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Posted Aug 31, '12 at 2:21pm

MageGrayWolf

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Was listening to The Atheist Experience the other day and one of the callers brought up an interesting point. That the way the Catholic church treats saints stems back to the old Roman/Greek pantheons of having minor deities. They simply transposed the responsibilities of those deities to saints.

Now I haven't confirmed this point but I thought it was an interesting one worth discussion here.

 

Posted Aug 31, '12 at 4:26pm

HahiHa

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That's indeed interesting. They had minor deities for pretty much everything. And what do we have today? A saint for fishing, for the weather etc., that are invoked for good luck. It would make sense.

 

Posted Sep 1, '12 at 12:34am

nichodemus

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But unfortunately, for the Catholic Saints, doesnt their power ultimately stem from a belief in God? They're still viewed as mortals, agents of God. But the minor deities seem to be accorded more reverence and respect befitting a higher being.

 

Posted Sep 1, '12 at 4:23am

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

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But unfortunately, for the Catholic Saints, doesnt their power ultimately stem from a belief in God? They're still viewed as mortals, agents of God. But the minor deities seem to be accorded more reverence and respect befitting a higher being.


So they just down played the worship aspect a bit. Still sounds plausible.
 
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