posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 12:15 PM
I think what is really interesting here is that we may be witnessing a cyclical event when it comes to monotheism vs polytheism. That in a time so
completely blanketed (in the Western World) by Judeo-Christian ethics, in which we see an increasing saturation into our tenets of democracy, you
also see in a younger group an emergence of pagan sensibility.
I do not proport to say this is a mainstream thought, but something that I have witnessed growing in popularity. Although this may have been the case
for some time, I am only recently noticing these "arcane" systems of beliefs have found a more profound voice amongst my peers.
Our highly touted democracy did not begin with the age of enlightenment, nor with the Declaration of Independence. This is not a new idealology at
all. Our Greco-Roman predecessors carried many of the same societal values, but in the confines of a polytheistic structure. Conversely, if we attempt
to judge sweeping similarities based on our ethnocentric and microscoped perspectives, we may not see how different we have grown from these
paradigms, and how our epistemology has been influenced by the bible and other commonly regarded scriptures.
To get more on point, do we dare to profess a societal superiority simply because we hold the benefit of historical review and hindsight? Pretend for
a moment that we disregard undocumented civilizations of which we know little to nothing, and in our arrogance, hoist ourself into the proverbial
"winner's circle" amongst modernistic and advanced societies, does this lend any more credibility to the monotheism that is so greatly entwined?
We are seeing a waning in attendance of congregations in churches and synagogues, and the emergence of common thought: spirituality sans Judaism and
Christianity. Individually, I have witnessed two divergent paths here, non-deitial centric belifts and polytheism.
Of the latter, a sort of birth of neopaganism, the reemergence of these old cultural tenets that so many can trace roots to. For those of European
decent, further back that the theistic edifice of Jerusalem, was Athens and Rome. It is seemingly naturalistic when you look at the repetitiveness of
Emile Gillabert in Moise et le phénomène judéo-chrétien wrote
"The Indo-European peoples, before they converted to Semitic ideas, had never considered their religion an absolute truth. Rather, they conceived of
it as a heritage of the family, or the caste, and in this way they remained foreign to intolerance and proselytism. This is why we find among these
peoples the liberty of thought, the spirit of inquiry and individual research."
By replacing that original polytheism with biblical monotheism, the Westen World has turned this into superegoism. Now that this is seemingly
declining, current liberalism doesn't seem capable of enduring the spiritual support of man. So where else would we expect young generations to turn,
excepting athiesm or agnosticism, but to their paganistic roots?