Saturday, February 25, 2006

Did The Gods Mellow?

My slight acquaintance with classical mythology suggests the gods visited fairly stern punishments on those who disobeyed or otherwise got on the wrong side of them. Yet I get the impression that most of those here who do look to deities don't go in fear of their patrons.

If you believe in/look to/worship a deity or deities do they have an established mythos? If so, were they always benevolent towards their devotees or was there a risk of incurring divine displeasure with fearsome consequences? Is that still the case and if not, what changed? Did the gods mellow? Did the ancients attribute misfortune to them that was none of their doing? Has their power simply waned while their worship was eclipsed by Christianity? Something else entirely?

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