Discussion by: achromat666
My 'process of deconversion' as it were, took on a lot of different faces and happened over time in my adolescence. One of the things I did when I was younger was read a lot of mythological books, I was especially fond of Norse and Babylonian myth and of course I read the bible as when all this started I was still a Christian.
The questions that I kept asking with no satisfactory answer was: What makes one deity superior to another? Who makes the decision on what myth is more accurate than another? How would one even know? Ultimately the answers were found lacking as all religions are man made but this seems like a natural progression to follow.
But over the years I've had many discussions with people regarding the nature of myth and the histories of most religions and it fascinates me how much everyone agrees until you step on their myth of choice. Everyone wants to assume that their faith is unique and somehow true, but fundamentally ignore that their ideas are just as fictitious as all the rest.
Sacricfice is not rare in myths, either in offering a sacrifice or protecting others and gaining wisdom. Most every religion believes in some primal chaos that the universe springs from, and has some creative force shaping thins either singularly or as a group of creators. Demi gods, prophets, messengers, all the ingredients are there in most every religious culture in some shape or fashion. And yet, despite the fact that every culture has had this as part of their way of thinking back when their were no better answers people still cling fast to this culturally antiquated mindset, even when confronted by other people with the same mindset from another culture.
It simply befuddles me that in this time of advance and technology we can be both so narrow minded and so disturbingly tied to the past.