From the UK’s Guardian earlier this month:

By Zeus!

After a break of 16 centuries, Greek pagans are worshiping the ancient gods again – despite furious opposition from the Orthodox church. Helena Smith asks them why they’re so keen to revive the old religion.”

You’re welcome to read the whole article; you can find it here . But I just wanted to highlight a key quote:

Sixteen and a half centuries is a very long time to wait,” she said. “After so many years of Christian persecution we were finally able to call on Zeus, our king-god, to bring peace to the world

Many a witty rejoinder could be made here (and I hope you, gentle reader, will not refrain from giving one of your own in our Comments). However, let me my rest for today with the observation of my friend, K-W :

If they were the real deal, they would be saying, “Father Zeus is angry for the 1500-year neglect of his altars!”

But that would be simply passé . Capricious gods of wrath are just so first-millennium. All the cool post-Christian deities want dancing flowers and peace on earth.

Zeus

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Posted by Elliot Ravenwood

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  1. K-W hit the nail on the head there. Reminds me of a line from Heretics:

    The term “pagan” is continually used in fiction and light literature as meaning a man without any religion, whereas a pagan was generally a man with about half a dozen. The pagans, according to this notion, were continually crowning themselves with flowers and dancing about in an irresponsible state, whereas, if there were two things that the best pagan civilization did honestly believe in, they were a rather too rigid dignity and a much too rigid responsibility. Pagans are depicted as above all things inebriate and lawless, whereas they were above all things reasonable and respectable. They are praised as disobedient when they had only one great virtue — civic obedience. They are envied and admired as shamelessly happy when they had only one great sin — despair.

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  2. The Grecians have a new Homeric society… Hm. Its better than worshiping oneself, I suppose.

    They will do well to have a new Platonic society, if it follows as closely on the heels as the first time. The platonists and neo-platonists at least believed in morality.

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