Zeus makes a comeback in Greece

“A clutch of modern pagans honored Zeus at a 1,800-year-old temple in the heart of Athens on Sunday — the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman Empire in the fourth century.”

How more stupid people can get? This is a good example of how love for your country goes bad. There is a reason why these pagans are actually educated people. Educated people can see that the modern Greece has nothing to show for itself compared to the old Greece. And because they can’t do anything to fix it, they turn to –foolishly– into the ancient higher powers to bring them hope. In light of this news all I see is people who feel betrayed by modern Greece. But they should get out of it and get a life.

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Vassilis 'vasper' Perantzakis wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 1:04 AM PST:

Eugenia, I believe they have a right to worship whichever god they believe (and i doubt very they believe in Zeus) but they are more like a cultural club.

On the other hand, it is funny how things can grow out of proportions when people are denied entrance to an archaeological site due to their attire…


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Eugenia wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 7:09 AM PST:

Sorry guys, I don’t agree. There is one thing to follow a mainstream religion and another thing trying to recreate a 2,000 year old dead religion OR to follow a dubious cult. I have a problem with both of them, because it shows how stupid people are.

If Zeus was real, his wrath would have kill us all by now — the religion was based on fear. In fact, I have more evidence that the Jew/Christian/Muslim God exists (even if I know that he doesn’t) rather than Zeus does (long story, I might write about this in the future).

Of course, by law they are free to become pagans for all the wrong reasons, but this won’t stop me from loathing their stupidity via my blog. If a person wants to follow a new religion he better have good proof that this new God exists.

It is like trying to change the super market you buy groceries from. You better make sure that the new shop offers better prices and better quality products.


memson wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 9:57 AM PST:

> If Zeus was real, his wrath would have kill us all by
> now — the religion was based on fear

If religion in general was true, we’d all be in deep kaka by now for all the crap that happens in the world.

Religion is a neolithic reaction to the lack of understanding of how, why, when, etc things happen.

All religion is based of fear. Fear that death is the end of existence, fear that we should live life in a specific fashion, fear that we are not achieveng some higher meaning.

> because it shows how stupid people are

Hmmmm… without throwing stones, most religion does that. It’s not the preserve of Greek religion.

> I have more evidence that the Jew/Christian/Muslim God exists

No, really you don’t. And that’s the point. There is no proof whatsoever that any deity exists. Any non impirical proof is pure blind faith wrapped up in a veil of science.

> rather than Zeus does

Well, Zeus and Odin have many parrellels. So the old Greek religios beliefs were historically wider reaching that many believe. Appollo and Thor also, for example.


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Eugenia wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 10:12 AM PST:

>There is no proof whatsoever that any deity exists.

No, there is not. But I have better “glimpses” that the monotheistic God might exist than Zeus. It is not a proof, but it is pointers/things that have happened to me. As I said, I might write about that experience of mine at some point.

>Appollo and Thor also

Thor is hot. Apollo always looked gay to me.


Thom Holwerda wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 10:56 AM PST:

How is it different from people praying to god, Allah, or Jahweh? Zeus has just as much validity as either of those.


memson wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 11:12 AM PST:

Paganism isn’t confined to Greece. Here in the UK we have a lot of Druids; people who supposedly worship using the old British Celtic/pre-Celtic religion. Except it isn’t really the same religion, it’s a recreation.

As for stupidity… They (the Greeks) are no more stupid than the Druids. The Druids were all wiped out in Roman times too (supposedly all the Druid elders were slaughtered in Anglesea, an Island off the NW Welsh coast.) Druidism was revived int he 18th/19th Centuary. Your Greeks are just 2 hundred-odd years behind the Druids ;-)


mikesum32 wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 11:12 AM PST:

Now we just have to create some Cyloons.


Dan Brokeau wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 11:34 AM PST:

Anyway, gods are supposed to be good. Zeus as a character was not…he was essentially a human with cool powers. He was fickle, was often in battle with other members of his pantheon, etc. I am a disciple of the Lord because he is at least consistent.


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Eugenia wrote on January 22nd, 2007 at 11:37 AM PST:

>a human with cool powers

Yup, just like Spiderman. Let’s all worship Spiderman! :D


Dan Brokeau wrote on January 23rd, 2007 at 3:54 AM PST:

Yeah, Greek gods were always a fun unit. I remember we had to do a skit portraying one back in high school…I had to pick Athena (I know, guy playing Athena, it was completely random). Luckily Athena is by far the most godlike of them.


Optimus wrote on January 23rd, 2007 at 8:11 AM PST:

I am fine with what they choose to believe (For me, their ethics are more appealing than what the greek church tries to impose, though these days I believe in the multiverse and the multiverse approves this(?! :) :) .

The question though is whether the ancient temples belong to them. Definitely not! I think, THAT’S the stupid part here. They can build new temples following the ancient greek architecture if they wish to, but the ancient temples can’t belong to some persons because they suddenly decided to believe in Zeus. Those remains are a part of the ancient greek civilization and they should simply be preserved and protected to keep history alive. Not that those people could be necessary a threat for the temples, but WTF? And I could own the moon because I suddenly believed in the goddesses of the moon and protest against NASA landing stuff in it. That’s wicked!


memson wrote on January 23rd, 2007 at 12:51 PM PST:

> Zeus as a character was not…he was essentially a human with
> cool powers

Okay, Zeus was “is the king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus”… how is that not God?

By your reckoning, Christ was not a god because he was a human with godlike traits.


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