on the Judeo-Christian deity.
More like I question their belief which seem to based on their concept of God. And what better place for me to start than Rene Descartes, with his "I think therefore I am"?

As a devoted Catholic, when Descartes came up with his proposition of skepticism, he however deliberately left out one single belief of his without a doubt; the concept of the existence of a perfect God through rationalization. Therefore subsequently his philosophical proposition of "Cogito ergo sum" was in actuality a circular statement in defense of creationism. And personally I have a problem with reactionary thinking based on self-preservation; its logic is full of self-contradiction and tends to reject reality.
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DomFortress wrote:


leviathan343 wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


orangeflute wrote:

Why must all discussion about religion include the word God in its singular form? Shouldn't we consider the posibility of a pantheon of Gods, or must every discussion be about the Abrahamic conception of God?
I think it's due to some individuals' unrealistic expectation of perfection, that inspired them into making the entitlement claim of a single perfect being that rules all. In other words the Abrahamic conception of God is fundamentally self-serving and selfish, IMHO.


Are we still dealing in pseudo-psychological judgments, Dom?

It's a simple fact that the majority of people on this forum believe in a singular god or no god at all. Thus when we discuss theology, it usually centers on the Judeo-Christian deity.
More like I question their belief which seem to based on their concept of God. And what better place for me to start than Rene Descartes, with his "I think therefore I am"?

As a devoted Catholic, when Descartes came up with his proposition of skepticism, he however deliberately left out one single belief of his without a doubt; the concept of the existence of a perfect God through rationalization. Therefore subsequently his philosophical proposition of "Cogito ergo sum" was in actuality a circular statement in defense of creationism. And personally I have a problem with reactionary thinking based on self-preservation; its logic is full of self-contradiction and tends to reject reality.


well...yes, Descartes was famous for rejecting our concept of reality, but what does that have to do with the quesion of the belief of a god?

On Topic: (OP) Most people in this part of the world tend to only know about the major religions, which is why they can only critique the major religions. So Greek gods, Viking gods, African gods,ect. are not well known so they are generally not discussed. But if u know anything about them your welcome to start a thread, i'll be happy to learn more about gods of other cultures. peace over war
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