I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]
Answer quickly: Who is the Roman god of the dead? It’s Pluto, right?
Yes, and no. Pluto is a Roman god of the dead, but it turns out that he’s not the only one.
Pluto was inspired by the Greek Hades, who had the nickname Pluton. The Romans also recognized an Etruscan god of [...]
Today at noon, Occupy San Francisco heads to the Monte Rio to stand in protest against the annual exclusive Bohemian Grove forest gathering of captains of industry, military and government.
One of the accusations leveled at the Bohemian Grove encampment by Occupy San Francisco is oddly religious in nature:
Occupy Bohemian Grove came to OccupySF’s [...]
Part of Byatt’s use of Ragnarok is as an ecological warning of the human destruction of life on Earth. That’s all well and good, but this ecological interpretation seems itself to be a metaphor for a deeper, more honest mourning of the open fields of childhood, and its relevance to the eventual devolution of the pure and beautiful into a black inky nothingness. [...]
Journalists have discovered that if they give the nickname of a god to a scientific subject that people don’t otherwise care about, their writing all of a sudden becomes relevant to readers and publishers. [...]
Which Greek god are you? If you’re a Greek god, how come you can’t remember it? Forgetfulness isn’t very Mount Olympus. [...]
Congressman Price believes that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson have all ascended into the clouds, transformed at the moment of their deaths into rain gods, dedicated to the punishment of all who attempt to help people get access to medical care. [...]