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Brick wrote

Is there any functional difference when they control the concept of God and use it to rule? If the concept of God is constantly seized by our rulers and used to control us, is it even worth attempting to sculpt an alternative perspective of God? Won't that perspective ultimately become corrupted too, and used to rule us? Isn't the entire concept of God, or a superior being that decides our fate, ultimately oppressive?

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Pop wrote

Well there are other ways to think of gods than superior beings that decide our fate

and I'd guess that people came up with the idea of gods long before we had states or rulers

if we think of gods just in terms of the divine and as something on the same level as us that we are part of and participate in, it could be ok

I don't believe in gods but I think that anarchist conceptions of the divine could exist

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ziq wrote (edited )

I think "gods" is a lot different than "God". Multiple gods needn't be hierarchical. The idea of one single God on the other hand (at least the Abrahamic version of which I'm familiar), was very likely created, or at least popularized by Kings and other bigwigs to enable slavery.

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Pop wrote

I don't know much about the abrahamic god's genealogy

I like to think beyond that god though, I've already written it off

but I'm a bit interested in learning about how to emphasise anarchist-friendly elements of gods / religions including the abrahamic ones since it seems like they'll be around for a while