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I was just watching a documentary on you tube about the Hittites because I have been trying to learn more about the Near East lately since there is so much history there. They were mentioning how the Hittites were called the people of 1000 gods because when they would take over a territory they would add their gods to their own religion in order to try to have as much divine favor as possible. They also mentioned how they were a just people with a modern legal system, invented peace treaties, etc.
This lead me to a revelation that when you allow mutliple religions/deities people have some freedom of worship and thought. However, once you institute a single god, then it becomes easy to control how people believe and ultimately think by controlling the religion of that one god.edit on 2-11-2013 by CB328 because: (no reason given)
reply to post by FyreByrd
Obviously I wasn't comparing Egyptians and Hittites. My comment was focusing on his question, does a monotheistic religion oppress people and control them?
You and arpgme seem to be focused on religion in general, not the leaders that used these religions to oppress. I'll say, while it is easier to oppress with one god, it is still possible to oppress with many gods.
I guess it depends on your definition of oppression. I was on e not oppressed by religion, and I used women, abused drugs, fought in bars, drove recklessly, took what I wanted, and generally lied, cheated, and stole my way to adulthood. I feel more freedom believing and dealing with a single God than I did without one. The human mind is deep, and a framework for navigation really helps.