Tuesday, 3 May 2016
"'I trust you realize that we, at least we who are educated, do not take our ancestral myths for literal truth, as if we were Christians.'" (Roma Mater, p. 326)
I agree. Death and resurrection are a powerful and meaningful myth but not a historical event. See here and here.
Gratillonius does not think that there is any problem with him incarnating one God while worshiping another:
"'Have we become Christians here, to deny respect to everything divine other than the Lord of our narrow sect?...Or sects, rather. They might as well have a dozen different Christs, the way they quarrel about His nature.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: Gallicenae (London, 1988), p. 30.
Again, if we project the Gods, then it seems that there was a historical Jesus, a man about whom little is known, but that there are many Christs. One Christian, accused of religious discrimination, replied, "Some day soon the Lord is going to come and what a day of discrimination that will be!" I think that some of my Christian friends would not like to meet the bigots' Christ of the Rapture. One facebook correspondent informed me that she would like to see my face on the Day of Judgment. This is an inconsistency because there is both instant damnation at the moment of death and eventual damnation on a Last Day. The first reflects Greek philosophical belief in an immortal immaterial soul surviving the body (originally reincarnating) and the second reflects Zoroastrian/Biblical belief in immortality only through the eventual resurrection of the body.
However, I apologize for this digression.