My Gods Are Better Than Your God
by, 06-01-2012 at 03:35 PM (460 Views)
I mentioned a while back how I was enamoring myself within Ancient Greek, and as part of that I was rereading "The Odyssey" of which I am now finished with, but I was reading it as part of a discussion for an online book group in which the discussion of the book is still taking place.
One of the things of which I have noticed is that a couple individuals in the course of the discussion bring up Christianity, as a comparison to the Ancient Greek religion and the differences between the gods/god and belief systems, which that in itself is fine, but there is a tendency which I noticed of people making remarks implying how much better the Christian God is, and making jibes and insults about the Greek gods or the Ancient Greek belief system.
And that I find irksome. If you want to discuss the religions from a literary point of view, that is one thing, but you don't need to be disrespecting.
As a Pagan the Greek gods are like my peeps. It would be as if I entered into a literary discussion of the Bible, but instead of just commenting upon the text itself kept making Anti-Christian remarks.
It has been a great effort of restraint upon my part not to turn the whole thing into a theological debate, and offer some of my opinions about Christianity in the discussion. But I have been trying to keep my own comments focused on just discussion the text itself and not let them draw me out into a whole my gods are better than you God thing.