Monotheistic Filter: Redefining God(s)

Monotheism has embedded in people’s minds that God is always good and always rational. He cares about individuals and humankind. Under the watchful eye of God, everything happens for a reason. This ratifies the person’s importance in the mundane world.

Sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Denton coined “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” (Note 1) in 2005 to describe the beliefs of American teenagers. They define this term as:

1. A God exists who created, ordered the world, and watches over human life on earth.
2. The God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in “The Bible” and by most world religions.
3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
4. The God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life, except when this God is needed to resolve a problem.
5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

This is reflected in Polytheism, in the following ways. Everyone must have a special relationship with one God. Because of this, other people bemoan the lack of having a Patron. Moreover, a number of Polytheists only develop a relationship with one or two Gods, ignoring the rest. In each case, the God in question watches out for them, without expecting reciprocity.

The most striking example in Polytheism are the Moralistic Therapeutic Deities Who were the Norse Gods, Loki and Odin. In Tumblr postings, their God-Spouses (usually female) focus on how these Gods will meet their needs. They write about their importance to Odin or Loki (or Both), and how much He cares for them. These God-Spouses have no other relations with any of the Norse Gods.

Other examples are the blog sites of “Naturalistic Paganism” and “Humanist Paganism” which are directed towards Pagans who do not believe in the Gods. The bloggers, at those sites, regard Polytheism and Monotheism as the same religion, with One God in many forms. Written for Marxists, “Gods and Radicals” have bloggers who regard their Gods as devoted to the Marxist cause, while all other Polytheists (and their Gods) are the Capitalist enemy.

Meanwhile, “The Valkyrie Squad” of Tumblr reviews blogs, and lists only those they deem safe for Pagans and Heathens. They write that “racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia and trans-phobia will not be tolerated.” My opinion is that The Valkyrie Squad functions similar to the Roman Catholic Church who had the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (the List of Prohibited Books). This group of self-appointed and unknown people with only screen names have decided that the Polytheist Gods should be comprised only of their particular ideas.

Note 1. R. Albert Mohler Jr., “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism – the New American Religion.”

Molher, R. Albert, Jr., “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism – the New American Religion,” The Christian Post. 18, April, 2005. Web: http://www.christianpost.com/news/moralistic-therapeutic-deism-the-new-american-religion-6266/

The Monotheistic Filter

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One thought on “Monotheistic Filter: Redefining God(s)

  1. “God is always good and always rational” is the biggest deception of all. Aquinas said “and goodness poured out”. Yeah right! Say it enough and people will believe it. If there was a god, the fact is everything is in a state of panic and anxiety. Even the very elements themselves are fighting decay and death at every moment. Any hint of good leads to more evil on a grander scale. Everything. Even the attempts to lengthen a life only creates a longer course of the inevitable. And as Paley said, “you can know the disposition of the creator by observing his creation. That disposition would be one of mean and ruthless god who pleasures in misery, or an incompetent creator with his creation gone awry. Therefore an imperfect and fallible god.

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